The Road to the Purposeful Economy

Event Speakers

President, Unilever Canada

Gary Wade

Gary Wade is currently the President of Unilever Canada. Gary has led the organization through several transformative business initiatives while championing Diversity & Inclusion and elevating employee engagement. Gary joined Unilever South Africa in 1993 and has held progressive roles in  Sales, Strategy and Marketing.

Gary is an active board member of  Food, Health &  Consumer Products Canada, Grocers and Manufacturers Collaborative and GS1 (Global Standards Canada). Outside of work Gary is an accomplished athlete and enjoys spending quality time with his wife and three daughters.

Founder and Chair of the Canadian Business Youth Council for Sustainable Development

Maxime Lakat

Maxime Lakat is the Founder and Chair of the Canadian Business Youth Council for Sustainable Development which was formed to unite Canadian student organizations in sustainable business in order to grow the movement across the country by sharing best practices and disseminating essential knowledge on the topic. Their most recent initiative, “Our Future, Our Business” Manifesto, is Canada’s largest youth-led movement to change the way we do and teach business. It got support from 65 youth organizations, 100 civil society organizations, and 130 high-level executives.

For three years, Maxime was also the Co-President of the Desautels Sustainability Network (DSN) at McGill University. DSN helped co-organize the Montreal Youth Summit on Sustainable Business, Canada’s largest student gathering on the topic. They also worked at the academic level to improve McGill’s “Managing for Sustainability” Major & Concentration and mainstream sustainability across all programs by working with professors, faculty leadership and professionals.

CEO, Rally Assets Inc.

Upkar Arora, FCPA, FCA, ICD.D

Upkar Arora is the CEO of Rally Assets Inc. an impact investment management and advisory firm.

Upkar brings sophisticated expertise in business, capital markets and finance from acquiring, operating and advising companies of all sizes, at different stages, in different sectors and geographies. Over the past 35 years, he has been involved in innovative debt, equity, and hybrid finance solutions in the public and private markets and complex mergers, acquisitions, restructurings and dispositions in excess of $20 billion.

Upkar began his impact investing journey in 2010, to integrate his corporate experience with his philanthropic and community service endeavors in order to improve people’s lives.

He has served on the boards of several organizations focused on education, health, arts, infrastructure, citizenship and financial services.

Upkar is an adjunct lecturer at the University of Waterloo and a recipient of the accounting profession’s highest mark of distinction, the Fellow designation, in 2017.

VanDusen Professor of Sustainability at SFU

Stephanie Bertels

Stephanie Bertels is the VanDusen Professor of Sustainability at SFU’s Beedie School of Business and the Director of their Centre for Corporate Governance and Sustainability.  She also founded and leads the Embedding Project (, a global public-benefit research collaborative between business sustainability researchers and leading global companies that develops practical tools to help companies embed social and environmental factors across their operations and decision-making.
CEO and Founder, Indigenomics Institute and the Global Center of Indigenomics

Carol Anne Hilton, MBA

Carol Anne Hilton, MBA is the CEO and founder of the Indigenomics Institute and the Global Center of Indigenomics. Carol Anne is a dynamic national Indigenous business leader, author, speaker and senior adviser with an international Masters Degree in Business Management (MBA) from the University of Hertfordshire, England. Carol Anne is of Nuu chah nulth descent from the Hesquiaht Nation on Vancouver Island.

Carol Anne is the author of ‘Indigenomics- Taking A Seat at the Economic Table’ and is an adjunct professor at Royal Roads University’s School of Business.

Carol Anne was the only Indigenous person appointed to the Canadian Economic Growth Council as a senior advisor to the federal Finance Minister. Carol Anne recently served on the BC Emerging Economy Taskforce, and the BC Indigenous Business and Investment Council. Carol Anne currently serves as a Director on the McGill University Institute for the Study of Canada, MITACS and the BC Digital Supercluster.

Peter Moores Professor of Management Studies

Colin Mayer, CBE, FBA

Peter Moores Professor of Management Studies
Saïd Business School at the University of Oxford.

Colin Mayer is a Fellow of the British Academy, the Centre for Economic Policy Research and the European Corporate Governance Institute, a Professorial Fellow of Wadham College, Oxford and an Honorary Fellow of Oriel College, Oxford and St Anne’s College, Oxford.  He is a member of the Board of Trustees of the Oxford Playhouse,  past member of the UK Government Natural Capital Committee, the UK Competition Appeal Tribunal and the International Advisory Board of the Securities and Exchange Board of India.  He was chairman of Oxera Ltd. 1986 to 2010 and a director of the energy modelling company, Aurora Energy Research Ltd, 2013 to 2020.  Appointed Commander of the Order of the British Empire (CBE) in the 2017 New Year Honours and leads the British Academy enquiry into “the Future of the Corporation.” His most recent book Prosperity: Better Business Makes the Greater Good is published by Oxford University Press.

