March 25th, 2010 Speakers
Founder and President of Octopus Strategies
Mike is an accomplished business strategist, entrepreneur, and leader engaged by organizations around the world to craft distinctive strategies and to deliver award-winning marketing. Mike speaks frequently to business organizations, and has lectured for MBA candidates at UBC’s Sauder School of Business. He has also been recognized by the BC Technology Industries Association as a ‘Tech Expert;’ by the Vancouver Board of Trade as a nominee for ‘Mentor of the Year;’ and by his peers as a nominee for Business In Vancouver magazine’s ‘40 Under 40.’ Mike is a Past-President of the BC Epilepsy Society, and is currently a Director of the BC Lower Mainland Chapter of the Canadian Association of Management Consultants, and a Member of the Vancouver Committee of the Royal Roads University Foundation.
During his career, Mike has worked with a diverse range of clients, including K2 Snowboarding, CARE Canada, the Australian Trade Commission, and many startup ventures and not-for-profit organizations. Since founding Octopus in 2002, he has consistently grown the firm, establishing it as a leading thinker in brand strategy, and as a proponent of sustainable business practices. Mike holds dual citizenship in Canada and the United Kingdom, and splits his time between the Vancouver and London offices. He lives in North Vancouver with his wife, Tanya, and their children Ben and Emma. He is an avid skier and golfer, and a competitive mountain biker.
Co-Founder of Success IQ University and President of Ray Williams Associates
Ray Williams is currently Co-Founder of Success IQ University, a company with offices in Phoenix, Arizona and Vancouver, which provides products and services for leadership and executive development, and training programs for business owners, entrepreneurs and professionals. Ray is also owner and President of Ray Williams Associates, a Vancouver based company providing executive coaching and leadership training services.
Ray brings over 30 years experience to his businesses as a CEO, senior HR executive, management consultant, trainer and executive coach. Ray is also a certified Hypnotherapist and Master NLP Coach and Trainer. He is widely regarded as one of Canada’s top executive coaches. Ray is the recipient of the Master Educator Award from the American Society of Education Executives, and is also past President of the International Coach Federation in Vancouver. He has worked as a consultant with a variety of Fortune 1000 companies and small to medium sized businesses and non-profit organizations in the areas of leadership, organizational development, and team development and peak performance. He is very active in such organizations as the Vancouver Board of Trade and other professional and community service organizations. Ray is a regular contributor for the National Post, Fast Company and Psychology. Today, and has written scores of articles for other newspapers and professional publications. He has written two books on leadership, The Leadership Edge, and Systemic Change, and is a regular guest on various radio shows such as the Good Life Radio Show, with over 10 million listeners. In his spare time, Ray has written several novels, the latest of which Dragon Tamer, was published in 2003, and for which he also wrote a screenplay for a movie.
Elizabeth Lougheed Green
Former Executive Director of the Potluck Cafe and Manager of Social Enterprise at the Vancity Community Foundation
Liz has many years of experience as a community developer, social policy advocate and social enterprise practitioner. Liz now manages Vancity’s social enterprise program, working directly with groups across the social enterprise spectrum to deliver financial, resource and human supports, in order to help them reach their full potential.
Prior to coming to the foundation, Liz led the Potluck Café Society from start-up through to sustainability in her role there as Executive Director. Potluck is a well recognized social enterprise that employs marginalized people from Vancouver’s Downtown Eastside and delivers nutrition programs to those considered to be the hardest to house in the neighbourhood. Liz holds a Master’s Degree in Social Policy and has worked with groups like First Call: The BC Child and Youth Advocacy Coalition and BC Campaign 2000 on Community Development initiatives.
In addition to her role at the foundation, Liz maintains a role on the Board’s of Potluck and women’s organization, W4. She is an advisory committee member of the Canadian Centre for Women’s Economic Development and the Cooperators CED fund and lives in East Vancouver with her husband and 2 young children.
Founder of United We Can
Ken was born in North Vancouver in 1947. He has lived and worked in Vancouver’s Downtown Eastside, a socially and economically depressed area of the City, for the past 30 years. In 1990, along with other members of his community, Ken began work to improve beverage container recycling services in Vancouver. He participated in discussions, which guided the drafting of regulations to expand industry stewardship of beverage container recycling in British Columbia.
He was also the founder and Executive Director of United We Can, a non-profit bottle depot, which has operated in downtown Vancouver since 1995. Ken’s work has been well recognized and he has received numerous awards and commendations including a Medal for Meritorious Service from the Governor General of Canada.
Founder of Salt Spring Coffee
Mickey is a born and raised BC boy. From the age of ten he has lived in small rural communities. In 1966 he and his family moved to Texada Island. It was there he was influenced by a group of counter culture folks who got him on the path of doing good for people and the world.
Mickey is a businessman at heart and during the 70’s he bought and sold fruit and veggies in the Okanagan Valley between tree planting gigs. Moving to Salt Spring Island in 1981, he and his wife Robbyn Scott started an organic market garden along with a custom selective sawmill business. In 1996 Salt Spring Coffee Co. was born. It was created out of a passion for coffee and the opportunity to use a business to make positive change for the environment and people.
