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Lauren Bacon
Lauren Bacon
, Author, Entrepreneur, Technologist & Communicator

Lauren is a seasoned entrepreneur, published author, technologist, and communicator. A veteran web strategist with a background in design and a collaborative, inquiry-based approach, she co-founded Raised Eyebrow Web Studio, a successful eight-person digital agency, in 2000. Her professional life for the past 15 years has been dedicated to developing online communication strategies for organizations and campaigns that contribute to the greater good (in the nonprofit, public, and for-profit sectors). She is passionate about connecting people heart-to-heart through technology, and helping them express their unique perspectives and values – and forge genuine relationships – in the online sphere. With her Raised Eyebrow co-founder Emira Mears, Lauren wrote a bestselling book for women entrepreneurs, convened events for values-driven business owners, and was nominated for Business in Vancouver's "Top 40 Under 40" as well as the RBC Canadian Women Entrepreneurs Award.

Kim Baird
Kim Baird
, former Chief of the Tsawwassen First Nation

Kim was the elected Chief of the Tsawwassen First Nation for six terms, from 1999-2012. She had the honour of negotiating and implementing British Columbia’s first urban treaty on April 3, 2009 and has since overseen numerous economic and institutional development projects for TFN. TFN's major real estate development initiatives are a part of a strategy to provide for sustainability for the community in areas of the economy, environment, culture and social development. Kim sits on a number of boards, including the BC Hydro Board of Directors. She has received a number of prestigious awards, most recently receiving an honorary doctorate degree from Simon Fraser University. Kim is a proud mother of three young girls and her ancestral name is Kwuntiltunaat.

Alex Baisley
Alex Baisley
, Business Coach

Alex Baisley is the ‘head lad’ at the Big Dream Program which is all about beginning new dreams, and finding our ‘calling’ in life. Alex realizes that mainstream models of figuring out ‘what the heck to do with your life’ work really badly for many of us, and can keep us searching, unhappy, or broke. Alex has traveled around North America, often with his family, tent, and laptop… teaching workshops… helping to bring a taste of freedom and greatness to folks who just KNEW they had it in them. But couldn’t find it. With his bizarre accent, propensity to colourful language and self-employment, down-to-earthiness, and a massive dose of story-telling, he is bringing people’s boats back in.

Alex Baisley
Phil Baudin
, Executive Director, Modo - The Car Co-op

 

 

Jordan Bober
Jordan Bober
, Co-founder, agorabora Collaborative Community Co-operative

Jordan Bober first became fascinated by community currencies while studying Economics at the University of Gothenburg, Sweden, and ended up choosing them as the subject of his Master’s thesis in 2007. He was amazed to learn about the hundreds of communities all throughout history and around the world that have created their own currencies to cope with difficult economic times, build local economic resilience and a greater sense of community. A few years later, Jordan met modern community currency pioneer Michael Linton, reigniting his interest in the practical applications of community currency and Open Money to address financial poverty and economic instability. The idea for a community currency devoted primarily to the strengthening and integration of the local food economy, and based on Michael Linton’s Community Way model, first occurred to Jordan - the son of a farmer - in 2011 and was further developed into what is now the Seedstock Project. As an active member of the Village Vancouver Transition initiative, Jordan sees the relocalisation of community economies as a vital key to a more sustainable, just and resilient future.

Jordan Bober
Melanie Conn
, Feminist and Community Activist

Melanie Conn is a feminist and community activist who has been working in co-op and community economic development (CED) in Vancouver since the 1970s . She believes that co-ops are CED in practice and has worn many hats to implement co-op ideas: founding member and director of the East End Food Co-op, CCEC Credit Union, Plane Jane Construction and the Yew Street Housing Co-op.

Melanie is a member of Devco, a co-operative of consultants. As a co-op developer and practitioner, she has provided technical and development assistance for dozens of new co-ops. She also designs and delivers train-the-trainer programs and other curriculum related to co-operatives.

Melanie is also a founding member, director and Marketing Manager of Common Thread, an innovative co-op that provides marketing and production coordination for local women who thrive in a flexible work environment. Common Thread upcycles street banners into delegate bags and other beautiful and useful products.

