Annual Focus on Social Enterprise Event - Featuring W. Brett Wilson

Nov 28, 2019, 1:00 – 4:00 AM

We are pleased to continue our annual tradition of having the final Startup Grind Calgary event of the year focus on social enterprise. This year we are honored to host our feature fireside chat with W. Brett Wilson! In addition we will have a fireside chat with 2019 Calgary Chamber Social Entrepreneurship winner: CommonGood Linens. The event will kick off with Work Nicer Coworking!

In-person event

About this event

Feature Speaker: W. Brett Wilson

We are pleased to continue our annual tradition of having the final Startup Grind Calgary event of the year focus on social enterprise. This year we are honored to host our feature fireside chat with W. Brett Wilson! Brett is best known as a “Dragon Emeritus” from 3 seasons on CBC’s hit reality TV show Dragons’ Den. He has built extensive holdings in the power generation, hydrocarbon production, real estate development, cannabis, agriculture, sports and entertainment industries. His business and philanthropic leadership have brought him considerable recognition including the Order of Canada (2011) and the Saskatchewan Order of Merit (2012). Brett continues to simplify and organize his life to focus on what is most important - his family, friends and health. His is semi-autobiography “Redefining Success: Still Making Mistakes” is an all-time best selling business book in Canada.

Feature Startup: CommonGood Linens

In addition we will have a fireside chat with 2018 Calgary Chamber Social Entrepreneurship winner: CommonGood Linens (CMNGD)! CMNGD picks up and delivers tens of thousands of linens from restaurants, spas, fitness centres & events every week. Then they wash, dry, iron and fold these linens (uniforms, napkins, towels, bed sheets, etc) and deliver them ready for use.

The impact lies in the simple but significant undertaking in the employment model; hiring people who are faced with poverty and homelessness and pay them a living wage, providing on the job training, mentorship and ensuring they are connected to the right social service agency programs.

Over 3 years later, CMNGD has grown their customers base by 300%, moved 6 people out of the homeless shelter, employed over 20,000 to people in poverty and reduced their environmental footprint.

Feature Organization: Work Nicer

Alex Putici (Founder & Member) will be interviewed about Work Nicer Coworking Founded in 2015 and born out of the foundational belief in community, Work Nicer has since grown to Alberta’s largest coworking community with outposts in Calgary and Edmonton. Originally started by rallying 10 friends together there are now 550+ members, friends old and new, that are moving their legacies forward with their community as the catalyst.

Being part of the Work Nicer community doesn’t mean renting a desk and sharing coffee mugs. Work Nicer is a community that rallies together to work through the struggles, celebrate the wins, and believes no one succeeds alone. 

Check out what happened

Speakers

  • Brett Wilson

    Father, Entrepreneur & Philanthropist

  • Hannah Cree

    CMNGD

    Co-Founder & Co-CEO

  • Alex Putici

    Work Nicer Coworking

    Founder & Member

  • Arielle Land

    WorkNicer

    Magic Maker (Head of Culture Programs + Marketing Comm)

When

When

Thursday, November 28, 2019
1:00 AM – 4:00 AM UTC

Agenda

1:00 AM Doors Open/ Cocktails and Hors D'Oeuvres
2:00 AMFeature Organization: Work Nicer Coworking
2:15 AMFeature Startup: CMNGD
2:45 AMBreak
3:00 AMFeature Speaker: Brett Wilson
3:30 AMCocktails and Hors D'Oeuvres
3:45 AMQ&A

Host

  • Chad Ford

    and Startup Grind Calgary Chapter co-Director

    Director, Founder Institute Western Canada

Organizers

  • Kelby Price

    XQ Msg

    Startup Grind Calgary Board Member

  • Jason Wang

    Bennett Jones LLP

    Startup Grind Calgary Board Member

  • Jason Byrne

    Jobs Alberta

    Startup Grind Calgary Board Member

  • Tara McLaughlin

    Paper Crane

    Chapter Director

Partners

Matt Biggar logo

Matt Biggar

Social Booth YYC logo

Social Booth YYC

Phoenix Marketing & Digital Design logo

Phoenix Marketing & Digital Design

Business in Calgary logo

Business in Calgary

Stagehand logo

Stagehand

Gratisites logo

Gratisites

PWC logo

PWC

Royal Bank of Canada logo

Royal Bank of Canada

Ana Shahnovich logo

Ana Shahnovich

Junction logo

Junction

HustleCo Workspace logo

HustleCo Workspace

EnergyNow.ca logo

EnergyNow.ca

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