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Al Etmanski

Senior Fellow & Co-Founder, SiG and Founding Director, PLAN Institute

al_etmanskiAl is an author, advocate and social entrepreneur specializing in innovative solutions to social problems. He is the co-founder of Planned Lifetime Advocacy Network (PLAN), a non-profit social enterprise assisting families address the financial and social well being of their relative with a disability. He proposed and led the successful campaign to establish the Registered Disability Savings Plan (RDSP), the world’s first savings plan for people with disabilities. Al is the author of two best selling books: A Good Life – For You and Your Relative with a Disability and Safe and Secure. Al was one of the first two Canadians accepted into Ashoka’s prestigious global fellowship of social entrepreneurs. He is a faculty member of John McKnight’s Asset Based Community Development Institute. He has received a number of accolades, including the Queen’s Jubilee medal, the Civic Merit award from the City of Vancouver and the Governor General’s Meritorious Service Medal.

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