B. Lorraine Smith’s Biography
B. Lorraine Smith is a writer and independent consultant whose purpose is to foster the shift to an economy that works in service of life, one where society thrives within a healthy biosphere. Her areas of expertise inform each other – as a writer, consultant, ultra-marathoner, textile artisan, and sojourner.
She describes her approach as “spore-based,” taking a cue from nature about how to evolve and spread important ideas.
Lorraine has consulted for leading change-agents and large companies since 2003, informing strategy and stakeholder dialogue to shift us to a regenerative economy.
Her focus now is on guiding corporate leaders and forward-leaning individuals to shape their roles in the new economy. She is also a frequent podcast guest and speaker at conferences on sustainability and corporate innovation.
Underpinning her corporate work, Lorraine is a creative writer at heart, bringing her writing into many aspects of her career. As a student in the early 1990s, she was an editor and writer for the Mount Allison University newspaper, the Argosy, contributing satire, fictional short stories, and a regular food column.
Lorraine has held senior positions at SustainAbility, and at Canadian Business for Social Responsibility, where she was Board member from 2009 - 2019; she is also a member of the Expert Council of the Future Fit Business Benchmark.
Prior to her focus on regenerative economics she worked at WWF Canada in fundraising, at Compuspec (New Zealand) in customer care, and Manulife Financial (Canada) in business analysis.
She speaks fluent French and Portuguese, as well as conversational German and Spanish. She graduated with an Honours BA, with a focus on German and Religious Studies, from Mount Allison University.
Originally from Toronto, Canada, Lorraine has lived in Australia, Brazil, Germany, New Zealand and New York City. She currently calls Montréal home.