Joel Solomon (Chairman, Renewal Funds)
Joel Solomon is Chair of Renewal Funds, Canada's largest social venture capital firm. With $98m assets under management, Renewal Funds invests in organic food, green products, and environmental innovations. Joel is a Senior Advisor with RSF Social Finance, a 2012 TEDxVancouver speaker, founding member of Social Venture Network, Business for Social Responsibility, the Tides Canada Foundation, and is Board Chair of Hollyhock.
Ilana Labow (Co-Executive Director, Fresh Roots Urban Farm Society)
Ilana Labow founded and now co-directs Fresh Roots with a passion for gardening, compost, and witnessing the awe and wonder of people pulling a carrot out of the ground for their first time. Driven by the collected wisdom and stories of the diverse neighbours and community in East Vancouver, Ilana now helps develop the vision and growth of Fresh Roots. After receiving urban farming and community development training with Growing Power, and training in conflict-resolution at the Arava Institute for Environmental Studies, Ilana found herself in Coast Salish territories growing opportunities for good food access and cultural knowledge sharing in Vancouver’s soil.
Ilana sits on the Farm to School Greater Vancouver steering committee, is a member of the Vancouver Food Policy Council, and was named one of the Vancouver Parks Board’s Remarkable Women of 2013. Ilana is dedicated to advocating for food literacy and energized by collectively creating shared visions for a healthier, just, future.
Tim Crosby (Director, Slow Money Northwest)
Tim Crosby, Director of Slow Money NW, works in the Pacific Northwest on the logistics, policy, and financing of the regional food system. Tim is on the Steering Committee for the Sustainable Agriculture and Food System Funders Network. Previously Tim coordinated the development of the Puget Sound Food Network and helped develop the Good Food Coalition a multi-issue coalition focused on state food policy. He lives in Edmonds with his wife and two daughters, and coaches two soccer teams in his spare time. Tim holds an MBA in Sustainable Business from Bainbridge Graduate Institute.
Katherine Woo (Chief Product Officer, Kiva)
Katherine is Chief Product Officer at Kiva Microfunds, a non-profit that popularized web-based crowdfunding, where she oversees the product management and design teams. Since its founding in 2006, Kiva has facilitated over $600 million in microloans to entrepreneurs across 70 countries.
Prior to Kiva, Katherine co-founded a Facebook Connect-based social dating startup called Thread. Before that, she served as product strategist at eBay N. America Marketplaces, and Chief of Staff to then CEO Meg Whitman. She started out in tech as a product manager on PayPal’s nascent Merchant Services products in 2002, where she oversaw the PM team that launched PayPal’s API suite, guest checkout, and direct credit card processing products.
Katherine earned an MBA from the Stanford Graduate School of Business, served as Associate at Mercer Management Consulting (now Oliver Wyman), and earned an undergraduate degree in Economics at Harvard-Radcliffe Colleges.
Ryan Spong (CEO & Co-Founder, Foodee and Owner/Partner, Tacofino)
Ryan Spong is the CEO at Foodee Media, a corporate food concierge that emphasizes local ingredients and environmental sustainability; Vancouver-based Foodee recently launched into Toronto earlier this autumn.
He is also owner and partner at Tacofino; Tacofino serves surf-inspired, Asian-Mexican fusion with a focus on slow-food practices and giving back to the communities it serves. Since opening in 2011, Tacofino has expanded from a single food truck into four food trucks and two restaurants, with a third restaurant slated to open this winter.
Ryan further supports local economic growth as a founding board member of Streetfood Vancouver, Beaumont Studios Art Society and LOCO BC.
Katya Boudjelloud (Motion, Graphic, WebDesigner KBcreativeLab)
Katya Boudjelloud was born and raised in France, she left for London where she graduated and worked as a designer for over 10 years in various industries including Television, Real Estates, Catering, Market Trends and Web Softwares. Her past and current collaboration include CNBC, BBC, TV5, BARCLAYS, BP, ARAMARK, PWC and many more.
Now based in Vancouver, Katya founded KBcreativeLab and uses her experience to build & guard brands, making sure they remain strong & consistent through time. As a designer, she specifically coaches start ups and business owners on the importance of building and nurturing brand identities. Katya is also a regular speaker for various entrepreneurship organizations throughout Vancouver. She organizes hands-on workshops, teaching how to build websites using Content Management Systems, and the importance of branding in a business point of view.
