SVI brings together a number of experts in different areas of running a social enterprise. At the conference, you can sign up for free short consulting sessions with these experts. If you would like to be a one-on-one expert, please let us know when you apply.
Explore a list of past experts below and scroll over their image to learn more:
Collaborative conversation facilitation
I work in Mobility Placemaking, discovering how autonomous and electric vehicle technologies will transform how we understand society, manufacturing, culture, policy, nature, and most importantly human connection. My pilgrimage to Hollyhock, SVI, begins with my inquiry of self discovery, my edges as leader, listener, and father to support our collective journey of creating holistic cultures , behaviors, and societies. I hope to enliven our time with a bit of laughter and well thought humor. I have a tattoo of Benjamin Franklin, which for some reason is a surprise to people.
Azadeh is a Brand Strategist, #1 bestseller on Amazon, speaker, mentor, and founder of Gogo Telugo Creatives. With 14+ years of experience working locally and internationally (Canada, US, France, Italy) in branding and marketing, she has built successful campaigns and picked-up awards along the way. She works with entrepreneurs and corporations who are looking to create an authentic connection between their company and audience, build a magnetic brand that attracts their ideal clients, and ultimately make a difference in the world. This is her first time attending SVI. She’s excited to be in a space with like-minded people. To be inspired, learn and discuss how we can collectively create positive change. In her free time, she dances flamenco and salsa, plays beach volleyball, and travels the globe.
Capital planning, Investor outreach, & Alternative financing
I am a financial activist. I connect people and ideas to create opportunities for transforming the capital markets. Through my independent advisory firm, NorthFork Financial, and as a co-founder of HomeStake Venture Partners, an innovative platform to help mid-market businesses access growth capital from locally-minded investors, I am deeply committed to distributing opportunity, ownership and power. I live in Bozeman, MT with my family so I can get lost 15 minutes outside my door.
Organizational development & culture
My name is Carmen Lansdowne. I currently serve as the Executive Director of First United on the downtown eastside of Vancouver. I’m a United Church minister and theologian by training, but I have a history in business and non-profit executive leadership, so my job is a great combination of my skills! I am a member of the Heiltsuk First Nation, and a bit of an academic geek (I still publish and speak at academic conferences). First United is a kind of “Step Along the Way” for many folks in our community, and we’re in a time of deep visioning and clarification about our theory of change and what the future holds, which will also certainly involve land redevelopment. I’m excited to join folks who are already active in the social enterprise space, and looking forward to the amazing conversations I know will happen.
Personal & Organizational Leadership
Chloe Gow-Jarrett is Founder/CEO of 3Fold Partners, in Vancouver, Canada. 3Fold supports leaders in scaling the culture and leadership of their enterprise as it matures. 3Fold’s products and services support a broad range of progressive, not-for-profit, investment, and philanthropic enterprises and networks in Vancouver and across the globe. Celebrated for her ability to develop powerful, purposeful leaders and deliver results-driven programming, Chloe expertly crafts and facilitates transformational learning and growth experiences. Chloe is co-chairperson of the Vancouver Waldorf School Board of Trustees, is the mother of two energetic young boys, and is happiest when eating guacamole.
Business Advisor to Scale Impact
Dorothy Spence is a serial entrepreneur, published writer & speaker. She helps visionary leaders stay connected to their purpose while building highly profitable organizations that are a force for good in the world. She founded the world-class training program The Purpose Led Business School as a way to help leaders grow and scale their impact. The program is the brainchild of years of working with people who faced similar challenges along the entrepreneurial journey. As the recipient of The Top CEO Award, and The Innovation Award & Professional Engineers Service Award, Dorothy has been recognized as a catalyst for innovation. She’s excited to be attending SVI Hollyhock for the second year in a row, and this year to be presenting to her enlightened group of peers.
