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KARLA PECKETT

SCOT SUSTAD

JEREMY HUNKA

SOLE/ReCORK

DIGITAL HOT SAUCE

UNION GOSPEL MISSION

Founder and President of Brands for Better Foundation and Co-Visionary of BFBF's Brand Battle for Good. Creative lead, strategic thinker, art director, planet-first designer. Creative Director at SOLE/ReCORK. Previously Creative Manager at LUSH Handmade Cosmetics.

Co-Founder of Brands for Better Foundation and Co-Visionary of BFBF's Brand Battle for Good. 4x start-up entrepreneur, community builder, growth marketer. Founder and CEO at Digital Hot Sauce Inc.

Early idea adopter of BFBF. 
Communications, media, journalist and public relations expert.

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GRAHAM NORTH

WEEKEND

Helping startups distill their brand story through radical collaboration.
Co-founder & Chief Strategy Officer of Weekend, a brand accelerator that uses a condensed creative process to help startups distill and launch their brand.

ALMIRA BARDAI

ALMIRA BARDAI PR

Senior-level communications executive. A seasoned, senior communications and PR professional with 20 years of experience creating powerful narratives for domestic and global brands.

THERESA ROWSELL

O2E BRANDS

Enthralled in hyper-growth or 
start-up businesses such as Target, Kit and Ace, now O2E Brands.
2019 Women of Inspiration 
Awards Winner for Mentorship.
 
Director Business Solutions and Delivery at O2E Brands. 

JEREMY DOUGLAS

JOEL HANSEN

THOMAS CLAYPOOL

OCEAN WISE

SKIDMORE GROUP

NATIVE SHOES

Co-founder and Ceative Director at tentree. Award-winning entrepreneur with proven product and brand experience. Impact investor and advisor for brands helping make our world a better place. Advocate for making things that matter.

Jeremy has focused his career on building strategic, creative and sustainable partnerships that increase the capacity and impact of non-profit organizations worldwide. Currently VP of Development at Ocean Wise.

Futurist, entrepreneur, industrial designer and environmentalist. 
Co-founder Native Shoes, directing Special Projects focused around innovation and sustainability. Previous Chairman and CFO for the Washington Street Skatepark Association.


LAURA ZUBICK

GEOFF LIVINGSTON

ROSEMARY COOPER

UNBOUNCE

NORAVERA VISUALS

SHARE REUSE REPAIR INITIATIVE

President of Boom Goes the Drum, an award-winning event and communications agency specializing in marketing strategies, communications planning, and event production to deliver exceptional live experiences.

Social Impact Manager at Unbounce. Purpose-driven communicator, strategic thinker, relationship-builder, and passionate driver of corporate citizenship.

Co-Founder and Managing Director at Noravera Visuals. The team at Noravera are masters of getting people’s attention and keeping it through storytelling and connecting on a personal level with the viewer with the content they produce.

For 20+ year, Rosemary’s been a sustainability planner, catalyst and educator bridging the gap between ideas and solutions. Project Director of Share Reuse Repair Initiative, Circular Economy teacher at BCIT School of Business and Senior Associate, One Earth.

DEREK MACDONALD

BOOM GOES THE DRUM

Whether it’s helicoptering in speakers to Western Canada’s largest marketing conference or taking the TEDx stage, Joel has a heart for bringing people together for accelerated impact. Voted Vancouver's Top 30 Tech Influencers to follow by Daily Hive. 

ARTHUR KONONUK

TENTREE

This project was a vision founded by SOLE/ReCORK. It has since been developed by and made possible with the help of the core team and contributing brands below. Everyone involved is donating their time to make it a success.

TOM FINKLE

CAUSE + IMPACT

Tom is an experienced social media and content strategist, responsible for the execution of Brands for Better's content calendar, social media channels and content creation including video and photography. 

Freelance marketer, brand experience and internal communications manager. Passionate about storytelling and connecting communities. Co-Founder of adult summer camp, Camp Camp. Previous companies: Kit and Ace, Aritzia, MuchMusic, MTV.

