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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

Wonders of the Salish Sea

Wonders of the Salish Sea

Wonders of the Salish Sea 2020 will be hosted by the Douglas Park Community Centre from April 6 to May 11 (no class Apr. 13). This program is a unique opportunity for all levels of learners to discover the wonders of the Salish Sea ecosystem with guidance from local...

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The Climate Crisis for the Ordinary Person

The Climate Crisis for the Ordinary Person

Introduction  At GTEC’s recent Town Hall I was surprised to meet several people who told me they were confused about the climate crisis. What is the situation exactly? Where do we stand? When I thought about the flood of information that we encounter everywhere we...

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Bandwidth, Urgency and Hot Networks

Bandwidth, Urgency and Hot Networks

“Not long ago, the Northwest Passage, the storied northern route from the Atlantic to the Pacific required an icebreaker to navigate it. During the summer of 2016, seventeen hundred people cruised through this passage aboard the Crystal Serenity, a diesel-powered...

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More Incentives for BC Drivers to Go Electric

More Incentives for BC Drivers to Go Electric

Written by Bill Stovin Are you thinking of buying an electric vehicle (EV)? Well, the province of British Columbia has just added a new incentive for higher-level charging stations at your house, condo/apartment building or workplace. It’s part of the BC Government’s...

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GTEC Goes Public

GTEC Goes Public

For the inaugural event in GTEC’s Neighbourhood Environmental Education program, people crowded into a room at Kitsilano Neighbourhood House on Wednesday night, October 2 to hear Sara Fralin from the Fraser Basin Council, Emotive program talk about electric vehicles....

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Climate Strike in Vancouver, BC

Climate Strike in Vancouver, BC

By Bill Stovin Former CBC Reporter It was about one o’clock on a bright, sunny afternoon. I wasn’t sure what to expect as my wife, Carola, and I set out for the Climate Strike in Vancouver. Our bus was clogged in traffic and was being redirected from its usual route...

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Autumn of Protest

Autumn of Protest

Autumn is in the air and the zeitgeist is unsettled. Greta has arrived in New York to talk to the United Nations. The Amazon rainforest is on fire. The Hong Kong young people take to the streets knowing they will face tear gas, rubber bullets and blue paint. They got...

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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 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.

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.




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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