B. Lorraine Smith’s Biography
B. Lorraine Smith is a writer and independent consultant whose purpose is to contribute to the shift to a regenerative economy, one where society thrives within a healthy biosphere. Her areas of expertise inform each other – as a writer, consultant, naturalist and traveler.
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 2004, informing strategy and stakeholder dialogue to shift us to a regenerative economy. She is also a frequent speaker at conferences on sustainability and corporate innovation.
She collaborates regularly with John Elkington’s team, Volans, working to accelerate business model evolution as well as to increase corporate action on reversing global warming. She also contributes to the work of BuzzWord, a leading strategy and transparency consultancy, providing advisory and editorial input on sustainability communications.
Lorraine was a member of the Sustainability Advisory Board (2018) of Fibria, a large Brazilian forest products company. She has also recently supported the design and delivery of dialogue on behalf of industry influencers such as the Aspen Institute’s Business & Society Program and the Brazilian forestry industry association, Ibá.
Underpinning her corporate work, Lorraine is a creative writer at heart. She is readying her first book for publication, exploring the relationship between trees and people through a series of essays that connect insights from farmers’ fields to forest floors to boardrooms.
She has brought her writing into many aspects of her career. She was an editor and writer for the Mount Allison University newspaper, the Argosy, contributing satire, fictional short stories, and a regular food column. Her degree culminated in the writing of a novella written in German, Nach dem leeren Grab (“After the empty tomb”).
Lorraine has held senior positions at SustainAbility, and at Canadian Business for Social Responsibility, where she now sits on the Board; she is also a member of the Review 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, as well as conversational Portuguese, 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 Montreal home.