Interactive Workshops

Interactive workshops give you the opportunity to sharpen your skills and develop strategies to work through uncertainty and volatility.

Workshops run each day April 22 – 24 and will be recorded so that you can review the learnings at any time on-demand.

Check out the workshop schedule here. 

Sales & Marketing

Selling in Uncertainty

Led by: Shannon Ward

People who are responsible for sales face a unique set of challenges as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic. You want to keep your business healthy, and you also want to do the right thing. It’s hard to know what to do next, let alone in the coming weeks and months.

  • How to determine whether this is the right time to sell;
  • How to powerfully position your product or service in the new context;
  • How to communicate with prospects in a way that is proactive and supportive;
  • Best practices for virtual selling;
  • What to do if networking or marketing events have moved online or been canceled.

Shannon Ward

Shannon Ward has been a successful entrepreneur for over 16 years. She built her company, OnTrack, from 0 to 7 figures in just 3 short years. Today, Shannon trains and coaches entrepreneurs and sales teams around the world to sell effectively and authentically so they can confidently grow their business. Shannon’s core philosophy is sales is an act of love.

Content Clarity: Telling Your Story in Challenging Times

Led by: Shannon Emmerson

Whether we know it or not, our brands are telling a story right now. On our websites, in our blog and social media posts, in our sales campaigns, and pitch decks, we’re saying something about who we are and what we stand for. Now that the world has changed, we need to ask ourselves: is this really what we want to be communicating about ourselves now?

In this workshop we’ll look at several up-to-the-minute examples of how brands and leaders are shifting and adapting to tell human and timely stories to their audiences, offering insights and examples of how you, too, can adjust.

Shannon Emmerson

Shannon Emmerson works with brands and organizations to tell and amplify their stories online. Shannon is the President of Forge & Spark Media, a content marketing agency helping purpose-driven brands and leaders to connect powerfully and genuinely with their audiences. She has created content strategies, brand stories and web and social content for brands such as the Giustra Foundation, L’Arche International, Alinker, Electronic Arts, London Drugs, and CPA Canada. She’s a teacher, speaker and writer on content marketing and brand storytelling and is learning the ways of Minecraft from her 9-year-old son.


Agile Strategy: Planning Your Work When You Don't Know What's Coming

Leading a venture has never been easy, and it’s only getting more challenging as the business community faces up to complex social and environmental challenges. Traditional approaches to strategy no longer work, and plans aren’t effective if they end up as artifacts on dusty hard drives! Today, they must be living documents, grounded in values, that empower leaders and support the ongoing growth and development of the organization. So how do you build an effective strategy? And how do you translate ideas into impact? In this session Mike Rowlands will share insights into Junxion’s Turning Point™ approach, which blends Agile methodologies, Appreciative Inquiry, stakeholder engagement and systems thinking in an integrated model that’s been implemented by many SVI alumni in their ventures—and that’s helping them weather the current COVID-19 health, economic, and societal crises.

Led by: Mike Rowlands

Mike is an accomplished entrepreneur, consultant and advisor who works at the intersection of business, community and sustainability. He supports visionary entrepreneurs and leaders in organizations around the world, helping to craft distinctive strategies, disrupt markets, and accelerate success.

Along with his work leading Junxion as President & CEO, Mike serves on the Board of Directors of Hollyhock. He’s also a Director of the Social Venture Network, a community of the world’s leading social entrepreneurs that work together to create transformational innovation, growth and impact. He’s an Entrepreneur-in-Residence at RADIUS Ventures, an impact venture accelerator and incubator at Simon Fraser University, and an Ambassador for B Corp.

Purpose and Impact: Using the B Corp B Impact Assessment as a Guide

Led by: Carla Heim & Michelle Reid

B Corps take responsibility to support their communities and employees every day, whether in crisis or not. We will explore the B Impact Assessment as an integrated approach to strategy, and how it can guide your business to be more resilient.

Carla Heim

Carla Heim is Senior Advisor, Social Entrepreneurship at the BDC (Business Development Bank of Canada), the only bank in Canada dedicated exclusively to entrepreneurs.  She works to help grow the national movement of certified Beneficial corporations (B Corps).  She also helps BDC’s efforts to support more women entrepreneurs.

