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FUEL is a for-profit social enterprise highlighted by large scale public events that serve as a platform for people to discuss the social, environmental and technological shifts of our time. Most importantly, FUEL is a collaborative infrastructure to see the realization of ideas.
This inaugural event will bring together leaders, entrepreneurs, designers and engaged citizens to explore the future of how we live, work and lead across four sectors relevant to our city; Food, Design, Sustainability and Technology.
Over the course of two days, attendees will engage in a variety of experiences including dialogues, trend insights, panel discussions, workshops, and un-conference style sessions, each delivering unique interactions, inspiration and tools for innovation and impact.
Whereas a business entrepreneur typically measures the success of a venture like this in profit, we will judge the success of FUEL in terms of its ability to balance a sustainable business model with an ability to help a community harness their ideas, turn those ideas into action, and ignite the culture of our city.


Past Speakers

Geoff Mulgan
Geoff Mulgan (England, UK) is Chief Executive of Nesta. Author of The Art of Public Strategy – Mobilising Power and Knowledge for the Public Good, Good and Bad Power: the ideals and betrayals of government and The Locust and the Bee.
Alex Gilliam
Alex Gilliam (Pennsylvania, USA) is the founder of Public Workshop and co-founder of the Department of Making + Doing. He is a designer, builder and nationally recognized design-educator.
twitter: @publicworkshop

Andrew Wagner
Andrew Wagner (New York, USA) is the Editorial Director of interactive agency AREA 17. He previously served as executive editor of Dwell and editor in chief of American Craft and ReadyMade magazines. He is a writer, editor, creative director and strategist who contributes to many publications including the New York Times.
twitter: @wagsissticks

Cheryl Dahle
Cheryl Dahle (Illinois, USA) works in the intersection of business and social change as the Founder of Future of Fish, a non-profit innovation hub supporting the collective impact of entrepreneurs whose ideas help end overfishing.
Michelle Osry
Michelle Osry (British Columbia, Canada) is a partner at Deloitte and a key contributor to Deloitte’s national innovation council. She lives on Howe Sound with her husband, two children and an 80 lb standard poodle.
Ada Wong
Ada Wong (Hong Kong, China) is a convenor at Good Lab and Make a Difference (MaD) as well as the Hon Chief Executive at the Hong Kong Institute of Contemporary Culture and Supervisor of HKICC Lee Shau Kee School of Creativity.
Michael Tippett
Michael Tippett (British Columbia, Canada) is an entrepreneur and Director of New Products at HootSuite. 
He sits on the Provincial Steering Committee for Startup Canada as well as donates his time to running Vancouver’s Startup weekend.
Duane Elverum
Duane Elverum (British Columbia, Canada) is Co-Director and Co-Founder CityStudio Vancouver. Innovations in Education, Cities, Design. Associate SFU Centre for Dialogue. Sailor, Cyclist & Despairing Optimist.
Robin Chase
Robin Chase (Massachusetts, USA) of Zipcar, Buzzcar, Veniam’ Works is a transportation entrepreneur, speaker, writer, and knitter.
twitter: @robinchase



Darrell Kopke
Darrell Kopke (British Columbia, Canada) of institute B, is a writer, instigator, daddy and practitioner of ruthless compassion for entrepreneurs. He lives and works in Vancouver.
twitter: @darrellkopke

Manie Eagar
Manie Eager is President and CEO of Idaeon, an strategic business innovation. He is also Director of Bitcoin Alliance of Canada. Leadership Development Faculty, Banff Centre. A futurist, strategist and serial entrepreneur.
Vanessa Richards
Vanessa Richards creates arts partnerships and projects cultivating participation, collaboration and the civic imagination. Community Engagement Manager Arts Club Theatre Company. Choir Leader Woodward’s Community Singers.
Joel Solomon
Joel Solomon is Chair of Renewal Funds, Canada’s largest social venture capital firm, with $98m assets under management. Renewal Funds invests in organic food, green products, and environmental innovations.
Janet Moore
Janet Moore is Co-Director and Co-Founder CityStudio Vancouver. Director SFU Semester in Dialogue. Imagining the future through dialogue, collaboration and innovation in cities and higher education. Fascinated with disruptive urban experiments.
Fiona Rayher
Fiona Rayher is Co-Director and Co-Founder Gen Why Media. Also the Co-Director/Co-Producer of feature documentary, Fractured Land. Loves film, public art, collaborative projects and dress up parties.
Eesmyal Santos-Brault
Eesmyal Santos-Brault is a serial social entrepreneur. Cofounder and director of HiVE, Recollective, Design Nerds, OGBS, GBAT Technologies, and Energy Modelling Institute. Twitter: @eesmyal
Jessie Adcock
Jessie Adcock is Chief Digital Officer City of Vancouver. Enhancing Digital Connections amongst Citizens, Business and Government, and Building a Digital City. Mom, Traveler, Organizer, Tri-athlete & Technology Lover.
Sarah Goodman
Sarah Goodman is the Founder and CEO of Treetop Strategy. Before starting Treetop Strategy, she was the Senior Vice President at Tides Canada, one of the nation’s leading environmental and social change organizations.


