SVI Vancouver 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. A list of experts will be added in the coming months as we finalize the agenda.
If you would like to be a one-on-one expert, please let us know when you apply.
1:1 Expert ~Scaling across Canada
Chad is a Program Director at the J.W. McConnell Family Foundation where he is the program lead for public interest journalism and RECODE – a pan-Canadian initiative to provide Social Innovation tools and opportunities for College and Universities to become drivers of progress and community change. Prior to joining the Foundation, Chad was the Executive Director of Santropol Roulant; developed leadership and community engagement programs for the Canada Millennium Scholarship Foundation; worked as an Assignment Editor for NBC news in San Francisco; managed global Internet Rights advocacy for the South African based Association for Progressive Communications; and was a Founding Trustee of the Montreal Awesome Foundation. Chad holds a BA in Communications & Master Degrees in Communications and Leadership.
1:1 Expert ~ Leaping into uncertainty
I am a fiercely maternal woman who makes it a daily habit to say hello to strangers and notice the beauty in my surroundings no matter where I may be. I’m profoundly realistic and yet intrinsically optimistic. I’m an outgoing, gregarious person with well-cloaked introvert tendencies. I’m often overwhelmed by big projects and yet I firmly believe in the power of just getting started. I have no trouble admitting when I’m out of my depth and seek help and direction naturally. I’m so new to entrepreneurship and social ventures that I am still defining my vision for global domination of the non-alcoholic beverage market, which is why I feel so blessed to be here as I create a path towards fulfilling, impactful self-employment. And I really, really hate bananas.
1:1 Expert ~Strategy, operations, and growth
Dale is the Executive Director of the Community Energy Association. CEA is an enterprising non-profit research and consulting organization for local governments on climate action. Prior to joining CEA in 2006, Dale was a global corporate strategy and technology strategy consultant at Deloitte. Dale also has a small coaching practice to help conscious business leaders. I hope to meet new friends at SVI and give back to the community with my expertise. When not changing the world, I am out in it skiing, hiking, kayaking, and camping.
1:1 Expert ~ Non Profit Leadership
As Director of Community Engagement, Social Enterprise & Housing at Union Gospel Mission, I lead a talented team who are catalyzing change through innovative campaigns, connections, and events like Summer Connect, the Eastside Stride, DTES Votes, Uncovering Vision, Metro Vancouver Homelessness & Affordability Report, and more. I also lead all of UGM’s social enterprise efforts, such as our Thrift Store, as well as UGM’s housing. As Principal at Charity Wings Marketing, I use my management and communications experience to help charities acquire and optimize Google AdWords Grants, providing up to $10,000 per month in Google Advertising. I love SVI for the inspiration, connections, and passionate people!
1:1 Expert ~ Scaling social & financial impact
I’ve made my career out of using traditional business and economic tools applied in non traditional ways to address challenges within our communities. Whether that’s helping non profits to become more business like and learn how to earn their own revenue, or helping businesses to consider their social and environmental impacts, or helping vulnerable neighborhoods develop their own very localized economic development strategies… it’s all about business as a force for good. I currently work for an award winning community economic development organization in Calgary, called Momentum, leading the Business Development Department. I’m a graduate of Simon Fraser University’s Community Economic Development Program. I’m also an instructor in Mount Royal University’s Entrepreneurship Certificate Program.
1:1 Expert ~Leadership & mothering, Social innovation, & Delivering an authentic pitch
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.
1:1 Expert ~ Business Strategy
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!
1:1 Expert ~Building resilience
Karlo Kowalczyk known as Coach K is set on a mission of connecting humans with movement, community and environment. Previously a sedentary computer nerd (and still part nerd), Coach K had the life changing experience of becoming a Sniper in the Australian Army (Deployed to Iraq, Timor-Leste and Afghanistan), serving for 7 years. Having left that career he then dove head first into empowering people with physical confidence through fitness. However after years of experiencing what the industry had to offer he was unsatisfied and created Restore Human, a socially and environmentally conscious company. It brings together the best elements of multiple disciplines to provide training that empowers you to be comprehensively and sustainably a better more capable human. All of this is delivered by professional Coaches in Restore Human Studios that connect you with other like minded humans so you are consistent, accountable and supported.
1:1 Expert ~ Cooperative Finance, Governance, Fair Trade
Kelly has been a part of the cooperative community for over 25 years and is the Co-executive Director of La Siembra Co-operative (Camino), a fair trade mission-driven workers cooperative dedicated to small-farmer livelihoods and economic democracy. Today she leads this portfolio as the Co-op’s Director of Finance, Investor and Capital Manager. In addition to her work at La Siembra, Kelly has been a strong advocate for women in governance and has led and served on several Boards and committees in the Co-operative and Fair Trade sector including the Ontario Co-operative Association, Fairtrade Canada and the Ottawa Co-operative Network. Today, Kelly sits on the Board of Your Credit Union as Chair of the Audit Committee, serves as both director and executive on La Siembra’s Board and most recently, she was elected to the Board of Equal Exchange, the largest fair trade worker co-operatives in the US.
