SVI True Confessions come to us from successful inspirational leaders who share their trials, tribulations and triumphs in building businesses that matter. These intimate “confessions” reveal the challenges and success of building businesses focuses on the triple bottom line.
This year we are welcoming Bernie Li, co-founder of Pure Energies Group, a company that provides residential solar solutions and was the first to offer Ontario’s “free solar” rooftops. Bernie’s vision to provide clean and accessible energy resulted in the building, rapid growth and eventual selling of his business Pure Energies Group. This Canadian company has directly motivated over 5,000 home owners across North America to put solar panels on their homes. PURE Energies was the #2 ranked company on the Profit Hot 50 in 2013 and were acquired by NRG Energy Inc (NYSE: NRG) in 2014.
Since selling PURE Energies, Bernie has been involved in the Centre for Social Innovation in Toronto as a Board Member, and is advising start-ups. Prior to his career in solar energy, Bernie worked working at venture capital and private equity funds in NYC, Montreal and Toronto.
Bernie will share his story of how founding a company with a vision for a better future turned into a successful high growth company, and all the lessons learned along the way.
Join us for the city version of Social Venture Institute Hollyhock with partners Vancity and SFU Woodward’s May 3 – 5, 2016. Apply to attend here.