Co-founders and Founder Transitions
Duane Elverum is the Executive Director and Co-Founder of CityStudio Vancouver, as well as a designer and sustainability educator. Through these roles, Duane aims to design innovations in education, cities and sustainability. CityStudio connects students directly to urban issues through co-creation of real-world projects with city staff on the ground. He has taught at university for 20 years, first teaching at the UBC School of Architecture where he created and managed the design/build program, and recently holding the positions of Assistant Professor in Design, Assistant Dean for Foundation and Academic Advisor at Emily Carr University of Art and Design. In addition to co-directing CityStudio, he is a visiting professor and associate with SFU’s Centre for Dialogue, as well as a past board director for the eatART Foundation and Modo the Car Coop. He’s also a sailor, cyclist, mountain runner and despairing optimist.
Strategies inspired by nature
Erika is Principal of EcoTone Advisors – a boutique strategy, coaching, and consulting firm serving leaders creating integrated strategies for the greater good and leadership teams with public benefit organizations. Erika’s clients include social change philanthropists, impact investors, nonprofit and social enterprise leaders. Dedicated to strategies inspired by nature, Erika applies the genius of ‘thinking like an ecosystem’ to new models of leadership, social innovation, strategy, communications, board and organizational development. Erika is Board Chair with the Biomimicry Institute – a nonprofit empowering a new generation of sustainability innovators through science education, international design challenges, and entrepreneurship.
Community engagement marketing
Hilary Henegar has built a career developing and stewarding niche communities, on- and offline. For the past 7 years, her focus has been on marketing and digital strategy in the sharing economy and social impact sectors. She’s also built engagement and community around co-ops, local arts and culture, sustainability and more, including as co-founder of Girl Gang, a professional networking community of Vancouver women in media, with chapters worldwide. Hilary is co-founder and COO of Hoovie, an “Airbnb for film screenings” platform soft launching in Vancouver this fall and she’s serves on the board of Nestworks, a family-friendly shared workspace currently in development.
Distribution, Integrative Negotiation
Gayle is the Director of National Supplier Relationships and Procurement at Horizon Distributors, a leading distributor of organic and natural foods and household products. Horizon Distributors is the flagship member of the Horizon Group of Companies, a privately held network of distribution facilities across Canada. Gayle works as part of the senior management team in implementing overall strategic directives and is responsible for supplier partner relationships, policies, procurement, product pricing, publications and brand management. She maintains a strong interest in the deep ecology movement and is motivated by the enthusiasm and commitment of entrepreneurs and suppliers who are driven by the desire to protect and preserve nature.
Social innovation & Dialogue facilitation
I am the Co-Founder of CityStudio Vancouver – an innovation hub inside City Hall that brings together students with city staff to co-create experiments to make the city more joyful and sustainable. I design & lead interdisciplinary & experiential classrooms for undergrads as Professor of Professional Practice at SFU Centre for Dialogue. I’m inspired by curiosity, possibility and experiments in cities and classrooms. We are sharing the CityStudio model with other cities around the world. I am looking forward to SVI Vancouver to connect with awesome innovators & change makers and new/old friends. I have a dog named Magic and two kids that are born on the same day.
Joel Solomon is Chair of Renewal Funds, Canada’s largest mission venture capital firm. With $98m assets under management, Renewal Funds invests in organic food, green products, and environmental innovations. Joel is a Senior Advisor with RSF Social Finance, a 2012 TEDxVancouver speaker, founding member of Social Venture Network, Business for Social Responsibility, the Tides Canada Foundation, and is Board Chair of Hollyhock. Joel founded Social Venture Institute at Hollyhock and has been producing it for 20 years. Thank you Joel!
Community impact, Co-op development, & Small business financing
Kate is a Regional Manager in Community Business and Investment with Vancity. Since joining Vancity in 1997, Kate has worked in a variety of capacities in both the branch system and various head office departments. In previous roles, Kate managed Vancity’s co-op business development portfolio, co-authored two of Vancity’s Accountability Reports, and managed Vancity’s Carbon Neutral program. Currently, she spends her week days leading a stellar team of commercial lenders, and her weekends in icy arenas or on the ball field cheering on her kids. In addition, her love of cooking, passion for eating, and desire to see strong, local sustainable food systems drives her work as a founding director of the Knives and Forks Community Investment Co-operative.
