Thursday Evening Plenary: Celebrating Doing Business Differently
Rev. Matthew Smedley currently serves as the Executive Director & CEO of Mission Possible in Vancouver, BC. Matt has served as a pastor in the inner city and has over 5 years of experience working in the trades. He holds a graduate certificate from SFU in Community Economic Development, has done coursework in theology and sociology, and has a B.S. from Cairn University.
Over the past 10 years, Matt has helped Mission Possible transition its programming from offering basic street-level care to being a leading community economic development organization in Vancouver’s downtown eastside. Through its employment readiness program and social enterprises (MP Maintenance and MP Neighbours that employ an average of 50 individuals per year in transitional jobs) Mission Possible is transforming lives by helping people experience a renewed sense of dignity and purpose through meaningful work. Mission Possible was a recipient of the Trico Social EnterPrize in 2011.