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B-Corp 101: Business as a Force for Good

  • True North Square - 4th Floor Conference Room 242 Hargrave Street Winnipeg, MB Canada (map)

Event description sourced from North Forge.

B-Corp 101: Business as a Force for Good

This Lunch & Learn is designed to help businesses understand what a B-Corp is, who B-Corps are, why you should consider certification and how to get started. Participants will receive unlimited access to the ‘Measure What Matters’ tool – a free, confidential digital platform that will allow businesses to measure their impact in areas of governance, social responsibility, employee engagement and environmental footprint.

If you are a business owner interested in learning more about B-Corp certification or simply looking to complete an impact ‘health check’ then this Lunch & Learn is for you.

Join us for a presentation by Angela Wittmann from the Business Development Bank of Canada (BDC) as well as a panel discussion and Q&A that includes two Manitoba based B-Corps, Manoverboard and Relish New Brand Experience.

Carla Heim is Senior Advisor, Social Entrepreneurship at the Business Development Bank of Canada (BDC), the only bank in Canada dedicated exclusively to entrepreneurs. She works to help grow the national movement of certified Beneficial corporations (B Corps).  She also helps BDC’s efforts to support more women entrepreneurs.

Carla has thirty-plus years’ experience in managing, advising and financing businesses. She brings rich, hands-on expertise and insights that helps these socially innovative and women entrepreneurs succeed.

Andrew Boardman is a designer and founder of Manoverboard, a purpose-driven design studio that provides digital platforms and sustainable strategies to socially responsible businesses, educational institutions and nonprofit organizations. Andrew served on the board of GDC Manitoba for ten years. Last year, he was an adjunct instructor in the Graphic Design Program at Red River College. Manoverboard is the first Certified B Corporation in the province.

Suzanne Braun is a strategist, designer and Founding Partner of Relish New Brand Experience, a certified B-Corporation since 2017.  She serves as Project Director for the Manitoba Open Innovation Challenge, a social innovation project designed to engage Manitobans in the innovative processes to address complex societal challenges. As a graduate of Impact8 (MaRS Discovery District/Toronto) – she was featured RBC Social Impact Entrepreneur for 2015.  Suzanne serves on the board of directors for Level IT Up, a social enterprise dedicated to increasing the employment of Manitobans with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) in Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) and is currently serving as a committee member for the B-Corp Leadership Development (BLD) Conference 2019.