The WNY Sustainable Business Roundtable is a “business-driven” organization focused on creating an environmentally and economically resilient Buffalo-Niagara through business innovation, knowledge, and co-operation.
The 3rd Annual Sustainable Business Expo will be Tuesday April 18 from 3-7:30 pm at the historic American Axle Building in Buffalo
The WNY Sustainable Business Roundtable invites you meet our exhibitors and sponsors, learn about innovative local businesses, be inspired by the keynote speakers and have some fun. This years theme is the Triple Bottom Line.
Fred Keller Cascade Engineering
John Fullerton Capital Institute
Congressman Brian Higgins
Vincent Stanley, co-author with Yvon Chouinard of The Responsible Company, has been with Patagonia on and off since its beginning in 1973, for many of those years in key executive roles as head of sales or marketing. More informally, he is Patagonia’s long-time chief storyteller. Vincent helped develop the Footprint Chronicles, the company’s interactive website that outlines the social and environmental impact of its products; the Common Threads Partnership; and Patagonia Books. He currently serves as the company’s Director, Patagonia Philosophy, is a visiting fellow at the Yale School of Management, and a visiting executive at INSEAD in Fontainebleau. He is also a poet whose work has appeared in Best American Poetry. He and his wife, the writer Nora Gallagher, live in Santa Barbara.
Fred Keller is the Founder and Chair of Cascade Engineering which he started in Grand Rapids, Michigan in 1973. With a belief that you can have a successful business and still treat employees with dignity and respect, Fred began molding plastic parts with six employees in a 10,000 square foot building. Today, Cascade Engineering employs 1600 people across 15 facilities in six US locations and additional European operations in Budapest, Hungary.
Fred believes that business has the unique opportunity to complement its efforts on financial performance with important work in the social and environmental arenas. He has emphasized the key role business can play in building financial, social and ecological capital, often through partnerships with government and community agencies. His innovative management approach and work in advancing sustainability are featured regularly in business and industry publications.
John Fullerton is the founder and president of Capital Institute, a non-partisan collaborative focused on the intersection of sustainability, economics, and finance through the design, advancement, and implementation of a Regenerative Economy. After spending years immersed in the sustainability challenge of our age following his Wall Street career, he is now a globally-recognized thought leader in the New Economy space, the architect of Regenerative Capitalism, and the author of “Regenerative Capitalism: How Universal Principles and Patterns Will Shape the New Economy” and the widely-syndicated “Future of Finance” blog. A Fellow of Toniic, the global impact investment network, he is also a recognized impact investment leader and practitioner as the principal of Level 3 Capital Advisors, LLC.
Prior to Capital Institute, John was a Managing Director at JPMorgan, where he worked for 18 years before walking away from Wall Street in 2001. At Morgan, he managed various capital markets businesses around the globe and ran the investment arm of Lab Morgan.
John is a co-founder and director of Grasslands, LLC, a director of New Day Farms, and the Savory Institute, and a member of the Club of Rome.
Congressman Brian Higgins is a sixth term member of the United States House of Representatives serving New York’s 26th congressional district, which includes portions of Erie and Niagara Counties.
Brian has been a champion of waterfront development in Buffalo and Western New York. He led the fight for a $279 million settlement from the New York Power Authority that is now financing a major transformation of Buffalo’s long neglected InneCr and Outer Harbors. In our nation’s capital he is an advocate for policies important to our regional economy. He is an avid supporter of increased funding for biomedical research, an area creating jobs along the Buffalo Niagara Medical Campus, and a strong voice for infrastructure investment and nation building here at home.
In the 114th Congress, Brian serves on the House Budget Committee and the Committee on Ways and Means.
3:00 – EXPO Exhibitor Space opens.
5:00 – Panel of visionary leaders: Congressman Brian Higgins, Vincent Stanley (Patagonia), John Fullerton (Capital Institute) and Fred Keller (Cascade Engineering) will talk business and the Triple Bottom Line.
6:30 – EXPO Exhibitor Space reopens and informal mixer begins.
The 2017 Sustainable Business EXPO provides a unique opportunity to meet Business Leaders from WNY who are focused on incorporating sustainability measures in their business operations and be energized by a Panel of Speakers who have incorporated sustainable Triple Bottom Line practices into their businesses.
Learn more about the EXPO
Thanks to our Platinum Sponsor
Thanks to our Gold Sponsors:
Learn more about Exhibiting at the EXPO
Days Till The Sustainable Business EXPO