Partners and Thought Leaders


Al Etmanski

Advisor to PLAN

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