Presenting: Branding, More Than Just a Logo
Paulina Cameron (Business Development Manager, Futurpreneur)
Paulina is the Business Development Manager for BC & Yukon at Futurpreneur Canada (formerly CYBF). Futurpreneur is a national non-profit focused on fueling youth entrepreneurship via financing, mentorship and support tools to aspiring business owners aged 18-39. Paulina works with startup entrepreneurs to support them in the initial stages of their business, and collaborates with strategic community partners to build BC’s entrepreneurial ecosystem. Previously, Paulina worked at KPMG Vancouver with Industrial Markets clients, where she completed her Chartered Accountant designation.
In 2008, she was a Founding Director of Young Women in Business (YWiB), was the organization’s President, and is currently Chair of the Board of Directors. YWiB is a non-profit society for emerging female leaders in Canada, which grew from a conference in 2008 to 7 chapters across Canada.
Presenting: Getting to YES for Early Stage Debt Financin
Jason Lindstrom (Managing Partner, Bucketlist.org & Director, AdvisorWebsites.com)
Jason started his first business in university, which came to be one of the biggest digital agencies in Vancouver; this was successfully sold in 2012. Using the proceeds, Jason and his business partner have been investing in two other high growth tech companies: Advisor Websites and Bucketlist.org, the former where Jason was responsible for recruiting the sales & marketing team. Advisor Websites is a global leader in website software for the financial industry. Their award-winning web-based platform is now used by more than 3,500 financial advisors.
Presenting: Making Your First Sales Hire
Mike Rowlands (Principal, Junxion Strategy)
Mike is a Principal at Junxion Strategy, a consultancy that delivers strategy, branding, and market outreach & engagement services to responsible enterprises around the world. Junxion has offices in Vancouver, London and Delhi.
Mike also serves as an Ambassador of the Social Venture Network, and an Executive Producer of the celebrated, annual Social Venture Institute. He sits on the Advisory Council to the Faculty of Management at Royal Roads University, and is an Entrepreneur-in-Residence at RADIUS Ventures, an impact venture accelerator and incubator at the Beedie Graduate School of Business at Simon Fraser University. As a keynote speaker and frequent workshop presenter, he has taught strategy, entrepreneurship, sector collaborations, branding and communications.
Presenting: Tiers of Corporate Social Responsibility
Moderating: The Future of Our Food: a discussion about food sustainability, security, and our role in it
Sarah Bundy (Founder & CEO, All Inclusive Marketing)
Sarah is an award winning digital marketing strategist and affiliate marketing specialist. She is Founder & CEO of All Inclusive Marketing, an award winning digital marketing agency delivering innovative, experience driven results that reach, engage and convert buyers online.
Sarah is ranked in the Top 40 Digital Marketing Strategists of 2012, Top 25 Affiliate Marketing Bloggers of 2012 and is recognized by the New York Times as an expert in performance marketing for merchants.
Sarah actively contributes to several boards and advisory councils and is considered a thought leader in her industry. She teaches classes at the Online Marketing Institute, The School of Internet Marketing and British Columbia Institute of Technology in order to give back to her community. She also mentors several small businesses to help them get on the fast track to success.
Presenting: 10 Digital Marketing Strategies that Build Your Brand Online
John Bromley (Founder & CEO, Chimp)
John Bromley is the founder and CEO of Chimp.net and Peer Giving Solutions, and the co-founder of Benefic Group. With more than a decade of experience in the charitable sector, he provides strategic guidance on financing and organizational structure to local, national and international charities, foundations, and non-profits, as well as private and public companies. He also applies his deep-rooted knowledge of the challenges faced by charities to develop web-based platforms that encourage mass awareness of and participation in the charitable sector. John’s innovative ideas about the intersection between charitable giving and technology have made him a sought-after advisor and speaker around the world.
Presenting: Individual Giving: the new loyalty builder?
Daryl Hatton (CEO & Founder, Fundrazr)
Daryl Hatton, founder and CEO of FundRazr, loves the challenge of building companies from scratch. In 30 years software industry experience, Daryl has founded multiple start-ups and helped bring one, Optio, to a successful NASDAQ IPO in 1999. He actively serves as board member or advisor to multiple other start-ups in BC and Silicon Valley. Last year FundRazr was awarded a Technology Innovation Award as Most Promising Startup by the BC Technology Industry Association and was included in the Profit Magazine Hot 50 as one of the fastest growing startups across all industries in Canada.
Presenting: Individual Giving: the new loyalty builder?
