Eugene Ellmen, National Director, Oikocredit Canada.
Oikocredit invests in microfinance, fair trade, co-operatives and agriculture in 70 countries around the world. Oikocredit Canada is the Canadian arm of the organization, providing capital to support its global lending and investment operations.
Prior to joining Oikocredit in January 2013, Eugene served for 13 years as Executive Director of the Social Investment Organization, Canada’s national association for socially responsible investment (SRI). He is one of Canada's leading experts on SRI.
The author of the critically acclaimed Canadian Ethical Money Guide, Eugene’s career has touched on many facets of finance, government, journalism, communications and public affairs. In the 1980s, he was a business writer with Canadian Press, where he covered the early development of the SRI industry. Subsequent to his stint at CP, he worked in communications and public affairs with the Ontario Government, Credit Union Central of Ontario and a number of private clients.
Eugene has received two major national awards for his work. In June 2013, he was one of three recipients of the 2013 Canadian SRI Distinguished Service Awards, granted in recognition of outstanding contributions to the socially responsible investment industry in Canada. In November 2012, he was awarded an Excellence in Corporate Responsibility Award, granted to honour and celebrate Canadians for outstanding work and dedication in sustainable and ethical business practices in Canada. Eugene won for outstanding achievement in the business associations category.