Strategic Partnerships & Advocacy
Lauren Dobell is the Director of Strategic Partnerships and Advocacy for Vancity, collaborating with partners across sectors in pursuit of an supportive policy environment and vibrant ecosystem for social finance. Lauren’s winding path to values-based banking includes excursions in journalism, academia and public policy-shaping in municipal, provincial and pan-Canadian spheres. “Canadian Councils” (for international cooperation (CCIC), unity (CUC), Learning (CCL)) are a strangely recurring phenomenon in her resume. Ultimately diverted from the classroom by a horror of grading, she otherwise enjoyed teaching courses focused on the politics of development and transitions to democracy, especially comparing approaches of liberation movements to the challenges of post-independence reconstruction and renewal. She has found this background relevant to every subsequent experience, including an appointment to the federal steering committee tasked with developing a national strategy for social innovation and social finance.
Human Resources, Diversity hiring, Leadership
Manpreet is a Certified Personal and Business Coach, and a Human Resources Professional with a Masters in Organizational Management. She brings over 15 years of leadership and community development expertise to the table and her experience spans program development and strategy implementation, governance and organizational management, small & medium business consulting, and much more. Currently she is the CEO of Bridge2Work – economically empowering immigrant women through hands on experience and CEO/Founder of Veza – empowering women of cultural backgrounds to connect to their higher potential as leaders. A long time entrepreneur and advocate for the equality of women of cultural backgrounds, Manpreet is also a current Board Member of the 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.
Growth planning & execution
Martha is a growth strategist and business advisor, helping mission-driven companies to grow and visionary entrepreneurs to thrive. She provides her clients with strategic support in the areas of growth planning, customer experience, leadership development, and operational efficiency. Clients build their business acumen, work through their fears, overcome their constraints, and grow enterprises at rates of growth that are real and right for them. Her career has ranged from environmental and human rights activist, convener of conscious enterprise networks and events (including SVI!), and founding employee of multiple start-ups.
Mary Lou Miles
Mary Lou has been in the investment and banking business since 1976. She joined Genus from Maxima Investment Management in 2005 and has held senior positions with the Bank of British Columbia and HSBC. Mary Lou has also been involved in women’s, children’s and families’ issues for many years. As Past President of the Canadian Federation of University Women (Richmond chapter), her role involved advocacy work in all manner of local and national policy issues affecting families, with a focus on women. She also participates in the Vancouver Foundation Giving Well Circle that is focussed on improving the lives of women and children. Through her twelve years at Genus, she has increased her involvement in social justice through attending and supporting the Board of Change, the Responsible Investing Association, and now as a corporate sponsor of Hollyhock.
Strategy, Branding, Sales
Mike is President & CEO at Junxion Strategy, an international consultancy that supports the development and growth of leading, socially responsible brands. Junxion’s clients range from major international companies such as adidas and Heathrow Airport, to global NGOs, and countless entrepreneur-led social ventures and non-profits. Mike serves on Hollyhock’s Board of Directors, and is an Executive Producer of the Social Venture Institute. He also sits on the Board of Directors of Social Venture Network; he’s an Entrepreneur-in-Residence at RADIUS Ventures, and he’s a B Corp Ambassador.
Art of investing
An investment professional with over 10 years of experience in global capital markets. Spent 5 years at top tier investment banks (Credit Suisse and Bank of America Merrill Lynch). Over this period, consistently rated as a top equity analyst. In 2015, rated the number 1 Consumer Analyst in the Extel survey across Emerging Europe, Middle East and Africa ‘’EEMEA’’. Holds 3 degrees from the University of Cape Town. Enjoys yoga and has travelled to most continents except South America. Look forward to advising entrepreneurs, meeting like minded people and learning more about social impact capital. SVI is an opportunity to leverage my skills gained in global capital markets and see how they can be applied to the wold of social impact. Would like to make a contribution towards investments in the consumer, healthcare, education and affordable housing sectors.
