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Business [Un]Usual: Profit from PurposeOct 2–3, 2017 Toronto


Co-Hosted by The Conference Board of Canada, CBSR, and Volunteer Canada


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Monday, October 02, 2017

8:15 AM Registration and Continental Breakfast
9:00 AM Welcome and Opening Remarks from the Co-Chairs
Mitchell <br />  
Director, Corporate Responsibility, Sustainability and Stakeholder Relations
The Conference Board of Canada
Rotchild <br />  
Executive Director
Canadian Business for Social Responsibility (CBSR)
9:15 AM Plenary Session 1
Profit from Purpose

An introduction to how "purpose" can transform organizations from the inside out, creating productive employees, loyal customers, happy stakeholders and financial returns that outperform the market. This session, run by Rosie Warin from the leading purpose consultancy Kin&Co, will include a synopsis of the latest research and thought leadership, as well as best practice case studies.


Warin <br />  
Chief Executive Officer
Kin&Co and Co-Founder of We Are Europe
10:00 AM Networking Break
10:30 AM Concurrent Sessions—Set A
Trend Talks

Throughout the conference will be a series of fireside talks and presentations on specific trends affecting Canadian businesses and how senior leaders are responding. Participants will leave with a better understanding of the changes affecting the business community and insights to drive positive change.

(Please select one session)


10:30 AM Concurrent Session A1
Closing the Loop, Sustainable Sourcing, and The Circular Economy

Today's linear "take, make, dispose" economic model relies on large quantities of cheap, easily accessible materials and energy. This model is reaching its physical limits meaning more companies are exploring other options such as closing the loop, sustainable sourcing and the circular economy. Brock MacDonald of the Recycling Council of B.C. will provide an overview of these alternative sourcing strategies. We will also hear from Minto Roy of Royal Printers and Frances Edmunds from HP Canada to learn how these companies are disrupting traditional ways of doing business through their sourcing strategies.


Macdonald <br />  
Chief Executive Officer
Recycling Council of B.C.
Roy <br />  
Senior Partner
Social Print Paper & Royal Printers
Edmonds <br />  
Head of Sustainability
HP Canada
10:30 AM Concurrent Session A2
Corporate Reconciliation with Canada's Indigenous Communities

Recommendation 92 of the Truth and Reconciliation Call to Action (2015) challenges corporate Canada to participate in reconciliation. A trend expert will explain how corporate Canada is responding and how industry and indigenous communities benefit from successful reconciliation. Two business leaders will discuss the steps they are taking to build reconciliation with Canada's indigenous communities.


Lindley <br />  
Vice-President, Aboriginal and Northern Affairs
SNC-Lavalin Inc.
Gladu <br />  
President and Chief Executive Officer
Canadian Council for Aboriginal Business
Bellegarde <br />  
Director, Diversity & Inclusion
PotashCorp.
10:30 AM Concurrent Session A3
Gender Equity in Corporate Canada

Women are now driving the global economy, accounting for an estimated US$20 trillion in consumer spending, and are projected to control 75% of discretionary spending by 2020. To have a strong sustainable economy and stable society women must be an integral part of the workforce and the communities in which they live and work. The private sector has a huge role to play in fostering gender equity and great strides are being taken to make workplaces and boardrooms more inclusive. Join Ivy Prosper, a Ghanaian-Canadian television presenter, host, writer and producer known for her advocacy work for gender equity, along with two business leaders as they share some first-hand experience of gender equity in corporate Canada.


Laughland <br />  
Session Chair:
Director, Strategic Partnerships
Network for Business Sustainability
Scarborough <br />  
Speakers:
Managing Director
Business Development Bank of Canada (BDC)
Prosper <br />  
Producerand TV Host
Chan <br />  
Vice-President, Policy and External Affairs
Merck Canada Inc.
11:45 AM Luncheon and Showcase Panel
Business and Government Driving Toward Purpose Together

A well-defined purpose statement and a focus on the triple bottom line (people, planet, profit) are key ingredients for a strong, sustainable, and thriving business. But there's an opportunity for businesses to work more closely with governments to create positive societal change. This panel will explore how governments can move beyond regulation and form true partnerships with purpose-driven companies to create a a force for good in the greater world.


Madunic <br />  
Swedish Ambassador for Corporate Social Responsibility
Swedish Ministry for Foreign Affairs
1:15 PM Plenary Session 2
Job Purposing: Creating Purpose in Every Position

Many professional workers prefer almost anything to work - inching along in traffic, scrubbing their bathtub or doing taxes. The cause of this is a of a lack of purpose at work. Employees yearn to leave work knowing that their workday made a difference. There are several companies addressing this challenge by incorporating social good into every position, leading to meaningful roles for all employees. Join Bea Boccalandro from VeraWorks and hear how FedEx, HP, PwC and other brands across the world are using 'job purposing' to transform work, engage employees and while addressing key societal issues.


