Special events at SB’18 Vancouver provided opportunities to connect with other like-minded community members in a unique, fun way.
Member-Exclusive | Lynn Canyon Suspension Bridge
June 3rd, 3:00pm – 6:00pm
Lynn Canyon Park
Regreening Vancouver – Arbor Day Tree Planting Event
June 4th, 9:00am – 12:00pm
Sponsored by TD Bank, and in partnership with Arbor Day Foundation & Sustainable Brands, the Regreening Vancouver event provides a unique and exclusive SB’18 volunteer offering to plant trees at the historic Stanley Park. This is in collaboration with the city’s goal to plant 150,000 trees by 2020. These new trees are part of the city’s efforts to reforest city parks and restore the tree canopy throughout Vancouver.
Social Enterprise Walking Tour
June 4th, 11:00am – 1:00pm
Vancouver Convention Center
Join Buy Social Canada for a walking tour to visit a variety of local Vancouver social enterprises who are making gains in changing how businesses and individuals’ purchasing power create positive social impacts within their communities.
The tour will begin at the Vancouver Convention Centre West and will guide attendees to Vancouver’s Downtown Eastside neighbourhood, where many of the social enterprises are located. Tour attendees will have the opportunity to visit the actual social enterprise locations, as well as hear presentations from the owners and employees of each social enterprise to learn first hand about the work they do, and the opportunities and benefits they provide to Vancouver’s inner city community.
Attendees will be treated to a lunch and a couple of small gifts provided by some of the social enterprises participating in the tour. Along the tour, Buy Social Canada staff and their community partners will educate attendees about the what, why, and how of social procurement, and demonstrate how social procurement can be a tool for companies to create a sustainable impact in their community.
Yoga Hosted by lululemon
June 4th, 1:15 pm – 2:30 pm
At lululemon we believe that mindfulness helps you live a life rooted in purpose. Join us for a yoga class that will ground you in mindful choices that you can practice on and off the mat. Please bring an open mind and gear to move in. Mats will be provided. This class has limited availability, so please sign up here.
Opening Night Reception, Sponsored by BASF, and co-sponsored by Savers|Value Village and Porpoise
June 4th, 6:00pm – 7:30pm
Hall C (Activation Hub)
Join the Sustainable Brands community for a drink and some bites at the annual welcome reception. Say ‘hi’ to old friends, welcome new community-members and get excited for the week ahead. Make the most of the first night by participating in the ‘Good Life’ engagement activity during the evening. You’re sure to meet some new SB’ers, who may turn out lifelong friends and colleagues!
Birds of a Feather Dinners and Meet-ups
June 4th, 5th & 6th
Various Locations, sign up outside Hall C (Activation Hub)
To facilitate meaningful connections, we’ll have sign-up boards for Birds of a Feather dinners, discussions, meet-ups and whatever else you can think of. Grab a sign outside the Activation Hub (Hall C) and write your topic, meet-up location and time, and wait for like-minded attendees to sign up throughout the day. These informal dinners and discussions have proven to be some of the most popular and valuable offerings at SB, year after year.
SIGN UP OUTSIDE THE ACTIVATION HUB
Clif Bar & Company Hike
June 4th, Time: 10:00am – 12:00pm, Meet at Thurlow Entrance, Vancouver Convention Center
June 5th, Time: 1:30pm – 3:30pm, Meet at Clif’s Booth in the Activation Hub
June 6th, Time: 1:30pm – 3:30pm, Meet at Clif’s Booth in the Activation Hub
Clif Bar & Company knows the good life can be found outdoors – and in Canada that means the Great Trail. Come hike with us at Sustainable Brands – be sure to meet at Clif’s Trailhead Basecamp in the Activation Hub to grab the essentials before we get some fresh air and hit the trail! Note, Monday’s hike (June 4th) will meet up at the Vancouver Convention Centre – Thurlow Street Entrance. Look for the folks in CLIF gear!
- 4 miles roundtrip (approx. 1.5 hours)
- CLIF snacks and water bottles provided
- Ultra runner Ellie Greenwood will be leading the hike on June 5th and 6th. She is a two-time Western States winner (having set the 100 mile course record in 2012) and an online running coach with Sharman Ultra.
*If you are unable to attend one of the hikes, take advantage of our indoor trail at the Convention Center! Keep an eye out for Clif trailhead signs throughout the conference that will help feed your adventure!*
Sunrise Activity: Bodyweight Movement Training
June 5th, 7:00am – 7:50am
Ambleside Room, The Marriott Pinnacle Downtown
Sustainability starts with caring for the most essential home that you’ll never be without – the body. Both the body and the mind are fed with movement. This class teaches movement unidentified with a specific discipline, with moves that are sport agnostic. The goal of the class is to offer novel options on ways to move, insight into a more complete human movement map, and ingredients for a healthy, thriving sustainable lifestyle. No equipment is needed for this class. If possible, a towel, mat and water may be helpful.
