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Join us on June 5th as we welcome back to Nova Scotia, Mark Brand – a social impact entrepreneur whose passion for building better communities through unconventional solutions is making waves across North America.
As its signature fundraising event, the NECHA Advocacy Breakfast has raised over $100,000 for our programs over the past five years. The event has hosted a spectacular line up of speakers like Stephen Lewis, Andre Picard, Donna May, and Marci Ien.
The 2018 Advocacy Breakfast was the most successful in its five-year history with more than 300 influential attendees. In 2019, we look forward to building on this tremendous success and engaging even more business and community members in the important work of supporting those who face barriers to accessing services, be they health, housing, or food.
This year we will welcome Mark Brand as our keynote speaker. Mark is a social enterprise entrepreneur that is making waves across the globe with his forward-thinking unconventional solutions as they pertain to food security, work, and dignity. We are excited to hear more about Mark’s food security work and community revitalization and how we can apply this to our community and our work to alleviate poverty and homelessness.
DATE AND TIME
Wed, June 5, 2019
7:15 AM – 9:00 AM
The Westin Nova Scotian
1181 Hollis Street
Halifax, NS B3H 2P6
Who is Mark Brand?
Mark Brand is one of North America’s foremost social entrepreneurs. With eleven businesses under his belt, he is an example of a new form of leadership that encompasses good in every step. Determined to breathe new life into our struggling and disjointed communities through his work in social impact business, Brand shares his message on the importance of sustainable business models that make a difference, while also creating successful bottom lines.
Five years ago, Brand took over Save On Meats, a Vancouver butcher and diner that has provided food security and access since 1957. In 2013, he created The Token Program, an alternate currency to feed those in need without a cash exchange. Since then, over 100,000 tokens have been redeemed, filling 100,000 empty stomachs, and creating interactions between those who have, and those in need.
In addition, in partnership with his charity A Better Life Foundation, more than 1.8 million meals have left Save On’s doors to feed those who struggle. ABLF works with community agencies, marginalized individuals, and governments to create tangible waves of change.
Along with managing the five companies under the MB Inc umbrella, Brand is a graduate of THNK, a Stanford fellow, A Professor of Innovation at USC, Executive Chef for Pope Francis’s Laudato Si Challenge, and an advisor to corporations and agencies working to make real change.
It’s through his cooking, philanthropic efforts, systems design, and love for the community that he’s found a unique balance in business and purpose.