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You and your business value community impact and meaningful work. That’s why we’d like to invite you to register, below, for a an informative and engaging afternoon Workshop on Social Purpose in Business.You and your business value community impact and meaningful work. That’s why we’d like to invite you to register, below, for a an informative and engaging afternoon Workshop on Social Purpose in Business.

Social Purpose Institute at United Way and the Board of Change

The Social Purpose Institute at United Way and the Board of Change are collaborating on this Workshop to support BOC business professionals and company members interested in increasing their involvement in community quality of life in the City, through the core of their business – in the Social Purpose Business model. 

Workshop and Networking Opportunity

We are co-hosting a workshop and networking opportunity from 1:15 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. (Optional networking from 5:30 – 6:00 pm) (including refreshments) for community-facing staff from businesses who are interested in accelerating the company’s beneficial social impact in the community. Equally relevant for those just starting out, or who have established programs, this event will profile the latest driver in community engagement and profitability: the Social Purpose Business. This is not a fund-raising appeal, but an opportunity to network, learn and share.


Mark your calendars! On October 2nd, LOCO BC will be hosting an All Party Meeting on Small Business and you don’t want to miss out!

Vancouver’s small businesses make our city great, and yet they sometimes have a tense relationship with the City’s government. Affordable leasing, permits, wait times, and zoning/licensing restrictions are just some of the issues of concern to local businesses. LOCO BC’s October 2nd event is an excellent opportunity for businesses like yours to voice their concerns and hear how the next mayor and council plan to make changes to create a better environment to do business in the city. Confirmed candidates include Shauna Sylvester, Ken Sim, Adriane Carr and others. Please join us for this event, bringing together Vancouver’s business community to bring about positive change. Board of Change Members receive 20% off tickets, found here.

Whether or not you are able to attend the event, we’d greatly appreciate you taking the time to take a quick poll regarding your business concerns! The answers we receive will be used to help guide the discussion and give greater insight into what the top issues are for Vancouver businesses. The poll can be found here.

Confirmed candidates:

Shauna Sylvester, Independent Candidate for Mayor
Ken Sim, Non-Partisan Association (NPA) Candidate for Mayor
Ian Campbell, Vision Vancouver Candidate for Mayor
Adriane Carr, Green Party Candidate for Council (incumbent)
Christine Boyle, OneCity Candidate for Council

Do you know a young person who is having a positive impact in your community? Corporate Knights, Canada’s award winning business & sustainability magazine, is currently seeking nominations for their third annual Top 30 Under 30 Leaders in Sustainability list. The list will be published in the Fall 2018 issue of Corporate Knights Magazine which is distributed in the Globe and Mail and published online.

This is an excellent opportunity to have your work recognized and be connected to some outstanding and engaged youth who are working on sustainability issues. At Corporate Knights, sustainability is about building a cleaner and more inclusive world, encompassing everything from human rights to liveable cities.

Here is the link to their Top 30 Under 30 nominations page. We encourage you to share this opportunity amongst your network via email & social media and consider making a nomination!

Individuals can nominate themselves or be nominated by someone else. Nominations are open until Friday, August 3.

Social media tags: @corporateknight @CKCommunity #CK30under30

Here is a link to last year’s winners:

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Dear Board of Change Community,

As expected the federal Finance Minister has just revealed that the government plans to use public money to indemnify Texas-based oil conglomerate Kinder Morgan’s risky investment in their pipeline and tanker project.

Polling shows that Canadians do not support government investment in this pipeline.

We need to show that common-sense business people are not on board with this risky and unfair taxpayer bailout before this goes any further.

If you haven’t already, please use our easy-to-use tool that empowers you to send a detailed letter to Trudeau, your MP, and provincial representatives with the click of a button.

Your voice is very powerful on this issue right now: Please send your message now before it’s too late.

This pipeline and tanker project is expected to create just 50 permanent jobs in BC and 40 in Alberta.[1]

Putting this in perspective, a single new Amazon office recently announced in Vancouver will add 3,000 permanent, high-paying jobs.

Kinder Morgan wants to anchor us to their poor business decisions and leave Canadian taxpayers and businesses to pick up the tab. That’s a bad deal and we shouldn’t put up with it.

If the government puts their thumb on the scale with a taxpayer bailout they will undermine investor confidence and stifle other sectors of our economy that we need to fuel economic development now and into the future.

