An Update on Benefit Corp Legislation in Canada
Benefit Corp legislation is a corporate legal form being proposed in British Columbia through a Private Member’s Bill by BC’s Green Party. Since our last webinar in May 2018 where the legislation was introduced, progress has been made in introducing the bill for vote. Join B Lab Canada to learn more, find out how you can engage, and ask any questions you might have. We’ll be joined by Rick Alexander, Head of Legal Policy at B Lab, Kasha Huk, Country Manager at B Lab, as well as Andrew Weaver of the BC Green Party.
Join us Thursday, February 21st 2-3 PM ET | 11-Noon PT.
Country Manager, Canada
at B Lab
Kasha serves as country manager of B Lab Canada, working to grow and strengthen the B Corp movement coast to coast to coast. Prior to joining B Lab, Kasha engaged with international development agencies in Canada, Vietnam and Ukraine, working with multi-stakeholder groups to enact change and build stronger communities and also spent some time with a Toronto B Corp in between.
Benefits of Benefit Corp Adoption
Rick Alexander, Head of Legal Policy
Before coming to B Lab, Rick spent 26 years at Morris, Nichols, Arsht & Tunnell LLP as a corporate law attorney. Rick prepared the initial drafts of the Delaware public benefit corporation legislation. Named as one of the ten most highly regarded corporate governance lawyers worldwide, Rick has written three books, most recently, Benefit Corporation Law and Governance: Pursuing Profit with Purpose.
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Dr. Andrew Weaver, MLA and Leader of BC Green Party
Since November 2015, Dr. Weaver has served as the Leader of the BC Green Party. In 2017, he was re-elected and now serves as the Leader of the Third Party, in BC’s first Green Party Caucus. Prior to his election to the BC Legislature, Dr. Weaver served as Canada Research Chair in climate modelling and analysis in the School of Earth and Ocean Sciences at the University of Victoria. He was a Lead Author in the United Nations Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change 2nd, 3rd, 4th and 5th scientific assessments.
Dennis Tobin, Partner, Blaney McMurtry LLP
Dennis Tobin is a lawyer and partner in the corporate commercial group of Blaney McMurtry LLP, in Toronto. Dennis believes that from the point of view of an investor, entrepreneur, business owner, director or CEO, this is the time to speak up about the implementation of benefit corporation legislation. Dennis believes that Canada has an opportunity to be the leader in enabling voluntary adoption of socially responsible purposes by for-profit companies.