Board of Directors

Amy Robinson

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.

Katja Macura


Katja Macura

Katja is a strategic planning consultant with a background in digital strategy, branding communications 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.

Prior to joining LOCO, Katja had her own consulting practice for 9 years.  Earlier in her career she was Lead Strategist at Blast Radius where she developed the strategic planning process model and led the application of it to global clients such as Nintendo of America, Nintendo of Europe, HSBC, Atlantic Records and Nike. She was also on the management team of a Vancouver-based design consultancy where she led client engagements and helped grow the business from five to over 20 employees within two years. With this business background, Katja has a keen understanding of what is important to business leaders at all scales of organization. She is a champion for business success and believes in business as a powerful force for positive social change.



Bonnie Foley-Wong

Bonnie is the founder of Pique Ventures, an impact investment services and management company, helping investors make more informed and integrated decisions. She is also the founding investor and manager of the Pique Fund, where people can make an impact with their investment dollars, in the company of like-minded people. Under Bonnie’s leadership, the Pique Fund launched in October 2014 and to date has invested in three women-led technology ventures. Over her 18-year career, she’s made and evaluated impact and venture investments working with Invoke Labs, Vancity, and in the UK, Resonance and Big Issue Invest. Bonnie lived in London for 12 years and previously worked in the investment banking and corporate finance industries, financing over EUR800m ($1 billion) of structured capital transactions with ABN AMRO and Hypo Real Estate Bank. Originally from Toronto, Bonnie qualified as a Chartered Accountant and began her career as an auditor with Deloitte. Bonnie is the author of Integrated Investing: How to Invest with Head, Heart, Body, and Soul (working title, publishing date: late 2015).


Annastasia Forst
Annastasia is the Managing Director of Writers’ Exchange, a charitable project that makes reading and writing exciting for inner-city kids in Vancouver. She has 15 years experience in the not-for-profit sector, working in program development, fundraising, HR and operational capacity building for organizations in the education, environmental and social services sectors. In 2007 Annastasia joined Canadian Business for Social responsibility where she worked to support local economies by consulting with large businesses on strategies to improve their community investment and corporate social responsibility activities. Most recently Annastasia, was the Director of Learning at Vantage Point where she developed professional development programs for not-for-profit Executive Directors and Board Members on leadership, governance, and HR management. Annastasia’s passion for supporting local business comes from watching her parents operate a local bowling centre in Vancouver for over 30 years.


McLachlan_bw_Jan2016Selena McLachlan
Selena McLachlan is the Marketing & Business Development Director at Modo – the only local, carshare co-op of its kind – committed to reducing dependency on privately owned vehicles: by getting more people to share fewer cars. Supporting local and co-operative business is part of her DNA – both personally and professionally. She’s spent the past 25 years helping local organizations identify their target markets, understand their competition, and translate consumer needs into viable marketing strategies. Selena is a firm believer that businesses can “do good and do well”, and that consumers, businesses and government all have a role to play in strengthening our shared-economy by “voting with their dollars.” Prior to Modo, she was Director of Marketing at VGH Hospital Foundation, driving reputational growth and $50M+ in annual philanthropic revenue; National Marketing & Research Director at Mountain Equipment Co-op, where she led the $300M retailer’s retention, acquisition and engagement strategies for nearly a decade; and before that, served as Vancity’s Marketing Manager – where she started her immersion in (and addiction to!) local, cooperative business. When she’s at play, you’ll find Selena running with her dog Rio, cycling, and sampling the finest micro brews in her home town of Port Moody.


ReidMichelle Reid
For the past 5 years, Michelle has served as the Sustainability Czar for Mills Office Productivity, the local, sustainable business supplier located in East Vancouver. She oversees all of Mills’ social initiatives and has the opportunity to improve their employees’ lives everyday. Michelle’s passion for giving back to the community extends beyond her own weekly volunteer activities to include creating a volunteering program for Mills where employees help the Greater Vancouver Food Bank on a monthly basis. Michelle is constantly striving to ensure that Mills is using the best practices for its employees, the environment and the community they reside in and takes great pride in Mills commitment to remain a leader in its field through various certifications including being the first office supply company in Canada to become a Certified B Corporation.


LeslieLeslie Sheih
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.


CShoreCarla Shore
Carla S. Shore APR FCPRS has worked in the communications field for more than 20 years. Her career in Ontario and B.C. has included work with several federal government departments, provincial agencies, software companies, large corporations, PR agencies and non-profit groups. She is fortunate to have worked with a huge variety of industries, from finance to technology, from sustainability to consumer products, from mining to health, from youth to seniors, from construction to insurance. She also served as the Director of Communications for the Cohen Commission of Inquiry into the Decline of the Sockeye Salmon on the Fraser River. She has volunteered her professional services to many worthy organizations, most recently as a board member with Vancouver Farmers Markets and as a member of the Advisory Council of the Vancouver Board of Trade’s Women’s Leadership Circle.


Ryan SpongRyan Spong
Ryan is a seasoned financial executive and entrepreneur. He began his professional career in the financial services industry, in Toronto, London, New York, and most recently, his hometown of Vancouver. Upon returning to Vancouver in 2005, Ryan founded Mainstreet Advisors, a boutique financing company, which has raised several million dollars for micro-cap and small-cap companies, some of which he has served as CEO, CFO, and advised to. In 2006, he founded Raincity Construction which he sold in 2012 to Power Civil Contractors. In 2010, he invested and partnered in Tacofino, which cooks surf-inspired, Asian-Mexican fusion with a focus on slow-food practices and reducing waste. Tacofino supports the people who support it by giving back to the communities it serves through volunteerism and donations. In September 2012, he joined Foodee where he has grown revenue threefold. In addition to the LOCO Board, Ryan also currently sits on the board of the Beaumont Studios Art Society.


StottDarren Stott
Darren Stott has 20 years of experience in the food retail industry. This includes a management role for one of UK’s largest Co-op retailers and retail analytics consulting for blue chip retailers and manufacturers such as Safeway, P&G and Unilever also in the UK. Darren served as Director of Purchasing for the largest online organic home delivery company in North America, SPUD, for 7 years. In 2010 Darren started Greenchain Consulting, to use his food retail Blue Chip experience, to support BC local food initiatives through business development and planning. Recent and relevant projects include Vancouver Local Food Hub, Victoria Downtown Public Market, local food procurement in local school districts, local food purchasing and distribution for not for profit food kitchens and business planning for numerous local food businesses. Darren is also passionate about the importance of food literacy and is a long time volunteer with Growing Chefs.