Ruben Anderson, Designer, Team 1 - The Freshly Baked CookiesIndustrial Designer
Ruben Anderson's training in Industrial Design turned him off products and
into a behaviour change specialist and sustainable systems consultant. He has
taught Sustainable Design at the Emily Carr University and consulted on
future-proofed, locally resilient systems for the City of Vancouver’s
Sustainability Group and the Planning Department, as well as for BC Housing,
Industry Canada and private sector clients. His Top Ten Myths of Behaviour
Change (watch at http://vimeo.com/26943709) opened the Recycling Council of BC’s
2011 conference. He has also blogged for TreeHugger.com and theTyee.ca He has
won awards for Cradle-to-Cradle product design from the Cascadia Green Building
Council, but is most proud of the 250% increase in recycling at an apartment
building pilot project achieved while working at Metro Vancouver. This year
Ruben has focused on learning new skills, and has made sauerkraut, picked 1000
pounds of apples from trees in his neighbourhood, made hard apple cider and
started learning to prune fruit trees. His Brie suffered a tragic end, but his
bacon was fantastic!
Stephanie Bertels, Lead, Team 1 - The Freshly Baked CookiesAssistant Professor, SFU Business, and Associate Director, CMA Innovation Centre
Stephanie is an Assistant Professor at Simon Fraser University's Beedie School of Business. She teaches and conducts research in the area of sustainable innovation and business sustainability. She has been involved with sustainability for over 20 years, beginning with serving as the national coordinator for a student-run environmental and social justice organization, including involvement leading up to the first UN Earth Summit in Rio in 1992. With both a bachelor and masters degree in environmental engineering, and time spent working as an environmental engineering consultant, she brings a systems perspective to thinking about how to advance sustainability. But Stephanie also realized that science and technology are not the only tools needed for change. She also has a PhD in business sustainability and organizational change and spent 2 years as a post doctoral fellow at the Erb Institute for Sustainable Global Enterprise at the University of Michigan before joining SFU.
David R. Boyd, JudgeAdjunct Professor, Resource and Environmental Management, Simon Fraser University
Dr. David R. Boyd is one of Canada’s leading experts in environmental law and
policy and an Adjunct Professor in the School of Resource and Environmental
Management at Simon Fraser University. He has advised the governments of Canada,
Sweden, and Iceland on environmental and constitutional issues and co-chaired
Vancouver’s Greenest City Action Team with Mayor Gregor Robertson. He is a
member of the IUCN’s Commission on Environmental Law, the Global Network for the
Study of Human Rights and the Environment, the Forum for Leadership on Water,
and ELAW—the Environmental Law Alliance Worldwide. Boyd is the author of several
bestselling and award winning books as well as more than 100 publications
related to environmental law and policy. His books include The Environmental
Rights Revolution: A Global Study of Constitutions, Human Rights, and the
Environment, Dodging the Toxic Bullet: How to Protect Yourself from Everyday
Environmental Health Hazards, David Suzuki’s Green Guide (co-authored with
David Suzuki), and Unnatural Law: Rethinking Canadian Environmental Law and
Jeremy Calhoun, Student Designer, Team 2 - Octopus SpectacularPhotographer and Designer
Jeremy is a 4th year Industrial Design student at Emily Carr University.
During his studies there he has been involved with many industry partner
projects including the Lululemon Lab Olympic display wall, life cycle assessment
of Energy Aware's PowerTab, and designed an accessory for a solar charged power
utility device with Solio. He was also a member of a student team that designed
and manufactured a booth for Frame Magazine for the IDSWest show in 2011. From
those projects he has developed a desire to persue designing for longevity and
sustainability with a focus on systems design.
Previous to studying design, Jeremy studied photography and worked as a
professional photographer and digital imaging specialist for Couvrette Studio in
Ottawa. The studio produced official portraits for several federal government
departments and the Mayor of Ottawa as well as editorial images for Preston
Catalogue, Homes and Land Ottawa, Ottawa Life Magazine, and Time Magazine
Canada. He has also photographed former Prime Ministers and Rick Mercer for
Magna International and CBC to promote the Next Great Canadian Prime Minister
Maureen Cureton, JudgeGreen Business Manager, Vancity
Maureen’s first experience in the environmental sector was managing R&D
for an organic recycling technology. Since then she’s worked with a variety of
start up and emerging businesses. Maureen was also a project manager at Rocky
Mountain Institute, a world-renowned 'think tank' providing research and
consulting services on natural capitalism and market based solutions for
sustainable development. Today she brings her commitment to sustainability to
her work as Green Business Manager with Vancity’s Community Investment division
and to her work supporting Vancity’s business members and the emerging local
“green” economy. She serves on various committees and advisory groups for this
sector, and holds an Associate Faculty position with Royal Roads University,
teaching Sustainability in the MBA program. Maureen also designs and teaches
courses and workshops for UBC, Thompson Rivers University, and other
institutions. Her education includes an undergraduate degree in Natural Resource
and Environmental Management, a Master of Business Administration, and diplomas
in Adult Education, and Renewable Energies. She co-authored three books
including Green Development: Integrating Ecology and Real Estate Development
and Toward Sustainable Communities.
