Welcome & Kickoff
Mike Gerbis is the CEO of the GLOBE™ Series of Conferences. Mike oversees the overall direction and program of the GLOBE Conference and Innovation Expo, which is North America’s largest and longest-running sustainability event and host to 8,000 participants – many of them senior leaders from the business, finance, environment and government communities –from over 50 countries. Mike is also CEO of The Delphi Group, a strategic consultancy providing solutions and support in the areas of corporate sustainability and climate change. For more than two decades, Mike has advised corporations, institutions and government on how to create long-term value through innovation and by addressing environmental, social and economic risks and opportunities. Mike is a sought-after speaker and has presented at some of the most prestigious sustainability conferences and events in the world. He is also the co-founder of two not-for-profit organizations, The Climate Reality Project Canada and the Emerging Leaders Forum. He is currently Chair of Clean Air Champions and regularly engages and educates youth and business leaders through initiatives such as SHAD Valley International and TEC Canada. Mike was named top consultant in Canada’s Clean50 for 2016, and was also included in Canada’s Clean16 for 2016. He holds a Master of Environmental Engineering degree from McMaster University and a Bachelor of Applied Science in Chemical Engineering from Queen’s University.
Mr. Gordon Lambert is the Suncor sustainability Executive in Residence at the Ivey School of Business and has established GRL Collaboration for Sustainability as a consulting practice. Since joining Suncor in 1997, he served in many roles including Executive Advisor Sustainability and Innovation. He is a frequent speaker on energy, the environment and innovation and recently was a speaker in Innovation and Collaboration at the World Economic Forum in Tianjin China. This past year, Mr. Lambert was a member on Alberta’s Climate Change Advisory Panel.
Morning Panel: Engaging in New Markets and Systems
Western Canada Anchor, Purpose Capital
Christie Stephenson anchors the Western Canada presence of impact investing advisory firm Purpose Capital. She has spent more than 15 years involved in responsible and impact investing through her work in key roles at Sustainalytics, NEI Investments and Purpose Capital. She has also been involved in social enterprise as an investor, mentor, and board director of businesses in a range of industries from start-up phase to $100 million in annual revenue. She is currently a mentor with the Beedie Business School social enterprise accelerator Radius Ventures, a corporate reporting judge for the Chartered Professional Accounts of Canada, and a governance committee member at BlueShore Financial. She also presently serves on the boards of the Canadian Centre for International Justice, and its social enterprise the Philippe Kirsch Institute, as well as an early stage diagnostic imaging company. Christie has an undergraduate degree from University of Victoria and a graduate degree from McGill University, studied Chinese in Beijing, and is fluent in both Canada’s official languages.
Chief Risk Officer, Vancity
Bob is a member of the executive team and brings a wealth of leadership experience to Vancity. He was CEO of BC Hydro from November 2003 to December 2009, where he focused on achieving strong financial performance, leading environmental standards and building strong First Nations and stakeholder relationships. Previously Bob was the Chief Financial Officer of BC Hydro, and for five years he was Chief Financial Officer at Eldorado Gold Corporation. From 1987 to 1996, he was a partner with Price Waterhouse Coopers. Bob is also an Adjunct Professor at University of British Columbia’s Sauder School of Business, where he teaches a course on leadership. Outside work, Bob is actively involved in the community and sits on several boards including Lunapads, Canadian Institute of Chartered Accountants, Minerva Foundation for BC Women, Immigrant Employment Council of BC, and the Global Agenda Council on the New Energy Architecture, World Economic Forum. Bob is also an Adjunct Professor at Royal Roads University on the topic of Values Based Leadership. He holds a Master of Arts from Cambridge University, is a Fellow of the Institute of Chartered Accountants of British Columbia and an ICD, Directors Education Program.
Senior Director, Social Innovation & Integration at RBC
Sandra leads RBC’s Social Innovation team, responsible for global strategy and leadership in driving social impact through RBC’s community, business and employee initiatives. She was appointed to this role in November 2015 after 8 years as Director of Corporate Sustainability at RBC. She also heads up RBC’s Social Finance Initiative, a $20 million program to catalyse the use of private money and financial markets to solve environmental and social issues. Sandra chairs the Board of Directors of the Toronto Atmospheric Fund (TAF), where she has been a director since 2011. TAF is an independent agency of the City of Toronto, mandated to invest capital in urban solutions to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and air pollution. She is a Board member and Finance Committee member at Pollution Probe. Born in Ottawa, Sandra has an M.A.Sc. in Chemical Engineering from the University of Toronto. Sandra is a licensed professional engineer, and a Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA). She lives with her husband and two children in Toronto.
