Realize Change:
Leadership in an Age of Disruption

Today’s impact-driven organizations are not only working to solve an even greater number of social issues, but we are also facing a generational shift. With our constantly evolving communities, innovation has become the solution to unleashing unprecedented change in how non-profits, governments and businesses respond to community, environmental and social needs.

Realize Change: Leadership in an Age of Disruption will explore how leaders of the impact sector can build workplaces that foster innovative solutions to cataclysmic change and support future leaders in the sector. This conference will take participants on an interactive, immersive journey with thought leaders from across Canada.

November 21: Opening Reception & Film Screening

Join us for the Conference Welcome and Opening Reception at the Vancity Theatre on November 21st at 6pm. The evening will feature a screening of The Social Shift, a documentary about social entrepreneurs using their businesses to make a positive impact in communities across Canada, followed by a panel discussion. Then fill your plates and glasses with snacks and beverages as we cap the evening off with a casual and fun networking reception. We'll see you bright and early the next day for the conference!

November 22: Conference

Keynote SpeakerRodney Small, Common Good Solutions.

Recruiting for Impact: Given the changing nature of work and the onset of a generational shift, maintaining a strong leadership team can be difficult. Panelists in this session will dive into the key elements of retaining talented staff in this age of disruption.

Building Leadership for Our Common Future: In previous generations, professionals would retire and someone would take their place. In the case of impact-driven organizations, leaders have to be intentional about developing the next generation of social impact champions. Our panelists consist of current and emerging leaders who will talk about the best approaches to succession planning in the sector.

Innovation for Impact: Designing Workplace Culture: Building a workplace culture supportive of innovation takes more than multiple beers on tap or an on-site yoga instructor (although these help) – it takes guts. We will hear from leaders across the social impact sector on how they flipped the traditional work environment on its head to give their teams the right tools to succeed.

Solutions Lab: Ever wanted to harness the power of an entire room of thought leaders? In this interactive design workshop, we will identify emerging issues within the social impact sector and work collaboratively on possible solutions.

Evening After Party: Join us for further networking and drinks at The Snug, a collaborative social purpose enterprise between Persephone Brewing, Save on Meats, and A Better Life Foundation – the first round is on them!

For the most up to date information, check Realize Strategies conference webpage.




November 21, 2018 | 7:00 - 9:00 PM; Doors at 6:30; Reception to follow

Vancity Theatre

1181 Seymour Street, Vancouver



November 22, 2018 | Time TBD

Morris J Wosk Centre for Dialogue

580 West Hastings Street, Vancouver

We respectfully acknowledge that this event takes place on the Unceded, Traditional, Ancestral Territories of the Sḵwx̱wú7mesh, səl̓ilw̓ətaʔɬ, and xʷməθkʷəy̓əm First Nations.