Building sustainable communities: growing the green economy

 growing the green economy. Whitehourse. September 17-19, 2015.

Date Location Tuition Economic Developers Association of Canada (EDAC) Point Value
September 17-19, 2015 Whitehorse, YT

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More and more, citizens are demanding sustainable economic development instead of growth at all costs. This seminar will show economic developers how to grow their communities with the environment and people in mind. Sessions will examine the green economy and green jobs at all scales, eco and cultural tourism, and green entrepreneurship.

This seminar is co-scheduled with the Economic Developers Association of Canada (EDAC) conference to help you get the most value out of your plane ticket to Whitehorse. Registration to the conference is not required at participate in this seminar.



Bryan Buggey

Director, strategic initiatives and sector development, Vancouver economic commission

Bryan BuggeyIn his role at the Vancouver economic commissioner, Bryan is guiding several initiatives with respect to Vancouver’s greenest city action plan and economic development strategy. These include seeding a large technology and social enterprise accelerator, developing a cleantech demonstration program leveraging municipal assets and infrastructure, and fostering an economic environment that supports innovation and growth in the green economy. In recent years, he has been pulled in to advise on a number of neighbourhood-scale planning and economic development initiatives including an inner city local area plan, a heritage neighbourhood revitalization project, and most recently, the development of the False Creek Flats green enterprise zone.

Bryan brings an exceptional understanding of the economic landscape in Vancouver, with particular expertise on Vancouver’s cleantech, IT, and social innovation sectors. Currently in the midst of landing pilot projects for Vancouver’s Cleantech demonstration program in the False Creek Flats, he brings a vision to the neighbourhood of how new technologies can foster sustainability-centred change.

Bryan is passionate about the transformation of the local economy leveraging innovative technologies, clean energy and sustainable urban design as important tools to achieve that goal.  He has an undergraduate degree in economics (regional economic development), a MBA in IT Strategy and is also a graduate of UBC’s summer institute for sustainability.

Lesley Cabott

Principal, Cabott Consulting, Whitehorse, YK

Lesley CabottLesley Cabott is a professional planner, project manager and engagement/communications specialist. She has over twenty-five years of experience working with communities, governments, first nations, businesses, utilities and non-government organizations planning and developing policies and strategies for sustainable futures. Lesley has developed and led community initiatives that have received national and international recognition and helped communities realize their vision. 

Lesley’s planning passion is to help empower communities and organizations to share knowledge and stories through innovative and meaningful processes to create sustainable, resilient and healthy communities. This passion has enabled her to become a sought after advisor, being called upon by the Government of Canada, the Federation of Canadian Municipalities, the Royal Town Planning Institute, the Canadian Institute of Planners, The Conference Board of Canada, the National Round Table on the Environment and the Economy, the Arctic Council, the Northern Research Institute, the Canadian Chamber of Commerce and other organizations for advice on northern issues, assessing community wellbeing and adaptive capacity. 

Shannon Clohosey

Sustainability coordinator, City of Whitehorse, YK

Shannon ClohoseyShannon Clohosey is the manager of environmental sustainability with the city of Whitehorse. In this role she works with all departments to integrate sustainability into city operations and facilitate the implementation of the city’s sustainability plan. In the six years she has held the position, Shannon has worked on projects related to energy efficiency, solar energy, active transportation, and sustainable purchasing. Much of her time recently is spent on the city’s solid waste action plan and increasing waste diversion.

Guillermo Cuevas

Research specialist, ECO Canada, Calgary, AB

Guillermo CuevasWith an MSc in mathematics and 10+ years of experience, Guillermo joined ECO Canada as a research specialist, focusing on analysing labour market information in the environmental sector. Labour market information at ECO Canada starts by creating and maintaining a definitional framework of what environmental work is and is not in Canada. Using the ECO framework, Guillermo conducts research that incorporates traditional techniques (collecting and analysing surveys and census data) and innovative techniques (job posting analyses) that both create current profiles of environmental workers and identify short and long term hiring trends.  

Joanne O’Connell

Director, research, ECO Canada, Calgary, AB

Joanne O'ConnellFor the past 20 years, ECO Canada has conducted formal research projects to quantify the size and extent of environmental employment in Canada. Recent years have brought both challenges and opportunities. New research methods are being developed which promise both reduced costs and enhanced applicability. The challenge is to ensure that the changes continue to provide valid data in a time frame which is usable to economic stakeholders.

Joanne is an experienced marketing and social professional, holding the CMRP (Certified Marketing Research Professional) from the Marketing and Research Intelligence Association of Canada. Her work practice has evolved from traditional marketing research work with advertising, public relations and government relations clients, to development of expertise in marketing metrics and analytics, to teaching of research and business information theory and practice at the university level. She is well-qualified to introduce, explain and expand on ECO LMI and its applications.

Paul Parker

Director, Economic Development Program (EcD), University of Waterloo

Paul ParkerPaul is the director of the economic development professional program and a professor. His research focuses on building sustainable communities by creating win-win opportunities for the environment and economy. Paul combines his research background with direct experience engaging local representatives from communities across Canada and overseas to envision and build local capacity, vitality and sustainability. 

Michael Pealow

Principal, Michael Pealow Business and Economic Development Consulting

Michael PealowMichael is a Whitehorse-based consultant who specializes in business and economic development for northern, remote, and First Nations businesses and communities. He enjoys tackling the unique economic development and business challenges that are faced in remote communities and finding creative and practical solutions that turn difficult challenges into tremendous opportunities.

Michael has earned the EcD designation and is a certified Professional Aboriginal Economic Developer (PAED). He has a bachelor of commerce from Carleton University.

John Streicker

City Councillor, City of Whitehorse, YK

John StreickerJohn is a professional engineer specializing in climate change impacts in the Canadian North with a focus on sustainability for northern communities.

He is also a lecturer on climate change at Yukon College and the science advisor on climate change for the Yukon Research Centre. He has made many presentations on energy security, arctic sovereignty and climate change in the North, including to the United Nations Environment Programme and Canadian Parliament. He writes for Encyclopedia Britannica on the arctic and on climate change.

John is based in Whitehorse where he is a City Councillor. He has sat as a council representative on the association of Yukon communities, person’s with disabilities advisory committee, finance committee, Yukon housing action plan implementation committee, as well as volunteering for the Yukon anti-poverty coalition.

Juvarya Veltkamp

Manager, green economy initiatives, Vancouver economic commission

Juvarya Veltkamp​Juvarya is a green economy practitioner, focused on progressive and sustainable approaches to economic development and business. With specific expertise in green buildings, clean technology and local food, Juvarya loves to create pragmatic solutions that address the triple bottom line of people, planet and profit.

Juvarya manages green economy initiatives for the city of Vancouver, where she creates economic development strategies and supports businesses and entrepreneurs. She works with the business sector to identify ways to grow the green economy, and her work includes development of a green enterprise zone, a greening businesses digital platform and measuring green jobs.

Juvarya holds an undergraduate honours degree in economics and sustainable development from the School of Oriental and African Studies (University of London, UK). She also holds a post graduate certificate in international business from Capilano University (North Vancouver, BC) and a masters of business administration from the University of British Columbia (Vancouver BC). She operates a small local food business, Holey Crumpets, and in her spare time she can be found practicing yoga, playing tennis, or enjoying local food and craft beer.


  EDAC members Non-EDAC members
Early Bird $720 $820
After August 17 $820 $920