Until 2007, Melanie was the Program Director of Simon Fraser University’s non-credit Certificate Program for CED Professionals which she also designed. She continues to teach the Co-op Theory and Practice course in the program.

Melanie is a founding member of the Women’s Economic Council and a director of Genuine Progress Index Pacific.

Keltie Craig
Keltie Craig
, Planner, HB Lanarc-Golder

Keltie is a planner with a special interest in healthy communities (including active transportation) and innovative engagement, and the connections these have to planning and design. She recently led the development of the Canadian Institute of Planner’s Healthy Communities Practice Guide. In addition to her planning work, Keltie is a member of the City of Vancouver’s Active Transportation Policy Council; and performed for four years with the B:C:Clettes—a bicycle-inspired performance collective. She is a founding member of the Healing Cities Institute, a non-profit institute to connect health, planning and design.

Charles Eisenstein
Charles Eisenstein
, Author, Sacred Economics and The Ascent of Humanity

Charles Eisenstein is a teacher, speaker, and writer focusing on themes of civilization, consciousness, money, and human cultural evolution. His books (The Ascent of Humanity and Sacred Economics) as well as his other essays and blog posts on web magazines have generated a vast online following; he speaks frequently at conferences and other events, and gives numerous interviews on radio and podcasts. Writing in Ode magazine’s “25 Intelligent Optimists” issue, David Korten (author of When Corporations Rule the World) called Eisenstein “one of the up-and-coming great minds of our time.” Eisenstein graduated from Yale University in 1989 with a degree in Mathematics and Philosophy, and spent the next ten years as a Chinese-English translator. He currently lives in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania with his wife and three sons.

Bonnie Foley-Wong
Bonnie Foley-Wong
, CA, CFA, Investment Innovator, Pollinator, and Founder of Pique Ventures

Bonnie founded Pique Ventures, an intelligent network of investors who are committed to investing in a more integrated way. Pique Ventures helps people build investment relationships and integrate emotion, intuition, body and analysis when thinking about investing, so that the types of investments made are purposeful as well as profitable. Bonnie qualified as a Chartered Accountant with Deloitte and is a CFA Charterholder. She was an investment banker with Hypo Real Estate Bank and ABN AMRO Bank and helped social entrepreneurs and impact investors launch new ventures in the UK. In 2011, she joined a team at Vancity and implemented a high impact lending and investing program. Bonnie spotted opportunities where the impact investing space could innovate and founded Pique Ventures in January 2012. Bonnie is an associate of Ogunte in the UK and is a Board Director of LOCO BC. You can often find Bonnie on Twitter @BonnieOWong and @Pique_V.

Bonnie Foley-Wong
Kate Fleming
, Director of Outreach and Launch! Programming, Community Micro Lending

Kate Fleming is the Director of Outreach and Launch! Programming at Community Micro Lending. In 2011 she helped develop and design CML's Youth Micro Lending Program. Starting this fall, Kate will be working in partnership with the Bridges for Women’s Society to deliver self-employment training to women funded by the Canadian Women’s Foundation. Her time at the organization has enabled her to pursue her passion for social justice and community economic development.

Tad Hargrave
Tad Hargrave
, Marketing Coach

Tad Hargrave is a hippy who developed a knack for marketing (and then learned how to be a hippy again). Despite years in the non-profit and activist world, he finally had to admit he was a marketing nerd and, in the end, he became a marketing coach for hippies. Maybe it was because he couldn’t stand seeing his hippy friends struggle to promote their amazing, green and holistic projects. Maybe it was because he couldn’t keep a 9-5 job to save his life. Whatever the reason, for almost a decade, he has been touring his marketing workshops around Canada, bringing refreshing and unorthodox ideas to conscious entrepreneurs and green businesses that help them grow their organizations and businesses (without selling their souls). And, over the years, he has become recognized as a leader in the wider movement towards green and local economies.

