Fig Tree Foundation

September 01, 2016 14:52 ET

Now is the Time: Phillip Haid, Yunus Social Business and BDC Join Arlene Dickinson, Suzanne West and Black Diamond Group in Calgary Conversation on Better Business, Better World

CALGARY, ALBERTA--(Marketwired - Sept. 1, 2016) - Black Diamond Group is supporting the Soul of the Next Economy Forum as a community partner for the third year in a row as they "believe this is an exciting opportunity to have Calgary's business leaders and potential leaders learn about social stewardship, effective community development and collaboration among different sectors to address social and development issues locally and around the world," says CEO Trevor Haynes. BDG also co-hosts the CSR Roundtable which Haynes says "provides an opportunity for us to engage and strategize with thought leaders on corporate social responsibility, an arena that is vital, yet often forgotten in a tough economic environment."

On September 30, Soul of the Next Economy Forum will again bring together the non-profit sector, government, business and students to learn more about local and global issues and to connect with one another and collaborate on business oriented solutions. "It is when we come together with our unique, individual expertise and creativity that we can innovate and find value both for our own organizations and the world that we live in. The Forum has many voices and perspectives but one common passion - use what we have to help and empower others," says Forum chair, Angie Redecopp, associate professor at Ambrose University.

Arlene Dickinson, former dragon, will moderate the Forum's CSR Roundtable which will include key Calgary business leaders such as Imaginea's Suzanne West and a challenge from Phillip Haid of Profit Inc. Business resiliency, innovative solutions to issues in the communities we do business in and collaboration will be on the table. Kyle Bakx of CBC news will be hosting the Lion's Den Social Innovation Challenge where local changemakers pitch their social innovations. Other speakers include the Brazil director from Yunus Social Business and Helle Bank Jorgenson, President of Global Compact Network Canada.

Business Development Bank of Canada joins as a community partner this year and they offer tools to further entrepreneurship in Alberta. "We're excited that Albertan entrepreneurs are joining the global movement of certified Beneficial corporations (B Corps). Their innovation - a new kind of company designed to solve social and environmental problems - is powerful and creates real change!" says Forum session speaker, Craig Ryan, Director, Social Entrepreneurship at BDC.

The Forum will be hosted at Ambrose University on September 30 and October 1, with host partners Fig Tree Foundation and Vibrant Communities Calgary and community partners, Black Diamond Group and Business Development Bank of Canada. Other Forum sponsors include The Calgary Foundation as patron sponsor and Calgary Economic Development, First Calgary Financial, Raymond James/Dolan Wealth Management, OikoCredit Canada and Servus Credit Union as friend sponsors. Registration is only $149 with group rates and student rates available.

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About our Community Partners

Black Diamond rents and sells modular workforce accommodation and space rental solutions to business customers in Canada, the United States and Australia. They also provide specialized field rentals to the oil and gas industries of Canada and the United States. In addition, they provide turnkey lodging services, as well as a host of related services that include transportation, installation, dismantling, repairs, maintenance and ancillary field equipment rentals. From twenty locations, they serve multiple sectors including oil and gas, mining, power, construction, engineering, military, government and education.

BDC is the only bank devoted exclusively to entrepreneurs. It promotes Canadian entrepreneurship with a focus on small and medium-sized businesses. With its 110+ business centres from coast to coast, BDC provides entrepreneurs in all industries with financing and advisory services. Its investment arm, BDC Capital, offers equity, venture capital as well as customized growth and business transition capital. To find out more, visit

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