Sonny Wong — Interim Chair
Sonny is an award-winning marketer, creative director and entrepreneur with a diversity of business interests and projects that span marketing/media, live programs and events, sustainability, arts and culture, film and television, creativity, and social innovation. As founder of the Board of Change, he brings his vision and leadership to reframing business paradigms. Active in the community, he has successfully led many community initiatives and served on the boards of many not-for-profit organizations, including the Pacific Council of the World Wildlife Fund. Currently, he is an advisory board member to KCTS 9 in Seattle, director of the Motion Picture Arts & Sciences Foundation of BC, and chair/director of the Artspoints Foundation. Sonny has taught marketing as an adjunct professor at the University of British Columbia and is a Business in Vancouver 40 Under 40 award recipient. sonny[at]boardofchange[dot]com
Michael Barkusky — Senior Economist – Treasurer
Michael Barkusky has a background in economics, political science, finance and accounting and over 30 years work experience, mostly in the private sector. He has also worked in government and in the voluntary sector. Michael has been a member of numerous boards of non-profit societies primarily in the area of environmental protection. He is currently involved in supporting First Nations economic development and in teaching ecological economics. Michael continues to serve a small number of tax and financial management clients.
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Peter Holt is a Chartered Engineer and former British Royal Navy engineering officer, and has held senior management positions on major aerospace programs across Canada. Since leaving the corporate aerospace industry, Holt has operated as a consultant and also served as the CEO of the Surrey Board of Trade. He is a partner with PraxisPoint Consulting Group and is currently active on a number of initiatives that support a future economy based on greatly increased resource productivity rather than growth using only capital and labour productivity.
Monika Marcovici — Co-Founder – Secretary
Monika is a systems design engineer, business connector and Yogi. She founded greenworx Inc. with the goal of bringing sustainability to the mainstream business community, maximizing clients’ profits while putting at the forefront all possible environmental benefits. Monika is a co-founder of the Board of Change, and is passionate about finding new ways of doing business. monika[at]boardofchange[dot]com
Jae Mather — BA Geog, PGradDip EDM, FRSA, FIEMA, PEA, CEnv.
Jae Mather is a Sustainability Director who influences senior leaders to move beyond theory to the practical application through innovating new technologies, training, and services. He designs and implements energy efficiency, sustainable procurement and climate change strategies across the built environment, government and NGO sectors. He is currently wearing multiple hats as the North American Ambassador of the Institute of Environmental Management & Assessment IEMA) and as the Director of Sustainability at the UK & Vancouver based Carbon Free Group. For more than 15 years he has been instrumental in shaping the sustainability agenda across Europe including running the first EU funded environmental technology support programme in the UK and shaping policy at local government and for companies such as Finger Food Studios, Heitman, ARM, and Footlocker. Jae speaks as keynote at more than 20 events a year and runs his own Sustainability Explored event series that has delivered over 100 events reaching 5K+ attendees. He is a guest lecturer at UBC, the University of Cambridge and the University of Birmingham MBA & EMBA programs. He sits on the steering group of the Global Association of Corporate Sustainability Officers (GACSO) and with the Institute of Environmental Management & Assessment (IEMA). Where he advises on the development and implementation of strategy and policy for the world’s largest environmental professional membership organisation. Jae is an IEMA and an RSA Fellow, a Chartered Environmentalist, a Principal Environmental Auditor, and is GRI G4 Certified.
Neil Munro is the Vice President and Quality Control Advisor for the BC Insulators and he has been a Red Seal Heat and Frost Insulator for over 20 years. Neil served as Director of Energy Management with the Green Chamber of Commerce, he is currently is an Executive member of the Vancouver District Labour Council and he sits on the Executive Council and Climate Action Committee with the BC Federation of Labour. BC Insulators are the organization that represents 500 mechanical insulators throughout the Province of British Columbia. Over the last 100 years Heat and Frost Insulators have been recognised as “Energy Conservation Specialists” for the work that they perform insulating mechanical systems and equipment. The BC Insulators are proud to work with our partners to create “Green Jobs Great Jobs” and make our built environment more energy efficient.
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David Van Seters
David is President of Sustainability Ventures, a sustainability consulting firm that uses economic and financial tools to make the business case for sustainability in government, organizations and communities. He is also an entrepreneur who has helped launch or grow a number of triple bottom line businesses. One of these businesses was an organic grocery home delivery company called Small Potatoes Urban Delivery (SPUD). He served as the President and CEO of this company for 12 years and grew it to become the largest organic food delivery service in North America. In July 2010, David stepped back from a management role at SPUD to pursue other sustainable business ventures. Through Sustainability Ventures, David is pursuing opportunities in sustainable transportation, energy efficiency, waste management, sustainable food systems, and the sharing economy. David holds a B.Sc. degree in Environmental Biology from McGill University in Montreal and an MBA degree from the University of Alberta in Edmonton. David is past president of the Better Business Bureau of Mainland BC and past Board Finance Director for the Board of the Fraser Basin Council, a non-profit group working to foster sustainability in the Fraser River Basin in British Columbia. He lives in West Vancouver with his wife, Adine and their three children, Philip, Juliette and Sarah.
Annie is a Co-Founder, Vice-Chair, and Board Member of the Green Chamber of Commerce BC (GCCBC). With a Bachelor of Science, Environmental Sciences, from the University of British Columbia, she is passionate about fostering a sustainable economy in British Columbia through awareness, advocacy and education. She is currently a Junior Conference Manager at International Conference Services, where she organizes local and international conferences and events.