Carol Anne Hilton
Carol Anne Hilton
, CEO of Transformation

Carol Anne Hilton, MBA and CEO of Transformation - is a recognized leading First Nation’s business entrepreneur with a Masters Degree in Business Management from the University of Hertfordshire, England. Carol Anne is from the Nuu chah nulth Nation. Carol Anne has a solid understanding and application of First Nation’s economic development best practices and brings extensive knowledge and experience in community development, business management, corporate relations, engagement strategies and project management. Carol Anne works to incorporate an Aboriginal worldview while bringing First Nations, industry and government together to design new approaches for sustainable, inclusive development. Carol Anne brings project management experience across industries in resource management, governance, and regional development. She is currently authoring Indigenomics- the Emerging Global Power Shift -- outlining the shifting relationship between Indigenous peoples and the global economy through a legal and business lens.

Lisa Helps
Lisa Helps
, Executive Director, Community Mirco Lending

In addition to being a Victoria City Councillor, Lisa is the Executive Director of Community Micro Lending - an organization that she helped to start in 2009. Community Micro Lending makes small loans and provides mentorship and support to local people who want to start businesses or become self-employed but don't qualify for credit from banks. Her past community experience includes: board member and board Chair of Fernwood NRG, which bought the Cornerstone building, opened the Cornerstone Cafe as social enterprise and built 10 units of affordable housing for families during her involvement; member Leadership Victoria Program Committee in which she helped craft and deliver a nine month community leadership program; Chair, Bread and Roses Collective, which produces the Victoria Street Newz for low-income people to sell.

Mark Holland
Mark Holland
, Vice President of Development, New Monaco Enterprise Corporation

Mark is a LEED™-accredited planner who holds professional degrees in both Landscape Architecture, and Planning. His past work has included serving as a city planner in Vancouver, founding and managing Vancouver’s Sustainability Office, and cofounding two consulting companies – the Holland Barrs Planning Group and subsequently HB Lanarc Consultants - helping take them to national recognition for leadership in innovative planning, design and sustainability expertise. He is co-author of the book, Agricultural Urbanism, and was awarded “Planner of the Year”, in 2010 by his peers in the Planning Institute of BC. Mark is now the Vice President of Development for New Monaco Enterprise Corporation leading the work on a highly innovative master-planned eco-district neighbourhood in the Okanagan. He is a founding member of the Healing Cities Institute, a non-profit institute to connect health, planning and design.

Joaquin Karakas
Joaquin Karakas
, Senior Planner and Urban Designer,
HB Lanarc-Golder

Joaquin is an experienced urban design planner with a focus on the co-creation of walkable, livable and low-carbon communities and neighbourhoods. His practice includes neighbourhood and site planning/design, integrated land use and active transportation planning, urban design research and analysis, housing policy, downtown vitalization and community sustainability planning. Joaquin has a passion for working closely with communities, stakeholders and other professionals using innovative and collaborative design workshop techniques to co-create the best possible solutions to complex planning and design challenges. Joaquin is an experienced facilitator and public speaker and presents regularly on urban design issues. Joaquin is a Full Member of the Canadian Institute of Planners, a co-founder of the Healing Cities Working Group, and a past member of the Vancouver City Planning Commission.

Ilana Labow
Ilana Labow
, Co-founder, Director, Fresh Roots Urban Farm Society

Ilana Labow is co-founder and Director of Fresh Roots Urban Farm Society, growing an organization that enhances urban food sovereignty by educating communities through the creation of innovative neighborhood farms. Fresh Roots grows resilient, engaging, education-based food systems accessible to Vancouver’s diverse communities. Ilana received urban farm and community development training and subsequently worked with the internationally renowned urban agriculture organization Growing Power (Milwaukee & Chicago, USA: www.growingpower.org), and studied sustainable agriculture and conflict-resolution at the multi-national peace institute Arava Institute for Environmental Studies, in Israel (www.arava.org). Ilana is currently a Msc Candidate at the University of British Columbia and loves drinking coffee on her stoop in the sunshine.

