- Sustainable Development Technology Canada (SDTC) is looking for the next wave of innovative cleantech entrepreneurs.
- The Alberta Biodiversity Monitoring Institute has completed a report for that examines the impact climate change is likely to have on Alberta's ecosystems. Alberta's boreal forest may transition to aspen forest and grasslands as a result of changing climate conditions.
- The Climate Bonds Initiative has issued proposed eligibility criteria for solar assets under the Climate Bond Standard and Certification Scheme.
- Climate change combined with rapid population increases, economic growth and land subsidence could lead to a more than 9-fold increase in the global risk of floods in large port cities between now and 2050
- The sun is finally rising on the global solar business, with growing demand in developing regions helping to ignite the first increase in industry wide capital spending in three years in 2014
Vice President of Business Sustainability & Community, Mountain Equipment Co-op, Canada
Esther leads MEC's sustainable business strategy to create business value and maximize MEC's impact in doing less harm and more good, internally and externally. She is a strategist, enabler, and integrator of change and innovation. Specifically, she is accountable for overarching policy and strategy, internal and external outreach regarding key business sustainability issues, MEC's multi-million dollar outdoor community investment program, internal implementation support across operations and supply chain, and accountability and reporting. Esther brings over ten years of experience to MEC and the outdoor industry. She's active in her community, participating in various issues locally and beyond. She is also active outdoors, and loves the sports MEC supports - from trail running to snowboarding to road riding. Originally from Switzerland and Ontario, she moved to Vancouver 12 years ago and has been enjoying the west coast since.
Building bridges between what is and what could be defines her interest and experience. Previous to 5 years at MEC, she had her own consultancy to support organizations such as Fairmont Hotels, Whistler, and Vancity, on strategy and change implementation. She also participated with non-profit organizations like the Natural Step Canada, is a founding director of the Whistler Center for Sustainability, and participates on boards including Bridgehead Coffee. Esther has an MBA and a Masters of Resource and Environmental Management from Simon Fraser University.