Executive Director, Clean Energy Canada
Merran Smith is the Executive Director of Clean Energy Canada and a Fellow at Simon Fraser University’s Centre for Dialogue. Merran leads a team that is working to transform our nation’s energy systems to reduce fossil fuel dependence and the risks of climate disruption. During her career, Merran has brought together business, government, and civil society organizations to create innovative solutions to some of the most challenging issues of our age. She was the lead environmental architect of the Great Bear Rainforest conservation agreement. Merran serves on B.C.’s Climate Leadership Team and Vancouver’s Renewable City Action Team. She received the Clean16 award for Sustainability and Clean Capitalism, and the Wilburforce Foundation Award for Outstanding Conservation Leadership. Merran’s team conducts original research and modeling to understand the opportunities for Canada in the global low-carbon economy, and shares those findings with policy makers and the public via high-impact communications products.
CEO, The Natural Step
Chad Park is executive director of The Natural Step Canada and director of the Energy Futures Lab. The Alberta-based Energy Futures Lab is a multi-interest collaboration, bringing leaders together to identify, test, and scale initiatives that tackle climate change, energy security, and sustainable development. Chad has advised dozens of businesses and communities in Canada and internationally, including the Co-operators, Nike, Rio Tinto Alcan, and the Alberta Urban Municipalities Association. In 2012, he received the Clean 50 award, recognizing fifty individuals in Canada who have advanced the cause of sustainability and clean capitalism.
Afternoon Panel: Using New Tools and Approaches
Chief Corporate Sustainability Officer, PwC
James Temple is PwC Canada’s Chief Corporate Responsibility Officer. In this role, he oversees the strategy and actions that unite the firm’s social and environmental responsibility efforts, aligning each initiative to PwC’s overall business strategy to help increase employee engagement, differentiate the brand in the marketplace and drive operational efficiencies. He’s considered one of Canada’s leading voices on corporate social innovation and speaks internationally about how businesses and communities can work together to use their skills, voices and relationships to become catalysts for change. James has presented workshops at the World Volunteer Forum, International Corporate Citizenship Conference, the International Association of Fundraising Professionals Conference and has been featured in articles and videos for TED, the Globe and Mail, Forbes, Strategy Magazine and Canadian Business. In 2012, he was named one of the world’s top CSR practitioners by the Centre for Sustainability and Excellence and was an inaugural Notable.ca Young Professional of the Year. He currently sits on the not-for-profit committee of the Risk Oversight and Governance Board for CPA Canada and is Co-Chair of the Young Patrons Circle at the Gardiner Museum in Toronto. James holds a degree in Geographic Analysis from Ryerson University and a Certificate in Advertising and Media from the Canadian Marketing Association.Talk to James on Twitter about corporate social responsibility and community leadership by following him at @CSRjames.
Executive Vice-President, Business Innovation at Cenovus
As the Executive Vice-President, Business Innovation at Cenovus, Judy is accountable for developing ground-breaking, cross-sector partnerships in areas of strategic importance to the company. Judy’s previous executive and senior leadership responsibilities include strategic planning, environment, portfolio management, corporate venture capital, refining, operations and technology development. Trained as a chemical engineer and equipped with an MBA, Judy is well known for driving collaborative innovation in the Canadian petroleum industry. She was pivotal in leading the integration of environment into Cenovus’s business and in the creation of Canada’s Oil Sands Innovation Alliance (COSIA). Judy serves as the Board Chair of Alberta Innovates – Technology Futures, which enables Alberta’s globally competitive and sustainable future through applied research and technology commercialization services to businesses in energy, environment, food & fibre, health and advanced technologies. Judy is a Director and co-founder of Evok Innovations – a unique partnership between Cleantech entrepreneurs, Suncor and Cenovus to transform the Canadian oil and gas value chain by accelerating technology that addresses the most pressing environmental and economic challenges. Judy is a Director for the Federal cleantech fund – Sustainable Technology Development Canada as well as Director of the Public Policy Forum, an organization focused on tackling Canada’s most complex challenges through constructive dialogue across all sectors. Judy is a Fellow of the Canadian Academy of Engineering and was also a recipient of Canada’s 2013 Clean16 award for leadership in advancing sustainable development in Canada.