Boccalandro <br />  
President
VeraWorks
2:00 PM Concurrent Sessions—Set B
Trend Talks

(Please select one session)


2:00 PM Concurrent Session B1
Money Talks: Investing with Purpose

As environmental and social challenges intensify around the world, a growing segment of the investment industry is taking notice. Responsible investors strive to incorporate environmental, social and governance (ESG) factors into investment decisions to manage risk, enhance long-term returns, and contribute to positive societal change. In this session, Michael Jantzi from Sustainalytics, Dustyn Lanz at the Responsible Investment Association and Brian Minns from Addenda Capital will present key insights into responsible investment in Canada. We will also hear from Daniel Goodwin about Shell Canada's response to the responsible investment trend.


Hawton <br />  
Senior Director of Institutional Relations
Sustainalytics
Lanz <br />  
Chief Operating Officer
Responsible Investment Association
Goodwin <br />  
External Relations Executive
Shell Canada Limited
Minns <br />  
Manager, Sustainable Investing
Addenda Capital Inc.
2:00 PM Concurrent Session B2
Corporate Activism: The Power of Taking a Stand

Businesses play an important role in solving social problems and advocating for policies. Avoiding the political spotlight is becoming increasingly difficult and a number of executives are deciding that speaking out for or against a political issue is worth the risk. Cameron Summers from Weber Shandwick explains some key trends around corporate activism, while two business leaders discuss how their companies have taken a public stand on political issues.


Laughland <br />  
Session Chair:
Director, Strategic Partnerships
Network for Business Sustainability
Summers <br />  
Speakers:
Senior Vice President & National Practice Leader, Corporate & Public Affairs
Weber Shandwick
Dobell <br />  
Director of Strategic Partnerships
VanCity Credit Union
2:00 PM Concurrent Session B3
The Transition to a Low Carbon Energy Future

While a low carbon economy is needed to avoid the most damaging effects of climate change, it requires significant changes for businesses reliant on fossil fuel-based energy. Toby Heaps of Corporate Knights and Mike Gerbis of Delphi Group and GLOBE Series will discuss the initiatives being taken by businesses to reduce carbon emissions, while Chantale Deprès will delve into CN's response to help in shaping a low carbon economy.


Rotchild <br />  
Session Chair:
Executive Director
Canadian Business for Social Responsibility (CBSR)
Heaps <br />  
Speakers:
Chief Executive Officer
Corporate Knights
Gerbis <br />  
Chief Executive Officer
Delphi Group and GLOBE Series
Després <br />  
Director, Sustainability
Canadian National Railway Company
3:15 PM Networking Break
3:45 PM Plenary Session 3
Purpose as a Driving Force for Business

Join a thought-provoking discussion about the evolution of the place "purpose" is now taking in the corporate world. Phillip Haid, CEO of PUBLIC INC. and Pedro Silveira, President of DanoneWave Canada, will speak to the shift in corporate mindset towards social and environmental commitments that have a direct, positive impact on bottom-line results. With the ambition of leading an Alimentation Revolution, which aims to unite the food chain from producer to consumer, DanoneWave is an excellent example of a company that is building its authentic purpose into the core of its business. As a clear step toward the Alimentation Revolution, Danone is entering into a new chapter following its recent acquisition of WhiteWave Foods, which introduces a variety of leading plant-based food and beverage products to its portfolio. Philip and Pedro will discuss the role of leadership, how purpose can drive employee engagement, and the shifting consumer mindset that favours companies who put public benefit at the heart of their business strategy. They will also speak to trends happening around the world, and how to adapt global strategies for the Canadian market. The session will close with an opportunity for the audience to join in the conversation and leave the conference with a better understanding of how "profit and purpose" is the future of business.


Silveira <br />  
President
DanoneWave Canada
Haid <br />  
Co-Founder and Chief Executive Officer
Public Inc.
4:30 PM Closing Remarks from the Co-Chairs
Mitchell <br />  
Director, Corporate Responsibility, Sustainability and Stakeholder Relations
The Conference Board of Canada
Rotchild <br />  
Executive Director
Canadian Business for Social Responsibility (CBSR)
4:45 PM Networking Reception and Social Innovation Pitch Session

As social innovation is at the core of the theme of "Profit from Purpose", this live "Dragon's Den" inspired pitch session will provide a spectacular end to Day One.

This is a social innovation competition to help generate and scale innovative ideas. Individuals and teams with ideas for scaling social innovation will be invited to submit proposals in the lead up to the conference. These will be reviewed by a mix of business leaders and social innovation gurus. Shortlisted entrants will be invited to pitch their ideas during cocktail period.


