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Realize Change: The Conference for Canadian Social Impact Leaders

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.

Taking place in Vancouver on November 21-22, 2018, this Conference is for those looking to inspire leadership in the face of our most challenging social issues and is open to anyone interested in driving social change through innovation. Speakers and panelists come from Canada’s non-profits, social enterprise leaders, co-ops and mutuals, B Corporations, government policy makers, as well as academics and thought leaders.

Join us for our Conference Welcome and Opening Reception at the Vancity Theatre on November 21st at 6:30pm for a screening of The Social Shift, a documentary about social entrepreneurs using their businesses to make a positive impact in communities across Canada, followed by a panel discussion with members from the screening’s sponsor organizations: Realize Strategies, Buy Social Canada, and Common Good Solutions.

The Realize Change Conference takes place all day on November 22nd at the Morris J. Wosk Centre for Dialogue and includes panels on recruiting impactful staff, succession planning, and designing workplace culture that supports innovation. The conference will conclude with an interactive workshop on collectively brainstorming solutions to challenges across the social impact sector.

“Today’s rapidly changing world of work is creating unparalleled social and economic challenges for purpose-driven organizations,” says Realize Strategies CEO John Kay.  “Realize Change: Leadership in an Age of Disruption will equip participants with practical, innovative ideas to nurture the leaders and workplaces of tomorrow.”


Morning Keynote Speaker Rodney Small is an established changemaker and community builder from Halifax, where he’s the Social Enterprise Development Manager for Common Good Solutions, a local consulting business supporting social enterprises. He will share his experience as RDS (Rodney Darren Small), a young offender who was accused of numerous allegations which and brought his case to the Supreme Court of Canada. The RDS case was found to be the leading case regarding racism within the Canadian criminal justice system. Small strives to provide hope and inspiration for young men and women who are under similar circumstances.

The Lunchtime Keynote will be delivered by Moura Quayle, the founding Director Pro Tem of UBC’s new School of Public Policy and Global Affairs and 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 talk will draw from the focus of her book, Designed Leadership (2017), which teaches how to integrate design and leadership principles into tools of innovation and change for organizations.

The day will be capped off with an evening after-party at the Snug Pub, a collaborative social purpose enterprise between Persephone Brewing, Save on Meats, and A Better Life Foundation – the first round is on them!


Realize Change: Leadership in an Age of Disruption is brought to you by Realize Strategies. We are a values-based consulting business and certified B Corporation specializing in helping impact-driven organizations realize their potential and increase their impact.

“In partnership with SFU Public Square, we are honoured to be playing a leadership role in helping to build strong leaders and strong organizations, driven by purpose,” says Kay.

Visit our website for more information and get your tickets through Eventbrite.




For more information:

Community Administrator, Maggie Miland

Email: [email protected]

Phone: 604-718-8292