Webcast sponsored by the Irving K. Barber Learning Centre and hosted by alumni UBC. Around the world, popular app- and web-based services such as Uber and AirBnB have disrupted traditional business models and sparked explosive growth in the sharing economy. Consumers have embraced these services for their convenience and cost savings, but as they enter highly regulated industries, they face friction from both traditional operators and hesitant governments who raise legal and safety-related concerns. In some jurisdictions, legislators have responded to their constituents by making regulatory changes allowing these types of companies to legally operate.  Vancouverites, however, have seen nothing but delayed decisions and increased regulations that make it difficult – if not impossible – for these services to exist.

Hear from UBC and community experts, from Mobi, Car2Go and the City of Vancouver, as they examine the pros, cons, and unanswered questions about the state of the sharing economy in Vancouver.

This event took place November 28, 2016, in Vancouver, BC.


Gloria Macarenko – CBC News Host (B.C. AlmanacOur Vancouver; CBC Radio One’s The Story from Here)


David Holzer – Regional Director, Car2Go, North America

Mia Kohout – General Manager, Vancouver Bike Share Inc, better known as Mobi; Co-Owner & Editor-in-Chief, Momentum Magazine Ltd

Geoff Meggs – Vancouver City Councillor

Marc-David Seidel – Associate Professor and Director of the Maurice Young Entrepreneurship and Venture Capital Centre at the UBC Sauder School of Business.

Panelist Biographies

Gloria Macarenko

Long time CBC News host Gloria Macarenko takes the host seat on B.C. Almanac connecting British Columbians through conversation. She also hosts The Story from Here, a national Radio One show that brings Canadians the most lively and intriguing interviews from across the country.  Gloria is also on CBC Television, hosting Our Vancouver, a current affairs television show.

Previously, Macarenko hosted the award-winning newscast CBC News Vancouver at 5 & 6. She has twice been nominated for the Gemini Awards in the category of “Best News Anchor” in Canada.

Gloria Macarenko herself is an award-winning journalist and senior leader on the news team. In her many years with CBC, she has been awarded a Jack Webster Award for “Best News Reporting”, multiple RTNDA Awards and a Leo award for “Best Anchor in a News Program” with former co-host Ian Hanomansing. Gloria has guest hosted on The National and CBC News Now. From her extensive coverage of the Sochi Olympics, as much a news story as a sports story considering the numerous human rights issues that dominated the Games, to profound interviews with local families affected by the Right-to-Die legal challenge, and families who looked to the courts for justice after losing loved ones to a drunk-driving accident, Macarenko has the ability to touch the heart of audiences no matter how challenging the story.

Macarenko’s relationship with British Columbia goes far beyond the newsroom. You can see her volunteering and hosting for organizations such as Arts Umbrella, Dr. Peter Centre, RCH Hospital Foundation, BC Cancer Foundation, the Gordon Smith Foundation, Cystic Fibrosis Canada, the Prince Rupert Foundation and the International Women’s Forum.

Born and raised in Prince Rupert, her travels take her around B.C. When not in the host chair, or on the road, she can be found enjoying a good book or sampling the spectacular culinary adventures Vancouver is known for.

David Holzer

David Holzer is Regional Director for car2go North America where he is responsible for operations, future business development, and government relations in the Western region. In this role he oversees some of car2go’s largest locations – Vancouver, Calgary, Portland, and Seattle – assuring the smooth operation of a combined fleet of more than 2,500 car2go vehicles used by more than 345,000 members. Prior to joining car2go in 2011, David spent four years with the Vancouver Organizing Committee for the 2010 Olympic and Paralympic Winter Games as the Fleet Manager for the 4,600 games vehicles. A born and raised Vancouverite, he is as passionate about golf as he is about getting people interested in the benefits of the sharing economy…especially his two children.



Mia Kohout

Mia Kohout is the General Manager of Vancouver Bike Share Inc, better known as Mobi, Vancouver’s new public bike sharing program.  Mia is thrilled that Vancouverites finally have access to a bike sharing program and is excited to see how Mobi has already changed the way that people live, work and play in the city.  Mia believes that bike share is a catalyst for community change and a great way to get more people riding bikes.

