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Rebuilding BC: A Portfolio of Possibilities

Rebuilding BC: A Portfolio of Possibilities is a major initiative of the Green Technology Education Centre and our Council for the Green New Economy. It provides a set of proposals to guide economic recovery in BC. Now is the time to create a just, sustainable and resilient society.

See reactions to Rebuilding BC: A Portfolio of Possibilities

Council For The Green New Economy

COVID-19 is a prelude to the havoc that could be wrought by the climate crisis should we continue to delay responding vigorously, including making some fundamental changes in economic policy and programs. As the ‘shock’ of COVID-19 wears off it is critical to assist governments and all stakeholders in re-imagining the economy. GTEC is adding its voice to those of many other individuals and organizations in this effort.

GTEC has formed the Council for the Green New Economy and tasked it with identifying the important lessons we are learning from COVID-19, developing recommendations for government and other key decision makers and strategically publicizing and presenting these recommendations.

See Rebuilding BC: A Portfolio of Possibilities which was released June 1, 2020.

Members of the Council for the Green New Economy

GTEC Facilitators – Arden Henley & Mary Kean
Research and Technical Support – Michelle Nguyen
Subject Matter Consultants:

  • Mason Loh, QC – Law, Property, Banking
  • Tom Culham, Ph.D. – Business Ethics
  • Ross Thrasher, MLS – Research
  • Linda Thyer, MD – Science, Health, Medicine
  • Coro Strandberg, MSW – Corporate Social Responsibility
  • Donovan Wollard, MBA – Sustainable Building Technology
  • Sara Fralin, MA – Electrified Transportation
  • Weidong Yu, Dr. TCM – Medicine, Science
  • Ted Sheldon, MPA – Sustainable Community Consultant
  • Dan Jason, BA – Heirloom Seeds and Organic Farming
  • Robert Brown – Founder, Catalyst Community Developments Society

See recent blogs from the Council For The Green New Economy.

Keep up to date as the Covid-19 crisis unfolds on this page of the GTEC blog.

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Environmental Assessment Software:

A collaborative project of GTEC and Lunge Inc. Environmental Assessment Software (EAS) provides individuals and communities with a means of assessing and improving their ecological footprint.

GTEC is…

A Model for Sustainable Urban Living and Healthy Community
in the Rapidly Changing World of the 21st Century

VISION: The Green Technology Education Centre is at the forefront of solutions to the social and environmental challenges of our time.

MISSION: GTEC informs, supports and activates communities in responding to the climate crisis.


ONE Design, develop and present public education materials about green technology.

TWO Promote the adoption of green technologies through community education.

THREECollaborate with organizations that have similar objectives such as community agencies, universities and government departments.

Latest Greatest GTEC Blogs

The Next 100 Days – Covid19

The Next 100 Days – Covid19

By Ross Thrasher The Institute for Health Metrics & Education at the University of Washington has just revised its COVID-19 mortality projections to December 1st ( For each country over the next 100 days, trend lines are...

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The Beast that Will Not Die – Covid19

The Beast that Will Not Die – Covid19

By Ross Thrasher On July 22 the Institute for Health Metrics & Education has once again updated its country-by-country COVID-19 mortality projections ( Unfortunately two of the current hot spots, India and South Africa, are not...

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America in Distress – Covid19

America in Distress – Covid19

By Ross Thrasher Like a cluster of wildfires, COVID-19 is raging across the sunbowl states of Florida, Texas and Arizona. Many other states have also experienced rising rates of infection as 11% of the nation has now been tested. Statistics indicate that more...

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Covid-19 on Canada Day 2020

Covid-19 on Canada Day 2020

By Ross Thrasher Happy Canada Day! The "true north strong and free" has not quite slain the COVID scourge yet. Outbreaks among migrant workers in the Windsor, Ontario area and residents of a Calgary condo building have bumped up Canada's daily case count in the past...

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Disproportionate COVID-19 Impacts

Disproportionate COVID-19 Impacts

By Ross Thrasher It's ironic that the affluent countries of Western Europe and North America have borne the brunt of the coronavirus pandemic so far. Generally speaking these nations are well endowed with stable governments, robust economic and health-care systems,...

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How does it feel to be without a home….

How does it feel to be without a home….

By Arden Henley The climate crisis will become a homelessness crisis. Both are generated by the same set of values and the same economic system. In a reprise on a much larger scale of the large groups of people in urban environments around the world who are homeless...

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Shapes of the Curve – Covid19

Shapes of the Curve – Covid19

By Ross Thrasher We tend to think of the coronavirus curve as a single symmetrical mountain shape.  However COVID-19 can often trace other paths. Bactrian camels are rare in Iran, but that country is revealing a double-hump pattern in its coronavirus infections. ...

