Al Etmanski

Al Etmanski is an author, blogger (, advocate and social entrepreneur specializing in innovative, multi-sector solutions to complex societal challenges. He is co-founder and President of Planned Lifetime Advocacy Network, (, which assists families across Canada and globally in addressing the financial and social well-being of relatives with a disability, particularly after their parents die. 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’s currently partner in the J W McConnell Family Foundation’s Social Innovation Generation, (, dedicated to scaling up innovative solutions to deeply rooted social problems and exploring new methods of financing the social sector. He chairs the BC Government’s Advisory Council on Social Entrepreneurship Investment. He’s an Ashoka fellow (