A Film About Disrupting the Business Quo

The Whistler Centre for Sustainability, together with Squamish Lil’Wat Cultural CentreSeeds Consulting and the Whistler Chamber of Commerce, are pleased to host to Whistler screening of the documentary film, Not Business as Usual on Monday, March 31.

Not Business As Usual is a provocative look at capitalism and its unintended price of success. Produced by instituteB, the film tracks the changing landscape of business with the rising tide of conscious capitalism through the stories of Vancouver-based entrepreneurs who have found innovative ways to bring humanity back into business.

Watch the ‘Not Business As Usual’ Documentary Trailer

Venue: Squamish Lil’wat Cultural Centre (SLCC). Entry by donation. Space is limited – arrive early to reserve your space!

6:30 pm Cash bar and networking with fellow business and community members
7:15-9:30 pm  Film screening and Q&A the film’s producers and panel of entrepreneurs

Darrell Kopke
Skool Principal, institute B

Darrell Kopke is skool principal at Institute B, a Vancouver-based business accelerator firm. He also holds ownership positions in 11 growth companies and a Board position in 5 entrepreneurial ventures. As lululemon athletica’s sixth employee and original General Manager, Darrell oversaw the company’s expansion from one store in Kitsilano to 60 stores internationally, about 100 percent annual growth and $200+ million in sales. He holds a BCommerce Degree in Marketing from Concordia University and an MBA from UBC’s Sauder School of Business. In 2006 Darrell was announced as a member of the Business in Vancouver’s ‘Top Forty Under 40’.

email: darrell@instituteb.com
: @darrellkopke, @instituteb
website: www.instituteb.com

Madelaine Shaw and Suzanne Siemens

Lunapads were created by Madeleine Shaw, a fashion designer who realized she needed something to solve her own health concerns about using disposable pads and tampons.

Switching from tampons to cloth pads brought her the unexpected benefit of discovering a deeper connection with her body, and she set out to bring this gift to others in the form of starting a business.  She wrote the first business plan for Lunapads in 1994, and in 1995 opened a store and small production facility. By 1998, Lunapads were available in health food stores across Canada.

In 1999, Madeleine met Suzanne Siemens, a Chartered Accountant, at a Community Leadership course they were both participating in. Realizing that they shared a vision for better health for women and the planet, they combined their skills to fully develop Lunapads’ potential. Lunapads are now used by thousands worldwide: as a result 1 million disposable pads and tampons are now being diverted from landfills every month. Lunapanties and Lunapads continue to be proudly made in Vancouver, Canada.

Shain Jackson

Shain Jackson is Coast Salish from the community of Sechelt.  He is a lawyer who has represented the interests of Aboriginal communities and organizations throughout British Columbia in relation to a broad array of issues.  After years devoted to the legal profession Shain has taken a break to follow his passion as an artist.

Artistically, Shain works in Coast Salish design.  As he has continued to develop his own artwork to a higher level, he has had the privilege of collaborating with many amazing local artists.  Along these lines Shain has devoted much of his time to the protection of artists’ rights.

Currently Shain is the President of Spirit Works Limited, an Aboriginal owned, operated and staffed company focused on the design, production and distribution of Aboriginal artwork such as jewelry, bentwood boxes, paddles, and so on.

Shain has always taken very seriously his responsibilities not only to his own community, but to the urban Aboriginal community at large.  Further to this, through his company Spirit Works, Shain has developed programs aimed at providing employment and training to Aboriginal youth; donates space, equipment and expertise to Aboriginal artists in need; consistently donates time and artwork to numerous charitable organizations; has designed and facilitated workshops aimed at providing cultural teachings for at-risk Aboriginal youth; and much more.

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This will be a great event with raffle prizes. The event is by donation, space is limited so please arrive early to avoid disappointment!