Hollyhock Board Chair & Hollyhock’s Leadership Institute Producer
Joel Solomon is Chair of Renewal Funds, Canada’s largest mission 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. Joel founded Social Venture Institute at Hollyhock and has been producing it for 20 years. Thank you Joel!
Hollyhock CEO & SVI Vancouver Producer
Dana is CEO of Hollyhock. She brings over 20 years of senior management in the hospitality and social business area. Her current work includes leading Hollyhock’s finance, fundraising and collaborative partnering. Mother of four adult children and grandmother of Banyan and Elora, Dana loves being in nature and spending time with family, friends and her husband, Joel Solomon.
Co-Producer, Hollyhock’s Leadership Institute
Theo is a passionate community organizer who brings her skills and experience in digital advocacy and community engagement to conference producing. She is the principal of Cicada Community Consulting which helps progressive and values-aligned organizations build, activate, support and inspire their member communities both on and offline.Theo produces Social Change Institute, Social Venture Institute Hollyhock and Social Venture Institute Vancouver with Joel Solomon and their Executive Producer teams. She is a Board Director with Vancity and the BC Cooperative Association.
Co-Producer, Hollyhock’s Leadership Institute
Emira is the Principal and Lead Strategist of Raised Eyebrow, a values based digital strategy consultancy that works with non-profit organizations and progressive businesses to help them succeed online. She is also the author of The Boss of You: Everything A Woman Needs to Know to Start, Run and Maintain Her Own Business, a business book for women in small business and a regular speaker, writer and commentator on the topic of women and small business. She has been an SVI producer since 2011.
Peter spent most of his 20s studying Russian revolutionary art and culture. This included stints working as a journalist in Moscow, long train rides across Russia, and visiting the Catacombes de Paris. After Russian history, Peter spent time working in Japan as an English teacher, a bartender, and a surfer. Upon returning to Vancouver, Peter was drawn to the social change work of Pivot Legal Society. As Pivot’s ED, Peter democratized Pivot’s internal culture and brought the organization back from the brink. During his time at the helm, Pivot had a number of important wins including two unanimous Supreme Court of Canada judgements that have changed Canadian society dramatically. Peter is a respected speaker and thought-leader on organizational culture and structure, fundraising, organizing, and technology. He is now the Director of Politics and Advocacy for Canada and the Pacific at NationBuilder. He lives on Bowen Island with his young family.
Hollyhock Board Member, SVI Hollyhock Producer
SCI & SVI Organizer
Jocelyn Macdougall delights in convening interesting, meaningful, productive groups of people, and helps figure out how to pay for it! Through her skills in event production and fundraising strategy, Jocelyn works to connect people with their passions, and then with brilliant organizations who are making those passions a reality. She believes that the arts are a price-of-admission component of a sane, healthy society, having a unique propensity to enable self and social reflection. She is also mighty proud to sing her heart out with seven other exceptional musicians in Vancouver’s hottest funk and Motown cover band, Queer As Funk.
SVI Hollyhock Producer
Pamela is the Chief Opportunity Officer for BALLE. Founded in 2001, BALLE believes local, independently owned businesses are the key to solving our communities’ toughest challenges and to creating real prosperity. Through a growing network of 30,000 community entrepreneurs and funders, as well as the only Fellowship dedicated to cultivating the emergence of a new economy, BALLE is amplifying and accelerating the enormous energy toward resilient, local economies. Pamela is an accomplished professional with decades of experience in executive management and organizational development. She possesses a passion for transformation and the advancement of women leaders.
Hollyhock Board Member & SCI Organizer
Cara Pike is the founder and director of the nonprofit Climate Access, a network for leaders engaging the public in the transformation to low-carbon resilient communities; and the Social Capital Project, an environmental communication-consulting firm. Cara advises organizations such as the Obama Administration, the BC Ministry of the Environment, and Union of Concerned Scientists; and serves on the boards of Resource Media and Hollyhock.
Ajay is a movement builder and social artist. He has 15 years experience in empowering communities and creating social change in the non-profit, academic, government and social innovation sectors. A featured TEDx speaker and one of Canada’s top five volunteers in CBC’s Champions of Change contest. He has spoken to over 150 audiences nationally and internationally on topics dealing with social movements, social innovation, leadership, digital engagement, and healthcare transformation. He has co-founded many movements including: LeadNow, #EastVanLove, BeeVancity, RangiChangi Roots and most recently Changemakers Vancouver. He currently sits on the Leadership Council of the David Suzuki Foundation and the Advisory Boards of Kwi Awt Stelmexw, Vancouver Indigenous Fashion Show, and Social Change Institute at the Hollyhock Leadership Institute. He teaches social movement thinking at SFU RADIUS Ventures, Groundswell Social Ventures, Pearson and Bodwell Colleges.
SVI & SCI Organizer
As the founder and director of the Leverage Lab I never stop thinking in systems. I invent and co-create solutions using social innovation and peer-to-peer relations. I have an uncanny ability to know who to connect to and when; I find ways of working across silos and building collaborations that are in service to a wider agenda. Over the last five years, I’ve built four successful programs for social enterprises to achieve their sustainability challenges using collective impact; Future Strategies, The Peer Mentor Exchange; The Leverage Lab; and Connect Vancouver.
Denise is Coast Salish from Cowichan Tribes on Vancouver Island. She is a passionate advocate for the advancement of Indigenous sovereignty and social change. For the past ten years Denise has worked under the mandate of First Nations communities to support initiatives in education and technology. She has worked to gain experience at the federal, provincial and local levels and has enjoyed using a genuine approach to collaboration and partnership development to build strong networks across British Columbia. As the Executive Director of the First Nations Technology Council and recent graduate of SFU’s Executive MBA program, Denise has navigated the challenge of moving a non profit First Nations service organization toward a social enterprise with a business plan positioned to allow the organization a future free from reliance on government support. Denise strongly supports the right of all Indigenous people to access and utilize digital and connected technologies, focussing on the importance of access in a knowledge based economy, in a time of reconciliation, and in particular, to ensure greater opportunity for youth and future generations.
Hollyhock Conference & Groups Manager
Danielle joined Hollyhock in 2011 after a decade in the adventure travel industry. With extensive international community development experience, working in solidarity with indigenous communities throughout Latin America, and a degree in Environmental Studies, she is passionate about the protection and preservation of the cultural and natural diversity of our planet. Danielle is currently Hollyhock’s Conference & Groups Manager. She also operates her own travel company, Original Routes, with whom Hollyhock has partnered to offer a series of global journeys.