Panelists

PATRICE MOUSSEAU,S  Founder, Satya Organic Skin Care

The story of Satya started with Esme, Patrice's baby girl, who was prescribed a steroid cream to treat her eczema. Using her skills as a broadcast journalist, Patrice started to research better options, looking for something effective, non toxic and with scientifically tested results. Satya Organic Eczema Relief is a USDA Certified organic eczema balm with five natural ingredients. Health Canada NPN approved, Satya is sold throughout Canada, offering a natural safe alternative to cortical steroids. As an Ojibway (First Nations) single mother and entrepreneurs, Patrice simply wanted the best for her child, creating her anti-inflammatory balm in her certified organic kitchen. Currently working on expanding her product line to include other skin-related remedies, Patrice's vision is to open an organic production facility on First Nations land to provide meaningful work to the community.

SAM GOLDMAN, FOUNDER AND CHIEF PRODUCT OFFICER, D.LIGHT

In 2004, Peace Corps volunteer Sam Goldman's 15 year old neighbor was badly burned in a kerosene accident in Benin, Africa. Sam knew there had to be a better, safer way to power homes and businesses in the developing world. After returning to North America from the Peace Corps, Sam enrolled in Stanford's Entrepreneurial Design for Extreme Affordability class, where he met co-founder Ned Tozun. In 2006, Ned and Sam founded d.light, developing the initial prototype solar lantern and an ambitious plan to bring safe, bright, clean lighting and power to people around the globe. d.light's first commercial solar product made its debut in the marketplace in 2008. Sam has founded and managed ventures in India and Africa for 10 years, including improved agriculture and construction businesses, an agricultural training centre, and a for-profit NGO cultivating the miracle tree Moringa.


NATALIE VOLAND, PRESIDENT AT GESTION IMMOBILIERE QUO VADIS INC.

Natalie has been working outside of the traditional real estate box for the last 20 years. With her social work background she has created a unique vision to use real estate projects as a tool of economic development and urban regeneration. Valuing history, she builds with the future in mind, constantly adapting to the market fluctuations, her clients needs, and the oursuit of ecnomic growth. As a Quebec leader in social innovation through "Benefit Corporation Certification" based on triple bottom line practices, Natalie works collaboratively with strategic partners to redevelop urban areas. Quo Vadis is actively engaged in supporting business opportunities for entrepreneurs. Natalie's collaborative approach is based on leadership of inclusion.

Presenting social entrepreneurs

      

Janna Bishop and Shira McDermott founded GRAIN to redefine the way Canadian customers think about and consume dry goods. By sourcing, selling and milling 100 percent Canadian grains and beans, GRAIN transform conventional practices of processing, storing and distributing. "Everyone talks about the origins of their fish and looks for sustainable alternatives. It's time we started looking at other products too."

     

 

Felix Bock is the founder of ChopValue Manufacturing, a product development and design startup that transforms the urban jungle by creating innovative composite materials with recycled chopsticks as resource. Inspired by Vancouver's popular Asian cuisine and the potential of giving urban waste a second life, ChopValue's vision is to actively involve Vancouverites in greener and more sustainable actions.

     

 

Victor Straatman, a seasoned Dutch entrepreneur, and Trevor Bird, an award winning chef, founded Meatme.co, an online marketplace for consumers to connect with local farmers for healthy and honest meat. The company transforms the way people can easily access ethically and responsibly produced meat products, by crowdfunding whole animals and working with local butchers and logistic partners to deliver meat straight to customers' doors.

     

 

Brianne Miller founded Zero Waste Market to combine her background as a marine mammal biologist and her passion for tackling food waste and plastic pollution, on container at a time! Zero Waste Market is transforming the way people shop for groceries by building a 100 per cent package-free retail model. At Zero Waste Market, customers bring their own reusable containers to purchase local, organic and ethically sourced whole foods and home items.

     

 

Umeeda and Nareena Switlo, mother and daughter, founded Naledo: Truly Turmeric as a social enterprise that supports farmers in Belize earn extra income, employs youth, improves health around the world, and produces products sustainably.

     

 

Angela Hamilton is one of the four co-founders of Quupe, an online rental platform that allows people to rent things from their neighbours. Quupe is on a mission to get stuff out of storage and into the world, where it can generate happiness for the people who'll use it and those who own it.


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