Founding Partners

Carol Newell

Photo by Jaime KowalCarol Newell is the Founding Investor and Principal of Renewal. Through this organization, she has established a life’s work as a social entrepreneur and philanthropist, placing over $60 million in organizations and businesses working toward sustainability in BC.

Carol is also the co-creator of Play BIG, an initiative to encourage others with wealth to activate their resources for social change.

Ms. Newell is an active member of Hollyhock, the Threshold Foundation, Canadian Women’s Foundation, Women Donors Network, Investors’ Circle, Social Venture Network, and the Wealth & Giving Forum. In 2007, she was appointed a Member of the Order of Canada. In 2008 she was honoured by her Alma Mater, St Lawrence University with a Doctor of Humane Letters.

Joel Solomon

Joel Solomon is President of Renewal Partners and Chairman of Renewal Funds.

Joel serves as a Senior Advisor with RSF Social Finance and speaks frequently throughout North America, including a 2012 TEDxVancouver talk.  He is a founding member of Social Venture Network (SVN), Business for Social Responsibility (BSR), the Tides Canada Foundation, and is board chair of Hollyhock.

From 1993 to 2008, Joel managed the Family Office activities of Carol Newell. Together, they pioneered an integrated use of capital for social impact that is now growing as a strategy for deep mission investors.

 Joel has received a Lifetime Achievement Award from SVN and was recently inducted with Carol Newell into the SVN Hall of Fame. 

Executive Consultants

Martha Burton

Photo by Lisa HartleyMartha A. Burton is a partner in Renewal Partners.

Martha is also a director of Renewal Land Company, which promotes conservation-based land use and works to create viable models of forest conservation on private land.  As faculty for Play BIG, a series of invitational workshops for those with significant resources, Martha plays a key role as an advisor.  She is a regular consultant at the annual Social Venture Institute (SVI) held at Hollyhock on Cortes Island.  

Martha currently serves on the Executive Board as Treasurer for Vision Vancouver Electors Association; sharing Vision's commitment to lead Vancouver toward a new future with solutions to end homelessness, while building a green economy.

Martha is a founding member of  Nashville's  Women in  Commercial Real Estate (WCRE) and Social Venture Network (SVN) ; a member of Association of Women in Finance  and Women's Executive Network (Vancouver chapters),  as well as  the Non-profit Centers Network.  

Pamela Chaloult

Pamela Chaloult was Managing Director for Renewal.

Previously, Pamela served as Co-Executive Director of Social Venture Network (SVN), as Communications and Marketing Director for California Institute of Integral Studies (CIIS), and Communications Director for Planned Parenthood. Before joining the non-profit sector, she led the marketing and advertising efforts for the CBS affiliate KPIX TV & Radio and for a variety of film and entertainment groups in Los Angeles.

Pamela is a member of the Women’s Executive Network, the Association of Women in Finance, Social Venture Network and sits on a variety of social purpose boards across North America.

Paul Richardson

Paul is the CEO of Renewal Funds, an early stage capital fund structured to deliver superior financial, environmental, and social returns.  For five years Paul was Vice President and in-house counsel at Renewal.

Paul’s work with Renewal Partners has focused on supporting its diverse portfolio of socially responsible companies and analyzing new investment opportunities from mission aligned businesses.

A large portion of his work at the Endswell Foundation has been in support of the internationally significant land use decisions for Canada’s 21 million acre Great Bear Rainforest - recognized as the largest and most significant integrated conservation program in North American history.


  • Rebecca Cuttler, Executive Assistant to Joel Solomon
  • Elyse Crowston, Office Administrator