Free Panel Discussion: Social Purpose in Business

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BlueShore Financial Centre for the Performing Arts - Capilano University

2055 Purcell Way

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The Social Purpose Institute at United Way is co-hosting a free panel discussion on Social Purpose in Business in partnership with Neptune Terminals and Capilano University.

Business leaders looking to build competitive advantage and attract and motivate employees will gain valuable insight into how their business can succeed by refining their core reason for being, by identifying a Social Purpose and embedding it into operations and business relationships.

Come meet our panel of guest speakers from local businesses and learn about their journeys toward defining and implementing Social Purpose in their companies. Find out what motivated them to pursue having a Social Purpose for their company and how that Purpose drives their businesses and shapes the way they contribute to society.

Welcoming Remarks: Mayor Linda Buchanan, City of North Vancouver



PANEL SPEAKERS

Moderator:

CORO STRANDBERG
PRESIDENT, STRANDBERG CONSULTING
& UWLM SOCIAL PURPOSE ADVISOR

Coro is a leading social purpose and corporate social responsibility (CSR) expert with over 25 years’ experience in the field. She advises companies, governments and industry associations on strategies to embed social and environmental objectives into business models. She specializes in social purpose strategy, sustainable boards, sustainable procurement, sustainable finance and sustainable industry associations. Coro is the past Director and Chair of Vancity, the world’s largest community-based credit union based in Vancouver. In that role in the 1990s she helped the organization develop a pioneering model for social purpose in business, which she is now translating to other sectors. She is the lead Social Purpose Advisor to the United Way Social Purpose Business Institute. In 2015, she received an award from Canada’s Clean50 as the top CSR consultant in Canada for her impacts in corporate responsibility.

Panelists:

RICHARD KOUWENHOVEN
PRESIDENT, HEMLOCK PRINTERS LTD.

Richard has served as Hemlock’s President and Chief Operating Officer since 2012. Richard has 25+ years of hands-on print industry experience in a number of roles, from Production to Senior Management. A second-generation family member in the business, taking over from his father and the company founder, Dick Kouwenhoven, he is responsible for setting the strategy and goals for the organization as well as being deeply active in its day-to-day operations. Richard is also the key lead on Hemlock’s Sustainability Initiatives and since 2017 has served as the Chair of the Canadian Printing Industry Association.

ANDREA HARRIS
DIRECTOR, MEMBER AND COMMUNITY INSIGHTS, VANCITY

Andrea Harris is passionate in her belief that businesses have a key role to play in creating a more socially just and environmentally sustainable future. Following her passion for marrying business with social change, Andrea joined Vancouver City Savings Credit Union (Vancity) in 2003 to work on Vancity’s accessibility and climate change portfolios, which included developing Vancity’s inaugural Carbon Neutral plan. As Director of Community Leadership, she then led the Sustainability Group – a group of Corporate Social Responsibility professionals implementing strategies and programs to create positive change in community, focusing on social enterprise, poverty alleviation, and climate change. Her accountabilities also included the development of metrics and systems to measure the impact from Vancity’s lending and community initiatives. In her current role as Director, Member and Community Insights she leads a team of researchers, analysts, and data scientists to uncover insights that drive growth, continual improvement and innovation.

Prior to coming to Vancity, Andrea’s previous positions included managing Mountain Equipment Co-op’s community programs and strategic partnerships, consulting and developing agricultural co-operatives across Canada, and conducting academic research on new models of co-operative enterprise.

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