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ASHLEY MOORE

DAGMAR TIMMER

ONE EARTH

Dagmar Timmer is Managing Director of Strategic Initiatives at OneEarth, a nonprofit "think and do" tank she co‐founded in Vancouver that innovates and amplifies solutions for sustainable ways of living, both globally and locally. 

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Key contributors.

Inspiring catalyst events aimed at sparking change for good in Vancouver.

MAXINE BULLOCH

JANE COX

MARK BUSSE

MGA, CREATIVE MORNINGS

CAUSE + AFFECT

Photographer working with impact-driven businesses to translate their values into visuals with branding, event photography and portraits. Runs a monthly event series for service providers in the impact space.

“Canadian Catalyst” Award winner Jane Cox is a Brand Consultant, Design, Communications and Engagement Strategist at Cause + Affect. In the past, Jane has been an Advisory Board member of THNK, Board Director of Vancouver Design Week, and producer of Vancouver PechaKucha. 

Director of Brand, Culture, & Community at MGA and co-host and organizer of the Vancouver Chapter of CreativeMornings. Board Member on Story Money Impact, Advisor Board Member on Kwi Awt Stelmexw, and 5 year Director of TILT Curiosity Labs, Mark is a true community impact leader in our city.

DAN WALKER

ARC'TERYX

Dan leads Arc’teryx’s social impact efforts.  He’s also a member of the Steering Committee for the Catalyst Business Coalition and a Founding Brand representative for Brands for Better.  He sits on Brands for Better's Brand Battle for Good Cause and Impact team.

ERIKA FINLAY

UNBOUNCE

Connector, community builder and people-first communicator. Social Impact Manager at Unbounce.

Co-Founder and Vice President of Brands for Better Foundation, and Founder/CEO of SOLE/ReCORK. Awarded top 22 Conscious Business Leaders of 2019 by Conscious Company Media.

MIKE BAKER

SOLE/ReCORK

All of the Key Contributors listed above are part of the Brands for Better Foundation Vancouver, BC Chapter.

MAXINE BULLOCH PHOTOGRAPHY

DONNA CHEUNG

 CRYSTAL KWON

KATE WHITE

UBS SAUDER SCHOOL OF BUSINESS

FRONT + CENTRE

With a flair for the dramatic and a desire for impact, Donna loves to make a difference. Wakefield specializes in strategically telling stories that shift perspectives and touch hearts. They do this through the medium of video, photo and 
the experiential.

Crystal is the principal of front + centre, a boutique PR agency built for the modern climate. Crystal was named one of the Top 30 under 30 by PR in Canada, and was named one of BC’s Most Influential Women by BC Business Magazine.

Professor of Marketing and Behavioural Science, UBC/Academic Director: Peter P. Dhillon Centre for Business Ethics/ Sustainable and Prosocial Consumption Researcher. Advocate and educator of the SHIFT model.

MICHAEL WIPF

EXHIBAU/TED

Early idea adopter of BFBF. 
Event producer, music promoter, volunteer manager. Projects include TED Conferences and the City of Vancouver Canada 150+.

WAKEFIELD PRODUCTIONS

SCOTT KNOWLES

MAGGIE MILAND

CAROLYN IRWIN

NORAVERA VISUALS

REALIZE STRATEGIES

Scott Knowles is a communication designer specializing in branding for progressive businesses and organizations working to make positive social change. Scott has stepped up to volunteer as a graphic designer and illustrator for the Brand Battle for Good.

Business Development and Engagement Lead, and Graphic Recorder at Realize Strategies. Convenes diverse groups around solving social and environmental challenges with a collaborative cross-sector approach.

Production Manager at Noravera Visuals; helping to coordinate commercial, documentary and narrative short productions from start to finish and ensuring quality, relevance, and enjoyment through every step of the process.

EMMA PARTSON

CONNECT SEVEN

Partner at ConnectSeven, a project management and event production firm engaging only in projects directly related to organizations and initiatives that are enacting positive change. Helps clients realize their vision, and produce the effective events with purpose.  

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JOEL HARRISON

METHODIC CONTENT

Founder of Methodic Content, a marketing agency that builds thought leadership for impact. Passionate impact-driven podcaster and content creator working to build a world where the majority of organizations make decisions with people and planet first in-mind.

