2018 Speakers & Facilitators
What if the sharing economy was founded on principles of shared ownership and equity? Stocksy is an online stock photo company structured as an artist owned co-op. Based out of Victoria, Stocksy aims to rethink how we build equity within a business. CEO and co-founder Brianna Wettlaufer will join us to talk about what it’s like to run a truly disruptive platform.
Donna Morton is CEO and co-founder of Change Finance, which creates clean Exchange Traded Funds (clean in terms of the environment, climate, human rights and gender equality) that democratize impact investing in public markets by selling low cost, simple to buy products. This majority women led and invested pending B Corporation has built a brand and launched a first product integrating the best of high ESG (Environmental, Social and Governnace) ratings moving money and momentum to the cleanest and best in class businesses in the world.
Donna is an Ashoka, Ogunte and Unreasonable fellow and lifelong serial social entrepreneur with international experience ranging from sustainability and start ups, economic policy and innovation to social justice and human and Indigenous rights issues. She was listed this year as #2 in a list of 30 women driving conscious business innovation: Read 30 World-Changing Women in Business. Throu
As leaders how can we contribute in meaningful ways to conversations around reconciliation? What does decolonizing entrepreneurship look like? Squamish designer and communications professional, Michelle Nahanee, has redesigned a classic game into a rhetorical tool for deconstructing normalized enactments of supremacy while also promoting chénchenstway —the Squamish verb meaning to uphold one another. Michelle will be taking us through her giant Sínulhkay and Ladders board game to open a generative dialogue around decolonizing our professional relationships.
Director of Community Engagement, 312 Main
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 volunteers with the Hogan’s Alley Working Group to reinvigorate citizen driven city building. As Director of Community Engagement at 312 Main, she is bridging and renewing local relationships for a collecative transformation of the former VPD Headquarters into a coworking community people palace. In Feb 2018, she received the Mayors Achievement Award for her work in community engagement.
SVI Producer & Principle, Raised Eyebrow
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.
SVI Producer, Hollyhock Board Chair, Renewal Funds Chair
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!
SVI Producer, Hollyhock Board Member, President & CEO Junxion
2018 Workshop Presenters
CEO + Business Soul Architect of brands for the heart
On a 14-year world tour as an international brand strategist, Andrea developed strategies for fortune 500’s and other famous brands, from the UAE federal government to Astra Zeneca to seven star hotels, all prior to launching brands for the heart. Andrea’s clients call her a Business Soul Architect, because her wisdom, strategic-side and heart combines to create a winning combo that fuses an entrepreneur’s business and with their personal purpose. Andrea is all about making a difference that’s aligned with your soul’s purpose, while delivering a million-dollar brand position for those she serves. Her work has been featured in Entrepreneur, Good, and Springwise to name a few.
I have been working with entrepreneurs for the last ten years and the energy and passion they bring to life in their businesses never ceases to inspire me. I have worked with businesses at all stages for the last ten years and particularly enjoy working with entrepreneurs in the start-up phase of their business. Vancity and the broader Vancouver small business scene have many resources that provide all the necessary elements to launch a successful entrepreneur and I’m thrilled to be a part of that. Not only are we seeing an increase of people going into business for themselves we are also seeing a growth in business models that incorporate social purpose into their operations. From for-profit co-working spaces hosting hackathons to tackle community issues to not-for-profit businesses providing lending libraries to reduce consumptive waste and provide affordable access to equipment, social ventures take all forms. It’s a great time to start a business. If you see me at SVI, don’t be shy! I love chatting about all of this and want to share what I have learned and the resources I know in order to help you on your way.
Business Development Manager at Futurpreneur Canada
Humaira Hamid is the Business Development Manager at Futurpreneur Canada. Rooted in values of connection, ownership, and inclusion, she has supported more than 548 young small businesses in British Columbia move from idea to successful launch and early growth in the past four years, with her team. She co-created the free-to-access early-stage education program in 2015 that has since helped more than 520 aspiring entrepreneurs across Western Canada put their ideas in to a business plan: www.rockmybusinessplan.
Founder Out-Smarts 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.
Founder Alignment Ops
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.
Chief Impact Officer at Spring
Sana Kapadia is the Chief Impact Officer at Spring where she drives its mission to help entrepreneurs build better businesses and raise smart capital. She brings a rich global background in impact investing, investment banking and equity research. She is also the co-founder of RAISE Collective, a community of female investors, founders and champions changing the gender ratio in investment. She is also an Advisor for Vancouver-based social mission investment firm Active Impact Investments. A champion for diversity, sustainability and collaboration, Sana is committed to changing the world for the better.
Shannon Ward has been an successful entrepreneur for over 13 years. She built her company, OnTrack, from 0 to 7 figures in just 3 short years. Since then, Shannon has transformed her deep knowledge of marketing and exceptional sales skills into a thriving sales training and coaching business where she helps entrepreneurs and their teams overcome their dysfunctional relationships with sales so that they can confidently grow their business.
Urszula Lipsztajn is an international life coach, guide, speaker and author at urszula.co. She helps today’s leading impact entrepreneurs and leaders build personal sustainability, elevate their impact, and find whole-life fulfillment. Urszula has worked with hundreds of people and for awesome brands like Lululemon, Nurse Next Door, Yoga Outreach, and the American School Foundation. Known for her powerful, simple approach to transformation, Urszula’s work is guided by a simple question: do you want to thrive?