Andreas Eiken, Student Designer, Team 1 - The Freshly Baked CookiesStudent, Industrial Design, Emily Carr
Andreas Eiken is an Industrial Design student at Emily Carr University
currently doing his final undergrad project for 2013. He often finds himself in
a conundrum as a design student creating more things, when he firmly believes
that our society has way too much stuff as is. The intersection of design and
sustainability is what intrigues him the most in his practice. How can design be
used to affect positive change? How can design challenge the status quo of
over-consumption in an economy based on 'built in obsolescence'?
Duane Elverum, Designer, Team 3 - The Mobius StripsCityStudio Co-founder, Designer and Sustainability Educator at Emily Carr
As a designer, sustainability educator and co-founder of CityStudio
Vancouver, Duane’s teaching and research aims to connect university students
directly to urban sustainability and public issues through studio-based,
collaborative and dialogic learning. He is currently a visiting professor and
associate with SFU’s Center for Dialogue and a reviewer for the Association for
the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education (AASHE). He is a past
board director for the eatART Foundation and Modo the Car Coop. Recently he
juried Prefab 2020, an international architectural competition, as well as B.C.
Hydro’s Invent the Future competition. An offshore sailor, he has crossed the
South Pacific Ocean twice, and the North Pacific 4 times, most recently in 2010
sailing from Hawaii to Vancouver with OceanGybe’s Plastics Research Expedition.
He holds a bachelor’s degree with honors in architecture from the University of
Michael Green, Lead, Team 3 - The Mobius StripsArchitect and Principal, Michael Green Architects Inc
As a Fellow of the Royal Architectural Institute of Canada, recognized for
his award winning buildings, public art, interiors, landscapes and urban
environments, Michael’s reputation has led him to develop a wide range of
projects from international airports and skyscrapers to Vancouver’s Ronald
McDonald House, Whistler Blackcomb’s Rendezvous Lodge and modest but unique
retail spaces and homes. His work extends around the globe including a current
project for the Aga Khan Trust for Culture designing a sustainable community in
the mountains of Central Asia. Michael teaches at the UBC School of Architecture
and Landscape Architecture.
Amielle Lake, Business Rep, Team 2 - Octopus SpectacularCMO and Founder at Tagga Media Inc.
Amielle Lake is the former CEO, now CMO of Tagga, a cross-channel marketing
company. Tagga’s web-based campaign management platform leverages mobile and
social media technologies to enable marketers to connect with consumers across
the entire media mix.
Prior to founding Tagga, Amielle held a range of executive marketing and
corporate development roles across the software, financial services and mining
market sectors. She currently sits on the boards for the Mobile Marketing Assn
Canada, DigiBC, the Forum for Women Entrepreneurs and Next Media. Amielle was
recently recognized as a top 40 under 40 by Business In Vancouver in 2012, a
person to watch in 2009 and 2011 by Techvibes, nominated as a Young Women of
Distinction by the YMCA Vancouver in 2012, and nominated as a Canadian Female
Entrepreneur of the Year by RBC 2012 Women of Influence Awards.
Amielle holds an MBA, a B.A., and is a published author. Her book, The
Elephant Hunters, is about how social interactions determine outcomes in the
financial world. Outside of the office, she is an aspiring cyclist, swimmer, and
devotee of the culinary arts.
Julian Radlein, Business Rep, Team 3 -The Mobius StripsPresident, SymbiAudit
Julian has a wealth of experience in strategy development and implementation
for industrial impact mitigation programs. Recently, he refined an environmental
management system (EMS) for public venues that meets the stringent requirements
of ISO 14000.
In the majority of projects, he works with a group of professional and
organizations, not all with the same interests. His ability to work with
multiple stakeholders is an asset that allows complex undertakings to get off
the ground, and the strong leadership skills stem from his 5 years as a
professional football player for the Hamilton Tiger-Cats of the CFL, where he
was a team captain and CFLPA All-Star.