1:1 Expert ~ Find your why
My name is Keshava Raghuveer and at the SVI I’m excited to share my thoughts on movement education. As health problems escalate in the Western world it is my contention that an erosion of community, physical practice and movement have all been contributing factors. There are a myriad simple, effective tools that can be shared with folks of all ages, fostering a shared sense of practice, interaction and ultimately community education. SVI is an amazing, eclectic group of people that seems to me to be geared around cultural change in a variety of ways and making deep, impactful change in communities – that’s something I’d like to be a part of!
Mary Lou Miles
1:1 Expert ~ Wealth Management
Mary Lou has been in the investment and banking business since 1976. Mary Lou holds a BA in Economics, the Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA) designation, the Trust and Estate Practitioner designation (TEP) and the Fellowship of Canadian Bankers (FICB) designation. 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.
1:1 Expert ~Public Speaking with Authenticity, Agile Leadership, Networking
Meg O’Shea is the Manager of Small to Medium Enterprises and Program Manager of Thriving Vancouver at the Vancouver Economic Commission (VEC). VEC‘s mission is to position Vancouver as a globally recognised city for innovative, creative and sustainable business. Meg drives Thriving Vancouver, VEC’s platform for business engagement and connection to greening opportunities and addressing social issues, and recognition of business leadership in the green and impact economies. Meg holds a PhD in Environmental Studies with a focus on community-scale collaboration for sustainability solutions. She has supported transformation in many arenas including the commercial sector, the circular economy, higher education, performing arts, and community initiatives.
1:1 Expert ~ Digital Marketing
As the Founder of Out-Smarts Marketing I work with clients to develop and implement marketing strategies that grow their business online. I am passionate about digital marketing and helping small businesses grow, I blog regularly and put my knowledge to good use to network and grow businesses in creative and leading edge ways. A regular presenter at Small Business BC, I am also a judge in their annual competition to determine the best small business marketing campaign in the province. In my spare time I enjoy graffiti hunting, discovering ancient monoliths, making kombucha and spending time with my wee family. I am drawn to SVI because I want to explore new ways to add value, to bring more good into the world and to connect with like-minded individuals. Mhairi is a Scottish name that goes well with my accent – it’s pronounced Vari.
1:1 Expert ~ Communications & Social movements
A compassionate creator, peacebuilder and communications enthusiast. With a passion for peacebuilding through arts, culture and communications, Michelle has spent the last 15 years of her life working with non-profit organizations and volunteering internationally. In 2013, she joined the Reconciliation Canada team to help organize the Walk for Reconciliation that brought together 70,000 people downtown Vancouver. Combining her background and in business, communications, non-profit management and intercultural relations, she has specifically focused on supporting socially innovative teams in growing and achieving beyond their goals. She also finds much of her inspiration as a photographer, musician and avid world traveller. Her desire to make a positive difference and uplift others brings her to SVI. Connections and creativity are at the heart of her work and she is excited to join SVI and link up with other participants to achieve greater impact. Her current social change hero is Chief Dr. Robert Joseph. She’d love to know who yours is!
1:1 Expert ~ Strategy
1:1 Expert ~ Leadership coaching
I am an Executive In Residence with VIATEC – an accelerator at the centre of the tech scene in Victoria. In this role I provide leadership coaching and advisory services to founders. This includes guidance on market validation, achieving repeatable revenue, and establishing and meeting quarterly goals based on a structured planning methodology. I am also a founding partner of Humanitas Capital Management responsible for Strategy and Business Development. Humanitas is a newly formed impact investment firm specializing in the blockchain and cryptocurrency space. The investment themes that we are researching are Humanitarian Assistance and Public Health, CleanTech, Banking the Unbanked, Smart Cities and Health and Wellness. I live on Salt Spring Island with my two sons and we love playing our violins together.
1:1 Expert ~ 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.
1:1 Expert ~Impact Media
Tracey Friesen has been active in Vancouver’s media sector for over 25 years and is author of the book Story Money Impact: Funding Media for Social Change. She is currently Director of Communications & Engagement at the David Suzuki Foundation, as well as working alongside Sue Biely to bring Good Pitch to Vancouver in 2018. During her decade at the NFB, she earned credits on nearly 40 film and digital projects, and after joined the start-up team of Roundhouse Radio 98.3 as director of programming. Other joys include co-leading the Media That Matters conference at Hollyhock each spring, attending mountain film festivals, and long weekend getaways in nature.
1:1 Expert ~ Managing complex websites
Travis F. Smith is the owner of Hop Studios, a socially progressivesque graphic design and tech development company that has earned a decade of Webby awards that is now striving to undertake ever-more meaningful projects. Travis has been building elegant and content-rich Web sites since 1994 — he was one of the creators of the Los Angeles Times website, the editor of Variety.com, and a lecturer at USC and BCIT. In his “spare” time, he spreads joy by serving the World Flying Disc Federation as chair of the Spirit of the Game committee. He currently lives in Calgary, Canada.