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 ~ Financing, Cashflow, Financial Literacy, Talent Development, Business Partnerships
Ashley Grewal is a Community Investment Portfolio Manager at Vancity Credit Union. Her most recent work is supporting the development and implementation of community economic development strategies for Surrey, North Delta, Langley and New Westminster. Through the understanding of members’ needs, initiatives and strategic partnerships are developed to meet the unique needs of each community. Prior to this, she supported businesses with high environmental and social impact through the delivery of programs that build up the capacity in these businesses. She is passionate about the economic, social and environmental sustainability of our communities, in service of a resilient local economy. She has a BBA from Capilano University.
1:1 Expert ~ Creating space to Breathe
Bernie is the founder and President of Cove Continuity Advisors Inc.
His unique ability is planning, exploring options, studying their effectiveness, personally testing them and then sharing the results to inspire others to act. Bernie applies this unique ability in both his personal and professional life, in his travels and when he shops. He loves spending time with people learning about their aspirations and what they care about. Bernie has been a planner, insurance and continuity advisor since 1987. He has developed a unique approach his advisory practice as well as the internal operations at Cove. Prior to his professional career, Bernie travelled around the world several times with extended stays in New Zealand, Australia, Thailand, and India studying meditation, philosophy, and yoga.
1:1 Expert ~ Collaboration, Frameworks, Communication
My passion is reducing stress in the work environment. By defining frameworks and designing systems that support and encourage communication and teamwork, I simplify workflow and opens lines of communication and collaboration in the work-place. Hidden agendas can’t hide behind the transparency and accountability that a co-created framework imbues. The core tenet underlying my work is the belief that social change begins with the individual and requires a commitment to a greater common good. Inspiring that commitment is what my work and this SVI conference is all about. Fun fact: If there’s a sportsmanship award to be had, it usually ends up in my hands.
Dana Bass Solomon
1:1 Expert ~ Leadership
Dana is CEO of Hollyhock. She brings over 20 years of senior management in the hospitality and social business area. Her current work includes leading Hollyhock’s finance, fundraising and collaborative partnering. Dana is an expert in leadership, with a passion for women’s leadership in particular. Mother of four adult children and grandmother of Banyan and Elora, Dana loves being in nature and spending time with family, friends and her husband, Joel Solomon.
1:1 Expert ~ Strategy, Business planning
Elizabeth Crook is the CEO of Orchard Advisors and author of the critically acclaimed Live Large: An Achiever’s Guide to What’s Next. Through her own life and work with high achievers, she knows that in spite of our accomplishments we all have moments of self-doubt and hesitation. With a lifetime of business experience in different industries, cultures, economic and social environments, she adds value in an ever-changing world where people are facing a bewildering array of choices. Prior to founding Orchard Advisors and her new venture Live Large, Elizabeth helped drive growth in new markets as an executive in the US and Latin America. Her credentials include: BA, Vanderbilt University; MS, Tennessee State University; Certified Gazelles Coach; Master of the Technology of Participation, and more. Among her proudest accomplishments are having two wonderful adult children, raising venture capital, becoming fluent in Spanish after 30 and taking up downhill skiing after 50.
1:1 Expert ~ Bookkeeping & Accounting, Budgeting & Reporting, CRA Reporting
Gordon Holley is the President and CEO of Humanity Financial Management Inc. As a CPA, CA for almost 25 years now, Gordon loves helping individuals and organizations that are trying to make the world a better place. He leverages his financial expertise to help non-profit organizations and charities along with social enterprises and social ventures with their internal financial management. He is looking forward to connecting with like-minded business owners who are passionate about building successful businesses and making the world a better place. Gordon is currently on the boards of four charities and non-for-profit organizations, including Reconciliation Canada and the West Vancouver Community Foundation.
1:1 Expert ~ Operations & Business Planning
Hillary is a business management consultant focusing on operations and business planning for small and medium-sized social ventures. I work with entrepreneurs and leaders to help them run their businesses more smoothly and strengthen their systems to support growth. I am particularly passionate about supporting values-based businesses and have had the privilege of working with many SVI alumni. I am a mentor with the Women’s Enterprise Centre and Futurpreneur, and sit on the Lunapads Board of Advisors, and United Girls of the World Board of Directors.
1:1 Expert ~ Branding & Digital marketing
People are passionate. Some are engaged; some want to be. Knowing this, I founded Seven25, a consultancy that helps values-based organisations reach the allies and customers they need in a world where only the richest experiences matter and everyone has an opinion. With a background in branding and business, I lead a global team of strategists, researchers and creatives using human-centered design to support changemakers and their initiatives. When change is good it’s called progress, and when we work together, progress happens faster. Every year, SVI is an opportunity to get inspired by like-minded folks and to work towards that common goal. I can’t wait!
1:1 Expert ~ Transitioning to cloud accounting
I’ve always loved being at the centre of the action. I thrive working alongside visionary leaders in bustling environments, alive with the buzz of getting things done. Connecting with people as we work to create something meaningful is the heart and soul of my approach to project management. I’m a natural leader, especially when it comes to creating order out of chaos. I’m at my best when I’m holding the reins of a complex project, seeing all of the moving pieces at play, and making progress towards a shared goal look effortless. I specialize in managing accounting and bookkeeping projects, business systems set-up, and extraordinary events. Ask me why I love pivot tables, breaking bread with new people, and pineapples.
