KURTIS LOCKHART is passionate about all things involving social entrepreneurship and impact investing. He is a contributor to The Vancouver Observer, and will occasionally link to his pieces in the Observer on this blog. Kurtis is interested in changing the world, in changemakers, and in how change is made.
Kurtis holds a BA in International Development Studies and Economics from McGill University. After his time at McGill he spent 13 months in rural Kenya implementing economic research for Dr. Matthieu Chemin — a development economist at McGill. His time in Kenya solidified what he already suspected: “just markets” or “just charity” will not work to improve the lives of billions of people living in poverty. In Kenya it became clear to him that a combination of the two are needed — this is when his interest in social entrepreneurship grew from a mere interest to an obsession. Kurtis truly believes that social enterprises — using market-based solutions to address social problems — will begin to replace traditional philanthropy and conventional corporations in the 21st century.
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