Michael Linton
Michael Linton
, Designer of the Local Exchange Trading System (LETS)

Michael Linton, originally from the UK, has been active in community currency development since 1982 when he designed and began the first Local Exchange Trading System in the Comox Valley, in western Canada. Many if not most of the hundreds of LETS within the UK, Canada and Australia and probably thousands of similar systems elsewhere, involve a members' agreement identical to or based closely on Michael Linton's original LETSystem design. Previously, and briefly, he was a physicist, chemical engineer, computer programmer, business school graduate (MBA), research psychologist, truck-driver, ski instructor, school teacher, builder, fisherman, logger and retailer. He is also a qualified teacher of the Alexander Technique. He is now a systems designer, working primarily on systems for open society.

Trevor Loke
Trevor Loke
, Vancouver Park Board Commissioner; entrepreneur and founder of Vancouver-based Tech Startup “Weeve”

Trevor became the youngest-ever elected official in Vancouver history when he was elected to the Vancouver Park Board. His profile stemmed from his experience in government, nonprofit, and business sectors where he has worked in communications, fundraising, and marketing. His Vancouver- based tech startup “Weeve” makes use of crowdfunding for local community projects and is the first in the world which uses a “freemium” model, allowing nonprofit organizations to keep money raised on Weeve without transaction fees.

Trevor Loke
Elizabeth Lougheed Green
, Manager, Community Investment, Vancity

Liz has many years of experience as a community developer, social policy advocate and social enterprise practitioner. She now Manages Vancity’s Impact Business Development portfolio, working directly with groups across the impact business spectrum to deliver financial, resource and human supports, in order to help them reach their full potential. Prior to coming to the Credit Union, Liz was the Manager of Strategic Programs for Vancity Community Foundation, and earlier led the Potluck Café Society from start-up through to sustainability in her role there as Executive Director. She holds a Master’s Degree in Social Policy and she is an advisory committee member of the Canadian Centre for Women’s Economic Development.

Ian MacKenzie
Ian MacKenzie
, Film Director, Photographer and Crowdfunding Consultant

Ian MacKenzie is a new media producer based in Vancouver, BC. Ian speaks and writes widely on crowdfunding, and has consulted on a variety of successful campaigns. He has a background in video journalism, short films, and documentaries, with his work appearing in The New York Times, National Geographic TV, CBC Documentary, Adbusters, and festivals around the world. He is currently co-producing Velcrow Ripper’s upcoming film Occupy Love, which has crowdfunded over $80K. Ian’s short film The Revolution Is Love was named one of the top 10 Occupy films to watch in 2011. His most recent short is Sacred Economics. Watch a short video of Ian talking about his filmmaking and the new paradigm.

Ian MacKenzie
Michele Macready
, Advisor, Senior Management Consultant, and Founder of Illume Consulting

Michele founded Illume Consulting to help technology companies and social ventures develop and test new business models, build leading-edge technology products, and scale operations to handle future growth. Michele has honed her skills delivering innovative, award-winning technology and business strategy projects in areas including electronic entertainment, social gaming, cloud computing, Software-as-a-Service, mobile, and web technologies. Prior to founding Illume Consulting, Michele was Director at Electronic Arts, where she led multiple global business and system transformation projects. As Client Partner at Cambridge Technology Partners, she delivered trading systems for Wall Street investment banks, and she led a $25 million business and system transformation project for a large utility. As Vice President of Consulting for the Bios Group, she was a pioneer in applying complexity science to solve business problems for Fortune 500 clients.

Nicole Moen
Nicole Moen
, Co-Founder, Healing Cities Institute; Co-Producer, Living the New Economy; Principal, Animate Community; MOEN Pilgrimage

Nicole is passionate about integrative health and healing, an occupation that grew, in part, out of a genealogy of strong women including Elizabeth Blackwall who was the first female physician in the US. Along the way she’s been driven by a deep personal compulsion to do the tough messy work toward her own health and wholeness -- inner and outer. In this context she’s an event producer and facilitator, writer, speaker, coach, life pilgrim and mother. She knows that she can’t hold space for others’ to do their own work without doing the work herself. She’s well on the road to spiritual maturity, feet on the ground, fallible and funny. She’s part of a stream of non-genealogical elders who hold a deep commitment to “bring up the next wave” of folks who are awakening in their own gifts and working to anchor that awakening in their practical day-to-day lives: financially, materially, in relationships and in the spaces around us.

