Mark Brand is one of Vancouver’s most recognized entrepreneurs. After opening his first restaurant, Boneta, in 2007, he went on to open an independent clothing label and storefront called ‘Sharks + Hammers’, followed by The Diamond tapas restaurant and lounge, Seamonstr Sushi, Catalog Art Gallery, PortSide Pub and lastly, his largest undertaking to date, Save on Meats.
Founded in 1957 Save on Meats has been a Vancouver landmark since it opened serving the local community with a butcher shop and lunch counter. After closing down, Mark Brand resurrected the Save on Meats enterprise. Brand carried with him a vision to restore the building back to its prime for all Vancouver residents, and to be committed to it being a true social enterprise by working with partners to create a sustainable business model that serves the community.
Mark Brand has since been invited to share his message of social enterprise at numerous conferences and universities in North America, as well as world-renowned events such as TED Talks.
“Preet and I met on the set of Million Dollar Neighborhood last summer and immediately hit it off. His urge to make the world a better place was copacetic to my own, nevermind the fact that he is one of Canada’s most progressive and respected business minds.” – MB
Preet Banerjee is the host of the television show “Million Dollar Neighbourhood” on the Oprah Winfrey Network (started in the show’s second season), a personal financial expert, and winner of the reality TV series “The Ultimate W Expert Challenge”, which aired on the W Network in Canada during the summer of 2009. He was subsequently named a W Network Money Expert. In addition to writing a personal finance column for “The Globe and Mail”, Preet is also author of the Canadian personal finance blog WhereDoesAllMyMoneyGo.com (voted Canada’s #1 Investment Blog in 2010 by readers of The Globe and Mail). In 2012, he launched a personal finance podcast, which currently ranks as one of the most popular financial podcasts on iTunes.
B.Sc. – Bachelor of Science (Neuroscience) University of Toronto (UTSC)
FMA – Financial Management Advisor, Canadian Securities Institute
DMS – Derivatives Market Specialist, Canadian Securities Institute
FCSI – Fellow of the Canadian Securities Institute
“Jennifer and I served on the Hastings Crossing Business Improvement Association (HXBIA) together in 2010. She has been a direct mentor, as well as a tutor, on neighbourhood politics. She is currently our Financial Director and has a long history working with the Canada Revenue Agency and various Non-Profit Organizations.” – MB
Jennifer Johnstone is President & CEO of Central City Foundation, an organization that has been working to improve the lives of people in need in our inner city since 1907. By building housing and other capital projects, investing in social enterprises that create jobs and opportunities as well as funding hundreds of non-profit organizations, Central City Foundation has provided help and hope to the most vulnerable people in our inner city community for 106 years. Jennifer’s background is in non-profit management and community resource development and she has held key leadership positions with organizations including Vancity Community Foundation, Battered Women’s Support Services, Vancouver Status of Women, and Ballet British Columbia. Jennifer has also maintained a successful private consulting practice in fundraising and organizational development and is an instructor in the Fundraising Certificate Program at BCIT. Jennifer holds a BA Hons. in political science from Queen’s University and pursued graduate studies at the Institute of Soviet and East European Studies and in Women’s Studies at Carleton University. Jennifer remains passionately committed to social justice and community investment and currently serves as a Board member with BWSS, Yaletown House Foundation, Hastings Crossing BIA and the Leon and Thea Koerner Foundation.
“Catherine’s knowledge, passion and keen talent expertise has made her and her company one of the most well respected production agencies in the country”- MB
Born and raised in Vancouver, Catherine began her career working in the TV broadcasting and entertainment industry. The knowledge and skills she gained there quickly prepared her for a career on the world stage, where she utilized the valuable operations, human resources, and production management experience she acquired in the industry. Complemented by her studies in Communications at BCIT, Catherine’s career trajectory propelled her to a role as Executive Producer for international events and worldwide music tours. She spent the next decade on the road working with acts such as Sheryl Crow, The Pretenders and Nelly Furtado before becoming one of the only female Tour Managers in North America for The Tragically Hip, Dido and Chantal Kreviazuk.
In 2004, Catherine married her background in television with her rock n’ roll pedigree to start brand.LIVE Management Group with partners Jordan Melville and Paul Runnals. As the President of brand.LIVE, Catherine plays an instrumental role as a driving force in the agency’s growth. Her role in business development, sales, talent acquisition, and creative direction along with her savvy people skills and knack for motivating supporters, clients and staff, has helped to build the Vancouver agency from an original team of 2, to a team of 16 talented staff members, a roster of celebrity and world renowned clients, and it’s own music festival, the Squamish Valley Music Festival.
Catherine’s professional expertise and contributions to the industry have been well recognized. In 2010 she was awarded the Business in Vancouver Top 40 Under 40 Award, as well as named Canadian Event Professional of the Year.
Catherine is also a leader in the community. She sits on the board of SFU’s newly appointed 149 Arts Society, which supports emerging regional, national, and international artists. She also advises the BC Children’s Hospital Foundation’s sponsorship committee, was instrumental in producing Tsunami Relief concerts in multiple markets around the world, and is a long time supporter of Variety Club with 12 Telethons under her belt.
“My right hand and VP of Operations, Matt brings to the board all of our business acumen along with 7 years at a major operation from dishwasher to financial controller.” – MB
Matt MacDougall was raised in Nova Scotia and Prince Edward Island. Growing up closely alongside a large extended family, he learned the importance of support, respect and humility. During his formative years in Halifax, Matt began to take notice and interest in class division and the socio-economic climate that influences the condition of communities. After attending the University Of King’s College and Dalhousie, Matt moved west to Vancouver where he began his career in the restaurant industry. Moving quickly through the ranks with a corporate restaurant group, while attending BCIT’s school of business part time, Matt developed a keen understanding of key indicators for profitability in the hospitality industry. Matt joined the Mark Brand Group in summer 2010, rapidly rising to the position of Vice-President of Operations by early 2013.