Carla has thirty-plus years’ experience in managing, advising and financing businesses.  She brings rich, hands-on expertise and insights that helps these socially innovative and women entrepreneurs succeed.

Michelle Reid

Michelle supports the growth and nurturing of the B Corp movement in her role at the BDC (Business Development Bank of Canada). Michelle creates connections by building B Local Communities by providing resources and guidance to strengthen the B Economy. Michelle is passionate about the local economy and the impact of local purchasing and supports organizations such as Loco BC.  Michelle is constantly striving to ensure that companies are using the best practices for their employees, the environment and the community they reside in and takes great pride in being able to support the redefining of success in business.

Finance & Operations

From Emergency to Emergence: Stop Being a Firefighter in Your Business

Led by: Tania Lo and Jacinthe Koddo (Tandem); Jonathan Mattice and Nitin Gaba (Noval Holdings)

Have trouble sleeping at night worrying about making payroll?
Wondering how you’re going to pay yourself well…ever?
Feel like you’re running around like a chicken with its head cut off?
Do you have imposter syndrome?

As entrepreneurs, we all feel this way at some point, now more than ever. It’s hard to decide how to prioritize.

We’ll walk you through a business health check, where you’ll identify key next steps to getting your business systems in place. Sleep better at night and feel confident that the next steps you’re taking are growing your business—not just putting out fires.

Tania Lo, Contract CFO/COO, Co-Founder & Managing Director

Tania has 15 years in various roles in operations and finance in digital media, digital marketing, publishing, documentary filmmaking, retail and manufactured products. She specializes in setting up and streamlining business processes including, bookkeeping, payroll, HR, audit and tax preparation. Tania’s clients use Quickbooks Premier, Quickbooks Online, Simply Accounting, Xero, Freshbooks and QC Docs.

Tania enjoys working with emerging, early stage companies that need to get their back-office in order including updated bookkeeping processes, document management, sales forecasting, cashflow projections and growth strategies that make sense to investors, lenders, grant funders and key stakeholders.

Prior to joining Tandem Accounting, Tania was the Co-Founder, COO/CFO at Momentum Media for 8 years. Presently, Tania provides part-time COO/CFO services to Vancouver Bike Share, Two Wheel Gear, Gift a Green and various Tandem Clients.

Jacinthe Koddo: Co-Founder, Director of Client Experience

Jacinthe’s relationship with money changed dramatically for the better when she discovered a personal budgeting app called YNAB. She learned that she was the master of her money and that with a little effort and delayed gratification she could achieve her financial goals. She also discovered the wonder of cloud apps and how they can make both personal and business bookkeeping so much easier!

As a result, Jacinthe loves diving into the numbers, cleaning up messes and building budgets for micro and small businesses (35 people and under). She zooms out to see the whole accounting picture in order to assemble cloud app suites that get bookkeeping systems in place that require minimal maintenance time.

Jacinthe’s background is in project and event management and entrepreneurship. She follows her nose for learning and has completed her Bachelor’s Degree in Interior Design, a Diploma of Holistic Nutrition, and her 200 Yoga Teacher Training, among other business and wellness related workshops.

Jonathan Mattice: Strategic Partner, Contract CHRO

Diversity is essential to my life, as important to me as water or air. Diversity of thought is what adds to the taste of life: being able to share in and value a perspective that is beyond your own helps us to grow and empower a community

Dependable detail-oriented professional, experienced in recruitment, relationship management, client development, executive coaching, web design, digital marketing, business process consulting, and project management. Excels in a fast paced environment with a long term vision. A proven track record of increasing productivity and company profitability. Works well independently or as part of a team. Committed to excellence and growth in all aspects of life.

Nitin Gaba: Strategic Partner, Contract HR Generalist

For Nitin, successfully creating and executing business strategies is of utmost priority. These words inspire, guide and permeate his every dealing. He is a versatile business strategist with 5+ years of experience in real estate, travel & tourism, transportation and logistics, construction and more, with a distinctive ability to improve organizations by assessing weaknesses and recommending solutions. Over the years, he has evolved into a business consultant who assists executives, startups, and SMEs in implementing strategic planning, recruiting & training top talents, appraising team performances and developing efficient sales and marketing strategies.

