Chat with Toronto’s Emerging Innovators at 12 p.m. (EDT) on July 8

Chat with Toronto’s Emerging Innovators at 12 p.m. (EDT) on July 8

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"Go out there and be a passionate amateur,” said Ashley Wile, the founder of Sole Girls, at the recent Toronto Boot Camp.


There, American Express and Ashoka welcomed 20 of the brightest young social entrepreneurs from around Canada to Toronto for an intensive leadership journey, the second of five being held around the world this summer.



Each of the Toronto Emerging Innovators received advice from established innovators, one-on-one guidance from some of the best minds in business, and picked up how-tos in funding, scaling, communicating, mentoring, and networking. The idea is to provide them with the training and guidance to allow them to achieve even greater impact—and serve as inspirations for the next generation of changemakers.


Curious to hear more? Here’s your chance!


Join the Twitter chat (#SocEntChat) at 12 p.m. EDT on July 8 using the #amexleads hashtag, and debate with the 2015 Class of Toronto Emerging Innovators on the future of social innovation. This is your opportunity to hear what they learned at the Boot Camp, ask them about sector-specific solutions, and meet other young problem-solvers.



What is a #SocEntChat?


Twitter Chats (#SocEntChats) are real-time, Twitter-based discussions about social entrepreneurship. They are designed to provide a forum for participants to share ideas, identify the latest innovations, and pinpoint areas that require deeper exploration.


Our line-up of thought leaders

Paul M. Rogers, George Mason University (@DrPRogers)
Ellen Chilemba, Tiwale, (@EllenChilemba), Winner of Future Forward Challenge


Aniqah Zowmi, Reconnect Movement (@ReConnectMvment), 2015 Emerging Innovator Toronto


Christina Marchand, Full Soul Canada (@FullSoul_Canada), 2015 Emerging Innovator Toronto

Erin Millar, Discourse Media (@discourse_media), 2015 Emerging Innovator Toronto

Johnson Fung, The Grammaticus (@thegrammaticus), 2015 Emerging Innovator Toronto

Marine Bonnell, La Route des Possibles (@Bonnellmarine), 2015 Emerging Innovator Toronto

Rachel Friesen, EyeCheck (@eye_check), 2015 Emerging Innovator Toronto

Rashmi Patel, NWES (@colorifficgame), 2015 Emerging Innovator Toronto

Shaharris Beh, HackerNest (@HackerNest), 2015 Emerging Innovator Toronto

Terrence Ho, Equal Grounds(@EqualGrounds), 2015 Emerging Innovator Toronto


Blair Brettschneider, GirlForward (@GirlForward), 2015 Emerging Innovator NYC

Marcus Noel, Heart of Man (@LoveHeartofMan)2015 Emerging Innovator NYC

Jessica Meyer, BUILD Institute (@StartWithBuild), 2015 Emerging Innovator NYC

Lauren Fine, Youth Sentencing & Reentry Project (@YSRPinPhilly)2015 Emerging Innovator NYC

Manyang Reath Kher, Humanity Helping Sudan Project (@_HHSP)2015 Emerging Innovator NYC

Jonny CohenGreenShields (@GreenShieldsBus), 2015 Emerging Innovator NYC


Joining the conversation
It's easy! Just log-in to Twitter account a little before 12 p.m. ET on July 8. Then:
  • Use the #SocEntChat hashtag to make your comments visible in the stream, and you have extra characters to spare, use #amexleads as well.
  • Use or an application like Tweetdeck ( or thwirl ( to follow the hashtags and keep up with the conversation.

  • Introduce yourself and take a minute to get to know the other chatters when you join.

  • @Changemakers and @AshokaCanada will moderate the discussion and send questions to the whole group.

  • Send your questions to @Changemakers without the hashtag (to keep them out of the stream) so they can be considered for this conversation.

  • Stay on topic, be respectful, and have fun!


Until then, keep in mind the advice that McClimon had for social purpose leaders in the 21st century: “Be flexible, be adaptable, be open-minded. Think globally, act locally. And think locally, act globally.”





Truly social: Many of our 2015 Class of Toronto Emerging Innovators are on Twitter.


Aniqah Zowmi - Reconnect Movement (@ReConnectMvment)

Ashley Wiles - Sole Girls (@sole_girls)

Candice Mazzoleni - La Seconde Ligne/The Second Line (@C_Mazzoleni)

Christina Marchand - Full Soul Canada (@FullSoul_Canada)

Donn Eric Pasiliao - STEAMLabs (@STEAMLabs)

Eric Termuende - Gen Y Inc. (@genyincca)

Erin Millar - Discourse Media (@discourse_media)

Jessica Ho - SparkGig (@sparkGig)

Johnson Fung - The Grammaticus (@thegrammaticus)

Jonah Brotman - Hult Impact Fund (n/a)

Lars Boggild - Finance for Good (@FinanceforGood)

Linda Servi - Zenith Cleaning (@zenithcleaners)

Marc Soberano - Building Up (@BuildingUpTO)

Marine Bonnell - La Route des Possibles (@Bonnellmarine)

Maxwell Tran - Ink Movement (@InkMovement)

Rachel Friesen - EyeCheck (@eye_check)

Rashmi Patel - NWES (@colorifficgame)

Shaharris Beh - HackerNest (@HackerNest)

Shaun Frankson - The Plastic Bank (@PlasticBank)

Terrence Ho - Equal Grounds(@EqualGrounds)