Business As Mission Social Impact Investment Conference

Date(s) - June 1, 2018 - June 2, 2018
6:00 pm - 4:00 pm

The Pinnacle Hotel Harbourfront

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Modelling transformative businesses to create change and impact for communities most in need both locally and globally.

A two day event, where we look at businesses that have a mission impact both locally and globally. It 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.


Honorable Ed Fast – Former Minister of International Trade, Canada

A graduate of the University of British Columbia, Ed practiced corporate and commercial law for 24 years. On May 18, 2011, Prime Minister Stephen Harper appointed Ed to his cabinet to serve as Minister of International Trade. He was responsible for the Government of Canada’s Global Markets Action Plan, which implemented the most ambitious trade plan in Canada’s history and deepened Canada’s trade and investment relationships in large, dynamic and fast-growing economies around the world. Ed’s top trade priorities were to bring into force Canada’s free trade agreements with the European Union and Ukraine and a modernized agreement with Israel, and concluding trade negotiations with India and the Trans-Pacific Partnership. In 2011, he was appointed Queen’s Counsel for British Columbia, and more recently was awarded the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee Medal for service to his community and country. Currently (in this 42nd Parliament) he is serving as the Official Opposition Critic for the Environment and Climate Change. Prior to his appointment to cabinet, Ed chaired the House of Commons Standing Committee on Justice & Human Rights.

Mary Haegeland – Five14, Nepal

Mary Haegeland, and her family have served in the nation of Nepal since 1987, working with relief and community development. Before that, she was the director of the Good Samaritan Network in New Orleans, USA, assisting the poor with emergency and crisis intervention. She and her husband, Michael, were also the directors of a 200 room missions training campus for five years in Colorado, USA. This campus was focused on reaching the unreached, working for justice and creating business in developing countries. In 2010, the Haegelands returned to Nepal to address issues of exploitation. They founded a group of social businesses, Five14 Nepal, which exists to prevent exploitation in Nepal through ethical tourism businesses. The Five14 group consists of four ‘for profit’ businesses and one ‘not for profit’ foundation. The group employs 40 Nepalis in Kathmandu, while also creating small business opportunities in rural villages where extreme poverty is a root cause of exploitation. Mary’s passion is to see local businesses create fair jobs and new opportunities for those who are most vulnerable to injustice.

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