Transforming the World of Business.

Anyone who has ever done something meaningful in life will tell you the hardest part is building your inner skills to meet the demands of your vision. SVI Hollyhock helps you grow as an individual so you can advance your enterprise.

You’re invited to attend a joy-filled, five-day gathering of CEOs, entrepreneurs, changemakers and investors who are using business as a force for good. From September 21 – 25, join 100+ people who, like you, care about humanity and the planet, and see the urgent need for significant social change.

Learn with the best.

 SVI is highly interactive and experiential.
Stay tuned for updates about the 2022 lineup below:

Compelling Speakers

“True Confession” speakers share instrumental learning moments on the challenges and successes of building business that is focused on a triple bottom line.

Rha Goddess

Rha Goddess

Founder, Move the Crowd

Paul Lacerte

Paul Lacerte

Co-Founder, Moose Hide Campaign / Founding Managing Partner, Raven Indigenous Capital Partners

Scott Hawthorn

Scott Hawthorn

Co-Founder and Executive Chair,
Native Shoes

Live Case Studies

Case studies are an opportunity to hear about a key business challenge with a panel of experts and the gathering as a whole offering constructive feedback and insights.


Interactive skill-building workshops cover a range of topics from strategy and marketing to personal leadership and equity training. These workshops will also be recorded so you have the choice of attending live or watching on your own schedule later on.

Networking, Coaching & Community Support

Throughout the gathering you will have opportunities to connect deeply with like-minded leaders through breakouts and peer coaching circles. In one-on-one coaching sessions, you’ll also have the chance to talk with a subject matter expert about a challenge you’re facing. In addition, all SVI alumni join an online community to share ideas, make asks, and meet throughout the year.

  • "SVI was exactly what I had hoped for - a place to reconnect, be inspired, and be reminded with why I love business as a vehicle of change."

    Zoe Currelly Saltspring Harvest
  • "I was looking for a deep-dive into the social venture sphere: to learn, connect with leaders in the field, and come away with tools to help build a better world. SVI delivered."

    Adam Lynes-Ford Iron & Earth
  • "SVI allowed me to connect with others in the engaged in social purpose and purpose-driven work in an intense and comprehensive way that I have never experienced anywhere else."

    Matt Hessey Hessey Consulting + Architecture Inc.
  • "SVI offered a caring, compassionate space to discuss the very real problems and challenges being faced every day by social ventures and organizations. The honesty and willingness to share, and the genuine desire to help and support, truly impressed and humbled me."

    Shannon Emmerson President, Forge & Spark Media Ltd.
  • "SVI helped me take charge of my business and put its destiny in my own hands. It helped me envision where I want my business to go and how I can design it to help build the life I want to lead!"

    Annelies Tjebbes
  • "SVI is redefining the conference landscape with dynamic programming and meaningful content."

    Robert Fisher Dogwood

Meet your people.

Meet the team behind Social Venture Institute.

Mike Rowlands

Junxion Strategy

Pamela Chaloult

Practical Feet Advisors

Vanessa Richards

Creative Together

Laurel Dault

Social Innovation Manager

Joel Solomon

Renewal Funds

Aarti Kamat

City Hive
Youth Development Coordinator


Tuition for Social Venture Institute Hollyhock is $975.00 CAD

Additional Costs

Campus stay rates range from $557 – $1719 and include gourmet meals, accommodations, Hollyhock activities, use of hot tubs and campus facilities; tuition is not included.

Click here for details.


We believe that everyone should have equitable access to Hollyhock program experiences, and that our diverse community should be reflected in all that we do. We are committed to identifying and removing barriers to access through our scholarship program. While we strive to be accessible and inclusive to all, a limited number of scholarships are available ranging from 25%-90% of costs.

We encourage applicants from those whose identities intersect with, but are not limited to: Black, Indigenous, People of Colour, 2SLGBTQIA+, people with disabilities, newcomers, youth, and elders.

Please apply for a scholarship within your program application form. Please contact us directly with any questions.

Our Partners

We are grateful to our Partners and Sponsors who provide critical support to ensure SVI’s success and to increase accessibility by supporting the conference scholarship fund. If you are interested in partnering with SVI, please connect with us.

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innovate BC
Stephanie Vellins Harris
Joel & Dana Solomon Fund
stream of consciousness
Be Local

Rha Goddess

Rha Goddess

Founder, Move the Crowd

Rha Goddess is the entrepreneurial soul coach behind hundreds of breakthrough changemakers, cultural visionaries and social entrepreneurs. From multiple NY Times Bestsellers to multi-million dollar social enterprises, Rha’s unique methodology has empowered a new generation of conscious entrepreneurs to stay true, get paid, and do good. From the onset of her more than 30-year career as a cultural innovator, social impact strategist and creative change agent, Rha has drawn on the power of creativity, culture and community to move hearts, minds and policy.

Rha’s book, The Calling (St. Martin’s Press) leverages her unique methodology into a step by step blueprint for finding your purpose and making your most profitable contribution.

Paul Lacerte

Paul Lacerte
Co-Founder, Moose Hide Campaign
Founding Managing Partner, Raven Indigenous Capital Partners

Paul Lacerte is a member of the Nadleh Whut’en Band and belongs to the Carrier First Nation in northern BC. He is a traditional cultural practitioner and spends as much time as possible in his home Carrier territory, learning, laughing, hunting, and gathering. In 2011, Paul and his daughter Raven co-founded the Moose Hide Campaign, a grassroots movement of Indigenous and non-Indigenous men working to end violence against women and children. Since then, over 3 Million Moose Hide pins have been distributed and the Campaign has spread to over 2,500 communities and organizations across Canada and the US.

Paul is a Founding Managing Partner with Raven Indigenous Capital Partners (the first Indigenous owned financial intermediary in Canada), the former Vice-Chair of the Vancouver Foundation Board of Directors, a former foster parent, an adoptive parent, the former Board Chair for Reconciliation Canada, and a former representative to the United Nations Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues. He was awarded the Order of British Columbia in 2014. He is also a practicing magician and a sub-average hockey player.

Scott Hawthorn

Scott Hawthorn
Co-Founder and Executive Chair,
Native Shoes

Curiosity leads the way for social entrepreneur Scott Hawthorn, co-founder and Executive Chair of Native Shoes, a company that makes it easy for all to Live Lightly. Scott definitively places purpose and people-development at the core of building an organization, as well as one’s own life. His inquisitive nature and love for the Arts continue to expand his perceptions and understanding of the world and how he wants to be in it. Scott balances his love of city life and his home in Vancouver with his time at a remote cabin, enjoyed with his wife and son.