Welcome to GTEC


GTEC is…

A Template 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 provides community based education about sustainable technologies.


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

TWO Promote the adoption of green technologies through community education.

THREE Collaborate with like minded organizations that have similar objectives such as community agencies, universities and government departments.


Neighbourhood Environmental Education Projects (NEEPs):

NEEPs respond to the critical need to:

Hasten the adoption of green technologies in the face of the urgent need to reduce carbon emissions

Make information about green technologies more widely accessible and understandable

Restore the presence of neighbourhood based community in a rapidly growing and densifying city

The current climate crisis requires a transformation of society on a unprecedented scale in order to preserve the sustainability of the planet and the integrity of its many and various societies. The window for change is rapidly closing and increasingly, governments at all levels agree that global warming has reached a crisis level. A timely response to this issue at all levels of society from individuals and their communities to government is required.

Thanks to Kitsilano Neighbourhood House staff for their help in developing the Neighbourhood Environmental Education Program and providing space free of charge.

Thanks to the Vancouver Foundation for its support of the Neighbourhood Environmental Education Project.

Enjoy becoming better informed and connect to members of your community.


Date/TimeGTEC Neighbourhood Environmental Education Project at Kitsilano Neighbourhood House
Oct 2
7-9 pm
Emotive BC
Catch up with the wonderful world of electric vehicles, one of the most powerful ways to reduce carbon emissions. Learn about the province’s Clean Energy Vehicle program, how to find charging stations and what the future of EVs will look like.
See our blog post and photos.
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Oct 16
7-9 pm
Environmental Youth Alliance
Find out about EYA’s current exciting programs and how you can empower marginalized youth. The Environmental Youth Alliance is a non-profit charity that cultivates transformative nature experiencesfor children and youth in urban environments to foster community connectedness, build ecological leadership skills, and enhance their well-being. Visit their website at www.eya.ca.
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Oct 23
7-9 pm
Saltspring Island Seeds
Meet Dan Jason from Saltspring Island Seeds. Dan will share his exciting work in saving heirloom seeds and exporting seeds worldwide. Find out what kinds of plants take up the most carbon emissions. This is Dan’s 32nd year of promoting a safe, sustainable and local agriculture.
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Oct 30
7-9 pm
HUB Cycling
HUB Cycling is a non-profit organization that has spent the last 21 years removing barriers to cycling in Metro Vancouver. Advocate and board representative, Jeff Leigh and will tell the story of the many ways HUB Cycling is working to make cycling better through education, action and events. Learn also about HUB events that are designed for you to participate in, and how our local cycling network is being improved for comfort and safety.
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Nov 6
7-9 pm
NADA Store
NADA’s goal is to empower shoppers (like you!) to decrease food waste and unnecessary packaging, making your food experience more enjoyable and less wasteful. Learn how the NADA store makes it easy to shop and buy as little or as much as you need with zero packaging. Zero plastic!
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Nov 13
7-9 pm
Society Promoting Environmental Conservation (SPEC)
From SPEC Board Member, local waste management and behaviour change consultant, Daniel Rotman. Is your ‘Monkey Brain’ getting in the way of your new diet, or attempts to reduce plastics? If the answer is yes! come find out why, and learn more about your habits, brain(s), and behaviour change. Hack into your ‘Monkey Brain’ and learn how to be the change you want to see in the world.
Nov 18
7-9 pm

Crisis and Hope Town Hall
With Environmental Activist, Tom Heatherington, GTEC Board Chair, Arden Henley, as well as Special Guests Ruth Walmsley, Fred Bass, and Emilie Teresa Smith. Let us know your thoughts and feelings about the climate crisis.
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Nov 20
7-9 pm
Salish Sea Eco-retreats
Rediscover the wilderness. Scott and his Salish Sea Eco-retreats partner, Tara Souch offer annual eco-retreats for wilderness guides and interested professionals. He is the author of four books of poetry and has, in the past, edited two poetry magazines, “Raven” and “Circular Causation”. A retired member of the B.C. Teacher’s Federation, Scott has taught at all levels of public education from grade two to post-Secondary.
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Nov 27
7-9 pm
Sustainability and Ethics
Hear how a red-necked Alberta boy became a leading expert on sustainability collaborating with like-minded folk on evolving capitalism to the next level. Dr. Mark Pezarro is a natural capitalist, sustainability professor & yoga teacher. Mark will tell his story and introduce City University of Canada’s exciting BA in Management (BAM).
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Publication of the GTEC Reader:

The GTEC Reader is published online every two months as a free access publication providing the community with a forum for information, dialogue and reflections about environmental issues. Volume 1, Issue 1 became available on September 2, 2019.

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.

Latest & Greatest GTEC Blogs

New Climate Change Report Should Be a Wakeup Call

New Climate Change Report Should Be a Wakeup Call

Canada is warming at twice the global rate, while right-wing politicians attack the carbon tax. What do Ebola and climate change have in common? A large number of the people at risk don’t even believe they’re real. And even a new federal government report warning that...

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EVs are key to Canada’s auto industry

EVs are key to Canada’s auto industry

A new report on Canada’s auto industry suggests its survival will be dependant on government backing for electric vehicles and driverless cars. Support is necessary to ensure Canada can be part of the ongoing global shift to EVs. The report finds that while Canada has...

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Canadians want EVs, & they might get them

Canadians want EVs, & they might get them

It’s official: gas-guzzlers are out and electric cars are in—at least if Canadians get their way. Long gone are the days when EVs were loved only by wonky environmentalists (although those wonks might enjoy the upcoming EMC trade show). According to a new poll from...

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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.

Brock Johnson LLB

Treasurer, Board of Directors

Brock Johnston is a commercial lawyer and partner at Clark Wilson LLP. With over 30 years of experience practicing law, Brock anticipates issues, identifies opportunities and develops effective solutions that support his clients’ objectives.  These are skills which Brock hopes to bring to bear on behalf of GTEC.

Brock has been "Expert-Ranked" in Infrastructure and Property Leasing and is "Best Lawyers Ranked" for Commercial Real Estate.

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 fiveminutemarketing.com 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 Zipursky is the former and founding Executive Director of the new Gibson's Public Market and of the Marine Education Centre located at the Market. He is also the former Director of Canadian Business Operations at City University of Canada.

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.

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.


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.




Sapna Dayal

Board of Directors

Sapna is a CA, CPA with over 20 years of financial and business leadership experience in both the for-profit and non-profit sectors. As Executive Director of imagine1day, Sapna devoted eight years of her career, from 2007-2015, to designing and leading the non-profit which provides access to quality education to children throughout Ethiopia.

Prior to that, she worked for 12 years with KPMG LLP across practice areas including assurance, corporate finance and international taxation, in Canada and Brazil. Currently, Sapna dedicates her time to Brass Token, a new mixed-media game developer she recently co-founded.

Green Technology Education Centre
c/o Kitsilano Neighbourhood House
2305 West 7th Ave
Vancouver, BC V6K 1Y4