BLD Western Canada 2017
Educate, Organize & Engage with the B Corp Comminuty | May 17th

Join us for

BLD Western Canada 2017

Wednesday May 17th, 2017 | Vancity Theatre, 1181 Seymour St, Vancouver BC | All Day Conference + Evening Social | #RISEABOVEBLD


B Corp Leadership Development (BLD) Western Canada is an exclusive, all-day conference organized for B Corporations by B Corporations. In its second year, this conference builds development skills for all employees. It also allows businesses collectively unite towards the greater good of the world.


Learn from industry thought leaders over a series of keynote speakers and group breakouts sessions. Through communal learning and peer-to-peer support, attendees will come out with a fresh perspective on how to amplify their impact and inspire peers, their community and the world.


Dramatically improve individual and organizational leadership skills by learning from the best in the business. Attendees will learn how fellow B Corps use their certification as a platform to take charge and Rise Above the world’s social, economic and environmental challenges.


Network, meet fellow B Corporations and community peers and engage in interactive group breakout sessions. The goal of BLD Western Canada is that attendees walk away inspired, engaged, and ready to take action.


The power if the B Corp community lies in our ability to support one another - to come together in the face of division.

When businesses go low, we go high.

We define success by the positive influence we have in the workplace, community, and the world.

Solidified in our mission to do what’s right, come together with your fellow B Corps to not only raise the bar, but Rise Above.

We collectively choose to Rise Above what divides us.

We go beyond the bottom line.

We are by definition a cut above the rest.

We define success by the positive influence we have in the workplace, community, and the world.

We are greater than the sum of our parts.

This year, we are inspiring you to Rise Above.

Proposed Schedule

8:00 - 8:45: Arrival: Registration, Coffee & Tasty Treats
9:00 - 9:20: Welcome: Set the Stage and Get Centered in Purpose
9:20 - 9:40: Morning Keynote Speaker: How our individual missions and collective action have changed the way we do business
10:00 - 11:15: Breakout I
11:30 - 12:30: Lunch + Build Your Team
12:30 - 12:50: Afternoon Keynote: Demonstrating What Matters Most as an Impact-focused Business
1:00 - 2:15: Breakout II: Unconference
2:30 - 3:45: Breakout III
4:00 - 4:30: Closing - Celebration, Gratitudes & Setting Intentions for the Future.
4:30 - 5:30: Connect with Community - B Corps and Beyond
6 - 11: Drinks and swing-dancing at the Cabana. A drink ticket is included with your BLD Vancouver conference pass. Bring a friend!
* Subject to change.

Morning keynote - 9:20 - 9:40am

How our individual missions and collective action have changed the way we do business.

What you'll learn:
How does a tech company be socially innovative from the inside out? Cloud consulting and software development firm Traction on Demand shares how the 200-strong team grew, came together and led collective change in the organization and the community at large, with the B Corp community to guide the way.

Morning Breakout Sessions - 10:00 - 11:15

Compelling Stories that Build your Brand: Communicating Your Impact

What you'll learn:
If your business replants trees in the forest to offset its carbon emissions and no one hears about it, that’s a missed opportunity. Learn from the creative and marketing experts how to wear your socially conscious badge well and tell the story of how you, your colleagues and businesses are making a difference, in a way that makes people listen.

Hidden Treasures: Uncovering your B Corp return on Investment

What you'll learn:
Now that you're certified, have you fully explored your company's untapped return on investment (ROI) as a B Corp? This panel's guests will discuss how B Corp status has led to increased top line sales, employee engagement, brand trust, PR and supply chain value. As a group, we'll explore different ways to understand, express and build B Corp literacy among employees, customers and other businesses to share best practices and collectively raise our game as leaders. Points that arise will form the basis to discuss ways to grow and gain greater mainstream attention for the B Corp movement.

