Realize Strategies

Realize Change Conference


Celebrating over 20 years of providing services to build a stronger social impact sector.


  • Today’s impact-driven organizations are not only working to solve an even greater number of social issues, but we are also facing a generational shift. With our constantly evolving communities, innovation has become the solution to unleashing unprecedented change in how non-profits, governments and businesses respond to community, environmental and social needs.

    Realize Change: Leadership in an Age of Disruption will explore how leaders of the impact sector can build workplaces that foster innovative solutions to cataclysmic change and support future leaders in the sector. This conference will take participants on an interactive, immersive journey with thought leaders from across Canada.

    Date: Nov. 22, 2018

    Where: Morris J. Wosk Centre

  • Registration


    Realize Change: Leadership in an Age of Disruption is the conference for:

    • Non-profit, social enterprise leaders, co-ops and mutuals, and B Corporations
    • Government policy makers
    • Academics and thought leaders
    • Anyone interested in driving social change through innovation


  • Events

  • Opening Reception

    Date: Wednesday, Nov. 21, 2018

    Location: Vancity Theatre, 1181 Seymour St, Vancouver


    Join us for our Conference Welcome and Opening Reception at the Vancity Theatre. The evening will feature a screening of The Social Shift, a documentary about social entrepreneurs using their businesses to make a positive impact in communities across Canada. The documentary will be followed by a panel discussion on social enterprise in Canada with members from the screening’s sponsor organizations: Realize Strategies, Buy Social Canada, and Common Good Solutions. Then fill your plates and glasses with snacks and beverages as we cap the evening off with a casual and fun networking reception. Tickets for the reception and screening on Nov. 21 are also available for purchase separate from the Conference. 

  • Movie Screening: The Social Shift

    Realize Strategies is thrilled to bring you a screening of The Social Shift in partnership with Common Goods Solutions and Buy Social Canada as a part of the Opening Reception of our Innovation Conference.

  • The Social Shift is a documentary that tells the story of business being used as a force for good. After driving 8500 kilometres across Canada interviewing over 50 people in 14 cities, 9 provinces in 6 weeks, travel with us as we drive across the nation, floating on a geographic canvas of consumption and inequity, kindness and generosity and, most of all, a drive for change. We will share the stories of fired-up citizens adding a different type of value to the world through business: social value. Value that is not only economic, but improving people’s lives and bettering society; that builds communities, protects the environment, supports local and employs people of all abilities; a type of value that lives up to the responsibilities that our world and future rely on. Hilarious, informative and heartfelt, this is a journey that will leave viewers inspired, engaged and ready to contribute to making the world a more inclusive and sustainable place for all.

    Tickets for this event are also available for purchase separate from the Realize Change Conference.


    6:30 pm – Doors open

    7:00 pm – Film screening

    8:15 pm – Panel discussion

    9:00 pm – Networking social

  •  Conference Schedule


    Date: November 22, 2018

    Location: Morris J. Wosk Centre for Dialogue


    Speakers and Sessions at a glance:


    • Keynote Speaker, Rodney Small, Common Good Solutions.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • Evening After Party: Join us for further networking and drinks at The Snug, a collaborative social purpose enterprise between Persephone Brewing, Save on Meats, and A Better Life Foundation – the first round is on them!

    Please check back soon for more details on speakers, panels, and discussions. There’s lots of exciting stuff to come!

  • Venues


  • Vancity Theatre

    Nov. 21 Opening reception, documentary screening, panel, and networking event

    Located at 1181 Seymour St, Vancouver.

  • The Morris J Wosk Centre for Dialogue

    Nov. 22 Conference

    This centre was created to facilitate dialogue and enhance interaction, and boasts SFU’s award-winning renovation of a magnificent old bank building was designed specifically for meetings and conferences.

    With its stunning architecture, generous natural light, ergonomic furnishings and state-of-the-art technology, the Centre for Dialogue offers an excellent environment to stimulate discussion and share ideas.

    Located at 580 W. Hastings St, Vancouver. 

  • The Snug

    Nov. 22 Evening After Party

    This pub is a collaborative social purpose enterprise between Persephone Brewing, Save on Meats, and A Better Life Foundation, serving farm-fresh beer and plant-based food while making a difference in the community.

    Located at 43 W. Hastings St, Vancouver.