Donna Morton
Donna Morton
, Founder and Executive Director, Centre for Integral Economics

Donna Morton is the founder and Executive Director of the Centre for Integral Economics which promotes market-based solutions to social and environmental sustainability. She is also CEO & co-founder of First Power, with a mission to put clean energy, jobs and equity in the hands of first nations and other communities. Elected an Unreasonable Institute fellow for building one of the world's best social innovation start ups, she is also an Ashoka fellow for her work with the Centre for Integral Economics (CIE). She has been active in the social sector for almost 30 years. She went to jail for Greenpeace, built campaigns for NGOs, founded several orgs & worked for US think tank Sightline Institute. More recent experience includes extensive consulting with businesses, governments, NGOs and numerous first nation and aboriginal business organizations. Her expertise includes communications, economics, social enterprise startups, partnerships, economic development and film making.

Carol Murray
Carol Murray
, Director of Co-op Development, BC Co-operative Association

Carol has provided support to the co-op sector since 1996 through workshops and hands-on technical assistance to both emerging and existing co-operatives. Her expertise lies primarily with local food co-op start-ups and housing co-op governance and management. She is the author of the Cultivating Co-ops guide to co-op development and Co-op Survival Rates in British Columbia, both available at www.bcca.coop. As Director of Co-op Development for the B.C. Co-operative Association, Carol works closely with co-operative groups committed to the social economy.

Vu Ndlovu
Vu Ndlovu
, Director - Entrepreneur Support, Victoria Community Micro Lending Society

Vu's primary role at CML is to identify potential entrepreneur-borrowers for the Community Micro Lending Society’s Loan and Mentorship program and support and guide them through the loan application process. He assesses the viability of the business plans submitted by potential entrepreneur-borrowers and provides advice and support as they setup their businesses and implement their business plans. Vu also assists in matching entrepreneur-borrowers with volunteer mentors who can provide them with additional support in building and expanding their businesses. Hs work also includes assisting entrepreneurs in writing funding and grant applications as well as making presentations to potential donors and lenders.

Andrew Perry
Andrew Perry
, Co-founder, agorabora Collaborative Community Co-operative

Andrew Perry has been observing the influences of culture on community since feeling alienated from the speedy growth in his hometown of Kelowna, British Columbia. He worked as an apprentice carpenter until being laid off during the Great Recession in 2008. Andrew has dedicated himself to analyzing the nature of current financial markets and economic policies as a means of finding ways to liberate people from a system that is completely out of control. Stumbling across Michael Linton's Local Exchange Trading System while collaborating on a project to create co-operative business networks, Andrew recognized that the Open Money project was a necessary tool for the average person’s right to self-determination.

Wes Regan
Wes Regan
, Co-founder and Vice-President, Urban Stream Innovation; Executive Director, Hastings Crossing Business Improvement Association

Wes Regan is a founding board member of the Vancouver Urban Farming Society and sits on the City of Vancouver’s Greenest City Small Business Advisory Committee. Working in the field of sustainable community economic development since 2009, he is currently the Executive Director of the Hastings Crossing Business Improvement Association and is Vice-President of Urban Stream Innovation, an award winning greentech startup specializing in waste-to-resource food technology systems for urban and remote communities. Wes holds degrees in Geography from Langara College and Simon Fraser University where he also completed the SFU Certificate in Urban Studies

Andrea Reimer
Andrea Reimer
, Deputy Mayor, City of Vancouver

First elected in 2002 as a School Board member with the Green Party, Andrea was inspired by Gregor Robertson’s leadership to join Vision Vancouver and was elected to City Council in 2008. Andrea was appointed in 2008 as the Chair of the City’s Planning and Environment Committee and Council lead on the award-winning Greenest City Action Plan, overseeing Vancouver’s efforts to become a global leader in environmental action. A strong advocate for open government reforms, Andrea brought in a world-leading Open Data program cited by BC Business magazine as the reason for naming the City of Vancouver the province’s most innovative organization in 2011. This work also extends to establishing new advisory committees for women, urban aboriginal peoples and LGBTQ community, four new community planning processes and better use of social media & technology for engagement.

