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

Workshops will be recorded so that you can review the learnings at any time on-demand.

The agenda will be updated with the  workshop schedule here as they are added. 


The Power of the Plan: How to Create a Social Media Plan That Works for You

Whether you’re a brand owner or a marketer, you know the value of content and social media in reaching, engaging and growing the trust of audiences. You also know that it takes time — often more than you have to create quality content at the volume you’re told you need.

We’ll show you a few tricks of the content marketing trade as we walk you through how to plan the right content for your specific audiences. You’ll emerge from the workshop with a clear picture and at least a week’s worth of content of the content your brand most needs now.

Presented by 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.

Digital Strategy

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Organizational Culture

Measuring Inclusive Culture is Critical to Feel the Change

Inclusive culture is about creating a space where people feel they are accepted and belonged. When people can quantify their experience, it provides a validation that change is happening. In this workshop, we will focus on creating an inclusive culture and managing the change with that lens.

Participants will walk away with the case for an inclusive strategy, best practices for embedding equity, diversity and inclusion into how you do business, as well as tools and resources to support the implementation.

Presented by Manpreet Dhillon

Ranked #15 globally on the 2020 EmPower Ethnic Minority Future Leaders list, Manpreet Dhillon is an equity, diversity, and inclusion specialist with a unique lens as a leadership coach for women with culturally diverse backgrounds who want to have an equal seat at the table with equal pay. She focuses on creating systemic change to address institutionalized inequalities through representation from the communities being served.

Manpreet has over 15 years of leadership, coaching, human resources, and community development expertise.

Manpreet is the founder/CEO of Veza and an Entrepreneur in Residence with Women’s Enterprise Center. Veza has worked with notable organizations, including UN affiliate: Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons, UN Women, City of Vancouver, University of British Columbia, HR Tech Group, Immigrant Employers Council of BC, Blenz Coffee, 7-Eleven, Terramera, as well as a host of tech and biotech companies, and non-profit organizations. She also led a trade mission of women entrepreneurs to Croatia – one of the first held by a private company to further the mission of increasing export by women entrepreneurs.

Manpreet has held positions as a board member of Canada India Education Society, liveBIG Society, British Columbia Institute of Technology Alumni Board of Directors, past Board Member of Royal Roads University, and has served on various arts and health boards.

Manpreet is a twice contributing author to Chicken Soup for the Soul, and a contributing author to Forbes, Thrive Global, and Small Business BC.

She received her Masters in Organizational Management and resides in Vancouver, BC, Canada.


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.

Presented by Mike Rowlands

Mike Rowlands is President & CEO at Junxion Strategy, an international social impact consultancy that exists to help the bold visionaries of the next economy to articulate their purpose, plan their positive impact, share their stories, and demonstrate their accountability. From offices in Vancouver, Toronto, and London, UK, Junxion serves clients on five continents, including major corporations, emerging social ventures, non-profits and civil society organizations, and governments.

Mike chairs the Board of Directors of Hollyhock, a lifelong learning centre and retreat on Canada’s west coast, that hosts nearly 100 annual programs designed to support, nourish and inspire people committed to healthier organizations, communities, and world. He is also an Ambassador for B Corp.