Answering Your Soul’s Calling
Pamela’s career has been defined by a desire to serve – to develop, coach and mentor leaders – and to connect people with shared values and aspirations. She is passionate about transformation and supporting the advancement of women entrepreneurs. As a natural relationship weaver, Pamela has a history of cultivating high-caliber, action focused relationships, which she embedded in her leadership positions at BALLE, Renewal Funds and Social Venture Network (SVN). She is thrilled to be launching her new biz here at SVI: Practical Feet Advising which supports and empowers leaders to follow their deepest calling. She is the Board Chair of the TahDah Foundation and Co-Exec Producer of SVI Women (Bay Area, April 2019). Pam has loved being a producer of SVI Hollyhock since 2002 and looks forward to meeting you!
Phillip Kang Sun Djwa
Company exits & Sabbaticals
Phillip Kang Sun Djwa, MFA is passionate about the opportunities for technology to inform social change. He is a creative technologist and digital strategist with more than 20+ years experience in business, design, digital media and film/TV. His clients are First Nations, government, progressive orgs and social venture companies. He has deep knowledge of running your own agency and designing campaigns for social change, including the behavioural and strategic digital tactics to deploy. He is an accomplished facilitator, thinker and successful entrepreneur. Djwa sits on the board of the BC Arts Council, Openmedia.ca, the Vancouver Fringe, the City of Vancouver Arts and Culture Policy Council and is a business mentor for new immigrants at MOSAIC.
Small Business Operations
Rachel Flood is a technology enthusiast and operations consultant, who believes that what you do is only as good as how you do it. As the founder of Alignment Ops Rachel is always looking for ways to minimize redundancy and manual entry, while maximizing data centralization. With over 17 years of experience, she has learned that a strategic plan must be effectively operationalized to be realized. Rachel has a background in non-profit arts management, event production, and youth organizing; as well as traditional office management and business administration. She is an adept systems thinker with a passion for operational design who regularly geeks out researching best practices, management software, platform integrations, and other stuff that bores most people to tears.
Entrepreneurship, Business restructuring & Brand building
Rene is founder and CEO of Sitka – an outdoor apparel company based in BC. Sitka puts the customer and the planet first, by producing goods that are backed by a lifetime guarantee and made in Canada with responsible natural and recycled fibres.
Social Finance, Impact, Diversity
Sana Kapadia is Chief Impact Officer at Spring Activator, where she drives its mission to help entrepreneurs build better businesses and raise smart capital. She brings a rich global background in impact investing, investment banking and equity research. She is also the co-founder of RAISE Collective, a community of female investors, founders and champions changing the gender ratio in investment. She strongly believes in the transformative power of social impact and aligning capital with values based business. SVI Hollyhock is an experience she is looking to immerse herself into, connect with like-minded impact leaders and visionaries and bring further fuel to her passions of increasing investment opportunities for diverse, purpose driven founders working on social justice and big world-changing ideas. She loves cooking with her 3 year old daughter, reading with her 9 month old son and travelling the world with her amazing husband who is a devoted father and scuba diver.
Finding your song, living your passion
Sandra is CEO and Founder of social business 10Power, which is providing commercial-grade renewable energy internationally to communities that lack access to electricity. In Haiti, 10Power is working with local partners and has provided project development and financing for solar on water purification centers, health organizations and major international organizations. Previously Sandra worked with AutoGrid creating energy saving apps for utilities using smart meter Big Data, scaling the company through $14M in financing from prototype to a global brand. Sandra also Co-Founded and served as President / COO of energy efficiency company Powerzoa. At Pacific Gas and Electric (PG&E) Utility she helped implement the ClimateSmart program. She has an Sustainable MBA from Presidio Graduate School, has taught at SFSU and guest lectures at CCA and Stanford. Sandra sees renewable energy as the key to providing clean water, gender empowerment and access to regenerative technology – a concept explored in her TEDx talk “Fourth World Nation Building” .