Mia is currently also the co-owner & Editor-in-Chief of Momentum Mag and the founder of Bike to Work Week in Metro Vancouver. She has spent the last decade promoting everyday bicycling in Vancouver and North America. She has a passion for inspiring change in people and cities and loves working towards a happier, healthier and more sustainable future. Mia graduated from UBC in 2003 with a Bachelor of Arts degree.

Geoff Meggs

Councillor Geoff Meggs was first elected to Vancouver City Council in 2008, and re-elected in 2011 and 2014. He is committed to working for a city in which eliminating homelessness, creating affordable housing, and expanding quality public transit are priorities, and believes that if you work in Vancouver, you should be able to live in Vancouver.

An award-winning journalist and author, Councillor Meggs’ career has combined senior leadership positions in government and the labour movement. As a journalist, he was the first to sound the alarm about the threat of salmon farming to wild salmon stocks and later exposed waste and mismanagement in the health care system.

He served as director of communications in the Office of the Premier under Premier Glen Clark, and later served as director of communications and executive director of the BC Federation of Labour. As executive assistant to Mayor Larry Campbell, Councillor Meggs worked on Vancouver’s 2010 Olympic and Paralympic Winter Games bid; the fight to win major new investments in buses and rapid transit; the creation of Vancouver’s supervised injection site; and many other community issues. After leaving the BC Federation of Labour in 2008, he has provided strategic communications services to a range of clients through his own firm, Tideline Communications. He has served on the boards of the Georgia Strait Alliance, the False Creek South Neighbourhood Association, his strata council, and several daycares.

Born in Ontario and raised in Toronto and Ottawa, he has been a resident of Vancouver since 1976. He lived in the Fairview and Strathcona neighbourhoods before settling in False Creek, where he currently resides with his family.

Marc-David Seidel

Marc-David L. Seidel, director of the W. Maurice Young Centre for Entrepreneurship and Venture Capital Research, holds the Professorship in Innovation and is an Associate Professor of Organizational Behaviour and Human Resources (OBHR) at the Sauder School of Business. He is an Associate Editor of Administrative Science Quarterly, Division Chair-Elect of the Academy of Management Organization and Management Theory Division, and former Division Chair of the Organizational Theory Division of the Administrative Sciences Association of Canada.

His current research interests include innovation, entrepreneurship, social networks, and life course models. He received his B.A. in Economics with a concentration in Law & Society at Cornell University; his M.B.A. at the Johnson Graduate School of Management, Cornell University; and his M.S. and Ph.D. in Organizational Behavior and Industrial Relations at the Haas School of Business, University of California at Berkeley.

Select Articles and Books Available at UBC Library

Greenwald, J. (2016). GLOBAL BUSINESS EXPANSION REVEALS A WORLD OF DIFFERENCE IN AUTO COVERAGE. Business Insurance, 50(8), 22-n/a. [Link]

Guza, M. T. (2016). Transitioning the traditional business model for television: Personal data sharing by streaming video mobile apps (Order No. 10123994). Available from ProQuest Dissertations & Theses Global. (1807434701). [Link]

Viola, R., & Roodt, S. (01/01/2013). Business innovation, development, and advancement in the digital economy: Web 2.0: How this is shaping and changing the traditional business model Business Science Reference. [Link]

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Change or start over? The challenge of transforming large institutions.

All broadcasters are adapting to revolutionary changes to their business; from the content they provide, to the way Canadians use their services. But how do you transform your organization when you are an iconic public institution, one as revered and sometimes maligned as Canada’s public broadcaster? Join Hubert T. Lacroix, President and CEO of CBC/Radio-Canada as he talks about the challenges and opportunities of change at Canada’s largest cultural institution, and what the Government’s reinvestment in public broadcasting will mean for Canadians.

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This event took place May 24, 2016, in Vancouver, BC.


Valerie Casselton, BA’77 – Managing Editor, The Vancouver Sun and The Province


Hubert LacroixHubert T. Lacroix

Hubert T. Lacroix was appointed President and CEO of CBC/Radio-Canada on November 5, 2007, for a five-year term and reappointed until December 31, 2017.

As President and CEO, Mr. Lacroix is responsible for overseeing the management of CBC/Radio-Canada in order to ensure that Canada’s national public broadcaster can deliver on the various aspects of its mandate and continue to offer Canadians a broad spectrum of high quality programming that informs, enlightens and entertains, and that is created by, for and about Canadians.