Shiah Bazeley (HR Manager, Vega)
Shiah Bazeley is passionate about people. As the Human Resources Manager for Vega, she ensures that the company remains a sought-after employer with a culture that other brands only dream about. With more than 10 years of experience across industries like health and wellness, technology, new media and apparel, she designs people-focused programs that help companies build a strong organizational culture and world-class employer brand.
Both strategic and hands-on, she champions an effective common-sense approach that balances the “touchy-feely” side of HR with programs that strategically align to the objectives of the business and drive tangible results. Shiah believes that successful companies are built by investing in and nurturing their most valuable asset – people.
Presenting: Culture and Community, Inside and Out
Crystal Henrickson (Chief of Community, Crystal Henrickson Consulting Inc.; formerly Yelp, Chimp, Invoke Labs)
Makeup artist, beer rep, and small biz marketing consultant turned community builder for Yelp Canada's expansion, Crystal spends her days working with startups forming community management strategies to grow communities from scratch, and building teams of passionate and knowledgeable community managers to lead them. When not working directly with startups and small businesses, you can find her cooking, crafting, and organizing events and workshops on community management. Ask her about belly-to-belly marketing and its impact on social media engagement!
Presenting: Culture and Community, Inside and Out
Andy Chou (Founder, Sproot)
Ever since young, Andy had a really imaginative mind and a desire to make the world a better place. Fast forward two decades-ish, he declined a promotion at a management consultancy because traditional business was boring and jumped into clean tech in Asia. Vancouver came calling so he went back and did the entrepreneurial thing. Andy is now the CEO of Sproot, a way for businesses to transform donations into interactive customer experiences. Now, he spends all his waking hours working on it because it's not "we can change this world", it's "we have to".
Moderating: Individual Giving: the new loyalty builder?
Bernd Petak (Advisor, Mentor, Consultant, Investment Professional; Bernd Petak Consulting)
Bernd Petak is an advisor, mentor, consultant and investment professional to early and mid-stage internet-driven technology companies and their investors. After eight years as an engineer, he graduated with a degree in business. Bernd finished a tenure at Deloitte as a partner responsible for the firm’s regional strategy and operations practice. Bernd left Deloitte to found his first startup, a computer game development studio which exited via strategic sale. Since 2006, Bernd has provided strategy and operations advice to numerous technology companies including acting as CFO and CEO to several. Bernd is an active contributor to the early-stage technology community as a mentor for several Vancouver-based accelerators and incubators.
Presenting: What the Investor Across the Table is Thinking as you Pitch
Nathalie Baudoin (CEO, Modo)
Nathalie Baudoin is the current CEO of Modo, Vancouver’s local carshare. She has spent her career dedicated to building brands with a conscience. From Chief Marketing Officer for Mountain Equipment Co-op, Canada's largest consumer co-op to Patagonia, she has worked consistently with companies invested in social and environmental responsibility. For MEC, she was able to leverage Vancouver’s community of outdoor lovers to create a strong brand around adopting active lifestyles. At Patagonia in Paris, she launched the company into 12 different European countries while working to bolster their mandate inspiring and implementing solutions to the environmental crisis.
Originally from France, Nathalie brings a wealth of business, marketing and retail experience to her role at Modo. She is well-versed in alternative transportation, using the Velib bike share and Blablacar rideshare when she is in Paris. A skier, hiker, runner and overall outdoor lover , Nathalie prides herself on integrating her personal and professional values. She is a graduate of the INSEAD International Executive Programme, and holds a master’s degree in foreign languages from La Sorbonne University. She speaks French, German and Spanish.
Presenting: Choosing the Best Structure for your Social Venture
Melissa Orozco (Co-Founder & Principal, Yulu Public Relations Inc.)
Melissa is an award-winning social entrepreneur with a passion for adapting innovative PR solutions to campaigns that solve social problems. Melissa is the co-founder and creative director of Yulu Public Relations Inc., a top-ranked Vancouver PR agency with a mandate to “do great by doing good.” The agency is dedicated to working with companies that think beyond the bottom line, with a strong sustainable and social impact.
Today, Melissa sits on the board for World Housing, a social enterprise dedicated to housing families who live in third-world dump communities. In 2011, she was appointed as Chair of Communications on the board for Urban Land Institute BC, an organization dedicated to sustainable use of urban land space. Melissa is also the recipient of an international Stevie Award, taking home the Gold for “Best PR Campaign of the Year” for her work with the charity F-Cancer and was ranked by Marketing Magazine as one of Canada’s 30 under 30 marketing industry pros.
