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.


Mike Rowlands

Mike Rowlands

President & CEO, Junxion Strategy

Board Chair, Hollyhock

Agile Strategy for the Social Venture

How do you translate ideas into impact? How do you hold to your values, while competition and opportunities try to push you off course? And how do you decide what’s most important now—compared to what you thought was important during your last planning retreat?

Today, effective strategy integrates culture and brand, embraces the change that’s all around us, and is captured in a living document that empowers leaders through change, growth, and organizational development.

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 a long list of visionary, social purpose organizations.


Ivellisse Morales

Founder & CEO, bombilla

Shine Bright: The Art & Science of Heart-Centered Branding

Branding is more than just a logo, a flashy marketing campaign or slick graphic design. Branding, primarily, is about feelings, meaning-making and relationship-building. Great branding is memorable.

Your favorite brands make you feel. Feelings come from the heart. Think about the feeling you get unpacking a box from your favorite brand or the warm welcome by a friendly face at your favorite local restaurant. You feel love, acknowledgement, cared for, listened to, special, belonging. You feel great and because you feel great, your brain makes a positive association. This positive association helps build brand loyalty and lays the groundwork for customer satisfaction and success.

This is why branding is both an art and a science. It’s the intersection of data, design and delight. Data is needed to stay customer-centric, strategic and results-oriented. Design is needed to explore and experiment with the number of strategies and tactics to make a positive impression. Delight is the human and heart-centeredness in it all.

In this workshop, you will gain a deeper understanding of the art and science of heart-centered branding. We will explore how psychology, neuroscience, data and art all interplay as we intentionally build and manage brands. You will walk away with practical ways to start infusing more meaning into how you treat your staff, customers, vendors and community.


Chloe Gow-Jarrett

CEO, 3Fold Partners

Leading Through Your Core Values

Our personal core values shape our standards of behaviour. They are formed by our life experiences and are further crystallized by a variety of influences like family and culture. When our core values are clear, we can make choices grounded in what we care about most. When our core values are not clearly identified, we often have confusing and sometimes unproductive responses to situations that conflict with these unconscious values.

Leaders tend to be most effective and fulfilled when their outward actions are congruent with their inner values.

Join Chloe Gow-Jarrett for an interactive and reflective workshop where you will uncover your core values and define what they look like in action, in both your life and your leadership. Together we will move through a process that allows you to gain clarity about where you are currently honouring your values and where you have opportunities to make choices that are best aligned with the things you value most.


Bill Stoddart

CEO, Iroquois Valley Farms

Unit Economics and Due Diligence Essentials

This workshop will focus on some of the key elements of creating a financial blueprint for your business and developing a financial story for prospective funders. We will share some sample spreadsheets and will also provide an overview of due diligence considerations that business owners should be prepared to discuss.


Michelle Lee

S, Gensler


Limia Shunia

Senior Strategist, Gensler

An Engine for Purposeful Growth: Break Out of Normal Questioning Patterns

New approaches to questioning can spark new awareness of what is working and what is not. Changing how a question is asked could be the key to getting at the valuable information we look for, especially what’s effective for our companies and industries.

Examining where we find ourselves is an essential task as we build preferable futures together and seek growth. Sometimes teams and companies get stuck finding ways to do so. Schedules, orthodoxies, or other obstacles prevent valuable insights from becoming visible that could advance your company’s services, approaches, and offerings.

This workshop will use an approach that helps us ask differently what is working and what is not. In an easy, effective, and fun way, we will be able to identify pain points, rewards, and successes and even tap into drivers of behavior. We will use these insights to build tactics for getting to the desired shift you’d like to see. The goal is to leave you with increased clarity and generate new momentum in a relatively short time.


Gagan Levy


Where Play Meets Purpose

As kids, we don’t know anything but play. The world is a game—a stage for make believe with an audience of fellow kids and adults who don’t have a choice but to play with us. Then we become adults with responsibilities and mondays and TGIF’s and can’t wait till the weekends. The majority of our week hijacked by that 4 letter word…work. What if I told you that this is a myth and that it’s not only possible for your team to love their respective j-o-b, but that in that love, in that purpose they will also reach new heights of their individual and collective potential. Turns out that the panacea for brand movement building from the inside out is right at the nexus of purpose and play. In this PLAYshop, we will not only explore the purpose of play, but also how it’s possible to play with purpose.


Shannon Ward

Chief Growth Officer, Genus Capital Management

Simple Sales Strategy for Impact Entrepreneurs

Inspiring your target market to take action is the key to your business having the impact you envision on the world.

Sales is essential, but struggle is optional.

This workshop will give you a framework and the knowledge you need to build a simple, effective sales plan for your business so you know who to approach, how to approach them, and what to say when you’re in front of them! You’ll also learn key psychological tips to help yourself stay motivated to take action when it comes to sales.


Aliko Weste

Founder & Executive Producer, U Productions

Returning to our Houses of Magic: Community as Capital Center

Are relationships the new currency? A rising tide raises all ships. In a time where social business culture shifts to reflect ever evolving values, learn to be the rising tide. Join Aliko as he shares a brief history of capitalism in relationship to primitive accumulation, it’s impacts on our bodies and nervous systems, and how building community as a business practice is not only an antidote, but reparations for a system that has perpetuated alienation for far too long.

  • "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

Immerse yourself in the beauty of our Cortes Island campus

After a beautiful journey over the ocean, you find yourself on a quaint island full of lush, tall green trees. You roll up onto Hollyhock’s campus and are greeted by friendly and welcoming faces. When you walk into the garden you are dazzled by the colours, smells, and sounds of the birds. During your stay you explore the sunny beach, rest in hot tubs overlooking the ocean, discover winding paths through the forest, enjoy fireside chats with fresh organic tea, and discover the magic of night time bioluminescence with an expansive star filled sky above. From nourishing meals, to cozy handcrafted accommodations, to rejuvenating bodywork, to complimentary activities like yoga and rowing, it’s everything you imagined and more.

Meet your people.

Meet the team behind Social Venture Institute.

Pamela Chaloult

Practical Feet Advisors

Vanessa Richards

Creative Together

Joel Solomon

Renewal Funds

Aarti Kamat

City Hive
Youth Development Coordinator

Mike Rowlands

Junxion Strategy

Laurel Dault

Social Innovation Manager

Rhys-Thorvald Hansen

Fundraising & Community Engagement Manager

Sara Blenkhorn

Leverage Lab


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
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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.