Small Business BC Event

Making an Impact: Small Business’ Leadership Role in Climate Action

Inspire 2019


October 1, 2019

Meet the Small Business Community, Hear from B.C.’s Most Successful Entrepreneurs and Celebrate the launch of the Small Business BC Awards!

We are delighted to announce our 9th Annual INSPIRE event featuring an evening of networking, celebration and education, that will take place on October 1, 2019 at Vancouver’s iconic Science World. Come and join us to launch the 2020 Small Business BC Awards alongside 400 of BC’s leading entrepreneurs and CEOs, small and medium-sized business owners, government representatives and industry influencers.

The 9th Annual INSPIRE will feature complimentary drinks, canapés, networking, and an interactive panel session as we gather to recognize the important contributions of small businesses to our local economy and our local communities.

Making an Impact: Small Business’ Leadership Role in Climate Action

According to a new poll by Insights West, Canadians view climate change as the top issue facing the world today. This has driven interest in sustainable, eco-friendly products and services, with companies frequently being evaluated based on environmental impact. With over 66% of global customers willing to pay more for sustainable goods (with the percentage increasing yearly), adopting green practices and focusing on innovation is good for business, offering new opportunities in industries that were non-existent only a decade ago.

This year’s INSPIRE will address the positive impact businesses and entrepreneurs can have on climate change. Encompassing networking, inspiration and a lively panel discussion, we’ll tackle how starting a sustainable business, or adapting new green technologies and operations, has allowed for increased business success and profitability. Looking for inspiration before the big night? Check out Clean BC’s Resources for Small Business. This valuable resource contains links and information on programs and incentives to help make your business more green friendly.


Registration and Networking: 5:30pm – 7:15pm

Join fellow entrepreneurs and business leaders for complimentary drinks and canapés in the stunning surroundings of Science World.

Opening Message: 7:20pm – 7:30pm

Panel Discussion: 7:30pm – 8:30pm

Hear from a selection of local business leaders as they discuss the dual goals of remaining profitable while helping to fight the progression of climate change.


Gerry Egan, VP of Maintenance – Harbour Air

Emily Pearson, Manager of Energy and Environment – Vancity

Ellen Walker-Matthews, VP Destination & Industry Development – Thompson Okanagan Tourism Association 

Brianne Miller, Owner – Nada Grocery

A representative of Climate Smart 

More speakers will be confirmed soon!

Closing Remarks: 8:30pm – 8:40pm

Networking: 8:45pm – 9:45pm

Sponsorship Opportunities

Interested in getting involved with INSPIRE? View our available sponsorship opportunities,