As our upcoming Enterprising Spirit: Creating Value and Social Good conference takes shape, we are gathering a unique group of thinkers in the social enterprise space.
Planning, practicing and fine tuning social enterprise are the themes of the conference. Our speakers, session leaders and panel participants bring a rich knowledge and professional expertise to the social enterprise movement. Over the next several weeks our blog will highlight individuals participating in our one day conference.
The first two individuals we would like to tell you more about are David LePage and Derek Gent. During the Enterprising Spirit Conference, David is leading “The What and Why of Social Enterprise” session. Derek is participating in two sessions, which are titled “Business Solutions for Social Enterprise” and “Profits and Purpose: Demonstrating Value.”
David LePage has been working within the non-profit sector for over 30 years, including inner city economic development, housing, community media and social enterprise. He is currently Program Manager of Enterprising Non-Profits, enp, a unique collaboration of funders who provide support for social enterprise development; including development grants, marketing opportunities, access to capital, and public policy advocacy. David is a member of the Social Enterprise Council of Canada, the Policy Council for Canadian Community Economic Development (CCEDNet), the BC Social Economy Roundtable, and co-chairs a Social Economy Research Committee in the provinces of BC and Alberta. David is the former CEO of Fast Track to Employment (FTE), a key developer of the Social Purchasing Portal, which is a relationship framework that creates social value from the purchasing power of the private sector. David served as Vice-President of the National Federation of Community Broadcasters in the US from 1987 through 1995. He has done organizational development and social enterprise development consulting across North America and internationally.
Derek proudly serves as Executive Director at Vancity Community Foundation, an arms-length public foundation associated with Vancity Credit Union in Vancouver. The Foundation includes more than 110 different donor advised funds as well as a core endowment, modeling a progressive approach to investing the assets, making grants and delivering programs with a focus on longer term development rather than aid. For more than 20 years, the Foundation has pioneered a number of innovations in Canadian philanthropy and is recognized as a leader in our support for a broad range of local organizations achieving impact through social enterprise, community owned real estate, and collaborative approaches to change.