Travels from Vancouver, Canada
A global speaker, Mark redefines social change entrepreneur and innovator, by blending business success and social enterprise together to inspire change.
Mark Brand offers an engaging, bold, brutally honest portrayal of hunger, homelessness and addiction today in our communities. His dedication to changing the landscape and encouraging others to look at sustainable business models is at the forefront of his inspiring keynotes. Social impact and change is not only evident in his own business models, but his thought leadership is contagious to challenge many others to also make a difference. His presentations are some of the most engaging, interactive and thought provoking discussions audiences will hear today.
He is truly one of North America's foremost social entrepreneurs. An individual in recovery, Mark continuously strives to make an impact in others’ lives and also in communities. With eleven businesses under his belt, he is an example of a new form of leadership that encompasses good in every step.
Five years ago, Mark took over Save On Meats, a Vancouver butcher and diner that has provided food security and access since 1957. In 2013, he created The Token Program, an alternate currency to feed those in need without a cash exchange. Almost 100,000 tokens have been redeemed, filling 100,000 empty stomachs, and creating interactions between those who have and those still in need. In addition, more than one million meals have left Save On’s doors to feed those who struggle in partnership with his charity, A Better Life Foundation. This foundation works with community agencies, marginalized individuals, and governments to create tangible waves of change. Along with managing the five companies, Mark also dedicates time to inspiring and challenging others through international speaking engagements and workshops.
Mark is an Adjunct Professor, Social Change & Innovation, at the University of Southern California, Suzanne Dworak-Peck School of Social Work, a Stanford Fellow, Professor of Innovation - Doctoral Program Social Innovation - USC, Diamond Jubilee Medal Recipient, and has Honorary degrees from VCC and Lambton Colleges. He is a graduate of THNK, an Executive Chef for Pope Francis’s Laudato Si Challenge, and an advisor to corporations and agencies working to make real sustainable change.
It’s through his cooking, philanthropic efforts, systems design, and love for community that he’s found a unique balance in business and purpose.