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Quarterly Roundup – COVID19

Quarterly Roundup – COVID19

By Ross Thrasher I hope you have found my frequent musings on the pandemic informative and interesting. It has been a cathartic exercise for me to document the unfolding of this historic natural disaster, depressing as the numbers are. Feedback is always welcome --...

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Covid versus Flu – Covid19

Covid versus Flu – Covid19

By Ross Thrasher How does COVID-19 compare to influenza? The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) estimates that 12,000 to 61,000 American deaths annually since 2010 can be blamed on the flu. Last winter there were 34,200 flu-related deaths in the USA. Globally, the...

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The GTEC Board of Directors

Arden Henley

Chairman, Board of Directors

Arden Henley is former a Vice President of City University of Seattle and Principal of Canadian Programs. Arden has a BA from McMaster, an MA from Duquesne in Pittsburgh and a Doctorate in Education Leadership from SFU.

Well known for his innovative leadership style and thought-provoking presentations, Arden has practiced Organizational Development and Family Therapy for over 35 years and consulted broadly with community and government agencies. His recently published book entitled "Social Architecture: Notes & Essays" summarizes his experience as both a Therapist and Organization Development Consultant.

Terry Stone

VP, Board of Directors

An enthusiastic professional with 20 years experience in Business Management and Marketing, Terry is passionate about leaving the planet in better shape than when he got here. As an avid hiker, he loves the saying “leave only footprints and take only pictures”.

He has enjoyed working in life safety, green-building, alternative energy, and sustainability. Still searching for the way he can make the largest impact, he offers GTEC — critical thinking, problem-solving and strategic planning.

Stephanie Yu

Board of Directors

Stephanie Yu is an author, podcaster, and social media wellness blogger who is passionate about authenticity and self-love.

But her love for Mother Earth and this universe which has been her greatest teacher is what drew her towards GTEC, and she is so excited to be a part of this revolutionary project.

Norman Sam

Secretary, Board of Directors

Formally educated at BCIT and UBC in Management and Finance, Norman’s careers and businesses continue to span the spectrum from fitness and corporate wellness, to real estate development and technology start-up. Complementing these activities, Norman has also volunteered extensively with various non-profit and community service organizations. The common narrative among this diverse range of activities is a passion and desire to make his community and the world a better place. Norman currently lives in Vancouver with his wife Kristal.

Mary Charleson

Board of Directors

Mary Charleson is a Marketing Speaker, Educator, and Strategist. She is the author of Blog and weekly newsletter, featuring marketing tips for the time starved entrepreneur. Mary has two books: "Word of Mouth Mouse & Mobile" (2013) and "Five-Minute Marketing" (2010). She is a member of the Canadian Association of Professional Speakers and the Global Speakers Federation. Mary delivers keynotes and presentations for private companies, associations, and conferences.

Gerry Zipursky

Board of Directors

Gerry’s extensive career in Community Development and Community Leadership includes many years in the Neighborhood House movement in Vancouver working at Gordon Neighborhood House, Mount Pleasant Neighborhood House, as well as being the founding Executive Director of South Vancouver Neighborhood House. He was the Executive Director of the Jewish Community Centre of Greater Vancouver for 22 years. Gerry has also been a consultant to a wide range of community organizations and Boards.

Tom Heatherington MSW

Board of Directors

Tom recently retired from a forty-year career as a counsellor and Director in community and social services.

He was a sessional instructor at the University of the Fraser Valley and The Justice Institute of BC.

Tom is an e-bike enthusiast and has a keen interest in urban agriculture. He conducted self-directed study on Cuban urban horticulture and helped to establish community gardens in the Tri-cities.




Mary Kean

Board of Directors

Mary Kean recently retired from practicing couple and family counseling in Vancouver. Mary was also on the faculty of City U Canada since the beginning of the Masters of Counseling Program which she assisted in founding. She has taught in public schools, universities and colleges and other venues.

A Committee Chairman and member of the AMSSA Board of Directors, Mary also served on the Boards of Peak House and the Vancouver Electric Vehicle Association (VEVA) as Vice President.


Neal Mutadi

Board of Directors

Dr. Neal Mutadi is the president of NCEA, an organization dedicated to quality education. He served as director of Canadian programs with City University and as a sessional instructor at UBC. He also served as principal, director of education & deputy superintendent of schools in Abbotsford, British Columbia.

Neal has a doctorate from Brigham Young University (Utah), and has published articles in leading educational magazines in the United States & Canada.He worked his whole life with community groups including the chamber of commerce, rotary international & the heart & stroke foundation.




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