Prior to SymbiAudit and Evergreen, he worked in research chemistry where my
efforts in the field of industrial impact mitigation of fast-pyrolysis
by-products resulted in the identification and upgrade of a novel acid catalyst
for continuous-flow biodiesel production made from bio-char. Julian loves to
find economic value where others fail to see it!
Maia Rowan, Student Designer, Team 3 - The Mobius StripsStudent, Industrial Design, Emily Carr
Maia Rowan is a fourth year Industrial Design student at Emily Carr
University of Art and Design. She is currently working on her grad project and
City Studio, a course in collaboration with the Greenest CIty Action Plan. Maia
was born in Nelson BC and raised with sustainability and social equity as
essential parts of daily life. After returning from an exchange to Germany she
has become determined to find ways to encourage and invest in a more lively and
durable local economy.
Lawrence Silcox, Business Rep, Team 1 - The Freshly Baked CookiesOwner and Lead Designer, Cima Coppi Cycle Wear
Lawrence is the owner and lead designer at Cima Coppi Cycle Wear, a
Vancouver-based cycling garment design and manufacturing partnership. Cima Coppi
Cycle Wear is a company moving toward a sustainable application to garment
design and manufacturing focusing on natural materials, small-scale efficiencies
and active lifestyle promotion. Lawrence has a Master's degree in Sustainable
Leadership from the Blekinge Institute in Sweden where he studied the Five level
framework utilized by numerous organizations such as the Natural Step. He uses
this holistic framework to inform daily design decisions and product development
directions, bringing an ecological buttress to his Industrial Design degree from
the Emily Carr Institute of Design.
Marten Sims, Lead, Team 2 - Octopus SpectacularDesigner and Consultant
With ten years of brand identity, graphic design and art direction experience
and an MAA, Marten brings a unique blend of creative thinking, design knowledge
and technical skills to the table. He is known for his ability to synthesis
complex subject matter by employing his knowledge of transformation service
principles, systems thinking and design practice.
Marten’s multidisciplinary design practice involves everything from research,
brand convictions, product prototyping and development, to branding, graphics,
type, illustration and photography. Originally from the UK, he has worked in the
fast-paced world of design in London as well as more recently in Ecuador and
British Columbia. Throughout his career Marten has worked with a broad range of
organisations, often for social, environmental or cultural ends. His portfolio
includes clients and projects such as: Vancouver City Hall; Vancouver Design
Nerds; The Civic Renewal Lab; The Wake Project; BC Place Stadium; Sport BC; The
Stanley Park Ecology Society, The Pembina Institute; The Pleasure Project, The
World Wildlife Fund; The Charles Darwin Foundation; and (the delicious) Earnest
Marten is inspired by what he experiences while running, swimming, hiking,
cycling and diving.
Vanessa Timmer, HostExecutive Director, One Earth
Vanessa is a Co-Founder and Executive Director of One Earth Initiative Society, a Vancouver-based nonprofit ‘think and do’ tank with the mission to transform production and consumption patterns locally, nationally and internationally to move towards sustainability. One Earth works with change makers and networks across sectors and scales in developing policy, bridging research and practice, and achieving consumption and production patterns that foster social justice and quality of life for all within the ecological carrying capacity of the planet.
In Timmer’s additional work with teaching and writing she weaves together sustainability with systems thinking, and believes that envisioning sustainable futures is a powerful draw for social change. She co-hosts the regional television show, The Sustainable Region, produced by Metro Vancouver.
Sarah Willie, Designer, Team 2 - Octopus SpectacularOperations Coordinator at Product Care Association
Sarah is currently learning everything necessary for the development and implementation of operational initiatives related to the management of the diverse array of product stewardship programs in BC. In the short month since starting with Product Care she has been introduced to the administrative burdens of responsible recycling of products at end of life when managed in a cradle-to-grave mindset. Balancing meeting the needs of the regulations, maintaining relationships with stewards and stakeholders, all while keeping costs at a minimum is the challenge ahead of her.
Sarah received her Bachelor of Science in Environmental Engineering in 2004 and has since seen firsthand where your wastewater goes, where your spilled hazardous materials go, and where your garbage ends up. Having worked in both rural and urban settings, for government, consulting and non-profit sectors, Sarah understands there is no one-size-fits-all solution to waste.
Sarah wants to save the world so she can continue to enjoy it while buying gear for hiking and skiing guilt free.