The media is picking up on the voices of Progressive Business coming together. If we unify our voices we can show how this bail-out is bad for our economy. The latest is the Toronto Star talking about our “mass business opposition letter”[2]

Other outlets are increasingly talking about how the “Trans Mountain pipeline expansion lacked commercial viability from the get-go.” [3]

Let’s move forward with a common sense plan for economic development in the 21st century.

Thank you for speaking up,

Monika Marcovici,
Board of Change

PS. An FAQ section of the website has been started HERE.

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February 26th: High Performance Buildings

A conversation presented by the Board of Change

Granite countertops? Pfft, so 10 minutes ago. The “must-have” features of a new home in 2018 deliver thermal comfort, durability, better indoor air quality, and a smaller carbon footprint. Thankfully, a raft of energy efficiency performance standards are unlocking all of the above benefits and more. Thanks to the new BC Energy Step Code, the North Shore will soon be an “efficient new home zone” stretching all the way from Deep Cove to Horseshoe Bay. Meanwhile, interest in the über-efficient Passive House standard is exploding. And in keeping with its commitment that all new buildings will produce zero operational greenhouse gas emissions by 2030, the City of Vancouver is full speed ahead with its Zero Emissions Building Plan.


Facebook: the engine of false news

By Jenny Tan

By unanimous consensus of the panel, Facebook is the crucial driver of the fake news phenomenon.

Last Thursday, November 30th, the Board of Change and Seattle-based educational television station KCTS 9 hosted the panel discussion The Role of Media in a World of Fake News at the Vancity Theatre. On the panel were The Tyee founding editor David Beers, Crosscut managing editor Florangela Davila, Globe and Mail associate editor Jim Jennings, and CBC news director Wayne Williams.

The disposition of society has changed, commented CBC’s Williams, allowing perhaps for the quicker rise of fake news compared to previous decades when fake news was present but not prevalent. He noted the CBC Ombudsman, responsible for complaints about CBC programs, has seen a sharp increase in the number of complaints received and a shift in the tone of complainants. Fewer are satisfied with the response of journalists and the complainants are “angrier”, “more polarised”, and some “outright insulting”.

News Release

BCUC Final Report Addresses Real Costs of Site C

Vancouver BC, November 2, 2017 – Peter Holt, Advocacy Team Chair for the Board of Change issued this statement following yesterday’s release of the Final Report to the Government of British Columbia by the British Columbia Utilities Commission (BCUC) in follow-up to its Site C Inquiry preliminary report released on Sept 21, 2017.

“The Board of Change commends BCUC’s work to complete this important review of the Site C project in such a short time and welcomes the full disclosure of the real costs that is the result of a full independent review of the project”

With only two options now considered viable, the new BC Government is in the unenviable position of reviewing a project where $3.9 billion is the minimum cost of cancellation and the cost of completion is estimated at $10 billion or more. Completion also comes with the very real prospect of producing power that will greatly exceed BC’s needs and at cost that means it will have to be sold on the US spot market at a loss.


The Board of Change continues to advocate that the Site C project be cancelled. The Board recommends cancellation not only to save future construction costs and the burden of a 70 year plus financing term but also to reinvigorate BC’s renewable energy sector. This previously vibrant sector of BC’s economy suffered greatly from the decision to build the dam. Given that renewable energy production is now competitive with, and likely even cheaper than energy from Site C, and given that it produces many more long-term jobs per unit of energy produced, the BC economy would experience a net gain as a result of its revival.


We understand the dilemma that the Government has inherited from its predecessor and encourage them to recognize the fundamental flaws in proceeding with Site C and encourage them to put their faith in the role that BC’s clean energy industry can play in generating jobs and viable alternative sources of power for all British Columbians



Peter Holt


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The Board of Change is an inclusive business network fostering an economic model that values the pursuit of sustainability equally with the pursuit of profit. We believe strongly in the role of profitable business in society and also believe that business has an equal responsibility for social and environmental stewardship. Indeed, this may be the greatest responsibility of business.


Presented by KCTS9 in partnership with the Board of Change

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Date: November 30, 2017  |  5:30 – 7:30pm

Location: Vancity Theatre
1181 Seymour Street, Vancouver, BC
Free Event for Board of Change Members :: But You Must Register at
Seating is limited
Light refreshments will be served


Is it time for credible media to kick some ass?

