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Digital Dialogue with Mark Brand

Digital Dialogue with Mark Brand


Mark Brand is one of Vancouver’s most recognized entrepreneurs.

After opening his first restaurant, Boneta, in 2007, he went on to open an independent clothing label and storefront called ‘Sharks + Hammers’, followed by The Diamond tapas restaurant and lounge, Seamonstr Sushi, Catalog Art Gallery, PortSide Pub and lastly, his largest undertaking to date, Save on Meats.

Mark Brand

Founded in 1957 Save on Meats has been a Vancouver landmark since it opened serving the local community with a butcher shop and lunch counter. After closing down, Mark Brand resurrected the Save on Meats enterprise. Brand carried with him a vision to restore the building back to its prime for all Vancouver residents, and to be committed to it being a true social enterprise by working with partners to create a sustainable business model that serves the community. Through his engagement with the DTES Mark saw an opportunity to build capacity surrounding issues of food security and employment. From this, A Better Life Foundation was created to expand the social initiatives Save On Meats created.

Mark Brand has since been invited to share his message of social enterprise at numerous conferences and universities in North America, as well as world-renowned events such as TED Talks.

About The Digital Dialogue

The Digital Dialogue is a conversational style interview aimed at creating engaging dialogue with various business thought leaders. The online TV show is aimed at inspiring, educating and guiding aspiring entrepreneurs, businesses and a global audience.

The concept of the show is to promote thought provoking content in the format of an interview where business leaders get to share their insights, experience and knowledge. The content will be shared through digital means as a free education hub for entrepreneurs and businesses, locally as well as in emerging countries.

About The Author

Daman Beatty

The creator of, Daman Beatty (AKA 'Beatler') is originally from Sackville, New Brunswick. A longtime media producer, visual designer, marketing and communications specialist, Daman loves travel, technology and being a Daddy.

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