Business as Mission Social Impact Conference

Date(s) - April 13, 2019
8:00 am - 4:00 pm

Sheraton Vancouver Wall Centre Hotel

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Business as Mission conference on modelling transformative businesses to create change and impact for communities most in need both locally and globally. This conference years conference we will bring together entrepreneurs, business executives, professionals; students and passionate individuals just like you from all over the world, connected by a common cause to create and invest in businesses for social impact.

Speakers: Elisabeth Cochrane, CEO, Ace Development Fund


Growing up in affluent Manhattan Beach, California, Elisabeth was shocked when she went to Indonesia and later to Nepal and India and realized that many parts of the world lived in poverty and with low life expectancy and high infant mortality. Elisabeth started working and living in Nepal and India for over 28 years and along with her co-workers, developed many different projects in Nepal and India. These projects included pre-schools, children homes, literacy programs, community development programs, clinics, vocational and character training, widow’s homes, amongst others. Elisabeth realized that helping people help themselves was an essential part of seeing communities developed. With this understanding, she started focusing on helping people in these countries and other parts of Asia and Africa develop businesses that would impact their communities for good. She saw that what people needed many times in poor parts of the world was a bit of training, connections, and opportunities. It was out of this passion that she took up the position of CEO at ACE, helping business people get involved to use their skills and talents to help parts of the world that need business to bring true development.


This year we will have a group of Entrepreneurs presenting similar to the TV shows “Dragon’s Den” and “Shark’s Tank”style. It will be interactive with both “Eagles”, who are successful business people and the audience participating on selecting one project as winner for the “Eagles Nest” event but with other business maybe selected by the audience members to support. Entrepreneurs will be represented from all over the world. Be part of the making change in the Entrepreneurs business and making an impact on their communities.


We hear from a panel of distinguished guests from different prespectives on what is Business as Mission and Social Impact? What does it mean? How is it applicable in our own lives? Where is this applicable?

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