Coro Strandberg

Coro Strandberg is a nationally recognized expert in Social Purpose and ESG and Purpose Governance. She co-founded the Social Purpose Institute and has helped dozens of companies define and implement their social purpose. She provides advice and thought leadership on strategies to harness the economy as a force for good and to help industry, trade and professional associations develop mandates to serve society in addition to serving their members. She is a faculty member for Directors College and Governance Professionals of Canada providing education on ESG, Purpose and Stakeholder Governance for Directors and Governance Professionals respectively. Coro is a board member of BC Lotteries Corporation and serves on its Governance and Social Purpose Committee. She is also a member of the advisory committees of the Office of the Auditor General of Canada, Canadian Standards Association and Vancouver Economic Commission. She publishes her thought leadership on her website at
Chief Social Purpose Officer & VP, Player Experience

Peter ter Weeme

Chief Social Purpose Officer & Vice President, Player Experience

As the Chief Social Purpose Officer & Vice President Player Experience, Peter is responsible for the corporation’s social purpose commitment, overall reputation management and end-to-end player experience and marketing strategies. A 27-year veteran of the values-driven marketing, sustainability and social purpose movement, his is helping transition BCLC to a purpose-driven organization that offers lottery, casino and online players an exceptional and responsible entertainment experience.

Peter’s professional experience spans the world of corporate, government and non-profit clients in North America, Europe and Asia. He has lived and worked in Canada, the Netherlands and India where he advised organizations on a range of values-based issues. He has also developed various campaigns and initiatives focused around issues such as climate action, conservation, public health, and diversity and inclusion.

He is a currently a Director of the Western Canada Theatre Company as well the Cape Cod Center for Sustainability.

Fellow of the University of Cambridge’s Institute for Sustainability Leadership

Dr. Victoria Hurth

Victoria works to drive forward business that serves society – focusing on purpose, governance, marketing, leadership, strategy and culture. She is a Fellow of the University of Cambridge’s Institute for Sustainability Leadership and a Visiting Fellow of The University of Cambridge’s Judge Business School. Victoria previously worked for 3M and Accenture and as an Associate Professor of Sustainable Business and Marketing. She is Convenor of the first global ISO standard in Governance of Organizations (ISO37000), Technical Author for a British Standard in Sustainable Purpose (PAS 808) and co-led the work to scope standards on Indicators for Governance (TC309/AHG5). Victoria is an UNCTAD review panel member for their ISAR Honors and was recently a member of the UNCTAD/UNEP Task Force developing a methodology for SDG indicator 12.6.1. She is currently a Non-Executive Director of FTB Lawsons Ltd and of the UK Organic standards leader: Soil Association Certification Ltd.
Sustainability Specialist at Hemlock Printers

Amanda Chor

Amanda Chor is the Sustainability Specialist at Hemlock Printers, one of the most environmentally progressive commercial printers in North America, and is responsible for managing their environmental portfolio. With a social purpose that is dedicated to safeguarding the world’s forests, Amanda helps embed sustainability into the company’s culture, strategy and operations by organizing the Sustainability Think Tank composed of a diversity of staff and launching a variety of initiatives to reduce Hemlock’s carbon footprint. A significant portion of Amanda’s efforts are dedicated towards discovering low-carbon opportunities through collaborating with staff, clients, suppliers and environmental stakeholders. In particular, Hemlock’s Zero Carbon Neutral Printing Program enables clients to neutralize the emissions of their print orders through offsets and encourages the use of low-carbon, environmentally friendly papers.
Chief People Officer at BCLC

Dr. Yabome Gilpin-Jackson

Dr. Yabome Gilpin-Jackson (she/her/hers) is a multi-award winning scholar-practitioner in human & organization development with research awards and professional recognitions in Canada, UK and the United States including the prestigious Harry Jerome Award given in recognition of Black-Canadian achievements and contributions. She is the Chief People Officer at BCLC. Prior to this, she has had an extensive background in organization development and social change, speaking, teaching and leading large-scale transformations in Canada’s health care system and consulting to private sector and non-profit organizations on people and culture and social change strategies. Dr Gilpin-Jackson holds a Ph.D. in Human Development from Fielding Graduate University where she is an Institute for Social Innovation Scholar. She is Adjunct/Sessional Faculty at Simon Fraser University, Concordia University and elsewhere. She lives on purpose, working to inspire leadership action so that the people and groups she serves can achieve & exceed their highest positive change aspirations
Manager of the Horizontal Policy Unit (HPU) at Employment Social Development Canada

Greg Graves, M.A

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Greg Graves, M.A., is the manager of the Horizontal Policy Unit (HPU) at Employment Social Development Canada. The mandate of his unit focused on volunteerism, philanthropy, and corporate social responsibility. Greg leads a team of policy analysts towards a Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) Action Plan. The team he leads has been undertaking direct and solicited applied policy research on CSR and engagement with other federal departments and crown corporations. Greg chairs the CSR Interdepartmental Working Group for ESDC that includes 12 federal departments and crown corporations partners.

President of Chandos

Tim Coldwell

Tim Coldwell is a Mohawk entrepreneur focused on leading by serving, culture, and the monetization of ideas. He serves as President of Chandos, a purpose driven national technical builder leading change in the Canadian construction industry. Chandos is the largest B-Corp certified contractor in the world and is proud to be 100% employee owned. We believe value is created when leaders combine the power of purpose with existing business models to solve the world’s greatest problems.

Under Tim’s leadership, Chandos has forged partnerships with social enterprises across Canada focusing on employment of at-risk youth and those under-represented in the construction industry. Tim is an advisor to San Francisco’s Center for Innovation in the Design & Construction Industry and the founding board chair of the Integrated Project Delivery Alliance. Tim is a recipient of Canada’s Top 40 Under 40® and is an alumnus of the Governor General’s Canadian Leadership Conference.


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