Marjorie Brans is your average Vietnamese-Chinese-German-Scottish-Irish girl with small town Southern roots. She leads the team at the School for Social Entrepreneurs (SSE) Ontario, is the Canadian ambassador for the League of Intrapreneurs, and co-founded CLARION, a voluntary association dedicated to community-based emergency preparedness. Before moving to Canada, she regularly consulted on social & environmental sustainability with Fortune 500 multinational corporations in the financial, retail, extractives, fast-moving consumer goods, beverages, and transportation sectors.
Professionally, Marjorie is most proud of having initiated and led HARITA (now R4), a project backed by global insurance giant Swiss Re. The project succeeded in creating one of the world’s first viable micro-insurance products for climate change adaptation, on the way to being scaled in 5 countries. An evaluation of the first four years of the project by the Rockefeller Foundation showed that compared to farmers not participating in the program, insured farmers increased their savings by an average of 123 percent, and female-headed households increased the area of cultivated land by approximately 35 percent.
Marjorie has held roles as an Entrepreneur-in-Residence at NESsT, a social venture capital fund active in ten emerging economies, and as Senior Policy Advisor at Oxfam in the area of business and global poverty. She is a frequent speaker at industry conferences and academic institutions.