JESSE GOUCHEY

MASKWA MURALS

Jesse Gouchey is an award-winning Canadian artist. He shares his craft by guiding workshops through school boards, First Nations and Metis communities across Western Canada.

LEAH GREGG

CIMC

Enthusiasm enthusiast, award-winning media strategist and former Director of Amplification at Rethink. Helped earn billions of impressions for Canada’s most viral advertising campaigns for clients like Uber, Molson Canadian, Sport Chek and A&W Canada.


GEOFF DITTRICH

INK LLP

Geoff is the Founder and Managing Partner of Ink LLP, a law firm that provides strategic counsel to entrepreneurs, investors and high-growth companies. Ink LLP supports Brands for Better with their Corporate Counsel.

ALEX BRIGLIO

SWANY CANADA

Current VP of Swany Canada. Vancouver born and raised. Previously lead re-branding and marketing for RYU Apparel as VP of Marketing. Awards for Best New Retail Store (WGSN), Best Social Media Campaign (WR finalist) and Best Customer Experience (WR).


SVEND ANDERSEN

GHG ACCOUNTING

Svend is the Founder and CEO of GHG Accounting, whose purpose is to create a low GHG emission world where people and the planet can thrive. Sven has a long track record of success in reducing greenhouse gases and enabling effective climate action.



ERICA LOCATELLI

GHG ACCOUNTING

Community Engagement at GHG Accounting. Passionate about sustainable business. Focused on building relationships and developing impactful communication strategies. Former museum educator and chemist.

MITCHELL BALLENTINE

BALLENTINE

Mitch is the Managing Director at Ballentine, a branding, design, and creative studio. He's spent just shy of a decade leading creative teams in projects alongside clients of every size, from clean energy startups, to local non-profits, to global tech giants, and everything in between.

FLORA HASHEMI

UBC SAUDER

Flora is one of the co-visionaries behind the Spark Factor Project. She is a researcher for UBC Sauder School of Business. She is passionate about her community, and has a background in Design and Architecture.

Brands for Better believes that the biggest and most impactful change is created when brands unite their power; their resources, ideas, strategies, experience, and their people. We connect brands and individuals who want to create positive change, with opportunities to tackle pressing environmental and social issues in our shared community. We do this by developing inclusive events and initiatives for brands and individuals to come together to create positive, measurable impact. This collaboration and cooperation not only impacts the causes and challenges we address together, but every brand and individual stands to learn and grow from this unified approach.

Brands for Better Foundation is a volunteer-driven not-for-profit initiative based in Vancouver, BC.

Ad agency partners.

TAMMY TSANG

MANDY BHULLAR

ANDHUMANITY

LULULEMON

Tammy Tsang (she/her) is the Co-Founder of AndHumanity, Inclusive Marketing Agency.  She is an advertising & communications agency owner and strategist. As a maverick business owner, she holds a lifelong passion for diversity and inclusion. She is a Canadian citizen, second generation Cantonese immigrant settler, a mother, daughter, wife, friend and confidant. She pays respects to the elders for the opportunity to live and operate on the unceded and stolen territories of the Coast Salish Peoples - Sḵwx̱wú7mesh (Squamish), Stó:lō and Səl̓ílwətaʔ/Selilwitulh (Tsleil-Waututh) and xʷməθkʷəy̓əm (Musqueam) Nations.

Equity, Diversity and Inclusion Strategist. Writer and lifelong learner. Pronouns are her/hers. Manager of Inclusion, Diversity, Equity and Action at lululemon. Passionate about environmental & social justice and inclusive product innovation. Works with organizations to set them up for the future of work by infusing DEI as a central part of their business and operating strategies. She holds degrees in Psychology, Human Resources and Intercultural studies. She has achieved an award in Diversity and Inclusion and is CPHR certified.