Treaty Commissioner, Saskatchewan
George E. Lafond is a member of the Muskeg Lake (Treaty 6) Cree Nation in Saskatchewan. George has been involved in many initiatives to bring innovative community, economic and social development to First Nations peoples in Saskatchewan and Canada. George has sought out partnerships and encouraged community initiatives to better serve and reflect the participation and involvement of First Nations peoples in all aspects of the life of Saskatchewan. A life-long supporter and participant in sports and recreation, George has coached hockey, baseball and other sports at all levels, from novice to midget, and firmly believes that the lessons from the locker room of persistence and commitment can help boost the resilience of First Nations individuals, families and communities. George believes that reconciliation is a key theme for the work of this generation of leaders and that building a common understanding of the treaty relationship, treaty history and the spirit and intent of treaties is at the core of what reconciliation means. He hopes to bring that commitment, his grounding in community and the broader life of the province, to his role and to serve the parties as Treaty Commissioner.
Engineering Project Manager at Urban Systems
Robert Stupka is an Engineer at Urban Systems working with communities to identify pathways toward carbon neutrality, conservation of resources, and financial sustainability. His recent work includes developing a business plan and technology assessment for a year round northern greenhouse in Faro, Yukon and demonstrating a feasible pathway for an off-grid community to significantly reduce diesel dependence in Old Crow, Yukon and Gilford Island, BC. He also provides a wide range of strategic advice and capacity building to local governments and First Nations communities working on energy and sustainable community development issues. He has a Masters of Sustainable Infrastructure Engineering from the University of Toronto where he completed a thesis on the effects of land use and building design on energy self-sufficiency. Robert was a recipient of the Association of Professional Engineers Young Professional of the Year Award, and co-author of Getting to Carbon Neutral – A Guide to Canadian Municipalities. To demonstrate what’s viable today, Robert constructed an energy efficient home in Kelowna, which through building design, LED lighting, and solar PV is net electricity neutral and using a third less heat than the average new BC home.
Afternoon Panel: Creating and Taking New Opportunities
Sustainable Community Development, Vancouver Economic Commission
Pietra is the Vancouver Economic Commission’s lead on sustainable community development where her work revolves around building up the capacity of businesses, academic institutions, municipal and regional governments, and community organizations to reach common sustainability and economic development goals. With a passion for protecting and revitalizing industrial spaces in cities, Pietra has spent the last two years engaging with Vancouver’s industrial business community to develop a long-term economic strategy for supporting innovative green enterprise in Vancouver’s industrial core—the False Creek Flats. Pietra is currently working on several projects for spurring the shift to a circular economy, enabling the widespread adoption of smart logistics and fleet conversion technologies, as well as establishing support systems for renewable energy, building retrofit, and cleantech-demonstration projects. Pietra’s background in landscape architecture, with a focus on designing the process by which neighbourhood-scale revitalization projects come to life, has led to in-depth investigations into using residual spaces to catalyze economic activity, capitalizing on a community’s intellectual and skill surplus to increase an area’s amenities, and utilizing ecological interventions to reduce environmental risk. She is now in the midst of developing a new set of indicators and metrics for helping guide green economic development efforts across a wide range of industrial revitalization projects. Pietra works closely with several innovative education programs in Vancouver including SFU’s Change Lab, UBC’s D.Studio, City Studio, and the THNK School for Creative Leadership as a mentor for new sustainability ventures.
Chief Executive Officer, Canadian International Resources and Development Institute
Before beginning her role as CEO of the Canadian International Resources and Development Institute, Cassie was recently the Consul General for Northern California where she strengthened Canadian linkages to the Silicon Valley. She has had a rich public service career, serving at the executive level of all three levels of government in Canada. Notable is her extensive experience in advancing complex policy on natural resources and the environment as a deputy minister with the Canadian federal and British Columbia provincial governments. Ms. Doyle served as Canada’s Deputy Minister of Natural Resources from 2006 to 2010 after three years as the Associate Deputy Minister of Environment Canada. Earlier, Ms. Doyle held a number of senior positions with the British Columbia Government including the CEO of the BC Assets and Land Corporation and Deputy Minister of Environment, Lands and Parks. Ms. Doyle started her career with the City of Ottawa working in social housing. Ms. Doyle holds a Master’s degree in Social Policy and Administration from Carleton University and a Bachelor’s degree in Sociology from the University of Victoria. She has been the Chair of Oxfam Canada, a member of the Board of Directors of the United Way in San Francisco and Ottawa. She was certified as a professional coach by New Ventures West in 2014.
