About George

George Brown is a lawyer and social entrepreneur. He is Principal of George Brown Law. Prior to this, George spent nine years as President of the Ottawa Community Loan Fund. (OCLF) as well as 9 years as a City and Regional Councillor in Ottawa. As a Councillor, he served as Chair of the City’s Economic Affairs Committee and the Region’s Environmental Services Committee. As Chair of Economic Affairs, George played a significant role in initiating and developing the Ottawa Entrepreneurship Centre, as well as promoting community economic development throughout the City of Ottawa, including the establishment of the OCLF. He has a Master’s of Science Degree in Community Economic Development from New Hampshire College’s Graduate School of Business (now Southern New Hampshire University) and an LL.B. degree from the University of Ottawa Law School. He was called to the Bar in Ontario in September, 2003. George is a Senior Research Fellow with the Carleton Centre for Community Innovation as well as a Part-Time Professor at the University of Ottawa Law School. He is Chair of United Way/Centraide Ottawa’s Community Investment Committee and a member of United Way/Centraide Ottawa’s Community Impact Cabinet.

Highlights:

  • Principal at George Brown Law practicing in the fields of immigration law, community development law, community economic development, impact investment and social/community infrastructure development
  • Past President of an award winning impact investment fund
  • Developed a special loan product for immigrants to Ottawa to assist them in obtaining their Canadian accreditation
  • Recognized expert in field of impact investment and social innovation, including micro finance, community bonds, mission investing and social impact bonds
  • Extensive government, private sector, and non-profit management experience, including 9 years as a City & Regional Councillor in Ottawa
  • Served as Chair, City of Ottawa’s Economic Affairs Committee setting policy direction for the Department of Economic Development and Chair of the Region of Ottawa Carleton’s Environmental Services Committee
  • Professor of  Access to Justice Lab, University of Ottawa Law School
  • Senior Research Fellow, Carleton Centre for Community Innovation