Play BIG 2018

Activate your whole portfolio toward mission and purpose

May 31 – June 3, 2018
Presented by Tides Canada, with the support of RSF Social Finance
Facilitated by Marian Moore
At Juniper Hotel in Banff, Alberta

Please save the date for this intimate, perspective-shifting convening designed for aspiring and experienced investors/philanthropists who have many millions of dollars of discretionary wealth and a drive to integrate their money more fully into their life and mission. Part learning through stories, part personal reflection, part strategic planning, Play BIG 2018, designed and facilitated by Marian Moore, creates an inspiring and safe environment to enable breakthroughs in how you work with your whole portfolio—through philanthropy, investment and everything in between. You will gain tools, resources and support to use your wealth to advance your mission in alignment with your values, your vision, and who you are as a human being.

If you’ve joined us before, consider returning for deepening the work to guide you to your next moves.


Each year, we create an environment in which 15-20 attendees reimagine their money as a vital expression of their own values and vision for the world they want to help create. The attendees—each of whom have a significant discretionary capital (personally held or in a family foundation)—are at different stages in their evolution and relationship with money. An essential part of the convening is the support from a team of experienced social investment experts and strategic thinkers (scroll down to Storytellers and Guides to learn more).

The agenda for the three-day gathering is therefore designed to enable all attendees to find their own way toward questions and answers that are relevant to their particular paths of inquiry through:

  • creative self-reflection
  • strategic planning sessions
  • real-time case study problem solving
  • one-on-one consultations

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Carol Newell and Marian Moore launched Play BIG in 2004 with a desire to support the repurposing of great wealth to tackle issues at the root of systemic problems. Play BIG was inspired by Carol’s experiment that activated her entire portfolio of over 60 million dollars over a 20-year period with a mission to stimulate a regional, green-solutions presence and economy in British Columbia through grants, investments, and innovative collaborations. See the full history.

For More Information

Please contact Leanne Burton for Canadian inquiries ( | 647.792.0636) or
Marian Moore for US inquiries ( | 612.817.2426)

Storytellers and Guides

At the centre of Play BIG, storytellers will share their multi-layered, personal, and informative experiences of using wealth strategically, mindfully, and in service of social change. Guides are a team of supportive and experienced social investment experts and strategic thinkers are an essential part of the convening. This year’s storytellers and guides are:

Sallie Calhoun - Storyteller
President, Globetrotter Foundation

Sallie owns and manages the Paicines Ranch, a 7600-acre ranch in central California. She is also an impact investor, activist, and philanthropic funder in regenerative agriculture. Her work focuses on improving the health of agricultural soils and sequestering carbon in soil to mitigate climate change, while creating healthier people and planet. She is the founder of the recently launched No Regrets Initiative, which seeks to use all available forms of capital – human, natural, investment, and philanthropic to affect change in the agricultural system. Read more.

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Bella White - Storyteller

Bella's vision is to transform wealth to health. Nearly 10 years ago, just before coming into a significant family inheritance, Annabelle was looking for a new way to invest. She attended Play BIG which exponentially expanded her vision for activating wealth. The story of the subsequent decade is one of developing her personal vision, her leadership muscle, and a strategy and a team to make leading-edge choices in Canadian philanthropy and North American mission-aligned investments. Most recently, Bella partnered with Tides Canada to form collaborations of funders and NGOs to improve progress towards freshwater health and reducing exposure to toxics in Canada. Read more.

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Marian Moore - Guide
Co-Founder and Facilitator, Play BIG

Marian brings her skills as a facilitator, leadership coach, and producer to the work of helping foster the emergence of a new economy that places ecological sustainability and fairness at its center. She is the producer and lead facilitator of Play BIG and of Lead with Land, a leadership coach and consultant to people with large capital reserves, and a Senior Advisor to RSF Social Finance as part of its Field Building Collaborative. She is now helping to develop RSF’s Integrated Capital Fellowship. Prior to Play BIG, Marian acted as conference design facilitator for Threshold Foundation, of which she has been a member for twenty-seven years. Read more.

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Dana K. Bezerra - Guide
President, Heron

Dana is the president of Heron. Bezerra began her agriculture career in California. Her family owned a dairy farm in the San Joaquin Valley, where she bore witness to the bankruptcy of a local creamery, the formation of an independent milk producers’ cooperative, and the provision of a local tax abatement package to a multinational food company. Those experiences left Bezerra with a lasting impression about the importance of social cohesion within a community—and the complicated relationship between communities and capital markets. Read more.

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Ross McMillan - Guide
President and CEO,
Tides Canada

Ross was appointed President of Tides Canada in 2007 and oversees Tides Canada’s diverse offerings to philanthropists, foundations, corporations, Indigenous partners, communities, and governments, including donor advised funds, impact investing, strategy development, program design, grantmaking, and evaluation. Ross was a principal architect of the Great Bear Rainforest project in BC, including the creation of a $120 million conservation financing package. Read more.

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Andrea Nemtin - Guide
CEO and Founding President, Inspirit Foundation

Andrea Nemtin is the CEO and founding president of Inspirit Foundation. She is a creative, committed, and passionate leader in strategic philanthropy, social finance, and social innovation. Andrea has led her team to launch a series of critically needed programs to address inclusion in Canada including the foundation’s first roadmap towards a 100% impact-investing portfolio. She was one of the founders of the Philanthropic Communities Declaration of Action on Reconciliation and an adult ally of the 4Rs Youth Movement. Read more.

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Carol Newell - Guide
Founder, Renewal, and
Co-Founder, Play BIG

An investor by circumstance, an innovator by nature, Carol's life work has been activating wealth for common benefit. She founded Renewal as an experiment in the radical activation of wealth. Working through a team dedicated to deploying her assets, the Renewal capital and team activities fueled organizations, individuals, and businesses working toward sustainable economic development and social and environmental justice in BC and Canada. After a decade of anonymity, Carol co-created Play BIG to help others boldly activate their wealth. Read more.

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Joel Solomon - Guide
Chairman, Renewal Funds

Joel is Chairman of Renewal Funds, Canada’s largest social venture capital firm. Born in Chattanooga, Tennessee, Joel first moved to BC in the 1980s. In 1994, Joel and Carol Newell co-founded Renewal Partners to invest in sustainable businesses including Salt Spring Coffee, Seventh Generation, and Happy Planet. Together, they pioneered a whole portfolio activation to mission and purpose strategy, using an integrated capital for social change approach, with a regional sustainable economy focus. Joel has received a Lifetime Achievement Award from SVN and was recently inducted with Carol Newell into the SVN Hall of Fame. Read more.

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Jasper J. van Brakel - Guide
CEO, RSF Social Finance

A student of finance for more than 25 years, Jasper van Brakel has seen firsthand the energy that mission-aligned, catalytic capital sparks, and he is inspired to further RSF’s deep social impact as its leader. He believes more innovative approaches are needed to address the significant social, cultural, and economic challenges of our time, and he looks forward to guiding RSF as it builds on its success in transforming the way the world works with money. Prior to joining RSF, van Brakel was a partner at Newpark Capital, a private equity firm for impact-driven companies. Read more.

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