Interactive Afternoon Sessions

Friday April 21, 2017

12:30 - 1:30 Lunchtime Discussion with MP Gord Johns: "How can we grow jobs in locally-owned social impact ventures?"

Moderated by Gord Johns, Member of Parliament for Courtney-Alberni, Spokesperson for NDP for Small Business & Tourism and Founder and Co-Chair of all party Parliamentary Entrepreneur Caucus and Iglika Ivanova, Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives

1:30 - 3:00 Saving Main Street: How rising commercial rents are affecting local businesses and what business associations, in partnership with municipalities, can do about it. (Panel Discussion)

As real estate booms, commercial rents are skyrocketing. How does this affect new business start-ups, diversity and neighbourhood identity? What tools are available to ensure commercial spaces are part of a vibrant entrepreneurial ecosystem? This session will be of special interest to city staff, councillors and business associations.

Panelists: Amy Robinson, LOCO BC, Olivia LaVechia, Institute for Local Self-Reliance, Josie Osborne, Mayor of Tofino, Moderated by Wes Regan, City of Vancouver

1:30 - 3:00 Building an Ecosystem for Local Impact Investing (Case Study Examination)

Local investment funds are one of the most powerful levers for systems change and creating local prosperity. A fund that enables citizens to invest in local triple-bottom line projects builds local wealth, diverts money from harmful transnational corporations, and strengthens the ecosystem for social entrepreneurs. In the past two years, three new community investment funds have launched in BC: RHIZA Capital, Knives and Forks Co-op and Creston & District Community Investment Co-op. 

In this session, the panellists will briefly describe their fund and present one troubling problem. Respondents will ask clarifying questions and give feedback. The audience will also be asked to participate. This will draw practical insights of interest to all community economic developers and social entrepreneurs.

  • Panelists: Brian Smith (Rhiza Capital), Kate Dunford (Knives & Forks Co-op), Eden Yesh (Creston & District Community Investment Co-op)
  • Respondents:  Elvy del Bianco, Michael Shuman
  • Moderator: Nicole Chaland

This panel is generously sponsored by Vancity Credit Union

1:30 – 3:00 Economic Reconciliation 

Discussions about reconciliation and economic development cannot be separate from one another. First Nations leadership is advancing a language and framework to bring these two Canadian priorities together. Economic reconciliation represents an opportunity for all of us to do business with an indigenous lens leading the way, for the betterment of people, resources and land.  

Moderated by Sxwpelimaat Siyam - Chief Leanne Joe 

12:30 - 3:30 Social Economy Study Tour (Walking Tour)                                                                           LEARN MORE

The social enterprise scene in the Downtown Eastside of Vancouver is one of the most mature social enterprise economies in North America and is fiercely place-based; co-evolving with the neighbourhood. This easy 3-hour walking tour, includes lunch, starts and ends at SFU Harbour Centre and will include Mission Possible, Potluck Cafe & Catering & Embers. Pre-registration is required. This tour is limited to 25 participants.

Tour includes visits with Mission Possible, Potluck Cafe Society, Embers (Eastside Movement for Business & Economic Renewal) and the Community Window.

3:30 – 4:30 One-on-One Connections (Lightly Facilitated Networking or Open Space)

Time, space and a loose structure have been specially designed for you to build connections with Summit attendees and speakers so that you can have the conversations that are most important to you.

3:30 – 4:30 Growing the Ecosystem for Place-based Rural Entrepreneurs (Panel Discussion)

In mainstream economic development, scaling means growing fast and providing investors a tidy return in a short time frame. But many rural and small town entrepreneurs, and especially women entrepreneurs, choose entrepreneurship to be their own boss, spend more time with family and spend more time giving back to their community. “Live more; consume less” may well be the mantra of these entrepreneurs.

North Americans need to make massive reductions in consumption to move the needle closer towards a habitable future state. It follows that these entrepreneurs are making significant contributions to global sustainability goals. But how does traditional investment mechanisms or even social impact funds (whether government, private of philanthropic) bypass these entrepreneurs looking for the next shiny thing? This session will explore these tricky questions. What is a vision for scaling that enriches people and places? How can we create better ecosystems to support these entrepreneurs?

