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B Local: Vancouver and British Columbia

  • Silver Chef Rentals Inc. 948 Homer Street, 3rd Floor Vancouver, BC, V6B 2W7 Canada (map)

April Meeting - B Corp, SDGs, and Drawdown: New Frameworks for Action on Climate Change

Over the last year the climate change conversation got a lot louder. Greta Thunberg was nominated for the Nobel Peace Prize for helping to mobilize a global School Strike for the Climate, the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change released their harrowing SR 1.5 report and Costa Rica was 98% clean energy powered in 2018. The great mobilization for the climate has begun. As B Corps we’re used to measuring beyond profit, doing the heavy lifting and getting results.

Our team at Cove Continuity Advisors believe we are ready to look at our companies through an expanded lens for climate action. During this 30 minute session Kristy O’Leary and Brianna Brown will share information and insights on how we are using the B Impact Assessment, United National Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), and Project Drawdown models to move our clients to action. Slowing climate change is not enough – it is time for Drawdown.

Kristy O’Leary is a multidisciplinary systems thinker with an innate ability to identify leading edge entrepreneurs and align them with untapped opportunities to drive breakthrough change. She was raised in an entrepreneurial family, attained a unique education in both fine arts and political theory, and is a natural facilitator. Her passion and purpose have coalesced around empowering entrepreneurs to affect positive social, environmental and economic change while driving business growth and performance.

Kristy has a wealth of experience working with for-profit companies, building unique social and environmental impact strategies, and facilitating culture change. She has led dozens of businesses through the B Corp assessment, assisted citizens in investing $8.5 million in community-owned wind farms, and has worked with numerous thought leaders and systems changers. Kristy is a B Corp Ambassador, a graduate of the THNK School of Creative Leadership, and holds a B.F.A. in Media Arts from NSCAD University and a B.A. in Political Science from Carleton University.

Brianna Brown has built her career on the intersection between business strategy and environmental and social concerns. She has a deep curiosity of the multiple ways we impact our world and is driven to help businesses and individuals use that impact to create positive change. Across her work, Brianna’s mission is to build stronger businesses and foster a more diverse, resilient, and impactful economy.

Brianna holds a Master of Management from the UBC Sauder School of Business and a B.A. in Political Science and Economics from McGill University.

"B Local: Vancouver" is a monthly gathering for B Corps in British Columbia.

The goal of this group is to cultivate relationships, increase collaboration, and generate business referrals between B Corps for the benefit of one another and the larger B Community. Please feel free to bring a friend who may be interested in the movement.