Mark Brand

He is truly one of North America’s foremost social entrepreneurs. An individual in recovery, Mark continuously strives to make an impact in others’ lives and also in communities. With eleven businesses under his belt, he is an example of a new form of leadership that encompasses good in every step.

Five years ago, Mark took over Save On Meats, a Vancouver butcher and diner that has provided food security and access since 1957. In 2013, he created The Token Program, an alternate currency to feed those in need without a cash exchange. Almost 100,000 tokens have been redeemed, filling 100,000 empty stomachs, and creating interactions between those who have and those still in need. In addition, more than one million meals have left Save On’s doors to feed those who struggle in partnership with his charity, A Better Life Foundation. This foundation works with community agencies, marginalized individuals, and governments to create tangible waves of change. Along with managing the five companies, Mark also dedicates time to inspiring and challenging others through international speaking engagements and workshops.

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