Manager, UN Global Compact
Ingvild A. Sørensen is Manager of Global Compact LEAD within the UN Global Compact. LEAD is the UN Global Compact’s leadership platform, launched by the UN Secretary General in 2011. Ms. Sørensen’s role includes supporting leading global companies across a range of industry sectors in their efforts to achieve higher levels of corporate sustainability performance. In this capacity she manages the Global Compact Board Programme – a new engagement program designed to improve and accelerate the integration of sustainability into the agenda and responsibilities of Boards of Directors. Prior to joining the UN Global Compact, Ms. Sørensen worked at the Permanent Mission of Norway to the UN, the UN Department of Public Information in New York, and at Procter & Gamble. Ms. Sørensen holds an MSc degree in Advanced Management Practices from the University of Bath (UK), and a BSc degree in International Marketing and Management from BI Norwegian Business School and the University of Mannheim (Germany).
Executive Director, One Earth
Vanessa Timmer is the Executive Director of One Earth, a Vancouver-based “think and do tank” focused on sustainable consumption and production. One Earth curated the New Economies theme of Cities for People, initiated by The J. W. McConnell Family Foundation – a Canada-wide experiment in advancing a movement to create more resilient and livable cities through innovation networks. Vanessa is also an Associate with the Sustainability Science Program at Harvard University focused on innovation and holds a Doctorate in environmental studies with degrees from Queen’s University, Oxford University and UBC. One Earth was a co-founder of the Global Research Forum on Sustainable Production and Consumption and the North American Roundtable on Sustainable Production and Consumption. She teaches sustainability and systems thinking, and cohosts the television show, The Sustainable Region. In 2013, Vanessa was named one of Business in Vancouver’s Top Forty under 40. Locally, she advises the City of Vancouver as part of the Greenest City Advisory Group and Lighter Footprint Committee, serves as a Board member of the National Zero Waste Council with Metro Vancouver, and promotes eco-industrial networking through the National Industrial Symbiosis Program – Canada. One Earth is also catalyzing ‘Disruptive Imaginings: creating better futures’ – a global campaign to create positive and compelling visions and experiences of life in sustainable futures.
Mentorship Activation Hub
|Andreas Souvaliotis||Founder and Executive Chairman||Social Change Works|
|Bob Elton||Chief Risk Officer||Vancity|
|Cassie Doyle||CEO||Canadian Intl Resources and Development Institute|
|Chantel Després||Director, Sustainability||CN|
|Chris Adachi||Leader, Energy and Carbon Management||Teck|
|Chris Jameson||Senior Manager, Sustainability Services||KPMG|
|Christopher Tucker||Senior Consultant||Deloitte|
|Dara Edmonds||CSR Specialist||Port Metro Vancouver|
|David Lawlor||Calgary Regional Airshed Zone|
|Denise Baker||Executive Director||Vantage Point|
|Diana Klein||Sustainable Design Consultant||Eco-Integration|
|Dianne Dillon-Ridgley||Executive Director||Women’s Network for a Sustainable Future|
|Donny Wong||Manager, Water Works Branch||City Of Vancouver|
|Donovan Woollard||Director||RADIUS Ventures|
|Elizabeth Sheehan||President||Climate Smart Business|
|Eric Beynon||President||Sustainable Growth|
|Fiona Zawadzki||Educational Consultant/Director||Skye Consulting|
|Frank de Rosier||Assistant Deputy Minister, Innovation and Energy Technology||Natural Resources Canada|
|Gaby Wong||Sr Consultant||Deloitte|
|Geoff Pegg||Sustainability Director||TELUS|
|Harish Raisinghani||Director of Project Managament, Utility Solutions||EnerNOC|
|Hilary Kilgour||Consultant||Unati Strategies|
|Imran Jiwa||Senior Accountant||KPMG|
|Isabella Deguise||Environmental Manager||BlueEarth|
|Ivy Wan||Staff Accountant||KPMG|
|Jackson Hegland||Coordinator, Environmental Strategies||ARC Resources Ltd.|
|James Dean||CEO||Dpoint technologies|
|James Temple||Chief Corporate Responsibility Officer||PwC|
|James Raymond||Manager, Research and Analysis||VEC|