Presenting: Does Your Story Have Impact?
Lynda Brown (CEO & Founder, Curatio)
As CEO and founder of Curatio, Lynda ignited Curatio to build something that mattered – helping people to help each other get better. She has been repeatedly recognized as one of Canada’s digital media leaders, known for her entrepreneurial mind and innovative spirit, and has served many private and public organizations.
Lynda is the board’s chairperson and one of Canada’s leading experts on the creative and business aspects of early-stage development of interactive digital media and cultural content. She has worked in the digital media industry for more than 20 years, founding several startups and holding executive positions at New Media B.C., Electronic Arts and the Knowledge Network.
Lynda has been recognized as a Wondrous Wired Woman by the national Wired Woman Society, Industry Advocate of the Year by the Canadian New Media Awards, and was named one of Business in Vancouver’s 40 under 40.
Presenting: Finding Your Tech Co-Founder
Liz Lougheed Green (Manager of Community Investment/Impact Business Development, Vancity)
Liz has many years of experience as a community developer, social policy advocate and social enterprise practitioner. She manages Vancity’s Impact Business Development program, including handling her own portfolios of social enterprise, social ventures and not for profits. She works directly with organizations across the impact business spectrum to deliver financial, resource and human supports. Her work helps organizations reach their full potential.
Prior to joining Vancity, Liz was the manager of strategic programs for Vancity Community Foundation (VCF), and earlier in her role as executive director, Liz led the Potluck Café Society from start-up through to sustainability.
Liz holds a Master’s Degree in Social Policy and has worked with groups like First Call: The BC Child and Youth Advocacy Coalition and BC Campaign 2000, on community development initiatives.
In addition to her role at Vancity, Liz maintains a role on the board of the Hastings East Community Programs Society and is an advisory committee member of the Canadian Centre for Women’s Economic Development.
Presenting: How to Make Your Startup Financially Viable
Heather Gordon (Microfinance Program Manager, Vancity)
Heather Gordon is part of the Community Investment department at Vancity. She is passionate about using the power of capital as a means to positively transform lives and communities. For the past four years as Microfinance Program Manager, Heather has focused on poverty alleviation through microfinance, financial literacy education and training, and program development. Most recently, Heather’s work is exploring the role that investment co-operatives play in empowering communities to invest locally and take ownership over their own economic development by keeping local capital flowing through local communities.
Prior to joining Vancity she worked for GE Capital, providing asset-backed financing solutions to medium to large companies serving a variety of industries and commercial sectors. While at GE Capital, Heather worked to develop business opportunities through capital expenditure financing, working capital and growth financing, and restructuring loans. She holds a Bachelor of Commerce degree with a foundation in Philosophy and Applied Ethics, a Professional Certificate in Community Economic Development and is in the process of obtaining an MBA in Community Economic Development.
Presenting: How to Make Your Startup Financially Viable
Mona Akhavi (Co-Founder & COO, Sidebuy)
Mona is Co-Founder & COO of Sidebuy, a mobile commerce platform solution for local merchants. With a background in Engineering, she specializes in leading product development from idea to launch. She has managed large-scale web & mobile content management & eCommerce applications. Her portfolio includes BlackFriday Shopping platform (90M campaigns), CBC Sochi 2014 Olympics Mobile App (1.8M downloads), & Hockey Night in Canada Mobile sites (6M visitors/week).
She is passionate about creating applications that combine Fashion & technology. As an active member of Vancouver & Toronto Fashion Industry, she launched & marketed independent Parisian designers in Canada.
She's an Agile development fan and organizes hackathons to foster innovation. She's actively involved in Dress for Success, Girls in Tech, Women Executive Network. She also mentors new grads and young entrepreneurs through involvement in her Alumni Association at SFU Beedie Grad School of Business.
Presenting: Finding Your Tech Co-Founder
Mike Blackstock (CTO, Sense Tecnic)
Michael Blackstock is a veteran technology leader specializing in software platforms for pervasive computing and the Internet of Things. He is currently a Postdoctoral Research Fellow at the Human Communications Technology Lab at UBC and CTO of Sense Tecnic Systems Inc., a provider of cloud-hosted sensor data hubs.
Previously, he has worked in a number of technology leadership positions in local companies, including the following roles: VP, R&D at INETCO Systems, a provider of real time monitoring and analytics solutions for electronic payments transactions; Co-Founder of Colligo Networks Inc., a leading provider of enterprise synchronization software; and VP, R&D at Infowave Software Inc., mobile software solutions for enterprise. In 1994, Michael was hailed as one of the top ’40 under 40′ young entrepreneurs in BC.