FRANCISCO JASSO

CONSULTANT

Francisco Jasso is an Organizational Development Professional and Consultant. Francisco helps organizations create inclusive work environments by implementing research-based best practices that support individual, group, organizational and marketplace objectives. Francisco is highly experienced in Talent Management, Equity Diversity and Inclusion, OD, Change Management, Workforce Planning, Strategic Planning and Human Resources processes. Francisco holds a Diploma in Business Administration, a Bachelor’s degree in Organizational Psychology, and a Master’s degree in Organizational Psychology with a specialization in Diversity and Inclusion.

This group consists of Equity, Diversity and Inclusion professionals who volunteer their time as trusted advisors to the organization and its members. This team provides training, recommendations, advice and information on creating and hosting inclusive events. The EDI team reviews all plans, initiatives and communications through an EDI lens to ensure they are executed with an emphasis on improving all forms of diversity and fostering greater inclusion of community members and that they meet the needs of all community members.

EDI advisory committee.

Sydnie is an Organizational Development (OD) Consultant committed to helping organizations create work environments that enable their people to flourish. She believes that with a willingness and the right set of tools, that all workplaces can be conscious, fair, supportive, and enable people to be themselves in such a way that work itself becomes a force for change and where human potential is maximized. Sydnie holds a Master of Arts degree in Organizational Psychology (MAOP), she is an integral coach through Integral Coaching Canada, she is an MBSR qualified mindfulness teacher, and an Emergenetics associate.


SYDNIE NICOLL

CONSULTANT

KHAYLA ALMONTE-DAVILA

TAKING IT GLOBAL

Khayla has merged her passions for social justice and her business education by working in social innovation and social entrepreneurship. Using equity-centered design, she develops cyclical, values based, sustainable strategies to support social impact in communities. She has taken part in and helped design social innovation labs, worked with start-up businesses to develop values based business models, and has built national engagement strategies. Currently, Khayla is a Program Manager at TakingITGlobal, one of the world's leading networks of young people learning about, engaging with, and working towards tackling global challenges.

NKIRU O. ANI

UBC

Ani (she/her) is a Program Coordinator at UBC and is passionate about including an international and diverse lens to educational programs. She also has experience in logistics & supply chain management and business development. She is an avid reader and community advocate particularly lending her voice and talents to social justice issues related to Black, Brown and Indigenous peoples. She holds Economics, Commerce and in a short while, International Development degrees. When not working at UBC, Ani enjoys running her events design business, having conversations about anti-racist work, and cooking for family and friends.

DAVID KARNEZOS

THE REFRAME GROUP

Passionate storyteller whose perspective has been shaped by the lens of travel and curiosity. Fascinated by communication and the results it can achieve when done clearly and compassionately. Photographer, videographer, and Community Experience Manager at The ReFrame Group.

KRISTY O'LEARY

DECADE IMPACT

Kristy, Co-Founder of Decade Impact, is a multidisciplinary systems thinker with an innate ability to identify leading edge entrepreneurs and align them with untapped opportunities to drive breakthrough change.

BRIANNE BROWN

DECADE IMPACT

Brianna  is an innovator, change maker, and co-founder of Decade Impact – a strategic consulting firm for businesses determined to leave the world a better place. She has an innate curiosity for the multiple ways we impact our world and is driven to help companies use that impact for good.

ANTONIO ZIVANOVIC

THE REFRAME GROUP

Founder of The ReFrame Group & the Canadian B Corp Directory. Husband. Father of two boys with a 3rd arriving in March. Well-being & BCorp Ambassador. Canada's Top Employee Benefits & Retirement Savings Consultant. Entrepreneur.  

ROB FISHER

SCALE COLLABORATIVE

Hailing from London, UK Rob has fifteen years of experience managing, developing and delivering programs for federal and provincial governments and he has worked in the fields of immigration, public safety and business engagement in the UK, US and Canada. Rob is currently based at Scale Collaborative administering a number of programs and working with local businesses, nonprofits, social enterprises and government organizations to help build the resiliency and capacity required to address the challenges facing our communities. In 2019, Rob founded the BC Impact and Sustainability Collective to connect like-minded impact leaders and he actively volunteers his time, coaching and mentoring for a number of organizations including Brands for Better, CityHIve and Spring Activator.

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A huge thank you to the brands that are already coming together in support of our do-good catalyst events.