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.

REAP was started by Stephanie Jackman in 2006. A marketer by trade, Stephanie had a deep desire to tell the stories of Calgary’s most progressive organizations to create demand for better ways of doing business. By showing the way forward, she believed that REAP could lead the movement to green and localize our economy. Today REAP is a community of 150 businesses that collectively represent $21 billion in revenue, 4300 Calgary area jobs, $15 million in donations to local charities, and millions of tonnes of waste and CO2 diverted each year.

Stephanie’s work in pioneering a more sustainable economy has been recognized by Avenue Magazine’s Top 40 Under 40, Calgary Herald’s 20 Compelling Calgarians, Pathways2Sustainability Leader in Commerce, imagineCALGARY’s Partner in Action, and the Calgary Nonprofit Innovation Award.