|Jennifer Bailey||Water Quality and Conservation Program Manager||City of Vancouver|
|Jessica Dillabough||Government Relations Advisor||Imperial|
|Julie Sunday||Executive Director||Clean Innovation Secretariat|
|Katja Macura||Co-Executive Director||LOCO BC|
|Kimberly Gray||Comms Specialist||BlueEarth|
|Luc Robitaille||VP Responsible Care||Canadian Chemistry|
|Marko Pajalic||Manager, Communications and Engagement, UBC Sustainability||UBC|
|Maud Warner||Sr Consultant||Deloitte|
|Melissa Creede||Sapis Insight|
|Nadine Gudz||Director, Sustainability Strategy||Interface|
|Neil Raynor||Indigenous affairs||Teck|
|Peter MacConnachie||Senior Sustainability Issues Management Specialist||Suncor Energy|
|Rob Stupka||Sustainable Infrastructure Engineer||Urban Systems|
|Robyn Seetal||Senior Consultant||Deloitte|
|Roopa Dave||Senior Manager – Sustainability Services||KPMG|
|Ryan Johnson||Project Coordinator – Planning and Development||City of Vancouver|
|Sarah Buckle||Corporate Sustainability Strategist||TransLink|
|Shannon Lambie||Communications & Engagement Specialist at the UBC Sustainability Initiative||UBC|
|Sonia Kowalewski||Senior Consultant||Deloitte|
|Srikanth Venugopal||Director, Environmental Risk & Trading||TransCanada|
|Tania Akerhurst||Sustainability Specialist||LedCor|
|Tayber Yastremski||Market Development Lead||Nemalux|
|Tim Lesiuk||Executive Director & Chief Negotiator||Climate Action Secretariat, Province of British|
|Yapo Alle Ando||Water Resources Engineer||Teck|
Author, The Optimistic Environmentalist
Dr. David R. Boyd is an environmental lawyer and internationally renowned expert on human rights and the environment. He was the executive director of Ecojustice, argued cases before the Supreme Court of Canada, worked as a special advisor on sustainability for Prime Minister Martin, and advises many governments on environmental policy. He co-chairs Vancouver’s effort to become the world’s greenest city by 2020 with Mayor Gregor Robertson. Boyd is the author of eight books and over 100 reports and articles on environmental law and policy. His books include The Optimistic Environmentalist (2015), Cleaner, Greener, Healthier: A Prescription for Stronger Canadian Environmental Laws and Policies (2015), The Right to a Healthy Environment: Revitalizing Canada’s Constitution (2012), The Environmental Rights Revolution: A Global Study of Constitutions, Human Rights, and the Environment (2011), and Unnatural Law: Rethinking Canadian Environmental Law and Policy (2003). For additional details, please see www.davidrichardboyd.com.
Minister of the Environment and Climate Change
The Honourable Catherine McKenna has been appointed Canada’s Minister of the Environment and Climate Change on November 4,2015. She is also responsible for Parks Canada and the Canadian Environmental Assessment Agency. Before entering politics, and being elected as Member of Parliament for the Ottawa-Centre riding in the federal elections of October 2015, Ms. McKenna practiced law at leading firms in both Canada and Indonesia, focusing on international trade, competition, investment and constitutional issues. She was senior counsel on the Right Honourable Antonio Lamer’s review of Canada’s military justice system. She was also senior negotiator with the UN mission in East Timor which culminated in the Timor Sea Treaty providing for the joint exploitation of petroleum resources in a part of the Timor Sea claimed by East Timor and Australia. Catherine co-founded and was Executive Director of Canadian Lawyers Abroad, a charitable organization that engages in the developing world and Canada in the areas of good governance, rule of law, environmental issues and human rights. In Canada, Canadian Lawyers Abroad has partnered with environmental NGOs and organizations representing Aboriginal peoples. Catherine also served as the Executive Director of the Banff Forum that engages emerging Canadian leaders in critical public policy discussions. Prior to that, she taught at the University of Toronto’s Munk School of Global Affairs and was a board member at the Trudeau Centre for Peace and Conflict Studies. Catherine is called to the Bars of Ontario and New York. She is married with three children.