In partnership with Thrive Calgary there will be reflection points and integrated learnings to focus on why this matters to Calgary, and beyond, through discussions following keynotes, speakers, panels, sessions, etc, and we will ensure there is ample opportunity to discuss next steps and actions.

Thursday november 14

1:00 PM Welcome

1:15 PM Opening Keynote: Finding Opportunities in Uncertain Times

2:00 PM Break out sessions


A. The Value of Purpose: What it is and the opportunities it offers

What are the merits of B Corps? Is it worth it or not? Is B Corp the only way to do things with purpose?

Session speakers coming soon.

B. Social Procurement: What it is and the opportunities it offers

Overview of what social procurement is and the opportunities it offers for businesses with information from The City about what's going on in Calgary specifically.

Speaker: Elizabeth Chick, National Coordinator for Buy Social Canada; Supply Chain Management at The City of Calgary.

C. Market Opportunities: Social impact, who's business is it anyways?

Should companies use social impact as a competitive advantage and as a marketing tool? Who is designed to fill social gaps - government, non profit, or business?

Session speakers coming soon.

D. Finding Capital: The opportunity of local investing

Examine the role of local investing as a source of capital and as a catalyst to a sustainable local economy.

Session speakers coming soon.

E. Building ESG Capacity: Building a more diverse and inclusive economy & the SDGs

Fulfilling the SDGs to build ESG capacity and to create opportunities and gain a competitive advantage.

Session speakers coming soon.

F. Community Innovation Challenge

More info to come.

3:30 - 5:30 PM Be Local Awards presented by REAP Business Association

FRIDAY November 15

8:00 AM Breakfast Mingle

9:00 AM Welcome

9:15 AM Keynote

10:00 AM BREAK

10:15 AM Panel & Executive Roundtable

12:00 PM Networking Lunch

1:00 PM Break out sessions


A. The Value of Purpose: The importance of long-term purpose for a company

What is the importance of the long-term view? Why a focus solely on the short-term harms not only society, but companies.

B. Social Procurement: What governments are looking for

Awareness and education of what provincial and federal governments are looking for, including social procurement.

C. Market Opportunities: Industry disruptors

Looking at local companies who are disrupting their industry, with a social impact purpose, and supporting the local economy.

D. Finding Capital

Exploring how improvements to your company's ESG performance can attract investors in light of growing investor demand for ESG information.

E. Building ESG Capacity: Building ESG capacity at the board level

Exploring the board's responsibility in ensuring that the company is growing their ESG capacity; examine the relationship that the board has with senior company personnel in conveying this information.

F. Community Innovation Challenge

More info to come.

2:15 PM Panel

4:00 PM Forum Ends