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 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.