Al Etmanski is an author, blogger, advocate and social entrepreneur specializing in innovative, multi-sector solutions to complex societal challenges. He is currently a partner in the J W McConnell Family Foundation’s, Social Innovation Generation (SIG). SiG is dedicated to scaling up innovative solutions to deeply rooted social problems and exploring new methods of financing the social sector.
Al is an Ashoka Canada fellow, a VanCity Community Investment Fellow, and a faculty member of John McKnight’s Asset Based Community Development Institute (ABCD). He is Co-Chair of the BC Government’s Advisory Council on Social Entrepreneurship. He is co-founder of Planned Lifetime Advocacy Network (PLAN), supporting the creativity of families to address the financial and social well-being of their relative with a disability, particularly after their parents die. He proposed and led the successful campaign to establish the world’s first Registered Disability Savings Plan.