Amber McGregor (Kootenay Employment Services), Mark Yellowley, (Community Futures Sunshine Coast), Amy Quarry (Small Town Love), Judy Wicks (BALLE

3:30 – 4:30 Partner Program: Social Procurement Roundtable Invite Only

Convened by the Community Economic Development Strategic Action Committee

Saturday April 22, 2017

1:30 - 3:00 Best Practices for Community & Impact Benefit Agreements (Panel Discussion)

Community-benefit and Impact Benefit Agreements are tools corporations use to gain social license to operate in communities. The early years of benefit agreements were for the most part limited to cash exchanges and employment.  A few recent agreements give us reason to hope that this can be a tool for just sustainability. Communities are seeking long-term authentic partnerships with companies. Companies are recognizing the importance of creating shared value. This panel will highlight the best benefit agreements in BC, and explore how we move from individual negotiations and agreements to minimum industry-wide standards.  

Panelists: Eric Alex, Radical Raven, John Cahill, Paragon, Jeff Waters, EllisDon, Thien Phan, City of Vancouver, Social Policy, Merle C. Alexander, Indigenous Resource Law

Moderated by Wes Regan, City of Vancouver

1:30 – 3:00 A Look Under the Hood of Social Enterprise in the DTES (Panel Discussion)

The Local Economic Development Lab partners with DownTown East Side (DTES) Vancouver community organizations to incubate projects and initiatives that put money in the pockets of DTES residents and invite a more inclusive model of economic development to Vancouver's inner city. This session will be lead by four LEDlab Project Coordinators and a partner from their assigned social enterprise initiative to share successes and challenges of building these early stage values-driven businesses. Social Enterprise Partners include: Hives for Humanity, Knack, ReBuild and the Binners' Project.  This session will be organized as four, ten minute presentations followed by Q and A with the audience.

Panelists are Amelia Huang, MA Urban Studies Candidate, SFU, Irina Rueda, MAES Sustainability Candidate, Waterloo, Teresa Edge, MAES Local Economic Development Candidate, Waterloo and Brandon Toews, MBA Candidate, SFU

Moderated by Kiri Bird, Program Manager, LEDlab. This workshop has been generously organized by LEDlab.

1:30 - 3:30 Social Innovation Challenge (Pitch Competition)                                                                   LEARN MORE

Pitch your concept, discover new partners, and compete for a chance to win start-up funding!  Pitches should focus on proposals that have financial sustainability, positive social impact, an environmentally friendly focus, or are spiritually grounded. Cash prizes, tablets and coaching packages will be awarded to five pitches. Check out the prizes here. Everyone will create connections with many other like-minded people and supporters.

Pre-registration is required. This is generously organized by

3:30 – 4:30 One-on-One Connections (Lightly Facilitated Networking or Open Space)

Time, space and a loose structure have been specially designed for you to build connections with Summit attendees and speakers so that you can have the conversations that are most important to you.

CANCELLED 3:30 – 4:30 Building a Community Impact Investment Movement for BC (Strategy Session) The BC Community Impact Investment Coalition is a newly formed coalition of local impact investors. The Coalition has formed to advocate for the removal of policy and legislative barriers to local impact investing. Attend this session to contribute to the formation of a province-wide strategy to unleash local capital for good economic development. Moderated by Rupert Downing, Vancouver Island Community Investment Co-op

3:30 – 4:30 Divestment: Portland Style

On April 5, 2017 Portland’s City Council decided to end all new investment in corporate securities. In this session, Katrina Scotto di Carlo, founder of Supportland and member of the City of Portland's Socially Responsible Investment Committee, will tell us the strange and wayward tale of how we got here. 

In December of 2014, Portland's City Council passed a resolution creating a Socially Responsible Investments Committee. The committee is charged with recommending corporate issuers for inclusion on, or removal from, the City's Corporate Securities Do-Not-Buy List in the City's direct investment in corporate securities. When the committee came back with nine recommendations for companies to be added, the City instead decided to divest of all corporate securities.

3:30 - 4:30 #CEDperspectives 150 (Exploring New Frontiers Session)

This session represents the launch of a nation-wide tour that will gather Canadian perspectives on CED and the future of the Canadian economy.  This session will explore how to strengthen and promote the role of CED in Canada.  

Moderated by Factor 5 Group

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