Suzanne West, CEO and Founder, Imaginea Energy.
This year, the moderator for the CSR Roundtable is Suzanne West.
Suzanne West is the President and CEO of Imaginea Energy. She is going to change the world. And she’s going to do it by getting other people to change the world with her. Imaginea is her latest venture and one of five companies that, over the past 15 years, she has successfully built from scratch. She spent her early days receiving an engineering degree from the University of Calgary, then spent the first 11 years of her career as a reservoir engineer and in various leadership positions in large corporations.
Her latest passion, Imaginea, is to create a new kind of energy company that values all three of Planet, People, and Profits, equally. Essentially, to discover a better way of developing our resources and creating “AND” solutions and new possibilities to transform the energy industry into a force for good. Her truly laudable career has crystallized into an epiphany – that profits are not the nemesis of this planet, and the people on it. That oil doesn’t have to be a dirty word. That change can happen, and it will because it’s the smart thing to do.
Helle Bank Jorgensen, President, Global Compact Network Canada
Helle will be the CSR in Focus respondent on Friday afternoon.
Building on a background as a Business Lawyer and a State Authorized Public Accountant, Helle brings more than 25 years of experience advising global companies and investors within Corporate Responsibility and Reporting. Currently, she is the President of Global Compact Network Canada.
Helle has extensive experience providing strategic and operational guidance to all functions within an organization, including advising at the C-suite and board level. Helle was the creator of the world’s first LCA-based environmental account, the world’s first integrated report, and is the principal organizer for the CEO/Investor-network for Business Ethics and Non-Financial Reporting. She has led the CDP-report of the S&P 500 and Improvement of DJSI ranking and investor communication for global and US companies.
She has led PricewaterhouseCoopers’s Sustainability and Climate Change practices in Europe and the US, hereof 11 years as a partner. Since 2012, she has run B. Accountability advising global business leaders in Sustainability and Climate Change. In 2013 she was also asked to build and lead the Global Compact Network Canada, and has over 3 years grown the number of signatories to nearly 100 Canadian companies. In 2014, Helle was chosen as one of 12 Global Facilitators for UN Global Compact Board Programme. She is a speaker and author of thought-leading articles and books and has served on multiple boards. In April 2015, Helle became the first in North America to have received the Certificate of Achievement and passed the GRI G4 Exam.
Phillip Haid, Co-Founder & CEO, PUBLIC INC.
Phillip will be speaking at the CSR in Focus session that will close the CSR Roundtable on Friday afternoon.
Phillip Haid co-founded PUBLIC in 2008 to disrupt the way companies, charities, governments and consumers/citizens think about public engagement and doing “good”. Driven by a passion to prove that profit and purpose must go hand in hand to generate large scale social impact, he set out to build a hybrid company – part agency/part social innovation lab – that creates social impact through public engagement, fundraising, advocacy and volunteer engagement programs, campaigns, platforms and businesses. As CEO, he is responsible for overseeing the strategic and creative growth of the business. Phillip is a columnist for Fast Company, the Financial Post and Marketing, writing on “profitable good”. PUBLIC’s clients and partners include: CIBC, Under Armour, Maple Leaf Foods, Sun Life, Kruger, Indigo, Meridian Credit Union, Public Health Agency of Canada, Toronto Zoo, Rick Hansen Foundation, ParticipACTION, Canadian Diabetes Association, and Partners for Mental Health.
Rogério Olivereira, Social Business Entrepreneur, Co-Founder and Country Director at Yunus Social Business Brazil
Yunus Social Business currently operates in seven countries and has supported over 500 entrepreneurs that have either secured or created over 3,000 jobs. To find out more about the impact this is having on various communities they are working with, visit their website.
Rogério will be speaking on solving social problems through local entrepreneurs during the Saturday morning plenary.
Rogério has 14 years experience in leading teams in the areas of product development, innovation, sales & marketing, general management and start-ups implementation with companies such as BRMALLS, Warner Bros., Johnson & Johnson, and Nestle. He is also a specialist in the field of Happiness at Work and is the founder of Movimento Buena Onda – an organization that provides workshops, lectures, and consultancy for business schools and organizations (Walmart, Coca-Cola, Telmex, Johnson & Johnson, and more). Oliveira takes pride in mentoring others and is part of the due diligence team at Singularity University – a program that is supported by NASA and Google for creating entrepreneurs that hope to positively impact society. Rogério is a columnist at PEGN, the main entrepreneurship magazine in Brazil, and has an academic background in communication. He holds an MCA from HEC Montréal in Canada.
Patti Dolan, Portfolio Manager with Dolan Wealth Management, Raymond James Ltd.
This year, Patti will be the Emcee for the Forum.
Patti has been in the investment industry for over 30 years and has practiced Responsible Investing (RI) since 1995 and is a portfolio manager for Dolan Wealth Management, Raymond James Ltd. Patti works with individuals, families, nonprofits and foundations in aligning their investments to their values.
Patti serves on the national Board of Directors for the Responsible Investment Association as Secretary. She is a board member of Vibrant Communities Calgary a nonprofit organization that advocates for long-term strategies that address the root causes of poverty in Calgary, University of Calgary Sustainable Investment Committee, a member of the Women’s Executive Network and a proud member REAP Calgary a sustainable business organization.