Michael holds a Bachelors of Applied Science in Electrical Engineering from UBC, a Masters Degree in Computer Science from SFU, and a PhD in Computer Science from UBC.
Stephen Nairne (Managing Director, Lundin Foundation)
Stephen has served as the Lundin Foundation's Managing Director since 2007. He serves on the Advisory Board of several SME funds and companies in Sub-Saharan Africa and is concurrently appointed as an Adjunct Professor at the University of British Columbia, where he teaches courses on Country and Project Risk Analysis in Developing Countries and African Political Economy.
Prior to joining the Lundin Foundation, Stephen served as Deputy Director with Canada's Department of Foreign Affairs and International Trade's Pacific Office and as Senior Political Risk Analyst at Export Development Canada. He holds a Bachelor of Commerce degree from McGill University and a Master of Arts from the Norman Paterson School of International Affairs at Carleton University.
Donovan Woollard (Director, RADIUS Ventures)
Donovan’s work focuses on translating great sustainable business ideas into great sustainable businesses. In June of 2013, Donovan became the managing director of RADIUS Ventures, an impact business accelerator at the Beedie School of Business (Simon Fraser University), funded by Vancity Credit Union. In this role, Donovan is responsible for getting a range of impact businesses market and investor ready.
Since 2010, Donovan has run Transom Enterprises to cultivate new sustainability oriented business initiatives. Projects at Transom include Persephone Brewing Company, Institute B, Rainforest Solutions Project, and Ecotrust. He has also worked for Vancity, BC Hydro, and Ecotrust and worked the graveyard shift at a half-way house.
Donovan has a Master of Business Administration from UBC’s Sauder School of Business, a Post-Baccalaureate Diploma in Community Economic Development, and an undergraduate degree (Hon.) in philosophy.
Moderating: "Choosing the Best Structure for your Social Venture"
Aran Seaman (Managing Partner, Eartheasy)
Aran is Managing Partner of Eartheasy. Aran received his business degree from the University of Victoria, and helped to pay for his education by running his own web design business. Aran has designed and spearheaded the development of Eartheasy’s store & content management system. He ensures that Eartheasy keeps up with the best practices of modern web-based business.Aran enjoys learning about emerging technologies, expanding his culinary skills, hiking, bicycling, and training in Brazilian Jiu-jitsu.
Presenting: Weaving Purpose into Your Tech Company
Shelley Bolton (Managing Director, East Van Roasters)
Shelley has decades of hands-on experience working as an advocate for individual rights in challenging social environments with people affected by difficult personal histories, including residential school survivors, individuals with mental health issues and those with diminished capacities due to emotional, physical and substance abuse. Combining this social philanthropic work with several years’ experience working in the budget conscious and time-driven world of film production, her unique skill set serves her well in the role as Managing Director and chocolate maker at East Van Roasters.
EVR is a successful and profitable social enterprise program that provides pre-employment training and work opportunity for women from the local Downtown Eastside community. As Vancouver’s first bean-to-bar chocolate shop, East Van Roasters has captured the attention of top culinary chefs, international media, and social entrepreneurs across the world. Shelley is very happy and grateful to be working with an ever-evolving group of talented and inspiring women.
Presenting: Choosing the Best Structure for Your Social Venture
Maninder Dhaliwal (Director, Ballet BC)
Maninder currently serves on the Board of Directors at Vancouver Board of Trade, and Ballet BC. She is also a member of the UBC Alumni Advisory Council. Her past governance roles include the Board of Directors of Big Sisters of BC, Vancouver Chapter Chair for Women in Leadership Foundation, and President and Board Chair of the Pacific Club.
Maninder previously served as the Executive Director of Tradeworks - a Downtown Eastside based social enterprise working with marginalized women and youth.
In 2012, Maninder was nominated for a YWCA Woman of Distinction Award. And in 2013, she was recognized as one of Business in Vancouver magazine’s “40 under 40” top business achievers.
She graduated from UBC with a Masters’ degree in Electrical Engineering, specializing in data mining and artificial intelligence algorithms. She is a graduate of Harvard Business School’s Executive Education Program.
Maninder believes three things passionately - if you are not living on the edge you are using up too much space, stereotype is never the person, and that human potential is a terrible thing to waste. She can found on twitter at @dhaliwalmk.
Presenting: How businesses can leverage CSR (especially donating) to engage customers