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An Unconventional Urban Activist on Food, Employment, and Upward Mobility


  • Steven Gray of Techonomy with Mark Brand of Mark Brand Inc. Photo credit: Rebecca Greenfield


Mark Brand
Chef and Social Entrepreneur, Mark Brand Inc.

Steven Gray
Head of Content, Techonomy

Mark Brand is a new kind of leader. He was once homeless and addicted to drugs. Now, he’s an entrepreneurial chef who runs a series of successful Vancouver-based businesses and projects that use food to open employment opportunities to diverse, vulnerable populations. What can Brand’s experience teach us about resilience, and the power of profit-driven social enterprises?

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