Board of Directors
Amy Robinson, Founder & Executive Director
Amy has been applying her diverse skill set to sustainability in business for over a decade. Her experience spans from small and medium sized enterprises (SMEs) to big industry, focusing of the business case for sustainability – the management, business, social and environmental benefits. Amy focuses on the implementation aspects of sustainability from an organizational systems point of view. She focuses on managing sustainability as change management from the starting point of an organization’s existing culture. Amy works both directly with business, and with organizations that support business, providing research and developing tools and guides to support implementation for some aspect of sustainability.
Amy works as a researcher, trainer and implementation consultant in sustainable procurement, waste management and greenhouse gas management with some of Vancouver’s best-known business sustainability programs – Green Table Network, Sustainability Purchasing Network and Climate Smart Business. She is intimately connected with the local sustainable business community, seeking opportunities to build community and partnerships to move sustainability deep into small and mid-sized businesses. A veteran of the Board of the BC Chapter of Business Alliance for Local Living Economies (BALLE BC), she understands what is needed to develop a thriving and sustainable business network in the region. She is well connected to the BALLE HQ staff and directors, who offer advice and support.
Kristin is a designated accountant who gained most of her experience in full cycle accounting in a small-scale electronics manufacturing environment (Sona Optical Wireless). She recently had the opportunity to bring a large-scale not for profit treasury department up to date through a new systems implementation and has now shifted over to assist a large capital assets management group with improving efficiency and implementing new management processes at Translink. She is a young, tech-savvy professional, who picks up new systems quickly and has a knack for becoming the go to “expert”. She strives to improve efficiency in the systems and processes, believing that even small improvements in everyday procedures can lead to massive gains in the future.
Bonnie Foley-Wong, Director & Founder Pique Ventures
Katja Macura, Director & Sustainable Business Strategist
Katja is a strategic planning consultant with a background in digital media, user experience, branding and sustainability. Her focus is on helping companies operationalize their vision by bringing creative ideas, business thinking, technology and sustainability strategy together to create unique business value. She has over 16 years experience as a strategist, information and business analyst, and facilitator for both global brands and independent businesses. Katja has a BComm from the University of British Columbia and MSc in leadership for sustainability from the Blekinge Institute of Technology in Sweden. She is a champion for local business success and believes in business as a powerful force for positive change.
Leslie Shieh, Urban Planner & Project Planner, River Market
Leslie is an urban planner working in Vancouver, British Columbia. She is a researcher and writer, with a passion for the concept of community and its role in urban governance in different planning cultures. Leslie is also Project Planner at River Market, a revitalized Westminster Quay Public Market. River Market’s tenants are solely local, independent businesses, with a focus on uniting people around the activities of food. The market hosts many arts and cultural activities with the goal of creating commerce, community and culture. River Market works to strengthen the links between residents and local businesses, and with the local food system.
Darren Stott, Business Consultant
Darren Stott has over 15 years of experience in the food retail industry. This includes store management, logistics, marketing and purchasing for one of the largest Co-op retailers in the UK. He also did retail analytics consulting for blue chip retailers and manufacturers such as Safeway, P&G and Unilever in the UK. Darren served as Director of Purchasing for the largest online organic home delivery company in North America, with 7 locations including Victoria.
In 2010 Darren started Greenchain Consulting, to use his food retail Blue Chip experience, to support BC local food initiatives through business planning, business strategizing, purchasing policies, operations and best practice research. Recent and relevant projects include New City Market (Vancouver food hub), Victoria Public Market, local food procurement in local school districts and food distribution in DTES.
Amy Robinson, Executive Director, 604-351-1664, Email
Julia Spitale, Director of Community Engagement, 604-724-1581, Email