Speakers and Panels

 

  • Emcee

    Marcus Jung
    Marcus Jung
    UBC

    Marcus is a student at the University of British Columbia, majoring in Global Resource Systems within the faculty of Land and Food Systems. He has an interest in student leadership development and community building to help shape respectful, inclusive spaces through the people who live together collectively. He has been involved in various engagements with the overarching goal of helping to grow the next generation of moral, ethical leaders through introspection and reflection.

    EMCEE
  • Welcoming Remarks

    Janet Webber
    Janet Webber
    Executive Director - SFU Public Square

    Executive Director at SFU Public Square, Janet has years of experience fostering effective ideas exchange, and has convened innovative and impactful dialogues and events locally and internationally. Previously, Janet worked with Action Canada, a national fellowship program for emerging Canadian leaders. Janet holds a BA in Psychology and an Executive MBA.

    FEATURED SPEAKER
    John Kay
    John Kay
    CEO - Realize Strategies

    Since 2012, John has guided Realize Strategies to becoming a leader in impact-driven strategy and executive search. An expert in strategy, executive search, and advisory to boards, John values innovative approaches to finding solutions and supporting impact-driven businesses to succeed in their missions. Prior to joining Realize, John has held several senior positions in the private and public sectors both in Canada and abroad, including as the Chief Operating Officer of the WE Group of Companies where he led a $50-million values-driven business, and Executive Director of Corporate Development at the BC Ministry of Advanced Education. He also previously Chaired the boards of Fairtrade Canada and the British Columbia Co-operative Association, where he now serves as Treasurer. From 2010-2013, John held the position of both Director and Chair of the Finance Committee for Fairtrade International based in Germany.

  • Morning Keynote Speaker

    Rodney Small
    Rodney Small
    Social Enterprise Development Manager - Common Good Solutions

    Rodney is a change maker, community builder, mentor, coach and entrepreneur. Raised in Halifax, NS, Rodney has established a passion for both its people and communities, working hard to help ensure those individuals and communities thrive. A graduate of Dalhousie University’s Bachelor of Management program with a focus on innovation and entrepreneurship, Rodney is well-known for his forward thinking and innovative ways on dealing with issues that have affected marginalized communities. Currently the Social Enterprise Development Manager at Common Good Solutions, Rodney is also the co-owner of a barbershop located on Dalhousie University’s campus as well as a community volunteer of over 15 years with the local Community Y.

     

    A positive influence and leader in his community, Rodney inspires others with his actions and initiatives which speak much louder than his words. He is currently a partnered business owner at Ascension Grooming, a barbershop which focuses on hiring marginalized youth looking to accommodate their academic schedules and encouraging others to simply be on campus.

     

    Rodney also continues to advocate for social justice reform through his experience as RDS (Rodney Darren Small), a young offender who was accused of numerous allegations which lead to the judicial system attempting to place charges on him at the young age of 15. Rodney’s case was taken to the Supreme Court of Canada, the the highest court of Canada, with the support and advocacy of the late great Burnley “Rocky” Jones. Together, they set Canadian legal precedence as the RDS case was (and still is) found to be the leading case regarding racism within the Canadian criminal justice system. A trailblazer, Rodney is an exemplary role model and provides hope and inspiration for young men and women who, under similar circumstances, can also become the rose that blooms through the concrete.

    MORNING KEYNOTE SPEAKER
  • Recruiting for Impact

    Given the changing nature of work and the onset of a generational shift, maintaining a strong leadership team can be difficult. Panelists in this session will dive into the key elements of retaining talented staff in this age of disruption.

    Morgan Camley
    Morgan Camley
    Partner - Miller Thomson

    Morgan Camley is a Partner at Miller Thomson LLP. Her varied practice includes general complex commercial litigation and Aboriginal law, as well as municipal, regulatory and criminal law. Morgan often works with not-for-profit, social enterprises, and values-focused businesses to provide legal advice which reflects her clients’ values and culture. She also represents clients at all levels of court and in arbitration in British Columbia and Yukon. In addition, Morgan is also a contributing editor to The Conduct of Civil Litigation in British Columbia, a cornerstone resource for the litigation bar in British Columbia.

    A graduate of Mount Allison University in New Brunswick, Morgan completed her LLB at Queens Law. She maintains a busy pro bono practice representing clients with a variety of legal issues including criminal law. As a result of her work, Morgan was named the recipient of the 2009 Salvation Army Volunteer Lawyer of the Year Award.

    Morgan demonstrates a strong commitment to community through her volunteer activities which include acting as the Chair of the Board of Directors for QMUNITY. In 2014, she was named a finalist for the PRIDE Legacy Awards recognizing her outstanding achievement as a Community Leader. Morgan is also the past Co-Chair of the Mabel League in Vancouver and a past member at large on the Board of Directors for Access Pro Bono.

