Joel Solomon

Joel Solomon

Hollyhock Board Member & Hollyhock’s Leadership Institute Producer

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 serves on Hollyhock’s Board of Directors. Joel founded Social Venture Institute at Hollyhock and has been producing it for 20 years. Thank you Joel!


Vanessa Richards

SVI Producer and Facilitator

Vanessa Richards, born in Vancouver, is an artist and community engagement facilitator. Her work focuses on participatory culture and what happens when we turn toward each other. Some of the organizations she’s devised and delivered projects with include PHS Community Services, Broadway Youth Resource Centre, The Arts Club Theatre Company, Vancouver International Children’s Festival, Emily Carr University of Art + Design, Simon Fraser University and and Vancouver Park Board. She is the founder and song leader for the drop-in choir, Woodward’s Community Singers, and director of Creative Together, a song based facilitation process bringing song to conferences and gatherings including SVI and SCI with the Hollyhock Leadership Institute. Vanessa has volunteered with the Hogan’s Alley Working Group to reinvigorate citizen driven city building. In Feb 2018, she received the Mayors Achievement Award for her work in community engagement.


Laurel Dault

SVI Executive Producer and Facilitator

Laurel joined Hollyhock in 2019, where she produces and facilitates the Social Venture Institute.

Laurel’s passion for social innovation and leadership development has led her to cross the continent and the ocean, from the Banff Centre for Arts and Creativity, to THNK School of Creative Leadership in Amsterdam, to Female Funders (an organization which trains women to become angel investors) in Vancouver, and finally to Hollyhock. Laurel’s facilitation practice is based in applied improv and energy-building.


Emira Mears

SVI Producer

Emira is the Principal and Lead Strategist of Raised Eyebrow, a values based digital strategy consultancy that works with non-profit organizations and progressive businesses to help them succeed online. She is also the author of The Boss of You: Everything A Woman Needs to Know to Start, Run and Maintain Her Own Business, a business book for women in small business and a regular speaker, writer and commentator on the topic of women and small business. She has been an SVI producer since 2011.

Mike Rowlands

Mike Rowlands

Chair of Hollyhock’s Board of Directors & SVI Producer

Mike 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. Junxion’s clients range from major international companies such as adidas and Natura, global NGOs like Doctors Without Borders and United Nations, and countless entrepreneur-led social ventures and non-profits. Mike is Chair of Hollyhock’s Board of Directors, where he is an Executive Producer of the Social Venture Institute. He also sits on the Board of Directors of Social Venture Circle, serves as an Entrepreneur-in-Residence at RADIUS SFU, and is a B Corp Ambassador.

pam chaloult

Pamela Chaloult

SVI Producer

Pamela is an empathic leader who offers results-focused wisdom to individuals, non profits and for profits. As a natural relationship weaver, Pamela has a history of cultivating high-caliber relationships to instigate change and transformation which she brought to her leadership positions at BALLE, Renewal/ Renewal2 and Social Venture Network (SVN). She is a lifelong learner who possesses a passion for healing, the advancement of women leaders and her eight year old daughter, who keeps her on her toes. Pamela is Senior Advisor to the #NoRegrets Initiative, a regenerative assets strategy focused on restoring the health of soils in North America; Board Chair of the TahDah Foundation and Co-Exec Producer of SVI Women (Bay Area, Spring 2018). Pam has loved being a producer of SVI Hollyhock since 2002.

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