SociaLIGHT: An Event Review

On Saturday, the SociaLIGHT Conference was held at the beautiful Vancouver Convention Centre. LIGHT stands for Leading Impacting Global Humanity Today. The day featured an array of opportunities to hear from some amazing visionary leaders and entrepreneurs. This was the inaugural conference in Vancouver, originally from Toronto. Although they didn’t have the big names of Richard Branson, like they did at their conference in Toronto, they did had an inspiring group of social entrepreneurs proving what I hopes was a great springboard for future SociaLIGHT Conferences in Vancouver.

Here is a quick synopsis in case you weren’t able to make it:

1. Japadog Founder, Noriki Tamara fused the morning with the energy for a great day. Although he spoke very little English, he was able to engage with the audience with the aid of an interpreter. His big pieces of advice on business were:

-If you have three months, you can start and found a company.
-Do your research!
-Unless you TRY you won’t know if you will succeed or fail.
-Entrepreneurs always fall, but they always get back up.


2. Peter Dupuis and Sid Landolt of World Housing have been business partners for over 30 years. A chance meeting on an airplane was the driving force behind the 1 to 1 housing model, based on Tom Shoes, that they’ve created. Through their years in business they put together a series of take away points for entrepreneurs:

-Instinct is built on knowledge and experience.
-Social entrepreneurs are made, not born.
-Dare to dream and be prepared to fail. Always have a plan B.
-Build a team based on Culture.
-Work with people who know more than you.
-Connect people, be a connector.
-Have a conversation with your heart, not your ego.
-If you’re going through hell, keep going.
-Your work is never done.
-Social change, if you can, you must.

3. Darrell Kopke of Institute B was the next notable speaker. He had some great nuggets of wisdom having been one of the first team members at lululemon athletica to share with the entrepreneurial audience.

His big lesson was to stop complaining. Think about everything you complain about and where is your finger pointing? Successful people point their finger at themselves. To change the world, you need to take 100% responsibility of your success.

He followed up his inspiring talk by bringing out his two AMAZING kids, Kai and Kennedy. Kai at the age of 10 is already an accomplished martial artist. He will get his black belt by the time he is 14. One of his big nuggets of wisdom was great accomplishments don’t come easy. Mull on that for a second. Coming out of the mouth of a 10 year old!

His younger sister was equally amazing. At the tender age of eight years old, has completed 13 triathalons, is a public speaking champion in her second language, Mandarin and has started and improve her first business.

The future is bright with these two gems. Definitely keep your eye out for them.

Kai and Kennedy

4. Taylor Conroy was an added bonus speaker and did he ever wow the crowd. He founded Change Heroes, in the spirit that you can use your pocket change to create a massive impact. One of their campaigns that really caught my attention was 33 people, $3.33/day for 3 months =$10,000. This will help supply education for young people across the world. Their current project is based in Equator.

Taylor was a great speaker. Super exchanging and provided some great examples of how his social enterprise makes a difference in the world.


There are a lot of lessons that could span multiple blog posts from this event. This is a quick event review of the lessons learned from the conference. If you’d like to more details, connect with me on Twitter.

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