1:1 Expert ~ Community Management
Jannika is a community builder with a passion for youth leadership. An educator by experience, and community developer by training, Jannika builds resilient communities through meaningful relationships and vision. She brings years of experience in the non-profit sector from her role in Co-Founding ArtQuake, a youth-led arts organization that enabled young leaders to use their creativity to build more socially and environmentally just communities. Currently, the Community Development Manager for YELL Canada ( Young Entrepreneur Leadership Launchpad), Jannika manages the growth of our student network and community partner ecosystem. She completed her Bachelor’s of Arts at McGill university, in Canadian politics and Deliberative Dialogue studies. Jannika is both a RADIUS fellow and OceanPath fellow. She received her certificate in asset-based community development from Coady International Institute.
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 ~ Peer mentoring, Management
I’m a management consultant who works to integrate wellbeing into organizational strategy and operations. My happy place is working with changemakers and social entrepreneurs (like you!) to build management capacity and turn your vision into reality. I am stoked to meet so many inspiring people at SVI Vancouver, and to hear about how you are working to make the world a better place. When I’m not trying to creating social change, you can find me playing in the mountains (climbing, skiing, running…)
1:1 Expert ~ Technology & Strategy
Kiah Hochstetler is a third generation Montanan who thrives on helping people and organizations achieve the best highest vision of themselves and their goals. Having grown up on an Arabian horse farm, he is deeply rooted place and as the founder of multiple tech startups is excited for how the future will unfold in that place. As an analyst for Goodworks Ventures, he works directly with their portfolio companies. Having personally failed one startup, he has deep empathy for the challenges and joys awaiting those who are bold enough the claim the title entrepreneur.
1:1 Expert ~ Startup Spirituality
Lara Setrakian is the co-founder and CEO of News Deeply, a startup that creates news platforms and digital communities on the most pressing issues of our time. Their inaugural site, Syria Deeply, launched in 2012 and won the 2013 Excellence in Online Journalism Award. The team went on to launch Ebola Deeply, Water Deeply, Arctic Deeply, Refugees Deeply and the Women & Girls Hub; the model is now expanding to cover topics in environment, public health, geopolitics and social impact. A hard-edged optimist, Lara believes in building media systems that are rooted in public service and that help us engage the challenges facing our world.
1:1 Expert ~ Creative Leadership, Partnerships, General Business
I am an experienced social entrepreneur and SVI alum best known as a founder of Lunapads, a Founding Canadian BCorp, as well as the United Girls of the World Society, a registered charity that produces G Day, a national rite of passage celebration series for tween girls. My newest venture under development is Nestworks, a family friendly working community and softgoods makerspace. I love events, products, reimagining work/life balance and right-brained approaches to entrepreneurship and am perennially delighted to noodle business ideas and other revolutions.
1:1 Expert ~ Differentiation, Strategy, Purpose
Throughout her career, Michèle has been fascinated by our tendency to discount our greatest gifts, and under-estimate the value of our personal biases, so over a decade ago, she decided to harness her passion. Today, she coaches her entrepreneurial clients to clarify their unique offer, create exceptional value through it, and bring to life their most fulfilling business model. This is Michele’s first SVI Conference, and she is excited to participate in a purpose-rich environment that supports growth and change. On any given day, she can be found seeking the comforts of hearty food and conversation, genuine and generous relationships, and a source of warmth that will temporarily thaw her forever frozen bones!
1:1 Expert ~ Business Strategy, Brands & Storytelling
Mike is President & CEO at Junxion Strategy, an international consultancy that supports the development and growth of leading, socially responsible brands. Their clients range from major international companies such as adidas and Heathrow Airport, to groups like 1% for the Planet. Mike sits on the Board of Directors of Hollyhock and is Executive Producer of the annual Social Venture Institute. He is an Ambassador for Social Venture Network, a community of the world’s leading social entrepreneurs that work together to create transformational innovation, growth and impact. Mike is also Entrepreneur-in-Residence at RADIUS Ventures, an impact venture accelerator and incubator at the Beedie Graduate School of Business at Simon Fraser University. He sits on the Advisory Council to the Faculty of Management at Royal Roads University and is a B Corp Ambassador.
1:1 Expert ~ Accessing Capital, Cashflow, Business Planning, Financial Literacy
Morgan is part of the Community Investment team at Vancity Credit Union working as the Microfinance Manager. In this role, he provides high quality and hands-on advice and support for entrepreneurs, with a focus on small business startups that have high social, environmental and community impact. Morgan has been with Vancity for twelve years, formerly in a frontline role working with members and community partners in the branch system. There, Morgan developed and adapted financial literacy/community capacity building products and supports to serve member needs and to generate community investment opportunities. He’s met folks from all walks of life and he believes in the importance of building strong communities through focused investments.
1:1 Expert ~ Business system optimization
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.
Samantha Jo Simmonds
1:1 Expert ~ Marketing & Storeytelling
In the villages of long ago we had the blacksmith, the butcher, the builder, the baker. Now we have the visioner, the strategist, the convenor, the consultant. I’d like to think I was the storyteller then, as I am now — a title which incapsulates so many others. I spin a thread of images in other people’s minds, compelling them to take action. Most recently, I did this at the Minerva Foundation, where I directed campaigns, authored publications, secured partners and produced events — all to propel women, particularly Indigenous women, into leadership.
1:1 Expert ~ Early Stage Capital & Impact Measurement
Sana is Head of Impact at Spring, a global start up school for entrepreneurs who want to build better businesses. At Spring, she guides high growth entrepreneurs in their capital raising journeys, and is the driving force on all things impact. She is committed to fostering an innovative impact entrepreneurship ecosystem as we change the world for the better. She brings a rich global background in impact investing, equity research and corporate finance, with leading roles at Renewal Funds in Vancouver and EFG-Hermes in Dubai. She believes education, collaborative economic models, social finance and a fundamental approach that involves leaving the world better than we found it are key elements of social change.