Tuesday, October 03, 2017

8:15 AM Continental Breakfast
9:00 AM Opening Remarks from the Co-Chairs
Mitchell <br />  
Director, Corporate Responsibility, Sustainability and Stakeholder Relations
The Conference Board of Canada
Rotchild <br />  
Executive Director
Canadian Business for Social Responsibility (CBSR)
9:15 AM Plenary Session 4
A Single Organizing Idea

Session details to be advised.


Gaught <br />  
Founder
Neil Gaught & Associates
10:00 AM Networking Break
10:30 AM Plenary Session 5
Investment of the Future

Session details to be advised.


11:15 AM Concurrent Sessions—Set C
Trend Talks

(Please select one session)


11:15 AM Concurrent Session C1
Disruptive Innovation: Are Robots Good for Business?

Technological innovations such as artificial intelligence, robotics and the "Internet of Things" (IoT) are changing the way we do business both in Canada and globally. Desmond McKenzie from Tata Consultancy' Services will present key insights into technological disruption in Canada. We will also hear from two business leaders about how their companies are using these new technologies to their advantage.


Laughland <br />  
Session Chair:
Director, Strategic Partnerships
Network for Business Sustainability
McKenzie <br />  
Speakers:
Managing Consultant
Tata Consultancy Services
Kesselring <br />  
Director, IoT Applications, Partners and Platforms
Telus
Ly <br />  
Digital Director
KPMG LLP
11:15 AM Concurrent Session C2
Going Urban: The Rise of the Metropolis

Urbanization is a complex issue that both Canadian and global businesses must face. Statistics Canada estimates that approximately 81 per cent of Canadians live in urban centers. This comes with challenges such as housing, unemployment, congestion and pollution, but also a number of opportunities too. In this session, a trend expert will present some key insights on urbanization in Canada. We will also hear from two senior leaders about their companies' responses to urbanization and how it is impacting their business.


Leitch <br />  
President and Chief Executive Officer
KONE
Litow <br />  
Vice President, Corporate Citizenship and Corporate Affairs
IBM International Foundation
11:15 AM Concurrent Session C3
Through the Looking Glass: Transparency and Reporting in a Social Age

In this digital age consumers, investors and employees are increasingly expecting companies to be transparent in their communications. However, the road to transparent communications is not without challenges. In this session Wesley Gee from The Works Design Communications and Alyson Genovese from GRI will provide key insights on the challenges and benefits of corporate transparency. We will then hear from a senior leader regarding the actions their company is taking to increase transparency with its stakeholders.


Gee <br />  
Director, Sustainability
The Works Design Communication
Genovese <br />  
Head of Corporate/Stakeholder Relations, North America
GRI
12:30 PM Networking Luncheon
1:30 PM Concurrent Sessions—Set D
Trend Explorations

(Please select one session)


1:30 PM Concurrent Session D1
Culture Change for Purpose-Driven Business

Session details to be advised.


Weisz <br />  
Co-Founder and Managing Director
Purpose Capital
1:30 PM Concurrent Session D2
Costs of Pollution in Canada: Measuring the Impacts on Families, Businesses and Governments

Pollution costs Canadian families, businesses and governments up to tens of billions of dollars a year. With financial support from the Ivey Foundation, the International Institute for Sustainable Development (IISD) reviewed existing studies on the costs of pollution in an effort to improve the data available to Canadians. Join Scott Vaughan to hear a summary of the findings, representing the most comprehensive assessment of pollution and its costs undertaken in Canada to date.


Vaughan <br />  
President and Chief Executive Officer
The International Institute for Sustainable Development
1:30 PM Concurrent Session D3
Policy/Regulations to Support Purpose-Driven Business

Session details to be advised.


Ferone Creuzet <br />  
Associate
Prophil
1:30 PM Concurrent Session D4
When CSR Meets ISR: The Rise of "Individual Social Responsibility"

Newly-released data from a IPSOS Public Affairs poll confirms that over two-thirds of Canadians consider corporate volunteering opportunities when choosing an employer. The same study revealed that as Canadians define their own social responsibility footprint, corporate community involvement is becoming increasingly varied and diverse. Join this session to hear from Volunteer Canada and member companies of its Corporate Council on Volunteering on the growing trend toward "Individual Social Responsibility" and how businesses are responding.


2:30 PM Networking Break
3:00 PM Plenary Session 6

Session details to be advised.


4:30 PM Closing Remarks from the Co-Chairs
Mitchell <br />  
Director, Corporate Responsibility, Sustainability and Stakeholder Relations
The Conference Board of Canada
Rotchild <br />  
Executive Director
Canadian Business for Social Responsibility (CBSR)
4:45 PM Conference Adjourns

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