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To honour the contenders in their second annual Women of the Year competition, BC Business created video interviews with finalists in eight categories.
For this instalment, they talked to Nonprofit Leader winner Jennifer Johnstone and runner-up Candice Appleby.
Johnstone took over as president and CEO of the Central City Foundation in 2006, and has spent the majority of that time building relationships and communities in Vancouver's inner-city.
"We do a lot of work in mobilizing others who really are necessary for the success of these community-led solutions," Johnstone says. "Leadership for change that will have real impact must really come from those most directly affected, but all of us have a role to play in supporting those community-led solutions."
As the executive director of the Small Scale Food Processors Association, Appleby presides over one of Canada’s top support organizations for small and medium-sized food processors.
"Listening is the key to addressing issues," Appleby says. "A colleague of mine says, Candice, you're an opportunity junkie, you see opportunities everywhere. I think part of being a leader is being willing to go past the fear. To say things and suggest ideas that may not always resonate with everyone, and be prepared to face that. And admit when something is just not quite right."
The provincial and federal governments will match donations made to the Red Cross for people affected by wildfires, the public safety ministry announced Sunday (July 11).
The Red Cross started accepting donations specifically for the B.C. wildfires after the Lytton blaze destroyed most of the village and sent residents fleeing to shelters and to stay with loved ones.
The matching equates to every $1 donated becoming $3, as the province and the feds will each match the initial donation up to $20 million.
“This past year, the COVID-19 pandemic has shown us what we can do when we work together, and this is another chance for us to do that,” said Public Safety Minister Mike Farnworth. “The Province continues to support evacuees through Emergency Support Services. By matching Red Cross contributions, donations will go even further to aid community recovery and the Red Cross’ critical work on the ground.”
The government warned that the weather, already hot and dry, is expected to stay so for the “foreseeable future/”
In order to be matched, donations need to be made directly to the British Columbia Fires Appeal. They can be made at the Red Cross’ website or in person at BC Liquor Stores and BC Cannabis Stores.
“This is an incredibly challenging time for individuals and families facing tremendous loss in the Lytton area, as well as communities across the province that are facing the possibility of devastating wildfire impacts this summer,” said Pat Quealey, vice-president, B.C. and Yukon, Canadian Red Cross. “The B.C. government’s announcement to match donations is very welcome news.”
BC Business - If B.C. has been through the wringer, you’d almost never know it from looking at our eighth annual 30 Under 30 list. Many of the winners found ways to grow their businesses during a world-changing pandemic. For some, that meant the proverbial pivot; for others, it was time to double down on a COVID-friendly product or service.
With multiple co-founders from several organizations making the list, we’re honouring 37 people this year. The winners, who represent industries as disparate as finance, esports, cannabis and fine art, hail from diverse backgrounds, too. Several are immigrants, while others have overcome learning disabilities that would thwart someone less determined. We know you’ll find their stories inspiring—and remember, this talented group is just getting started.
Because it was originally scheduled for earlier publication, this tribute to B.C.’s brightest young business talents might include the odd overachiever who has reached a ripe old 3-0 by now. Either way, the winners have accomplished more than anyone has a right to at their age. Congratulations to all.
Every year since 2002, Corporate Knights has evaluated Canadian companies with annual revenue of over $1 billion on a set of 24 environmental, social and governance key performance indicators.
The Best 50 Corporate Citizens set the standard for sustainability leadership in Canada. The leaderboard includes these BC companies: Vancity, BC Hydro and Power Authority, Teck Resources, and Paper Excellence.
With the support of the British Columbia Provincial Court and the Ministry of Attorney General, the Access Pro Bono Society of B.C. (APB) is launching Canada’s first pro bono virtual family mediation project.
Access Pro Bono is a provincial non-profit organization that provides free legal services to people and non-profit organizations of limited means. APB engages approximately 1,500 volunteer lawyers and some law students and paralegals to provide free legal help to those in need. Their foundational service is typically a free half hour, in-person legal advice session, servicing up to 55 cities and towns in British Columbia.
With its virtual sessions reaching more people, APB partnered with Qase—a Vancouver-based legal services startup—to launch the Virtual Family Mediation Project, which is a free online mediation service for low- and modest-income families engaged in the Provincial Court’s Early Resolution Process.
“We know that having to go to court to resolve family law issues, such as child support or parenting time, can have a significant negative impact on families,” said attorney general David Eby in a release.
“By taking those issues out of the courtroom where possible, this project will lead to better outcomes for families, reducing stress and helping them deal with matters more quickly and efficiently. It is another great example of how technology can improve access to justice and deliver a system that better supports the needs of British Columbians, wherever they are in the province.”
Each party gets free independent legal advice from a certified lawyer, to advise them on their rights and strategy leading into the mediation process.
They both get a free mediation session which can last several hours, followed by a meeting with a lawyer to help draft an agreement, hopefully avoiding costly legal fees and the emotional tole of appearing in court. The lawyers are registered on a voluntary basis and are all licensed professionals.
Technologically speaking, we’ve never been in better spirits. Just ask the BC Tech Association, which has announced the finalists for its 2021 Technology Impact Awards.
The province’s largest and longest-running tech awards saw a record 44 finalists across 11 categories.
