Focus on B Corp Certifications - CQCD

Focus on B Corp Certifications

Webinars 8 July 2021
9:00 Online

B Corps” are companies that act in the general public interest – the letter “B” means “beneficial”. They are defined by their belief that a company should not only generate profits, but also benefits for society and the environment. In this conference, we invite you to come and meet companies that are in BCorp mode and share their vision of balance and their culture.

This movement, in which members put businesses at the service of the common good, has grown tremendously since the inception of B Corp certification more than ten years ago. Today, more than 3200 companies in 70 countries are B Corp certified.

SPEAKERS

CATHERINE SAVOIE, DIRECTOR, FINANCE & CULTURE, SURMESUR

Catherine obtained her CPA, CA title in 2009 and she worked at EY for two years in Quebec and Toronto offices managing a wide range of clients of all sizes and industries, and then worked 2 years for pharmaceutical company renown in Quebec city, Endoceutics.

Catherine took part in Surmesur’s first moments back in 2010 and brainstorm the concept with the co-founders! She is the accountant of Surmesur since day one but officially joined forces in a full-time position in 2012, taking in charge of the overall Administration, Finance and HR. Surmesur originally had one location in Quebec City but under her management, it has now expanded to a custom retail chain of 20+ destinations across North America. Catherine is fearless of change and always wants to innovate. Her greatest accomplishments at Surmesur are how she took advantage of all the technologies to drive her accounting & HR department and our employee satisfaction NPS of 69, leading one of the greatest company cultures in the retail industry. The next challenge she gave herself is for Surmesur to obtain the B Corp certification.

Outside of Surmesur, Catherine is a mother of 3 and is actively involved in the community with diverse organizations such as 2Degres, a cleantech incubator. In April 2019, with the help of the co-founders, she launched and is the President of the Surmesur Foundation which supports causes related to promote access to education. Catherine’s favorite motto: Work Hard, Play Hard !

Alexandre Desabrais, COFOUNDER, SOLIOS WATCHES

Bio in french only

Diplômé en finances du HEC Montréal tout en participant à des compétitions en entrepreneuriat, Alexandre a débuté sa carrière en tant que consultant pour de grandes institutions financières. Le plus jeune consultant de sa firme à être choisi pour le plus gros mandat en Amérique du Nord à New York, Alexandre travaille fort et réussi, mais décide un jour que la grande entreprise n’est pas pour lui. Ni l’ampleur du mandat, ni la tentation du glamour de la finance ne l’ont détourné de son objectif principal: se rapprocher de l’entrepreneuriat et de la vie de startup. Il se joint alors à l’équipe de district m, une startup montréalaise en technologie où il enrichit son expérience en développant le marché montréalais et celui de l’Ontario à partir de Toronto. Lors de son passage, il y développe des compétences en ventes auprès d’agences marketing et départements marketing d’annonceurs, ce qui enrichit son expérience en stratégies de marketing digitales. En janvier 2019, il quitte officiellement district m pour se concentrer à temps plein sur Solios, la plus élégante montre solaire et écoresponsable.  

C’est au moment où il résidait en Suède que son intérêt pour l’innovation et le changement a évolué. La société suédoise soucieuse de son environnement et proactive dans les recherches environnementales l’a grandement influencé dans sa façon d’aborder ses projets. Alexandre voit beaucoup de potentiel dans les biens de consommation et considère primordial de les repenser d’une façon écoresponsable. La recherche de matières innovantes, le développement de produit, l’analyse approfondie du data et la mise en place d’une culture saine envoyant un message positif sont ces principaux intérêts en tant que gestionnaire de cette jeune entreprise. C’est grâce à ces différents aspects qu’il fonde, avec son partenaire Samuel Leroux, la toute première et seule compagnie de montres au monde ayant la prestigieuse certification B Corp.

CRAIG RYAN, DIRECTOR, PURPOSE ENTREPRENEURSHIP, BDC

Craig Ryan is Director, Purpose Entrepreneurship at BDC. He has more than twenty years of experience providing strategy and policy advice to decision-makers in business, government and civil society. He never planned to be a banker but decided to give it a go upon learning that BDC was exclusively dedicated to people creating companies; he now leads its team to help grow Canada’s national movement of certified Beneficial corporations (B Corps).

Craig has a masters in public administration from Harvard Kennedy School and sits on the boards of directors of Rise (www.risehelps.ca), a charity that provides loans and advice for people with mental health problems who are launching business projects, and NOVAlex Clinic, the charitable wing of the only B Corp law firm in Quebec.