    MODERATOR
    Lauren Sears
    Lauren Sears
    Founding Partner - Placemaking 4G

    Lauren is the Co-Founder of Placemaking 4G, the first Citizenship and Immigration Canada (CIC) recruitment firm aimed at attracting and retaining young professionals in Atlantic Canada. With more than 10 years of experience in public speaking, team culture, and coaching, Lauren is an expert in recruiting and developing young passionate leaders. Her passions include team management and building, national and international social enterprise sectors, and working with youth.

    Lauren is also the Director of Operations at Common Good Solutions and holds a Bachelor of Science in Biopsychology and a Bachelor of Business Administration from the University of Winnipeg.

    PANELIST
    Colin Stansfield
    Colin Stansfield
    Executive Director - Gibsons Community Building Society

    With a passion for social justice, resilient local economies, and the hard-fought right to party, Colin is a charismatic champion of all things “social”. Currently serving as Executive Director of the Gibsons Community Building Society, Colin brings talent and passion for the Society’s vision and experience in the management and governance of non-profit organizations. As Executive Director, Colin leads operations for the year-round Gibsons Public Market as well as the Nicholas Sonntag Marine Education Centre. In his previous role as Executive Director of Potluck Café in Vancouver’s Downtown Eastside, he acquired hands-on experience with delivering on a strong community and economic development agenda.

    PANELIST
    David Schneider
    David Schneider
    Sales Manager - Persephone Brewing Co.

    David is the Sales Manager at Persephone Brewing Co. (PBC), a craft micro-brewery and 11-acre farm operating in the community of Gibsons on BC’s Sunshine Coast. Proudly a certified B Corporation, David and his team at PBC take a ‘triple-bottom-line’ (People, Planet, Profit) approach to their business model and actively incorporate both social and environmental sustainability into their operating principles and core values. As a social enterprise, PBC is a true example of how a community-run organization can scale while making an impact on multiple fronts.

    PANELIST
    Devan McClelland
    Devan McClelland
    Worker-Owner - Shift Delivery Co-op

    After seeing a documentary about the growing garbage island in the Pacific Ocean, Devan was inspired to live lighter on the planet. It brought him to the bicycle as a preferred form of transportation and is now a worker member at Shift Delivery Co-op. He is happiest on bike camping trips near the ocean and gets stir crazy when working in front of a screen for too long.

    PANELIST
  • Lunchtime Keynote Speaker

    Moura Quayle
    Moura Quayle
    Director pro tem - UBC School of Public Policy and Global Affairs, Faculty of Arts Professor - Sauder School of Business

    Moura is the founding Director pro tem of UBC’s new School of Public Policy and Global Affairs and is also a professor at the UBC Sauder School of Business. Moura’s interests lie in rethinking, refining, and rebuilding collaborative spaces at the intersections of academia, government, business and civil society. Her teaching and research focus on strategic design, designed leadership and an emerging Policy Studio that helps students and organizations learn to use design processes and tools.

    Moura has been Deputy Minister of the B.C. Ministry of Advanced Education, B.C. Commissioner of Pacific Coast Collaborative, Dean of UBC’s Faculty of Land and Food Systems, and Associate VP of the Academic Programs at UBC Okanagan.

    In 2004, Moura received an honorary doctorate from the University of Guelph. She also currently serves as Chair of Genome Canada. Her book, Designed Leadership, was published by Columbia University Press in July 2017.

    LUNCHTIME KEYNOTE SPEAKER
  • Building Leadership for Our Common Future

    In previous generations, professionals would retire and someone would take their place. In the case of impact-driven organizations, leaders have to be intentional about developing the next generation of social impact champions. Our panelists consist of current and emerging leaders who will talk about the best approaches to succession planning in the sector.

    Patrick Nangle
    Patrick Nangle
    CEO - MODO The Car Co-op

    In 2016, Patrick joined Modo Co-operative as its CEO to guide the purpose-driven, member-owned co-operative through maintaining relevance in a rapidly changing market for personal mobility. He loves what he’s doing and sees a real chance to make a difference for Modo’s members and the community as a whole. Prior to joining Modo he was President & CEO of Purolator, the courier company. With over 25 years of experience, Patrick has lead and managed prominent businesses and corporations of varying sizes including Ascom AG and Neopost SA.

    Patrick has had the great pleasure to lead an international life, including living and working in Canada, the Netherlands, Switzerland, and the USA. When not working, he’s an active mentor through Futurpreneur and Groundswell, an avid skier and cyclist and, with his wife Carmelita, a newly minted urban beekeeper. Patrick holds a MBA from the Sauder Business School at the University of British Columbia and an HBA from the Ivey Business School at the University of Western Ontario.

