Transforming Problems into Opportunities

Apoorv SinhaKelcie Miller-Anderson
CEO, Carbon Upcycling Technologies Inc.Founder, MycoRemedy

How do we transform problems into opportunities? Learn from innovators who saw an issue in an industry and found solution for good.

Innovation in Development

Roman Katsnelson Abe Brown Stephanie Jackman
Principal & Consultant, KRD Consulting GroupExecutive Director, Inn from the ColdFounder & Board Chair, REAP Business Association

Abe Brown will speak about innovative and collaborative strategies for ending child and family homelessness, and will share some ground-breaking work Inn from the Cold is currently doing in support of ending child and family homelessness.

Stephanie Jackman will share about how social procurement leverages existing purchasing power to increase community benefits, which can include local economic development, targeted employment or training of marginalized people, and environmental benefits. This innovative adaptation of procurement processes offers new levers for creating an economy that works for all.

Roman Katsnelson will speak about how social economic organizations – whether private, public or third sector – work in contexts of complexity, and where strategies have to be adaptive and impact is emergent. CSR efforts and non-profit programs alike need responsive evaluation approaches that go beyond the bottom-line to help them learn from the impact they’re making.


Robert Watts
VP Indigenous Relations, Nuclear Waste Management Organization

Within the Truth and Reconciliation Commission’s (TRC) set of 94 recommendations released in their 2015 report, Recommendation 92 called for the business community to engage in meaningful consultation with Indigenous people, long-term sustainable economic development partnerships, and education for managers and staff on the history of Indigenous people, intercultural competency, human rights, and anti-racism.

How can business meaningfully engage with indigenous communities and businesses? How might partnerships be established that bring lasting value to all parties?

Social Development Goals for All

Steve Rickard Yvonne Jeffery
Steve Rickard, Former District Governor, Former RAGM President, Rotary 5360Manager, Sustainability, Community Investment, and Communications, Vermillion Energy

In 2015 the United Nations released Agenda 2030 and the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). How are organizations taking action on the SDGs in Canada and abroad? What is happening in Alberta?
In this session we will talk about how businesses and other organizations can align their sustainability strategies with the SDGs. We will also discuss how the SDGs provide a common vocabulary across sectors, opening up opportunities for collaboration between players in different sectors.

Lion’s Den


Changing Culture in Today’s Businesses

Brad CluteDenise HearnArlene Strom
Regional Sustainability and Community Investment Coordinator, Mountain Equipment Co-opHead of Business Development, Variant Perception ResearchVP, Sustainability & Communications, Suncor Energy

Capitalism is generally conceived as the greatest system ever to lift people out of poverty and create wealth. Is our modern version of capitalism resulting in innovation for all though? Hear from Denise Hearn on today’s challenges with competition, innovation and market freedom for all. What changes are we seeing and what still needs to change within the culture of today’s businesses? Then join Brad Clute from MEC and Arlene Strom from Suncor as they respond to Denise on the changes taking place and the changes still to come in their industries.