When you attend SB’18 Vancouver you’ll become a valuable part of a unique community and feel a sense of belonging. We consciously create space to let your passions thrive and provide opportunities to connect with other like-minded community members.
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.
Supply Chain Partners Tour
June 4th, 12:00pm – 4:00pm
Vancouver Convention Center
Forest products are a component of many supply chains. Through a visit to Vancouver’s Iconic Stanley Park, you will learn how forestry professionals work with natural events and reforestation to sustainably manage Canada’s Forests.
Opening Night Reception, 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
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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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.
Clif Bar & Company Hike
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 check-in at Clif’s Trailhead Basecamp to grab the essentials before we get some fresh air and hit the trail! More details on hike times to come.
SB Sunrise Activity: Meditation
June 6th, Time: 7:00 am – 7:30 am
Ambleside I Room (4th floor), The Marriott Vancouver Pinnacle Downtown
in SB’s very own Tamay Kiper 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.
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.
Post Conference Orcas and Ocean Plastics Trip to Vancouver Island
June 7th – 10th Time: TBD
Tofino, BC on Vancouver Island
SoulBuffalo, in partnership with Sustainable Brands, is proud to offer attendees the opportunity to participate in a very uniquely designed Ocean Plastics/Orcas Extension in beautiful Tofino, BC on Vancouver Island.
Inspiring solutions to real-world problems is at the heart of what SoulBuffalo does. Our global expeditions, offsites and innovation summits take business leaders, sustainability executives, innovation teams and others into the field, providing them with immersive experiences, insights and perspectives to build an enduring culture of sustainability.
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