Thrive and Be Local to merge in 2020

After 15 years working in local communities to create a thriving, resilient economy for all, Thrive is proud to announce we will be merging assets in 2020 with Be Local – a network of sustainable businesses and non-profits, currently managed by the REAP Business Association.

The REAP Business Association has spent the past 12 years building a community of businesses and non-profits that are working to make Calgary a more compassionate, sustainable place to live and work. Thrive and Momentum have been active members of the network since 2010. “The merger of our two communities will position the Be Local movement for accelerated growth and greater collective impact,” says Stephanie Jackman, REAP’s Founder and Board Chair.

It was a natural fit to combine the work of REAP and Thrive. The Be Local website, including its directory and blog, will continue spreading awareness of sustainable businesses, and new members will continue to be welcomed with open arms. Centaine Tyler, REAP’s Community Leader and Community Initiatives Communications Specialist at Momentum, will remain at the helm.

“The merger will break down unnecessary silos between the communities and organizations,” says Erin Melnychuk, Community Initiatives Manager at Momentum, who oversees Thrive. “By joining forces, we are leveraging resources available to businesses,”

This new chapter will also see more events and services for new and existing members of the Be Local network through Thrive; including a Be Local subnetwork in partnership with Calgary Dollars, where users will collect points on their mobile phones with every dollar spent at participating local businesses.

“Thrive and REAP have been close working partners for many years. It’s time to open up all of the expertise and wisdom between both organizations for the benefit of the Be Local movement,” says Erin.


  1. Click here to check out the Be Local website.
  2. The Be Local Awards and Thrive’s Community Huddle are both part of the Soul of the Next Economy Forum on November 14-15, 2019. Get your tickets now and get connected with the growing community of changemakers.
  3. Questions, comments, concerns? Thrive will be hosting an open house in the new year to allow the networks to get to know each other and get the answers they need. Subscribe to Thrive’s newsletter to stay in the loop.