Shannon Ward has been an successful entrepreneur for over 15 years. She built her company, OnTrack, from 0 to 7 figures in just 3 short years. Since then, Shannon has transformed her deep knowledge of marketing and exceptional sales skills into a thriving sales training and coaching business where she helps entrepreneurs and their teams overcome their dysfunctional relationships with sales so that they can break through revenue barriers in record time. Her transformational approach to sales stems from a core belief that sales is an act of love. Shannon also taught Sales & Sales Management at UBC Sauder School of Business and has been nominated for the RBC Canadian Women Entrepreneur Awards 2016, 2017 and 2018. Shannon divides her time between her mountain home in the resort town of Whistler, Canada and traveling the world with her husband and son. She can often be found in the ocean surfing or in the forest snowboarding, hiking or mountain biking. Shannon also believes in giving back. She actively mentors rising women entrepreneurs through organizations like the Forum for Women Entrepreneurs and FuturPreneur, and donates tens of thousands of dollars each year in mentoring to entrepreneurs in need of sales training and support to achieve their next level of business success.
Empowering business agreements
I’m an independent tech lawyer by day and personal growth junkie by night. General counsel for a variety of blockchain startups. I co-lead a Vancouver men’s community called the Samurai Brotherhood. Super passionate about connecting with the folks with the biggest hearts, brains and visions!
Organic, Cooperatives, & Fair trade
Tia Loftsgard is the Executive Director of the Canada Organic Trade Association (COTA), a member based not for profit based in Ottawa involving the value chain of organic actors in Canada. Tia’s background includes founding the first Fairtrade organic brand in Canada, Camino chocolate, and other roles within ethical certification landscape as the Business Development Director for Fairtrade Canada, and the Chief Operating Officer of Fairtrade America. Tia currently is a voting member of the Organic Standards Technical Committee; the Organic Value Chain Roundtable and COTA holds leadership positions on several committees and task forces that advance the organic sectors market access and resolves regulatory burdens. Tia joined COTA in 2016.
Leadership & Organizational development
Tracey is a leadership coach & organizational consultant, hailing from the Rock and now living in both Asia & Canada. Her passion lies at the intersection of psychology, leadership, and social change. Tracey’s career has been in a helping profession as a Psychologist, coach, professor and trainer specialized in leadership development. She has provided executive coaching, counselling, and consulting for over a decade to more than 800 impact leaders, teams, and organizations across the globe. As the founder of On Purpose Leadership, she provides coaching and training to conscious leaders so they can feel more resilient and have greater influence and impact. She also assists businesses to create a compelling workplace culture to build high trust and high performing teams. When she’s not geeking out on work, you’ll either find her adventuring, striking up conversations with strangers, or petting the nearest dog.
Circular economy, Cash flow management & Operational efficiency
William is a Community Business Advisor with Vancity Credit Union and has over 16 years’ experience within the credit union system in British Columbia. Drawing on his experience in retail banking, branch management, small business and commercial banking, William offers a holistic approach to business owners which includes financial advice and support ranging from financing options, cash management solutions and business advisory services. Whether in startup mode, growth or expansion phase William engages business owners early in the conversation on profitability with an emphasis on sustainable, inclusive business practices, operational efficiency and supply chain management. A believer in values-based banking, he looks for opportunities to bring awareness to the importance of switching from a linear business model to a circular economy approach. William encourages convening and collaborating with like-minded businesses in order to create positive social, economic and environmental change. After all, we all have a part to play and each one of us can make a difference! This is his first SVI event and William is excited to learn, grow and connect with other attendees and be immersed in some amazing conversations.