    MODERATOR
    Lisa Furfaro
    Lisa Furfaro
    Program Manager - BC Co-operative Association

    Lisa is the Program Manager at BC Co-operative Association (BCCA) where she works to increase awareness about the co-operative business model by educating and empowering youth to consider co-operatives as a career path and economic alternative. Originally from Guelph, Ontario, Lisa previously managed and lead Ontario’s Co-operative Young Leaders camp and is well-versed in youth outreach and engagement, developing leadership, and social impact sector promotion.

    A passionate supporter and involved member of co-operative business model, Lisa is currently working towards her Master’s degree in Co-operative and Credit Union Management.

    PANELIST
    Lauren Archibald
    Lauren Archibald
    Marketing Manager - Left Coast Naturals

    Lauren Archibald is the Marketing Manager at Left Coast Naturals, an organic food manufacturer of Hippie Snacks and North America’s first broad-based distribution company with a formal non-GMO policy. Inspiring consumers to drive positive social and environmental change through their daily snacking, Lauren is always seeking new ways to collaborate and bring the Hippie Snacks story to life.

    Previously working with other leading social impact organizations in Vancouver, Bullfrog Power and Ethical Bean Coffee, Lauren brings a new business age lens to her work within the consumer products industry.

    With a Bachelor of Commerce from Queen’s University, Lauren is a known connector and B Corp ambassador. She is armed with contagious energy and a passion for adventure on the beautiful West Coast and beyond.

    PANELIST
    Rodney Small
    Rodney Small
    Social Enterprise Development Manager - Common Good Solutions

    Rodney is a change maker, community builder, mentor, coach and entrepreneur. Raised in Halifax, NS, Rodney has established a passion for both its people and communities, working hard to help ensure those individuals and communities thrive. A graduate of Dalhousie University’s Bachelor of Management program with a focus on innovation and entrepreneurship, Rodney is well-known for his forward thinking and innovative ways on dealing with issues that have affected marginalized communities. Currently the Social Enterprise Development Manager at Common Good Solutions, Rodney is also the co-owner of a barbershop located on Dalhousie University’s campus as well as a community volunteer of over 15 years with the local Community Y.

    A positive influence and leader in his community, Rodney inspires others with his actions and initiatives which speak much louder than his words. He is currently a partnered business owner at Ascension Grooming, a barbershop which focuses on hiring marginalized youth looking to accommodate their academic schedules and encouraging others to simply be on campus.

    Rodney also continues to advocate for social justice reform through his experience as RDS (Rodney Darren Small), a young offender who was accused of numerous allegations which lead to the judicial system attempting to place charges on him at the young age of 15. Rodney’s case was taken to the Supreme Court of Canada, the the highest court of Canada, with the support and advocacy of the late great Burnley “Rocky” Jones. Together, they set Canadian legal precedence as the RDS case was (and still is) found to be the leading case regarding racism within the Canadian criminal justice system. A trailblazer, Rodney is an exemplary role model and provides hope and inspiration for young men and women who, under similar circumstances, can also become the rose that blooms through the concrete.

    PANELIST
    Brad Bell
    Brad Bell
    General Manager - The University Women’s Club of Vancouver

    Brad is the current General Manager at the historied University Women’s Club of Vancouver. Founded in 1907, the University Women’s Club is a private club for active and interactive women looking to engage with a like minded community, have fun, and take action. In addition to managing daily operations, Brad supports the Club’s mission to promote education and opportunities for women as well as fostering and maintaining an inviting space to share ideas, interests, and fellowship between its members at Hycroft, the Club’s historic Clubhouse.

    PANELIST
    Ashley Mitchell
    Ashley Mitchell
    Employment Partner - Miller Thomson

    Ashley is an Employment Partner at the Miller Thomson’s Labour & Employment Group where she advises both Canadian and international clients in the areas of employment, human rights, and privacy law.

    As part of her practice, Ashley regularly counsel clients on a broad range of workplace matters including wrongful dismissals, terminations, contractual disputes, human rights complaints, privacy compliance, employment standards issues, and freedom of information requests. She also provides employment advice in relation to commercial transactions and assist her clients in preparing written employment contracts, workplace policies, and employee handbooks. Ashley also has extensive experience in other areas of civil litigation including insurance and commercial litigation and has appeared in all levels of court in British Columbia.

    Ashley frequently writes on legal developments in employment and privacy law and is a current member of the BC Employment Law, Privacy Law and Human Rights subsections of the Canadian Bar Association.

    PANELIST
  • Innovation for Impact: Designing Workplace Culture

    Building a workplace culture supportive of innovation takes more than multiple beers on tap or an on-site yoga instructor (although these help) – it takes guts. We will hear from leaders across the social impact sector on how they flipped the traditional work environment on its head to give their teams the right tools to succeed.