Sunrise Activity: SB Running Club
June 5th, 7:00am – 8:00am
Vancouver Convention Center
Join SB’s very own Riley Scherer for a run along Vancouver’s scenic seawall. Meet at Burrard Landing, near the Thurlow entrance of Vancouver Convention Center West on Tuesday, June 5th at 7:00am.
SB Innovation Open: Co-sponsored by: Makersite & RISN Incubator at Arizona State University, Technology Provider: YouNoodle
June 5th, 12:15pm & June 6th, 5:15pm
Tuesday: Activation Hub | Wednesday: Main Stage
SB Innovation Open is a business plan competition unlike any other. It’s a showcase of creativity, innovative thinking and solution based approaches that seek to make a significant environmental, social and economic impact within the business world. The SBIO fosters collaboration between early stage eco-entrepreneurs and influential executives. Don’t miss the pitch-offs in the Activation Hub, and then the finale on the main stage Wednesday afternoon.
Board of Change’s “The Good Party” at the Top of Vancouver
June 5th, 6:30pm – 10:00pm
Top of the Harbour Centre Tower Downtown Vancouver. 2 Blocks southeast Vancouver Trade and Convention Centre.
555 West Hastings Street , Vancouver, B.C. Canada V6B 4N6
It’s better on top. Come enjoy the Good Life 553′ in the air, from an unbeatable 360 view of Vancouver, the coastal mountains and the ocean. The Board of Change invites you to mingle with Vancouver’s most intriguing and progressive businesses at the Top of Vancouver for a sunset cocktail and appies overlooking Vancouver’s beautiful skyline.
Space is limited. Event is by invitation-only, free with SB18 badge, registration is required. Save your spot by sending an email to [email protected], subject “SaveMySpotAtTheTop”.
Lush Fresh Handmade Cosmetics Factory Tour
June 5th, 6:45pm – 9:30pm
Vancouver Convention Centre
Ever wondered how we make our soaps, lotions and bath products smell so wonderful? Come see how it’s all made, learn about our sustainability, charitable givings and ethical buying initiatives, have a go at getting your hands ‘clean’ making some product, and network with likeminded businesses.
When: Tuesday June 5, departing from the Convention Centre 6:45 PM by bus. Participants can return by bus at 9:30 PM, or come back earlier by public transit (tickets will be provided). The event includes vegan food and drinks and is free of charge.
Registration: Numbers are limited so if you register and later realize your are no longer able to attend, please email [email protected].
Vancouver Brewery Tour
June 5th & 6th, 7:00pm – 10:00pm
Waterfront Station, 601 West Cordova Street, Vancouver, BC
The longest running and most popular brewery tour in Vancouver since 2013. Our award winning Vancouver Brewery Tour is all about the beer, and is the best way to get to know our local craft beer scene.
SB Sunrise Activity: Meditation
June 6th, Time: 7:00 am – 7:30 am
Location: Garibaldi Room (3rd floor), The Four Seasons Hotel Vancouver
Join SB’s very own Nkolo Lebongo for a morning Kundalini yoga and meditation session. Clear your mind to prepare for day three of networking and learning at #SB18Vancouver.
If possible, a towel, met and water may be helpful.
Canada Day Party
June 6th, 7:30pm – 9:00 pm
Elephant and Castle Pub 385 Burrard St, Vancouver, BC V6C 2G8
SB Gather, co-sponsored by Cone Communications
June 6th, 8:30pm – 12:00am
CRAFT Beer Market – 85 W 1st Ave, Vancouver, BC V5Y 3K8, Canada
Join us for SB Gather at Craft, a stylish, modern beer market in Vancouver. Come ready to mix and mingle after intense days of conference learning and collaborating with teams in the Activation Hub.
Please note: Leadership Pass type holders receive unlimited access to all hosted and sponsored evening events including SB Gather. Executive/Community pass holders do not have access to SB Gather.
Hive and Garden Tour with Hives for Humanity
June 7th, 3:00pm – 6:00pm
Sponsored by Lush Cosmetics and in partnership with Hives For Humanity and Sustainable Brands, take a walk to the East Van Roasters to learn about their social enterprise mission while tasing locally roasted coffee and chocolate and then continue to the Hastings Urban Farm to visit the garden, learn more about the bees and taste some local honey.