Building a Connected Team of Advocates

What you'll learn:
Companies that ooze with culture have the best chance for success. However, building a team and culture that's so powerful it extends to your customers and partners is no easy feat. This panel of experts will teach you how to build a connected team, and workshop ways to bring this to your own organizations.

Afternoon Keynote - 12:30 - 12:50

Demonstrating What Matters Most as an Impact-focused Business

What you'll learn:
Have you ever worked for a company that incentivizes health and wellbeing? Left Coast Naturals is no ordinary team - they represent what so many of us our striving for. As a founding Canadian B Corp, Left Coast is a local company with strong values and a commitment to continuous improvement. A distributor of certified organic and natural foods, they’ve routinely made disciplined decision that reflect what matters most - from funding to product choices, to employee incentives, non GMOs and more. Along the way, they’ve built a team that is dedicated to upping their game and using their Bcorp assessment to track their progress. Year over year - their score is increasing. Drawn to Left Coast’s unique approach, Johanna shares her experience as the Director of Marketing - candidly reflecting on what it takes to make the tough decisions and demonstrate what matters most.

Breakout II - 1:00 - 2:15


Attendees take the lead – we’ll talk about what you want to talk about in BLD’s unconference session. This will be a time for high-energy collaboration in action, fueled by the wisdom of the crowd. Facilitated by Sara Blenkhorn, the director of Leverage Lab and Eesmyal Santos-Brault, co-founder and CEO of Recollective.

Eesmyal Santos-Brault, CEO


Sara Blenkhorn, Director


Breakout III - 2:30 - 3:45

How do we make people care? Demonstrating your impact through supply chain and procurement

What you'll learn:
It's not easy being good. This interactive conversation will tap into the powerful stories of three B Corp leaders, Amanda Ladner (SMAK), Mickey McLeod (Salt Spring Coffee), and Brad Mills (Mills Basics), with moderator Meghan Dear (Localize). Together we explore the advantages and disadvantages of our collective B Corp supply chains from multiple perspectives. After a panel discussion to seed our discussions, our expert storytellers will turn the stage over to our attendees to more deeply explore and share the experiences through a facilitated conversation about how we can elevate our understanding and communication of our B Corp commitments to our buyers, employees, and other stakeholders up and down our respective supply chains.

Changemaking: Using the power of business to shift systems

What you'll learn:
Description coming soon....

Disruptive Innovation: Technology’s role in scaling impact and accelerating system-wide transformation

What you'll learn:
The fusion of game-changing technologies with our everyday lives is resulting in disruptive innovation in terms of new business models, new ways to communicate and share information, and new ways of delivering value to consumers and the broader community. In many ways, this megatrend shift is blurring the lines between our physical, digital, and biological spheres. From sharing economy to crowd-sourced funding platforms, what opportunities does this disruptive technology present for accelerating system-wide transformation? What tools and resources are available and how can B Corps apply them to their businesses to scale up impact? Find out by joining us for this interactive session.

Event Sponsors

  • Business Development Bank of Canada
  • Ethical Bean
  • Fairware
  • Guayaki Yerba Mate
  • Hootsuite
  • Kent Employment Law
  • Left Coast Naturals
  • Mills Office Productivity
  • Natures Fare
  • Lunapads
  • Lighttrail
  • Yulu PR
  • Soulpepper Digital Growth Strategists
  • Junxion Strategy
  • Saul Good Gifts Company
  • Bullfrog Power
  • Novex Delivery Solutions
  • Persephone Brewing
  • Smak Foods
  • Me To We

Boogie with the Best! - THE AFTER PARTY

Join us at Cabana Lounge for drinks, food, and good company. Share your experience as a B Corp, or learn how you can become a B Corp... everyone is welcomed!

6:30 - 7:15pm Swing Dance Lessons (w/ Barney Lee)
7pm - 8:30pm Coleblooded (DJ)
8:30 - 8:45pm Circus Performance
8:45pm - 9:45pm Swingtalk (DJ)
9:45pm - 11:15pm Thomas Maxey (DJ)