    Landon Hoyt
    Landon Hoyt
    Program Manager - SFU Public Square

    Landon is an experienced community engagement leader with a background in business, sustainability, and urbanism and is currently Program Manager at SFU Public Square. Previously, Landon was the Executive Director of Hastings Crossing Business Improvement Association in Vancouver’s Downtown Eastside, Canada’s first ‘social innovation Business Improvement Association (BIA).’ He also worked with SFU’s Sustainability Office as well as the Neighborhood Economic Development Corporation in Eugene and Springfield, Oregon. Landon holds a Master of Urban Studies from SFU, and a Bachelor of Urban and Regional Planning.

    MODERATOR
    Mike Cook
    Mike Cook
    CEO - Stocksy United

    Mike is the CEO of Stocksy United, a co-operative based in Victoria, BC, that is dedicated to bringing a highly curated collection of exclusive beautiful, distinctive, and highly usable royalty-free stock photography and cinematography. Focused on supporting and building the incredible team at Stocksy from within, Mike leads and enables his team to live up to the core principles and values of the company – communication up and down, transparency in action, responsibility for results, and dedication to the process. Mike has multiple years of experience in the stock industry at prominent industry players such as iStockphoto and Getty Images along with start-up operational experience in other markets.

    PANELIST
    Kim McMullen
    Kim McMullen
    Chief Creative Renegade - Flipside Creative

    Kim McMullen is the Founder and Chief Creative Renegade at Flipside Creative, a Vancouver-area B Corp certified marketing collective and Founder and Chief Adventurer at Girl In The Wild, a sustainable apparel company that create, runs, and funds 100% free confidence-boosting camps for teenage girls.

    A marketing strategist, brand voice expert, and a natural born connector, Kim is not afraid to stand up for what’s right. When she founded Flipside in 2006, it was with a mission to do “great work for good people. No jerks.” In 2017, she founded Girl In The Wild with the mission to “Help every double-X chromosome love the crap outta herself. And never charge her a dime for the tools and resources to do it.” She leads with heart and often goes to the edge beyond reason. Because it matters. And it’s always worth the risk.

    PANELIST
    Osmel Guerra Maynes
    Osmel Guerra Maynes
    Executive Director - QMUNITY

    Osmel Guerra Maynes is a social justice activist. Currently the Executive Director of QMUNITY, BC’s queer resource centre, Osmel leads the organization in advancing its strategic direction, workplace culture, philanthropic cultivation and stakeholder relationships. During his time working with LGBTQ/2S community-based organizations in Toronto, Osmel focused his work on developing policy and procedures, strategic planning and program design in the non-profit membership-driven sector.

    Born in the Dominican Republic and raised on the twin island state of Antigua and Barbuda, Osmel identifies as an Afro Latino cisgender queer man. In 2003, Osmel immigrated to Canada as an international student to pursue Political Science at Carleton University and worked to ensure access to education for marginalized communities through various student roles. Osmel has called Canada home for 10+ years.

    Osmel is excited and honoured to advance the vision and mission of QMUNITY and strongly believes in the power of inclusion to build lasting social change.

    PANELIST
    Carmen Lansdowne
    Carmen Lansdowne
    Executive Director - First United

    In 2017, the Rev. Dr. Carmen Lansdowne joined First United as Executive Director. An ordained minister in the United Church of Canada and a member of the Heiltsuk First Nation, she brings a breadth of experience both in theology and community service to the pivotal role at the busy East Hastings Ministry. Holding a PhD from the Graduate Theological Union in Berkeley, CA, Carmen speaks, writes and publishes across North America on issues of indigenous theology and indigenous-Christian relationships.

    Born in Alert Bay, BC, Carmen grew up in the United Church and was involved in the church in a variety of ways. Currently, she sits on the Theology, Inter-church, Interfaith committee of the national church while previously, she has served on the Executive of the General Council, as United Church representative to the Executive and Central Committees of the World Council of Churches.

    PANELIST
  • Solutions Lab

    Ever wanted to harness the power of an entire room of thought leaders? In this interactive design workshop, we will identify emerging issues within the social impact sector and work collaboratively on possible solutions.

    John Kay
    John Kay
    CEO - Realize Strategies

    Since 2012, John has guided Realize Strategies to becoming a leader in impact-driven strategy and executive search. An expert in strategy, executive search, and advisory to boards, John values innovative approaches to finding solutions and supporting impact-driven businesses to succeed in their missions. Prior to joining Realize, John has held several senior positions in the private and public sectors both in Canada and abroad, including as the Chief Operating Officer of the WE Group of Companies where he led a $50-million values-driven business, and Executive Director of Corporate Development at the BC Ministry of Advanced Education. He also previously Chaired the boards of Fairtrade Canada and the British Columbia Co-operative Association, where he now serves as Treasurer. From 2010-2013, John held the position of both Director and Chair of the Finance Committee for Fairtrade International based in Germany.