Celebrating, connecting & cultivating social enterprise

November 16-17, 2021

Annual Conference
Speakers & Exhibitors

Our Second Annual Celebration!

Step Up 2021 is bringing you a must-attend virtual experience designed for changemakers and social impact leaders. Join us for a memorable journey of learning and celebration. We have brought together two great days of inspiration and insight, storytelling from experienced social impact leaders and valuable advice from subject matter experts.

What to expect

  • Fresh insight from experienced social entrepreneurs and subject matter experts
  • Reflection on key sector issues
  • Storytelling and inspiration
  • Exhibition space where you can connect with our speakers, key partners and other attendees
  • New connections and 1-on-1 conversations
  • 100% virtual programming
  • Access to re-watch recorded sessions

Key Themes

  • Envisioning the future of social enterprise in Canada
  • Designing sustainable strategies to scale operations and social impact
  • Advocating for inclusive community action and ownership
  • Accessing fundraising and impact investment for operating sustainability

Meet our Speakers & Panelists

Kayla Isabelle

Chief Executive Officer
Startup Canada

Aidan Mills

Chief Executive Officer
Northstar Clean Technologies Inc.

Hailey Hechtman

Executive Director
Causeway Work Centre

Zahra Qureshi

Executive Director
Social Venture Circuit

Elizabeth O’Brien

Librarian & Researcher
University of Toronto Scarborough

Julianna Van Adrichem

Marketing Strategist

Chris-Beth Cowie

Empowered 4X

Christine Lieu

Marketing Expert
CL Designs

Stay tuned for more information and the full itinerary of sessions!

2020 Event Testimonials

Meet our Partners & Exhibitors

Special thank you to the
Startup Community Empowerment Fund by:

Become an Exhibitor or Sponsor

Step Up 2021 is a great opportunity for sponsors and exhibitors to engage with social entrepreneurs, non-profit leaders, and innovators from all across Canada and even the world!  You can share information about programs with our participants and raise awareness. We are also offering promotions for the conference through partners and their communities. Connect with us to learn more about opportunities.

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