On Aug. 4th, 2014, BC Day, there was a blow out of the dam at the Imperial Metals Mt. Polley tailings storage facility (TSF) near Likely, BC. Local residents and campers along Quesnel Lake said the tailings spill sounded like “a jet engine” as the toxic tailings roared down Hazeltine Creek into Quesnel Lake for over twelve hours. The volumes of sludge spilling has changed but it has continued still to this day, both from the TSF and from the ongoing drain down from Polley Lake. Recent revelations have now placed this as the largest toxic mine tailings spill that has ever occurred. (more…)

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Understanding that it’s good business to protect the natural resources that have kept them in business, Yvon Chouinard, founder of Patagonia, and Craig Mathews, owner of Blue Ribbon Flies, in 2002 launched 1% for the Planet, a global movement of over 1,200 businesses of all sizes who have committed to donating at least 1% of their annual sales to sustainability-oriented nonprofit partners. Together, 1% for the Planet’s membership has invested more than $100 million in positive environmental change. (more…)



Chris is a Senior Manager with KPMG Canada’s Climate Change and Sustainability Group. He joins us to speak about how progressive companies are starting to think in an integrated way, considering a wider breadth of topics and stakeholders in their strategy and operational decision making. More



The Board of Change is pleased to welcome Nadine Gudz, Director of Sustainability Strategy with the global carpet tile manufacturer Interface.

In 1994, Interface made the decision to embark on a journey they called “Mission Zero”, their promise to eliminate any negative impact the company may have on the environment by 2020. Join us on Sept. 15 to hear Nadine speak about the Interface journey and how this mandate has impacted the company’s global operations and much more.

For more information on Nadine Gudz, this event and to book tickets, click here.


A luminary roster of hosts, one of Vancouver’s best hidden patios, great food and great networking — join us for the Board of Change’s 2014 Summer Social. Meet leaders in the business sustainability community in a fun, casual environment. Our 2014 Summer Social hosts include: