Breakfast Series: Purposefully Profitable: Building a Sustainable Business

September 20, 2018
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4201 Lougheed Hwy, Burnaby 

Purposefully Profitable: Building a Sustainable Business

Tuesday, September 20th, 2018, 7:30am - 11:00am 

Location: Executive Suites Hotel Metro Vancouver - Grand Ballroom 

4201 Lougheed Hwy, Burnaby 

The City of Vancouver has a goal to be the greenest city in the world by 2020. Having many of our BC Brands operating with sustainability as their core focus, Vancouver is well on its way to reaching this goal. Incorporating a sustainable business model is a great way to market your products and save your company money. Join us at Breakfast to explore how sustainable business practices can grow your company's brand, culture, and bottom line while reducing environmental impacts.

A panel of local companies nominated for the 2017 and 2018 BC Food & Beverage Sustainability Awards will share why it's important to build sustainable best practices into the business, and how they've successfully done this. Following this panel, we'll have Mesh Exchange and Provision Coalition outline the resources, programs and steps you can take to make your company more sustainable.

7:30 AM– 8:00 AM       Registration, Breakfast, and Network 

8:00 AM – 8:15 AM      Welcome and Association News, James Donaldson, CEO 

  • Upcoming Events 
  • Thank you Sponsors and Partner, introducing Vancity, FASKEN, FortisBC, and the BC Ministry of Agriculture

8:15 AM – 9:05 AM            Cher Mereweather, Executive Director of Provision Coalition  

  • Overview of the State of the Industry 
  • How to use a Sustainable Business Strategy for Scale Up, Business Growth, and Risk Management  
  • Provision Coalition’s tools, resources, and programs for BC Food and Beverage processors and manufacturers, examples included.  

 9:05 AM – 9:40 AM  Jessica Pautsch, CEO and Co-Founder of Mesh Food Exchange 

  • Waste Less, Feed More 
  • Program details  

9:40 AM – 9:50 AM BREAK 

9:50 AM – 10:50 AM Sustainable Food Processors Roundtable: Why it’s important to build Sustainable practices into your business, and how we do it. Moderated by James Donaldson

11:00 AM                         ADJOURNED 

Thank you to our tabletop exhibitors: 

  • Marquee Sponsor, Vancity Credit Union  
  • Ambassador Sponsor, FASKEN 
  • Ambassador Sponsor, FortisBC  
  • Partner, BC Ministry of Agriculture  
  • Ayming Business Solutions  


About Our Speakers

Cher Mereweather, M.Sc., PMP, Executive Director of Provision Coalition

Cher is one of Canada’s leaders in food manufacturing sustainability. As Executive Director of Provision Coalition, an organization she founded with the country’s top food and beverage professional associations, Cher works directly with manufacturers to transform their business culture and operations. An advocate for change and a passionate spokesperson, Cher has dedicated her career to advancing sustainability concepts within the Canadian food industry and sustainability solutions at the firm level. Most recently, Cher has sharpened Provision’s focus on the reduction of food loss and waste developing innovative technologies and on-line tools that will modernize facility processing.  

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Jessica Pautsch, CEO and Founder of Mesh Food Exchange

Mesh Food Exchange, or Mesh for short, is a food rescue marketplace for BC based businesses and charities. The platform simplifies how we re-distribute surplus food. Mesh redirects safe and palatable unsold food to new secondary markets, helping companies save money, reduce unnecessary waste, and feed more. Jessica Pautsch, CEO and Founder of Mesh Food Exchange, is an experienced entrepreneur with a demonstrated history of working in the social impact, tech, and start upspace.

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Sustainability Breakfast Series September 2018