Andrea is a long-time community organizer on issues of social, economic and environmental justice. She’s served with organizations ranging from credit unions to farmers markets and spent 10 years as the Executive Director of Canada’s largest membership-based environmental group, fighting to preserve biodiversity and protect Canada’s last remaining intact wilderness areas. In 2002 she was elected to the Vancouver School Board – a first for the Green Party in Canada – and went on to serve three terms on Vancouver City Council. As Vancouver’s first permanent Deputy Mayor she took the lead on many transformative policy initiatives including the bold plan to make Vancouver the world’s Greenest City and the Renewable City Strategy to transition Vancouver to 100% renewable energy.
After choosing not to run for re-election, Andrea was awarded a Loeb Fellowship at Harvard’s Graduate School of Design in recognition of her work on urban policy and democracy. She currently teaches about power at UBC and SFU, consults on climate, jobs and justice with non-profits, the public sector and mission-driven businesses, and volunteers on the UBC Board of Governors and the World Future Council.
2019 Featured Speakers
Founder of Miyoko’s Creamery
Founder and CEO of Miyoko’s, Miyoko Schinner sparked the rise of the multi-million dollar plant-based cheese revolution by pioneering a proprietary technology for making dairy from plants. Miyoko has redefined the categories of “cheese” and “butter” with complex flavors that have garnered multiple awards and the attention of The New York Times, Forbes, Food and Wine, Good Morning America, and many more. The bestselling author, chef, entrepreneur, and animal sanctuary founder has dedicated 30+ years to affecting social change and sustainability.
Founder of TIO Networks & CEO of WELL Health Technologies Corp.
Hamed is a passionate advocate of impact entrepreneurship where entrepreneurs aim to do well by doing good, which he promotes as the role of an “Impactreneur”. He regularly mentors founders and entrepreneurs of early stage companies in strategy and execution. Hamed built and sold the successful financial technology company TIO Networks, which he established in 1997 and sold to Paypal in 2017 for $304 million. He is now the Founder and CEO of WELL Health Technologies.
Hamed is a successful operator and investor who has a proven track record in operating and/or helping operators of private and/or publicly traded businesses grow and be successful. He has made dozens of investments in both public and private companies throughout North America via his own investment vehicle, Impactreneur Capital Corp. He is also a Limited Partner or “LP” with the Core Visionary Fund II as well as the Pender Technology Inflection Fund I here he also serves as a venture partner on the advisory board.