Alden Habacon
Alden E. Habacon is an accomplished diversity and inclusion strategist, public intellectual, consultant and speaker in the area of multiculturalism in Canada, and diversity in media and the workplace. He coined “Multiculturalism 2.0” in 2007 and currently speaks on “Multiculturalism 3.0”.
Nikolas Badminton
Nikolas Badminton, Principal of DesignCultureMind and curator of Cyborg Camp and the From Now conferences. He cares deeply about about humanity changes as more technology is being introduced. Speaker, bike rider, tattooed guy and affable Brit.
Jonathan Aitken
Jonathan Aitken is the Director of the Health Design Lab at Emily Carr University. Innovation in healthcare through design research.
Ian Pierpoint
Ian Pierpoint is the founder and Chief Ideas Officer of The Sound. He is an award winning researcher, strategist and documentary maker known for identifying and bringing to life global cultural trends such as Generation Edge. He also sits on the board of Eastside Boxing.
Tzeporah Berman
Tzeporah Berman works with dozens of philanthropic foundations, First Nations and environmental groups on tarsands, pipelines and clean energy. She Co-founded ForestEthics and is the former Co-director of Greenpeace Internationals Climate Program.
Chad Brealey
Chad Brealey is Founder and co-Executive Producer of Salt, Fresh & Field Media. MPub from Simon Fraser University. Angler, hunter and cook as well as husband and father of two.
Kierstin De West
Kierstin De West is Founder and CEO of Ci. (conscientious innovation ltd). A virtual research and strategy consultancy. Working with local, national and global brands on the intersection of consumers, brands and the cultural shift to sustainability . Tracking what matters. Mother of boys. Meditator. Perpetually curious.
Ryan Spong
Ryan Spong is Co-Founder Foodee Media and Tacofino Cantina. Reformed investment banker. Successful and failed entrepreneur. Founding Board member at Streetfood Vancouver, Beaumont Studios Art Society and LocoBC.
Naveen Girn
Naveen Girn manages Komagata Maru 1914-2014: Generations, Geographies + Echoes. Community Enagagment. Intercultural Outreach. Storyteller + Time Traveller.Principal at Digital Handloom. Twitter: @naveen_girn.

Team: FUEL Founded by Cause+Affect

Jane Cox
Jane Cox, the Executive Director of FUEL and Co-founder of Cause+Affect and PechaKucha Vancouver, is a creative catalyst and strategist helping “good” businesses and organizations define their culture and create their communities. She loves her nature/urban/mother/career woman lifestyle.
Jessica Wadsworth
Jessica Wadsworth is an independent Cultural Manager and fundraiser based in Vancouver. When she’s not busy with cultural projects you can find her coaching children’s soccer, gardening and making art of her own.  twitter: @jesswads
Steven Cox
Steven Cox is Creative Director of FUEL and Cause+Affect. Concurrent to his strategic brand consulting, Steven produces/hosts PechaKucha Vancouver and acts as a consultant to many leading Real Estate developers. He spends his time between Gastown and North Vancouver.

Carling Borne
Carling Borne, Graphic Designer at Cause+Affect with an unadulterated passion
for all things print. She is new to the Westcoast and likes the way we roll.
twitter: @carlingcbee

Doug Hamilton-Evans
Doug Hamilton-Evans is Associate Director at Cause+Affect where he writes, manages projects and keeps clients happy. Other talents include brewing the perfect pot of coffee, timed to the minute.
twitter: @dhevans
instagram: @helloitisdoug



We’d like to thank these important sponsors for their generous support of FUEL. Their partnership and collaborative ingenuity are the reason we are able to bring this exciting initiative to life.


Visionary Partners

City of Vancouver
The City of Vancouver’s mission is to create a great city of communities that care about our people, our environment, and our opportunities to live, work, and prosper.
BCPSI’s goal is to implement recommendations, share information, and anticipate opportunities to maximize social innovation with social impact in British Columbia.
Emily Carr University of Art + Design is one of the oldest post-secondary institutions in British Columbia and the only one that is dedicated solely to professional education and learning in the arts, media and design.
Vancity is a democratically controlled, cooperative financial institution with its head offices based in Vancouver. Vancity’s vision is to redefine wealth in a way that furthers the financial, social and environmental well-being of its members.
Community Partners

Supporting Partner

Media Sponsors

Vancouver is Awesome
Scout Magazine
Friends of FUEL

City Studio
Brief Encointers
OPUS Vancouver
Blue Realty
Beta 5
native shoes
Vancouver Special
Salt Spring Coffee
Meat & Bread
PuSh Festival
Music On Main


Brought to you by

Cause+Affect is a multi-disciplinary branding, strategy and design studio in Vancouver. Their work focuses on the culture/lifestyle, social/eco and civic/development sectors. C+A believes that in order to affect change, you must effect people.
In collaboration with

THNK Leadership School
THNK is a Creative Leadership School and community that recognizes and cultivates creative potential. Their mission is to develop the next generation of creative leaders that will have impact to the world’s biggest societal challenges.
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