PLAN Institute

Al Etmanski

Advisor to PLAN Institute
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Al is an author, community organizer and social entrepreneur. Since the birth of his daughter he has been an activist in the family arm of the disability movement. As co-founder of Planned Lifetime Advocacy Network he proposed and led the successful campaign to establish the world’s first savings plan for people with disabilities – the Registered Disability Savings Plan. He is also a co-founder of Social innovation Generation (SiG) and BC Partners for Social Impact, and was recently awarded the Order of British Columbia and the Order of Canada. His new book, Impact: Six Patterns to Spread Your Social Innovation is a Canadian bestseller. You can follow Al’s blog at

Plan Institute is the first Canadian non-profit organization to conduct an externally verified social audit. We successfully overhauled adult guardianship legislation in British Columbia and fostered the global Philia Dialogue on caring citizenship. We are also a member of the Ashoka Global Fellowship of social entrepreneurs. .

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