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Andreas Souvaliotis is an author and public speaker who founded the world's first national rewards programs for healthy and green lifestyles
Known as one of Canada's leading serial social entrepreneurs, Andreas was once the CEO of a prominent retail agency — but then he decided to harness the immense power and reach of the marketing industry and put it to work for the good of society and the planet. He founded Green Rewards, the world's first eco-points program, fused it with the very popular AIR MILES program and ended up rewarding millions of citizens with loyalty points each time they made healthier or greener shopping choices. He has since co-founded and is now leading Social Change Rewards, a similar social venture with a global focus.
Andreas writes and speaks across the country about social change and innovation as well as the emerging shared-value model. Andreas' achievements in influencing and rewarding behaviour change on a mass scale have been recognized by social responsibility leaders from around the world, including The Prince of Wales. He is a prolific writer and speaker; Chair of the advisory board of the Centre for Responsible Leadership at the Queen's School of Business; Chair of the national committee on climate change for WWF Canada; and serves on several other academic and non-profit boards. Andreas is a very active member of the Young Presidents' Organization, where he has served as National Membership Chair for Canada and Chair of the Toronto chapter.
Andreas is also author of his best-selling memoir "misfit - changemaker with an edge" (http://www.misfit-thebook.com/).
Andreas Souvaliotis at TEDxThessaloniki and a video for the 2013 Leaders To Be Proud Of Awards
Born in Greece and raised in Canada, Andreas Souvaliotis is the misfit of social entrepreneurship. Having to grow up with Asperger's syndrome, he was the "weird kid" that had "math" and "music" superpowers which, at the age of four, rendered him superior to his seventeen-year-old counterparts. At a young age, he was showcased various times on Greek television for these skills.
When Andreas moved to Canada, he had a dream of becoming the CEO of a big company before the age of forty. He accomplished this in short order, but felt that he was destined for something bigger. In 2007 The "Climate Geek" realized the importance of going green and how it would affect the global market. So, he combined the green and loyalties market and created the first green points company striking a blow to the multibillion points industry, and thus succeeding in raising environmental awareness and promoting the country's healthy living.
Andreas holds an MBA from McMaster University and a Bachelor of Science degree from Brandon University. He is a classically trained musician, avid cyclist and global citizen. He lives in Toronto with his partner, Joe.
Bidders who wish to meet Andreas in person must be able to get themselves to Toronto.
Meet the misfit
Meet the musical prodigy, numbers nerd, and weather geek for yourself! Andreas is always charming, engaging, and ready to discuss big ideas or provide mentorship to those struggling to find a fit in life. Feel free to ask him about his work in social entrepreneurship, life growing up in Greece, or how he happens to be connected so many famous people, like the Prince of Wales and Al Gore. This session will last about half an hour, can also be done via Skype. Bidders wishing to meet Andreas in person must be willing to get to Toronto themselves.