Driving social change through business

Tue 26 Sep 2017
5.30pm to 8.00pm

(Arrival time: 5.15pm)
5 This event will earn you 5 DPD units


AICD Business Centre and Member Lounge
Level 9
123 Eagle Street
Brisbane QLD


Single Members: A$75.00 Non-members: A$85.00

Professor Evan Douglas

Professor of Entrepreneurship, Griffith University

In his current role as Program Leader for Entrepreneurship, Evan has introduced a University-wide undergraduate major in Entrepreneurship and Self-employment. Evan is the Director of the newly founded Yunus Social Business Centre at Griffith University which seeks to eradicate poverty by assisting unemployed but talented people to start their own profitable businesses, as per the Nobel Peace Prize winner’s philosophy.

Over the past 40 years Evan has taught in business schools in Australia and overseas. He held management roles in Business Schools in Canada and the US before joining Bond University in 1989. He was Head of the Graduate School of Business at QUT, and then Dean of Business at the University of the Sunshine Coast, before joining Griffith in 2012.

Brendan Bourke

Head of Client Services, Yourtown

Brendan joined yourtown (formerly boystown) in 2004 to work in establishing its employment, education and training programs and associated regional delivery network. He is now Head of yourtown Client Services, and manages decentralised service delivery across five states including yourtown’s social enterprises.

Prior to working with yourtown, Brendan spent 5 years as a senior manager with a major national recruitment agency, after 16 years with the federal Department of Education, Employment and Workplace Relations (DEEWR) in a variety of operational and senior management positions.

Mara Bun GAICD

Non-executive Director, Enova Community Energy

Mara enjoys a portfolio career focussing on digital strategy, urban resilience and social enterprise. She is a Non-executive Director of Australian Ethical Investments (Australia’s fastest growing superannuation fund) and Enova Community Energy (Australia’s first community owned energy retailer).

Mara’s passion for social enterprise includes leading policy and public affairs for CHOICE (Australia’s most successful social enterprise) during its transition from print to digital. More recently Mara led a $4 million capital raising for Enova Community Energy, Australia’s first community owned energy retailer serving the Northern Rivers region of NSW. Enova’s model is inspired by the German experience where 49% of renewable energy generation is owned by communities.

Establishing a social enterprise

There has been an explosion of social enterprise in Australia in recent years. This has been driven primarily by NFPs looking to fill the gap created by an increased demand for services and shrinking government and philanthropic funds. Service delivery and employing marginalised groups are also key motivations for developing a social enterprise.

Whether you are a fledgling business or a large commercial organisation, attend this briefing to learn about the following:

  • How can social enterprise help achieve a social purpose?
  • How do you strike the right balance between mission and making profit?
  • How can you develop a socially responsible business model?
  • Does your current board have the right skills?

Contact details

Melanie Leach
Members & Directors Executive
E. qldevents@aicd.com.au
T. 07 3222 5500