At a time when facts are opinions and opinions are facts, what is the role of media to present the truth, the whole truth and nothing but the truth? And how compelling is this ‘truth’ to the public? It’s a troubling time and media’s role — and responsibility — in these affairs is being challenged in unprecedented ways. What’s the solution and how can society successfully trust media again? Register and learn more at


Highlights of May 30 2017: Joel Solomon and Karn Manhas’ Talk Clean Money Revolution

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Your Name is on Your Money

Article by jenny Tan
More photos by Daniel Rotman
Check out Joel’s new book, the Clean Money Revolution.
Find out more about Karn Manhas’ company Terramera.
Listen to a clip of Joel’s talk

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Maybe you and I should look at money in a different light.

Last Tuesday, chair of mission venture capital firm Renewal Funds Joel Solomon and entrepreneur Karn Manhas sat down and asked the audience what money means to them. “We have pretty much one goal with money,” said Joel, “which is ‘more’”.

The issue is partly structural, pointed out Joel. Investors have not had much diversity in the investment menu; people are patted on the head by financial advisors and persuaded that investing is best left to the professionals. The options available are uninspiring. Milton Friedman’s statement still echoes loudly in the offices of wealth managers: “There is… only one social responsibility of business… to increase its profits.” Without diversity in choice, ordinary investors demand only the pre-existing options.

Investing for profit–without consideration of where the money comes from–is deeply rooted in our culture. Well-meaning financial advisors shake their heads when investors ask for socially responsible options. Don’t let that stop you. “My name is on my money, and yours is too,” said Joel.

Helping socially responsible investing become the norm is partly a chicken-and-egg issue. Without a diversity of feasible choices, financial advisors will continue dissuading their clients putting their money towards socially responsible venues. A quick practical guide: for high net-worth individuals, consider investing with venture capital firms such as Renewal; for retail investors: consider options such as CoPower, SolarShare, and mutual funds listed on the Responsible Investment Association website. Keep pushing your financial advisors to seek options aligned with your values, or do it yourself.

Change is slow, but take heart: “there’s been an explosion across the world [of socially responsible investing],” said Joel. “It has hit critical mass.”
“[With cleaner money], we actually can solve the major problems on this planet.”

Invest with your values and fuel the revolution.





Article and photos by Jenny Tan

Click here for more photos by Jenny Tan and VIDEO of the event. 

Site C doesn’t make business sense, say experts, and is in dire need of independent review.Last Thursday April 20t  at UBC Robson Square, a panel of experts dissected common arguments in favour of Site C, a proposed dam located just outside of Fort St. John on the Peace River in northeastern B.C., noting the project could cost taxpayers to suffer losses of over $1 billion, presents major challenges to constitutional rights of First Nations, and that the increased power supply would outstrip projected demand.

B.C. Hydro pegs the estimated cost of the project at $8.8 billion, which would take B.C. taxpayers until 2094 to pay off.

Even with increased electrification of the economy, said Karen Bakker, UBC professor and Canada Research Chair in Political Ecology, demand for electricity could be met by conservation at a third of the price for a number of years. A commonly touted option of selling power from the Site C dam to Alberta to meet demand increases from the oilsands is not feasible, she said. B.C. would have to sell its power at over $140/MWh; Alberta could obtain enough power to meet its demands from other sources such as the Slave River Hydro Project at a lower cost.

The liquefied natural gas (LNG) industry is unlikely to take off in B.C. and require power from Site C, also noted former KPMG partner Eoin Finn, and exporting power to the United States would require selling the electricity at below cost.

Paul Kariya, executive director of Clean Energy B.C., pointed out the clean energy industry can offer cost-effective alternatives to Site C.

Councillor Dean Dokkie of the West Moberly First Nation, whose traditional lands include the proposed location of the Site C dam, emphasised lack of understanding of the size and cost of the project as a key barrier. The proposed Site C dam would flood 5,500 hectares of land.

“When I flip a light switch,” said Dokkie, “I know where [the power] comes from and what the costs are… If you flooded the Fraser Valley, what would people say?”

The Site C project also infringes the constitutionally protected rights of First Nations, said Dokkie, especially with the bypassing of independent regulatory oversight. The 2010 Clean Energy Act exempted Site C from independent review by the B.C. Utilities Commission, removing the authority of bureaucrats to examine the business case for the dam.

Bakker summarised the political approach to First Nations consultation on Site C as “build now, litigate during, compensate after”.

Doug Arthur, senior fellow in public policy at UBC, noted Site C will proceed unless there is a change of government on May 9th, and reminded the audience to exercise its voting power.

Bakker suggested the provincial government postpone Site C and refer the project to the B.C. Utilities Commission. The regulatory body can then examine whether the value of contracts already signed will have pushed Site C past the point of no return.