Before joining CBC/Radio-Canada, Mr. Lacroix was a special counsel in the law firm Stikeman Elliott. Before that, he acted as Executive Chairman of Telemedia Corporation, and was a senior partner at McCarthy Tétrault for nearly 20 years. He also sat on the boards of directors for several major corporations and non-profit organizations.

Valerie Casselton, BA’77

Valerie CasseltonValerie Casselton is the Managing Editor of The Vancouver Sun and The Province, publishing with a combined newsroom of more than 140 journalists and staff. She is responsible for news gathering, projects and strategic initiatives that promote audience engagement over all publication platforms.

As a senior editor, she works with the management team to achieve the news gathering, readership and financial goals of the paper as it presses its competitive position as a national leader in multi-platform publication.

As two of the largest publications in Postmedia’s national network, and operating the largest newsroom in Western Canada, The Vancouver Sun and Province together reach more than 1.4 million readers every week on all platforms — mobile, tablet, desktop and in-paper.

Valerie has been a newspaper manager for 20 years and has worked at four major Canadian dailies and three television networks in both eastern and western Canada. Earlier in her career she was a reporter, editorial writer and columnist.

Valerie has served on the alumni UBC board of directors since 2013, chairs the Alumni Achievement Awards committee, serves on the TREK advisory committee and has been a UBC mentor for 15 years.

She has served as a member or chair of the boards of the Langara College Journalism School, the Centre for Investigative Journalism (now CAJ), The American Association of Sunday and Features Editors, The Pacific Paper Industry Credit Union (now VanCity), the Vancouver Biennale, and a range of community associations.

A UBC graduate with a BA(Hons) in English, Valerie also holds a degree in Journalism form Carleton University, and a CHRP designation.

Select Books and Articles Available at UBC Library

Canadian Public Policy Collection, & Standing Committee on Canadian Heritage. (2008). CBC/Radio-canada: Defining distinctiveness in the changing media landscape Canada. Parliament. House of Commons.

Champagne, A., Tardif, C., Canada. Parliament.Senate.Standing Committee on Official Languages, & Canadian Government EBook Collection. (2014). CBC/Radio-canada’s language obligations: Communities want to see themselves and be heard coast to coast! : Report of the standing senate committee on official languages. Ottawa, Ontario: Standing Senate Committee on Official Languages.

Ménard, M., & desLibris – Documents. (2013). CBC/Radio-canada: Overview and key issues Parliamentary Information and Research Service. [Link]

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Arts, Media & Entertainment Industries

Great things happen when our brightest minds have the freedom to explore. When we pursue our unique interests, the resulting collective capacity for innovation is limitless. The issues of the future will require these creative solutions as the need to build connections between people, nations and disciplines has never been greater.

On May 28th, UBC closed out the Centennial year with some great minds providing perspectives on topics of the future.

The topic of ‘human-robot interaction’ will still be a hot one in 100 years. The tools may change but the problems, such as “How do people and robots get along?” will remain the same. Questions surrounding what robots should do; and how we can share, operate safely, communicate, take turns, teach robots, and generally get along together will continue to be problems requiring solutions. The efforts we make to establish the ‘rules of engagement’ now will certainly be foundational to our future relationships.

Elizabeth Croft was featured in the video “A Robot in Every Home” in the February 2015 online issue of Trek Magazine.


Moderated by Marc Parlange – Dean and Professor, UBC’s Faculty of Applied Science

Select Articles and Books Available at UBC Library

Bartneck, C., Kulić, D., Croft, E., & Zoghbi, S. (2009). Measurement instruments for the anthropomorphism, animacy, likeability, perceived intelligence, and perceived safety of robots. International Journal of Social Robotics, 1(1), 71-81. doi:10.1007/s12369-008-0001-3 [Link]

Kulić, D., & Croft, E. (2007). Pre-collision safety strategies for human-robot interaction. Autonomous Robots, 22(2), 149-164. doi:10.1007/s10514-006-9009-4 [Link]

Luu, B. L., Inglis, J. T., Huryn, T. P., Van der Loos, H. F. Machiel, Croft, E. A., & Blouin, J. (2012). Human Standing is Modified by an Unconscious Integration of Congruent Sensory and Motor Signals: Vestibular-Motor Pathways in Standing. The Journal of Physiology, 590(22), 5783-5794. doi:10.1113/jphysiol.2012.230334 [Link]