Today the Salt Spring Coffee Company is one of Western Canada’s most respected micro-roasters of 100% certified organic, fair-trade, shade-grown, and carbon-neutral coffees. The company uses fuel-efficient cars and bio-diesel fuel in their delivery trucks. Approximately 1% of their sales go towards social and environmental causes. The company sells merchandise that has been screened as environmentally-friendly. At its cafes, the company also promotes the use of reusable coffee travel mugs instead of paper cups. The Salt Spring Coffee Company became one of the world’s first carbon neutral coffee roasters, as recognized by the David Suzuki Foundation. (source: Doing Business in a New Climate, DSF, December 2008).
Salt Spring Coffee is in the early stages of a project with Offsetters.ca, measuring the carbon footprint of the coffee supply chain from seed to cup. This project is the first of its kind in the coffee business.
Mickey is President and CEO of Salt Spring Coffee Company and co-owner with his wife, Robbyn Scott.
COO of Offsetters
Donovan joined Offsetters in early 2007 as its Director of Business Development, and since mid 2008 has been its Chief Operating Officer. He plays a strategic role in overseeing the growth and development of the organization, its service and product offerings, and its business development strategies.
Donovan brings 15 years of experience working at the intersection of business, community, and environmental sustainability and wellbeing. This includes leading sustainability initiatives with firms in the resource, utility and real estate development sectors. He has particular experience in the application of voluntary environmental certification and branding standards to promote and reward best practice in the forestry, green building, and carbon offset sectors. Donovan has a Master of Business Administration from UBC’s Sauder School of Business, a Post-Baccalaureate Diploma in Community Economic Development, and an undergraduate degree (Hon.) in philosophy.
Executive Director, Atira Women’s Resource Society and CEO, Atira Property Management Inc.
Janice Abbott has been the executive director of Atira Women’s Resource Society for more than 16 years and the CEO of Atira Property Management Inc. since its launch in October of 2002.
Since assuming the role of executive director, Abbott has lead the Society through its growth from a single transition house located in South Surrey with a staff of seven and an annual budget of $180,000 to a large multi-service agency with a single mandate and a staff of more than 130 women, 11 sites and an annual budget of nearly $8 million.
Described by the Vancouver Sun as one of Canada’s leading social entrepreneurs, Abbott also conceived of and launched Atira Property Management Inc. in 2002. Atira Property Management Inc. is a wholly-owned for-profit subsidiary of Atira Women’s Resource Society. All of the profits earned by the property management company are donated to Atira Women’s Resource Society to support its social profit activities. With a staff of more than 160, including nearly 140 SRA hotel staff, Atira Property Management Inc. has grown quickly to become an important player in property management in the Lower Mainland and especially in Vancouver’s Downtown Eastside.
Abbott has recently launched two other enterprises aimed at providing employment to women who are marginalized including Enterprising Women Making Art and The Painter Sisters Painting Co. Ltd..
Social Enterprise Developer at Building Opportunities with Business
Brian Smith manages the Business Development Services of Building Opportunities with Business (BOB) Inner-city Society. In this role, he oversees BOB’s Loan Program, Commercial Revitalization Program, Grant Program, Social Purchasing and Industry Clusters. Brian has been contributing to community economic development in the Downtown Eastside of Vancouver since 2000, when he helped start-up a social enterprise printing business at Carrall and Hastings.
Previously, Brian worked as the Managing Director of the Belonging Initiative, a national strategy advancing collaboration across Canada’s disability movement. Brian has also recently served as the Director of Social Enterprise for the Plan Institute and Executive Director of the Youth Excellence Society. Over the past 10 years, Brian has operated a consultancy serving non-profit organizations in the development of social enterprise and business development.
Brian has experience in business start-up, social enterprise development, fund raising and venture financing, operations, staff management and leadership of small to medium sized social enterprises. Brian’s educational background includes a BA (Economics), PBD (Community Economic Development) and MA (Planning).
Brian is keenly interested and committed to community-based solutions to sustainability. He has served on several non-profit boards and regularly volunteers in his community.
Social Innovation Challenge Moderator
Vancouver Managing Partner with Octopus Strategies
Stephen brings a healthy mix of creativity, conventional theory and simplicity to the branding process, helping organizations to take advantage of the principles of branding, and delivering a positive influence on the bottom line. Stephen has over 17 years in business, the past eight dedicated to strategic brand development. His extensive work on both agency and client sides has given him a unique understanding of the fears, aspirations and challenges of growth and change within an organization. Always facing adversity and opportunity, Stephen gets excited about new ideas—ideas that challenge traditional business practices and that reinforce the positive power of change.
With a diverse list of project experiences to draw from, Stephen is equally comfortable consulting with start-up companies, NFP organizations, companies in transition or governments. He is a regular speaker and presenter for business groups throughout Western Canada, including the Vancouver Board of Trade and BCIT Business Programs.
Stephen lives in Metro Vancouver with his wife Shelley and son, Adam.