As a highly talented professional and performance-driven individual, Nitin practices a streamlined and intuitive approach to handling every task, which rests on efficiency, and astute problem-solving. With an eye for finding exceptional talent providing a mutual fit for the company and candidate while adding cognitive diversity. He believes that diverse companies and team environments allow for more creative and innovative ideas leading to long-term success.

Nitin is ambitious, charismatic and self-motivated, always bringing his energy, knowledge, and commitment of excellence to accomplish his aspirations. In his current role, he’s fully focused on integrating his skill sets and diverse experience in providing unparalleled process improvement strategies and consulting services for clients in diverse sectors in order to ensure business stability, scalability, and optimization. Nitin is often seen as a resourceful professional, who thinks outside the box to develop and implement short and long-term solutions. He holds a BCom, Global MBA and several professional certifications.

Built to Thrive: Values-Driven Financial Management for Entrepreneurs

Led by: Siri Amrit S. Khalsa, CMA

When we start towards our vision with impact in mind, we often leave finances as an afterthought. Without an intentional approach, the work can get messy and chaotic, leading to fear or avoidance.

This workshop supports you to find the middle path of value-driven financial management in order to thrive in your mission. You can’t know the future, but if you are stable, consistent, and know what to pay attention to, you can grow with confidence and be agile when challenges and opportunities come your way.

With three basic tenets and a guided exercise in value-driven financial management practices, you will leave with tools to move forward on your journey.

Siri Amrit S. Khalsa

Siri Amrit S. Khalsa has been helping small and less-small entrepreneurial and mission-based organizations with good financial management for many years, starting at the age of 13! After growing up in an entrepreneurial environment, and interning and consulting while he earned a B.Sc. in Business (Accounting), he quickly worked his way into leadership positions wherever he went. He became a Certified Management Consultant in 2019 and currently serves as CFO for two organizations. Siri Amrit and lives in Vancouver with his partner and two children and is also a certified Kundalini Yoga teacher and practitioner.


Introduction to Dare to Lead, based on the work of Brené Brown

Led by: Christine Maassen

What does it take to succeed as a leader in today’s VUCA environment?

Being repeatedly told by senior leaders that we need braver leaders and more courageous cultures is what fueled a decade of Brené Brown’s research. The outcome, captured in her recent book, Dare to Lead, demonstrates that courage is a collection of four skill sets—vulnerability, clarity of values, trust, and rising—that can be taught, developed, learned, and measured. Let’s take a closer look at those skill sets and how they relate to your own leadership journey. You will be invited to create your own Call to Courage.

Christine Maassen

My career comprises a dual path of senior roles in operations and human capital management. I’ve dedicated several decades to building workplaces that are simultaneously values- and outcome-based—it’s possible. I’ve worked for over two decades in C-level roles in organizations of all kinds (private and public) of various sizes spanning a number of industries.

My experiences fuelled my conviction that there’s an urgent need to redefine our organizational models related to performance measurement and leadership practices so that it places equal value on the successes of organizations and individuals, while holding communities as a key stakeholder. Our workplaces need to become inclusive and decision-making roles should be the home of gender diversity. I view social entrepreneurship as a powerful change catalyst.

In 2019, I established Thrive 360°, a consulting practice dedicated to bringing humanity to work.

A Chartered Professional in Human Resources (CPHR), I am an Associate Certified Coach (ACC) and a Certified Executive Coach (CEC). As a Certified Dare to Lead™ Facilitator, I incorporate the research of Dr. Brené Brown into both my life and my work.

Understanding and Reframing Your Money Stresses

Led by: Karen McAllister

How do you stay calm and work beyond a state of survival when COVID-19 has impacted your income? Whether you are in the start-up stage, second stage growth, or a budding entrepreneur, many of us are losing sleep worrying about money.

We haven’t been educated on how to manage our emotional and psychological states around money, and much of our learned behaviour is unconscious. In this workshop, we will look at how the scarcity mindset is built through using archetypes and will give you strategies and tools to deal with mindsets of scarcity and fear.