Annette Quan
Linda Solomon
, Founder, Publisher, and Editor-in-Chief,
Vancouver Observer

Linda Solomon is the founder and editor-in-chief of the Vancouver Observer which began on her laptop in her living room in 2007. The Observer was the winner of the 2012 Canadian Journalism Foundation's Excellence in Journalism Award, the 2010 Canadian Online Publishing Award for best online-only articles, and shorlisted for a 2010 COPA award for "Best Website in Canada". Founder and director of The Vancouver New Media Foundation, Linda is CEO of Observer Media Group. Traffic to the site has doubled each year since 2009 and last year nearly three million pages were viewed by readers from Vancouver to Bombay. Linda's work has appeared in The International Herald Tribune, Readers Digest, Orion, Geist and the Los Angeles Times.

Katie Teague
Katie Teague
, Film Director and Producer

Katie Teague is a narrative gardener and transformational media jedi, devoted to expressing the emerging story of humanity. She brings years of work, study and practice in depth psychology, spiritual philosophy and human development to her work as an evolving agent of goodness, truth and beauty. Katie is currently in post-production on her debut feature-length documentary "Money & Life" (to be released in early 2013) and is one of the Sundance Grantee filmmakers contributing on "99% The Occupy Wall Street Collaborative Film."

Michael Tippett
Michael Tippett
, CEO, Ayoudo

A two time Emmy nominee and successful entrepreneur for almost two decades, Michael Tippett is recognized as an international expert on early stage business innovation and emerging media models. He is currently the CEO at Ayoudo. In 2011 he served as the first Executive Director at GrowLab, a technology start up accelerator in Vancouver. Michael is a member of UBC’s Continuing Studies Advisory Board as well as the School of Journalism Advisory Board and the UBC Digital Strategy Advisory Committee. He is also a board member of CABINET, a Vancouver-based arts organization. He is on the Provincial Steering Committee for Startup Canada.

Joy Van Hove
Joy Van Hove
, CEO, Case Global Media Inc.

Joy Case Van Hove (M.Ed) is the CEO of Case Global Media Inc., a social media company dedicated to building innovative, engaging platforms for companies to showcase their mission, vision and values and to amplify their message through strategic video marketing. Prior to her focus on video marketing and social media, Joy has over twelve years experience as an educational leader in the public school system. Her public relations, negotiations and speaking skills were also demonstrated throughout her seven year career as a Real Estate Consultant. Concurrently she served as an Investor Relations Consultant with Ala Midas Capital in Vancouver, BC. Joy’s primary competencies are in: marketing, public speaking, public relations, negotiations and conflict resolution, coaching and training. She received a Masters of Education from the University of British Columbia (2002) and a Real Estate License from the Sauder School of Business (2005).

Michael Tippett
David van Seters
, Sustainable Economics Practice Leader,
HB Lanarc-Golder

David Van Seters is an experienced business professional and environmental entrepreneur who is now applying his knowledge of business, finance, and economics to make the business/economic case for adopting higher standards of environmental and social performance in communities and organizations. David has launched three businesses, including an organic grocery home delivery service that is now the largest in North America. David has also taken on leadership roles both as the National Environmental Practice Leader for KPMG Canada and as the CEO of a number of green enterprises.

Michael Tippett
Stephen Whipp, CFP
, Senior Financial Advisor, Manulife Securities Inc.

Steve is an activist. He believes passionately that individuals working together for the common good can change the world, and make it better for everyone. Before coming to financial planning in 1997, Steve dedicated over 20 years to environmental, justice, community and aboriginal issues in various parts of Canada. He’s worked for aboriginal organizations in northern B.C. and the N.W.T.; covered environmental and aboriginal issues as a journalist and columnist; managed public legal education programs; and advocated on northern and environmental issues on Parliament Hill. Steve was the first executive director of a northern BC-based environmental research organization involved in forestry, oil exploration, and transportation issues, and was one of the first western journalists allowed into China in the 1970’s.