Business As Mission


Partnering with ACE Development Fund

social impact investment conference

Social impact investment conference

Modelling transformative businesses to create change and impact for communities most in need both locally and globally.

Date & Time

6pm – 9pm Friday June 1st, 2018 8am – 4pm Saturday June 2nd, 2018


Pinnacle Harbourfront Hotel, 1133 West Hastings Street, Vancouver, BC, Canada
Date & Time

2-day Full Conference – $299
Friday Only – $149
Saturday Only – $ 199
Student Rate Full Conference – $150

*Scholarships or Partial Assistance available, contact

Conference topics

Ideas, strategies, community, networks, encouragement, engaging with people, design, creative energy, intentional networking, business design. 

Social Impact Investment
Business as Mission connects engages and inspires business leaders, who share a common goal of implementing business solutions to help bring people out of poverty and building a sustainable future through economic and social development.

Transformational Business
Our panel will be looking at what it means to be transformational in their own businesses by sharing their experiences about the impact their businesses are having a positive change in the community.

Mentorship/Eagle’s Nest
The Eagles Nest will provide opportunities for you to participate in the success of small businesses locally and internationally.  This could be through a financial donation, through your business or professional expertise, through business coaching, connecting through your network, or any other way that helps develop sustainable business solutions.




Honorable Ed Fast

Honorable Ed Fast

Former Minister of International Trade, Government of Canada, Canada

A graduate of the University of British Columbia, Ed practiced corporate and commercial law for 24 years.  On May 18, 2011, Prime Minister Stephen Harper appointed Ed to his cabinet to serve as Minister of International Trade.  He was responsible for the Government of Canada’s Global Markets Action Plan, which implemented the most ambitious trade plan in Canada’s history and deepened Canada’s trade and investment relationships in large, dynamic and fast-growing economies around the world. Ed’s top trade priorities were to bring into force Canada’s free trade agreements with the European Union and Ukraine and a modernized agreement with Israel, and concluding trade negotiations with India and the Trans-Pacific Partnership. In 2011, he was appointed Queen’s Counsel for British Columbia, and more recently was awarded the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee Medal for service to his community and country. Currently (in this 42nd Parliament) he is serving as the Official Opposition Critic for the Environment and Climate Change.  Prior to his appointment to cabinet, Ed chaired the House of Commons Standing Committee on Justice & Human Rights.  As the Member of Parliament for Abbotsford, Ed has delivered unprecedented federal support to his city. Projects like the McCallum and Clearbrook Rd. Interchanges, Abbotsford Airport expansion, Mill Lake spray park, border crossing improvements and record investments in youth crime

Mary Hagland

Mary Hagland

Founder of Five14, Nepal

Creating Alternatives to Injustice in Nepal

Mary Haegeland, and her family have served in the nation of Nepal since 1987, working with relief and community development.  Before that, she was the director of the Good Samaritan Network in New Orleans, USA, assisting the poor with emergency and crisis intervention.  She and her husband, Michael, were also the directors of a 200 room missions training campus for five years in Colorado, USA.  This campus was focused on reaching the unreached, working for justice and creating business in developing countries.  In 2010, the Haegelands returned to Nepal to address issues of exploitation.   They founded a group of social businesses, Five14 Nepal, which exists to prevent exploitation in Nepal through ethical tourism businesses. The Five14 group consists of four ‘for profit’ businesses and one ‘not for profit’ foundation.  The group employs 40 Nepalis in Kathmandu, while also creating small business opportunities in rural villages where extreme poverty is a root cause of exploitation.  Mary’s passion is to see local businesses create fair jobs and new opportunities for those who are most vulnerable to injustice.

Jo Kay

Jo Kay

Businessman, South East Asia

Jo grew up in South East Asia and has been involved in a thriving business in Central Asia for many years which has greatly impacted the community. Jo will bring a story of building the business, disaster striking followed by rebuilding through faith and perseverance. 

Join Us

This two-day event includes a chance to network with like-minded people, share ideas and knowledge, and collaborate to help entrepreneurs, business people, students, investors transform the way you think about how you do business and invest in social impact.

June 1st

Friday night from 6-9pm there will be a networking reception with business people, entrepreneurs, philanthropists, investors and Non-for-profits.  Followed by a keynote speaker and another session with a panel of Investors/Business People called the Eagles’s (modeled after Dragon’s Den) who will share their own business as mission passion and journeys.

June 2nd

Saturday is a full day 8am-4pm Includes panel talks on the theology of business and another session on transformational business.  Followed by a networking lunch a time for people to share their experiences and stories and network with the panel and speakers.

June 2nd

Saturday is a full day 8am-4pm Includes panel talks on the theology of business and another session on transformational business.  Followed by a networking lunch a time for people to share their experiences and stories and network with the panel and speakers.

Eagle’s Nest

There will be a live “Dragon’s Den” (we call it Eagle’s Nest) where real-life entrepreneurs (both locally and internationally) pitch their business ideas to a panel of established business people people “the Eagles”. Each of these people on the panel have agreed to provide significant financial support for these small businesses, IF they have a sound business plan and IF they meet their criteria for success.  The audience will have a chance to have watch this live to see the start of their business that have a social impact or transform their community.

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