Karen McAllister

Karen has studied financial issues extensively from practical, behavioural, and emotional perspectives. She’s been certified by Deborah Price of the The Money Coaching Institute as a Certified Money Coach, a Couples Money Coach and a Business Archetype Coach, and she’s studied with Lynne Twist from the Soul of Money Institute for 2 years on Mastering your Money and Transforming your Life, including studies in Lynne’s Fundraising from the Heart program.

She has made use of that training through her own role as founding board member at Clear Sky, and is currently Chair of the Board and leader of Fund Development, and previously served as Treasurer and Director of Marketing and Design.

At this point in her business called “The Mindful Money Coach”, she’s worked with over 100 clients, helping them untangle their money issues and become much more effective in their work because of it.

Her passion for this arises out of her deep desire to see the world a better place, and her realization that so many amazing organizations don’t have the funds they need to truly fulfill their missions, even though there’s millions of dollars floating around in the economy. She wants you to get that money and get the job done!

Karen is an experienced meditator and a spiritual teacher in the Namgyal Lineage path under Achariya Doug Duncan Sensei and Catherine Pawsat Sensei. She and her partner Duncan live in a conscious community at Clear Sky all year around and are dedicated to helping spiritual explorers integrate their spiritual lives with their personal and business lives by teaching about the principles of creating a spiritual container in your everyday life.

Every Voice Heard: Collaborative Ways of Decision-Making that Leverages In-house Knowledge

Led by: Leonie Smith

Much of the pain of group decision-making happens when people choose silence to avoid conflict and when there isn’t enough clarity to support efficiency and surface motivation. What if it could be different? What if you could tap into the flow and effectiveness of synergy—coming together as a team with a shared purpose.

Whether you are moving offices or considering new ventures, in this session, you will learn and practice a decision-making process that welcomes relevant voices and generates clear criteria to support your project’s success.

Leonie Smith

P. Leonie Smith is a first-generation Canadian of Jamaican heritage and is founder of The Thoughtful Workplace, a consultancy that uses a relational and skill-building approach to coaching, training, and mediation. Informed by modalities such nonviolent communication and Sociocracy, she is dedicated to supporting organisations and individuals find ways of working that create more space for humanity and generate less harm. She has more than 20 years experience in senior management positions championing an approach to leadership that supports care and efficiency towards a shared purpose.


Centering in Body, Heart, & Mind

Led by: Bettina Rothe

Living in these uncertain times requires presence: more presence equals more life – and more enjoyment of life, even when challenges arise. Presence means being at home in ourselves, being here, not only in contact with our sensory experience, but fully aware of the task at hand and who we are with. Presence means inhabiting our body, heart, and mind, inhabiting our space, inhabiting our actions and inhabiting our life.

Start your day feeling more grounded, focused and present!

This is a movement based session that draws on a variety of embodiment and mindfulness practices.

Bettina Rothe

Bettina Rothe is passionate about igniting one’s connection to the intelligence of the body. She is a somatic leadership coach, movement facilitator and pioneer in the field of somatic intelligence. Her work is grounded in holistic, body based modalities with a strong focus on the 5Rhythms®, mindfulness practices and embodied leadership principles.

Yin Yoga

Led by: Danielle Hoogenboom

Yin Yoga is an accessible mind-body practice of gentle floor-based stretches and shapes, with a focus on breathing to find space, peace and resiliency. These longer held shapes help identify and dismantle old holding patterns, release stress and tension in the tissues, and help clarify the mind. This offering with Danielle Hoogenboom is for all levels and interests, and is easy, effective and efficient and curated specially for the SVI Family.

Danielle Hoogenboom

Danielle Hoogenboom has been teaching yoga for over a decade, leading plant based retreats and cultivating creative productions all over the world. She founded Love Light Yoga with a focus on yin yoga, social justice, environmental activism and wellness education, and recently expanded to launch a Virtual Yin Studio to connect the #yinrebels of the world, bringing together people from all over in one virtual space to share poses and ideas. Collaborations are at the core of Danielle’s work as she bridges the gap between the mystical and the practical, the personal and the whole. Check for more yinformation