About Us

On November 16 & 17, Summit 4 Change will lay the foundation build a local community of change leaders who will use concrete strategies that will redefine corporate social initiatives in Alberta.

The unique two-day business summit will connect companies and entrepreneurs with charities and thought-leaders, help them learn about the needs of society and methods to inspire social change, and build corporate and community partnerships that will create meaningful social impact.

With international keynote speakers, thought-leaders in the community, a series of TED-style talks, PechaKucha talks and numerous workshops, Summit 4 Change provides relevant tools to help build mutually-beneficial partnerships between business and the non-profit sector. These concrete strategies will help accelerate change in Alberta as business and social enterprises begin to understand the need to change existing behaviors as a conduit for social change.

2017 marks the inaugural year of Summit 4 Change and is already being met with great support from thought and business leaders alike.

The Team

  • Leslie Cleary
    Charity Biz Collective
  • Clifford Neufeld
    Design Executive Officer
    Design Guru Labs
  • Michael Kryton
    Writer – Producer – Director
  • Melissa Ramos
    Lead Event Manager
    Double Wing Productions Inc.
  • Rhonda Newman CFRE
    Fundraising Counsel & Management
    Newman Consulting
  • Denise Rawlins
    Graphic Design
    Vivid Spark Creative
  • Mick Lolekonda
    Videographer – Speaker
    Real Life Mechanics
  • Jennie Marshall
    Media Relations & Charity Fundraiser Lead
    Jennie Marshall Show
  • Annette Wierstra
    Communications Lead
    Scriptorium Pro
  • Neill Orr
    Web Design
    NOX Marketing

Leslie Cleary

My name is Leslie Cleary, Chief Curator & Connector, Charity Biz Collective Inc. and founder of SUMMIT 4 CHANGE.

In today’s frantic chaotic world, often called the “Me” society, much of our sense of “Community” has been lost.

However we are gaining traction thanks to the “Millennials” or Generation “Y” – between the ages of 18 – 34 in 2015. This generation is also known as the digital natives who don’t know life without the internet and personal technology devices.

To the true digital native – it is “Cool” to give, locally and internationally. Digital marketing has been raising awareness for causes and the “Business” of creating “Win-Win” scenarios. I think of the Telus branding – “We give where we live.”

We all have demands on our time, money, and energy. Even when times are tough and our wallets have less cash we still help others who have even less then we do.

We can give our precious time, energy, skills, expertise, networks and money. It’s called volunteering and back in my hometown “Community” it is just what we did.

Lend a helping hand.

What is the essence of life? To serve others and to do good.