Sheikholeslami, S., Moon, A., & Croft, E. A. (2015). Exploring the Effect of Robot Hand Configurations in Directional Gestures for Human-Robot Interaction. Paper presented at the 3594-3599. doi:10.1109/IROS.2015.7353879 [Link]

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Mechanical Engineering

Great things happen when our brightest minds have the freedom to explore. When we pursue our unique interests, the resulting collective capacity for innovation is limitless. The issues of the future will require these creative solutions as the need to build connections between people, nations and disciplines has never been greater.

On May 28th, UBC closed out the Centennial year with some great minds providing perspectives on topics of the future.

What will we eat when we need to feed 11 billion people globally by 2100?* With rapid population increase and climate change coupled with the focus on cash crops and loss of food diversity, is a fundamental shift in our diets and the way our food is supplied essential for us to be able to feed ourselves equitably worldwide? Hear from chef, restauranteur and climate change activist, Meeru Dhalwala, on her insights on these and other aspects of our future food sources.

*Sources: http://www.theguardian.com/environment/2014/sep/18/world-population-new-study-11bn-2100



Moderated by Rickey Yada, BSc’77, MSc’80, PhD’84 – Dean and Professor, UBC’s Faculty of Land and Food Systems

Select Articles and Books Available at UBC Library

Dyson, Tim. Population and Food: Global Trends and Future Prospects. London: Routledge, 1996. Print. [Available at Koerner Library – HD9000.5 .D97 1996]

Murphy, Elaine M. Food and Population: A Global Concern. Washington, D.C. : Population Reference Bureau, Inc., 1984. Print. [Available at Koerner Library – HD9000.5 .M87 1984]

on Agriculture, S., & Forestry. (2014). Innovation in agriculture: The key to feeding a growing population Canada. Senate Committee Reports. [Link]

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Dietetics and Nutrition

Food Science

Health Statistics & Data

Population and Public Health

Great things happen when our brightest minds have the freedom to explore. When we pursue our unique interests, the resulting collective capacity for innovation is limitless. The issues of the future will require these creative solutions as the need to build connections between people, nations and disciplines has never been greater.

On May 28th, UBC wclosed out the Centennial year with some great minds providing perspectives on topics of the future.

We are living a turning point in history, the moment when we are re-envisioning industrial society. We now know that the cumulative impacts of our fossil fuel economy threaten the air we breathe, the water we drink and even a stable economy and climate. The good news is that major advances in technology and the dramatic drop in the price of renewable energy make the scale of change necessary within our grasp.


Moderated by Kathryn Harrison, PhD’93 – Senior Associate Dean, UBC’s Faculty of Arts; Professor of Political Science

Select Articles and Books Available at UBC Library

Berman Tzeporah, Christopher Hatch; Maurice Gibbons; Ronald B. Hatch; Gordon Brent Ingram; Loys Maingon (1994). Clayoquot & Dissent. Ronsdale Press. [Link]

Berman, T., & Leiren-Young, M. (2011). This crazy time: Living our environmental challenge. Toronto: Knopf Canada. [Available at Okanagan Library – GE195.9 .B47 2011]

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Natural Resources Conservation


Robo-cars are coming. Whether the idea of autonomous vehicles excites or terrifies you, these technologies appear to be the future of transportation and their societal implications will be broad. While there will undoubtedly be many benefits to this ‘robo-car’ driven world, this possibility raises many important social, legal and ethical questions that may serve as barriers to wide adoption of these technologies. Join Brad Templeton, futurist, ‘robo-car’ commentator and former advisor to Google’s self-driving car program as he talks about the future of autonomous transportation. He will explore what it will mean for the future of cities, healthy living and sustainability; while also delving into the important dilemmas that arise when we consider giving up control.

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This event took place on March 2, 2016.

Speaker Biography

Brad Templeton

Follow Brad Templeton on Twitter: @bradtem

Brad Templeton founded ClariNet Communications Corp., the first internet-based content company (sold to Individual Inc/Newsedge Corp.). ClariNet published an online electronic newspaper delivered for live reading on subscribers’ machines. He has been active in the internet community since 1979, participated in the building and growth of USENET from its earliest days, and in 1987 he founded and edited rec.humor.funny, the world’s most widely read computerized conference on that network, and today the world’s longest running blog. He has founded two software companies and is the author of a dozen packaged microcomputer software products.

