Mark Brand is one of Vancouver’s most recognized social entrepreneurs. Successfully operating eight businesses in the downtown area, he has become a prominent example of a new generation of leadership. A fighter for Vancouver’s Downtown East Side, this enigmatic social entrepreneur is determined to breathe new life into the struggling and disjointed community. He’s doing this by finding a balance between sound business practices and social justice.
Save on Meats had been a Vancouver landmark from the time it was originally founded in 1957, serving the local community with a butcher shop and lunch counter. Brand resurrected Save on Meats, restoring the building back to its prime while becoming a leader in the charge to make the social business model independently sustainable, at the same time supporting the local community. Money generated from Save on Meats’ operations go directly towards supporting people in need. The store employs over 65 workers, many of whom live in the community and struggle with employment barriers, and boasts a meal program that serves 450 people per day, seven days a week.
Mark is also the co-founder of A Better Life Foundation, an organization dedicated to raising funds to put toward providing food security to those in need.
In addition to speaking on sustainable business, Brand also speaks passionately about building better communities, the impact of an unconventional solution, using our past to guide our future, food security, and social values in business.