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 ~ 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 ~ 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 ~ 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 ~ Strategy
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.