He is a director of the Electronic Frontier Foundation, the leading civil rights advocacy group for cyberspace, and chaired the foundation from 2000 to 2010. He is track chair for computing and networks at Singularity University, a new multi-discliplinary school of rapidly changing technology, and was among the founding faculty. He writes and researches the future of automated transportation at Robocars.com and spent two years advising Google’s self-driving car team on strategy and future technologies. He is also on the board of the Foresight Institute (a nonprofit Nanotech think-tank) and technical advisor to delivery robot company Starship Technologies, BitTorrent, NewAer, and Quanergy. He is also a well known photographer and artist at Burning Man, and a popular speaker at international events on cars, online rights and other topics.

Select Articles and Books Available at UBC Library

Birdsall, M. (2014). Google and ITE the road ahead for self-driving cars. Ite Journal-Institute of Transportation Engineers, 84(5), 36-39. [Link]

Brombacher, A. (2014). (re)liability of Self‐driving cars. an interesting challenge. Quality and Reliability Engineering International, 30(5), 613-614. doi:10.1002/qre.1707 [Link]

Urmson, C., & Whittaker, W. (2008). Self-driving cars and the urban challenge. IEEE Intelligent Systems, 23(2), 66-68. doi:10.1109/MIS.2008.34 [Link]

Wagner, A., Ortman, S., & Maxfield, R. (2016). From the primordial soup to self-driving cars: Standards and their role in natural and technological innovation. Journal of the Royal Society, Interface / the Royal Society, 13(115) [Link]

Yang, J., & Coughlin, J. F. (2014). In-vehicle technology for self-driving cars: Advantages and challenges for aging drivers. International Journal of Automotive Technology, 15(2), 333-340. doi:10.1007/s12239-014-0034-6 [Link]

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Transportation Engineering

What does it mean to be influential? While some people possess a natural talent to make themselves heard, for others it is a skill that requires years to perfect. However, it’s critical to develop this ability as it can mean the difference between achieving one’s goals and failing to mobilize the support or resources one requires. Hear from a panel of business and community leaders who have leveraged their mastery of the art of influence to achieve impressive results.

Presented in partnership with the Forum for Women Entrepreneurs.

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This event took place on February 10, Wednesday 2016, 6:30-9:00pm in the Robert H. Lee Alumni Centre.


Andrew Chang – Host of CBC Vancouver News at 6 o’clock


Janet Austin – CEO, YWCA of Metro Vancouver

Shayne Ramsay – CEO, BC Housing

Bob Rennie – Executive Director/Founder, The Rennie Group Ltd.

Lisa von Sturmer – Founder and CEO of Growing City

Speaker Biographies

Andrew Chang


Andrew ChangAndrew Chang joined CBC News Vancouver as host in the summer of 2014, shortly after returning from Sochi as part of CBC’s broadcast team. He has also spent time in the host chair for other network shows such as CBC Radio One’s The Current, CBC News’ The National and CBC News Now.

Prior to coming to Vancouver, he spent a successful decade with CBC Montreal most recently as co-host of CBC Montreal’s supper-time newscast. He covered a number of memorable moments in Montreal’s history such as Montreal’s 2011 federal election night special, which saw the unprecedented rise of the NDP in the province, and the resulting collapse of the Bloc Québécois; the 2012 election-night assassination attempt of Pauline Marois and he was also the first, among local English television networks, to tell Montrealers about the assassination of mafia godfather Niccolo Rizzuto Senior.

Andrew worked previously as one of CBC’s chief staff reporters, covering breaking news at both the local and network level: from the Dawson College shootings, to the collapse of the de la Concorde overpass in Laval, to a month-long stint on the Parti Québécois campaign bus during the 2008 provincial election. During this time, Andrew was also working as a video journalist — interviewing various news-makers, writing and reporting, shooting and editing video. With a camera over his shoulder, Andrew spent years producing both news-length and feature-length reports.

On weekends, it’s a different story — when he is not being the doting father to his daughter, he spends his time snowboarding, hiking, and indulging in one of his many other passions: music.

