His career has spanned the co-op movement and working with people with disabilities to economic development in the downtown eastside of Vancouver. In 2009, he was recognized as one of the Top 40 Under Forty business people in Vancouver. 

Brian served as the Chief Operating Officer of Atira, a social purpose business with a large staff compliment and annual revenue in excess of $11 million.

Brian has co-founded several enterprises, both for-profit and not-for-profit. He has served as a Director of the Hastings Crossing Business Improvement Association and is currently a Director of SOLEfood Farms, both organizations he helped to co-found in the Vancouver’s downtown eastside. 

"You simply, and desperately want Brian on your team. Over the past four years, I've seen Brian skillfully navigate one of the most tricky communities in North America. Along they way he galvanizes stakeholders, creates new partnerships, name the strengths in others and encourages them to their potential. Brian's guidance and wisdom assisted my company, Mission Possible, at key junctures enabling us to become one of the most recognizable and respected social enterprises in the City of Vancouver." Brian Postlewait, CEO, Mission Possible.

“I have had the pleasure to work with Brian in a number of different capacities- hosting a series of workshops on social finance, consulting with organizations embarking on social enterprise and exploring innovative real estate options. One of the primary aspects of Brian that I admire is how grounded his work is in values of inclusion, participatory process and mission obtainment. His skill set is incredibly diverse- from creating online games to urban farming to facilitation and so on. He is a natural leader and amazing facilitator. Brian is kind, fun and great to work with, and I would be thrilled to work with him again.” Kristi Fairholm Mader

Brian is also an avid cyclist, homebrewer, father of three and resident of Gibsons, BC. He is the Executive Director of Community Futures Sunshine Coast and recently launched Persephone Brewing Co.

Brian teaches Social Innovation, Enterpreneurship & Enterprise.

More Information

Brian's LinkedIn

The Community Economic Development Certificate Program was an amazing program. I was looking for a program that would give me hands on knowledge in the industry and it delivered just that. It also had the added benefit of networking with colleagues around Northern BC.

Jenn Dolen
Misty Isles Economic Development Society

View all testimonials