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It’s been over 3 years since I decided to move my business to Strathcona. It was a spring day in 2008 when I made my way down to Chapel Arts for Sustainability 1.0, an afternoon event hosted by Toby Barazzuol and the Strathcona Business Improvement Association (SBIA) to engage local businesses on the benefits of going green. I went down there with my late friend and mentor Ben Banky who had always shown support and interest in helping me to grow my social venture. The room was packed and there was definitely a buzz in the air. Entrepreneurs could feel the opportunity and see change in the air.


On Tuesday September 28th the SBIA is hosting it’s 3rd annual green business event, Sustainability 3.0: Redefining Green. I’m excited to be part of the team hosting Bob Willard, our keynote speaker and expert in the business case for sustainability. He was one of my early influences in understanding the value sustainability can have for a business and I’ve had the honor of meeting him previously at the Bainbridge Graduate Institute and through the Canadian Business for Social Responsibility. Bob’s a great presenter, one of his great skills is understanding that businesses are at various stages moving towards sustainability and based on that is able to connect with the audience where they’re at.


I’ll be moderating a panel with various speakers including Mark Trotzik of Boardroom Eco Apparel, Kira Gerwing, a planner for the DTES at the City of Vancouver, Brian Dodd from United We Can/SOLEfood Farm and Sophie Agbonkhese from the SBIA. Besides learning from these local leaders, businesses and social enterprises I’m incredibly interested to dive into how organizations are collaborating to achieve common goals. I am a capitalist but have a firm rooted belief that cooperation is more powerful than competition and that by working together we’ll be able to address various social and environmental issues as a community in the Downtown Eastside. Problems are really just opportunities that haven’t realized it yet and our speakers will share insight into how they’re making things happen.


The event is free although you’ve got to preregister to attend. Besides all the great speakers and people in attendance there will also be a fantastic spread provided by our friends at OnePlanet Catering in addition to door prizes for the first 150 guests from the SBIA and Saul Good Gift Co.


Located at the Japanese Language Hall, 475 Alexander St, Vancouver, BC, from 3-7pm Sept.28th. Don’t miss this event, register today!