Inspiration from resilience and community is the theme of the 2021 TIAs, which acknowledge what local technology companies have done to confront the pandemic.
“Throughout the COVID-19 crisis, the province’s tech sector pulled together to support our communities, help small business to adopt technology, provide reskilling programs and put workers displaced by COVID into new jobs in the tech sector,” said BC Tech president and CEO Jill Tipping.
In categories ranging from excellence in technology innovation to anchor company of the year, the finalists include an outfit that uses cosmic rays to help locate mineral deposits, a specialist in virtual reality training for surgeons and a leader in ultraviolet-light disinfection. Five of them—AbCellera Biologics, Clio, Dapper Labs, GeoComply Solutions and Thinkific Labs—recently reached a valuation of at least $1 billion.
“We’ve seen seven unicorns emerge in B.C. so far this year, we are announcing 44 inspiring Technology Impact Awards finalists, and there are many more tech companies with that potential in the pipeline,” Tipping said. “We just need to support them to grow and scale in the coming years. That’s why BC Tech is advocating for federal and provincial investment in the ScaleUP BC Partnership platform to support the scale-up of 800 companies across B.C.”
On May 30th people from coast-to-coast united virtually in support of the 2021 IG Wealth Management Walk for Alzheimer's, the nation's largest fundraiser in support of the more than half a million Canadians living with dementia.
For the second year in a row, participants walked their own way in more than 300 communities across the country – hiking, running, cycling, doing yoga, and of course, walking. They got active and displayed tremendous creativity while raising funds to support life-changing programs offered through the Alzheimer Society. Programs such as counselling, respite care, education and support groups make all the difference in the way people living with dementia and caregivers navigate the complexities of the disease.
This year, more than 9000 people participated in the Walk in large cities and small rural areas across Canada, while thousands joined an online celebration that featured the personal stories of Walk participants coast to coast.
"We know that the pandemic has increased the sense of isolation and stress for people living with dementia and as well as for their caregivers," said Ronan Ryan, CEO, Alzheimer Society of Canada. "They need our support now more than ever. We are so grateful to the people who came together in record numbers, walking for their mothers, fathers, grandparents, and other loved ones. The donations raised through the IG Wealth Management Walk for Alzheimer's will allow the Alzheimer Society to continue to provide crucial support for people, throughout their journey with dementia."
"It's inspiring to see so many Canadians rally together to support those affected by dementia during this uniquely challenging time," said Damon Murchison, President and CEO of IG Wealth Management. "I'm especially proud that all of our IG offices from coast-to-coast participated in this year's Walk. As an organization, IG is committed to making a difference in the lives of Canadians with dementia and we are thrilled to support the Alzheimer Society as they continue to work tirelessly to meet the growing demand for their services."
There is still time to give. Visit www.walkforalzheimers.ca to donate and you'll make a positive difference in the lives of people living with dementia and their families.
The BC Achievement Foundation recently announced this year’s recipients of the BC Achievement Community Award, marking the 18th offering of the program.
“This year’s Community Awardees are, without exception, remarkable British Columbians who have strengthened their communities during challenging times,” said Premier John Horgan. “As a result of their commitments to causes beyond themselves, they have ensured that BC is a better province for all of us.”
“It is a particular honour this year to recognize these twenty-five outstanding British Columbians,” added Giardini. “This year’s recipients exemplify the spirit of the Community Award. Celebrating their achievements honours the very best of our province and inspires us all to public service and excellence.”
The recipients of the 2021 Community Award are:
Amber Anderson C.C.C., Vancouver Harbhajan Singh Athwal, New Westminster Ann Blaauw, Langley Doug Chinnery, Hornby Island James Robert (Bob) Coates, Victoria Kal Dosanjh, Surrey Norah Flaherty, Vancouver Dr. Balbir Gurm, Surrey Yúya’ainux̌v Anita Hall, Bella Bella John & Joyce Henderson, Salmon Arm Teresa Kazemir, Port Coquitlam Zeba Khan, Vancouver Angelika & Peter Langen, Smithers Dr. Christine Loock, North Vancouver Lil Mack, Williams Lake Pulchérie Nketsap Mboussi, Victoria Jack McGee, West Vancouver Elaine Monds, Victoria Marcia Nozick, Vancouver Nirmal Parmar, Terrace Dr. Jane Jae Kyung Shin, Port Coquitlam Lurana Kikuko Tasaka, Vancouver Rosemary Thomson, Kelowna Linda Williams, Sechelt Cheryl Young, Aldergrove
What were you doing at 14 years old? Coming up with alternatives for spinal discs like Keanu Chan from Cranbrook? Some brilliant 12-19 year olds have brought forward innovative ideas like these as part of the Science Fair Foundation BC's 2021 Youth Innovation Showcase.
The Youth Innovation Showcase exists to help youth refine their innovative ideas and showcase their solutions to industry, academia and investors. Youth between the ages of 12 and 24 from all areas of BC and the Yukon are invited to take part in monthly virtual mentorship workshops, founder talks and site tours.
The Showcase brings together experts from different innovative industries. Over the course of the year, youth can refine their ideas, products and pitches and submit them as a part of the 2021 Youth Innovation Showcase for a chance to win one of three $5,000 awards!