Janet Austin

Janet Austin@YWCAVAN

As CEO of the Vancouver YWCA, Janet Austin has overall responsibility for one of BC’s largest and most diversified non-profit organizations, offering services for 60,000 people annually in more than 30 locations throughout Metro Vancouver. The YWCA is an entrepreneurial non-profit, with more than 63% of annual revenues self-generated through related business activities – including a 155 room YWCA Hotel and a state-of-the-art, downtown-based Health and Wellness Centre – and fundraising.

The Vancouver YWCA provides a network of services for women and their families including early learning and care for children, permanent and transition housing, and support services for single moms. The organization also offers employment services for women and men, mentorship, leadership development, and school-based programming for youth.

Janet is a recipient of numerous awards including the Business in Vancouver Influential Woman in Business Award and the Vancouver Board of Trade Community Leadership Award, among many others. She was named to the WXN list of Canada’s 100 Most Powerful Women in 2008 and the Vancouver Power 50 in 2014.

Shayne Ramsay


Shayne RamsayShayne Ramsay was recently listed in Vancouver Magazine’s 50 most powerful people in Vancouver; the magazine stated “When you’re CEO of the provincial agency responsible for creating social housing in one of the world’s most expensive real estate markets, you’re in the thick of one of the thorniest public-policy issues in the province.”

Since May 2000, Shayne has been the CEO of BC Housing. He was responsible for setting up the Homeowner Protection Office in 1998 and also served as its first CEO. The Homeowner Protection Office has been a branch of BC Housing since April 2010.

Prior to becoming the CEO, Shayne was the Director of Development Services for BC Housing, and the Director of Housing Policy and Program Development with the former Ministry of Municipal Affairs and Housing in B.C.

In addition to his work as CEO, Shayne serves as Chair of the Board of Directors for the Crown Corporation Employer’s Association, an agency that represents human resource issues for the provincial crown corporations in British Columbia. He is also Chair of Housing Partnership Canada, a peer network and business collaboration of social housing leaders committed to innovation.

Shayne has a graduate degree in urban planning from the University of Toronto.

Bob Rennie

Bob RennieBob Rennie is founder of Rennie Marketing Systems, whose recognized leadership for envisioning new and innovative strategies in development risk management and marketing real estate has led to landmark projects such as restructuring the Olympic Village and Woodward’s – in Canada’s poorest postal code. Also known for having built a world renowned collection of contemporary art, Bob chairs the North American Acquisitions Committee at Tate Modern, is a member of the Tate International Council, serves as trustee for the Art Institute of Chicago and is the recipient of the Queen’s Diamond and Golden Jubilee awards, the Order of BC and a doctorate from Emily Carr University. He renovated and restored Wing Sang, the oldest structure in Chinatown, to include a privately funded museum space with regular exhibitions of works from Rennie Collection. All exhibitions are open to the public with free admission two days a week.

Lisa von Sturmer

@LisavonSturmer / @GrowingCity

Lisa von SturmerHaving started her career in television working for an MMA fight show and other various creative agencies as an editor, Lisa von Sturmer realized that she wanted to spend her life doing something positive that had a tangible impact on the community.  In 2010, she quit her successful editing career, founded Growing City and never looked back.

Now an award-winning entrepreneur, Lisa has founded and co-founded two companies in the past 3 years.  An active advocate for youth entrepreneurship, Lisa is a Canadian Delegate for the G20 Youth Entrepreneurship Summit where delegates from each G20 nation come together in tandem with the G20 to discuss policies governments can implement to encourage entrepreneurship as a solution to unemployment.

She also spends time speaking to youth groups and students on how to create businesses they love and shares the lessons she’s learned along the way and wrote Pitching to Win, a workbook designed to help those looking to pitch on Dragons’ Den or Shark Tank create deal-worthy pitches.

Lisa is also passionate about volunteering – and has made it a part of her company’s operations.  Each month Growing City donates time, service or compost to a different local organization or charity.  Under her direction, the company has grown over 100% in the past year and she is excited to continue bringing composting and recycling across the country!

She is a member of the 2012 Forum for Women Entrepreneurs prestigious e-Series program, and was recently accepted into the exclusive Entrepreneur’s Organization Accelerator program.

Lisa has won the 2012 Canadian Youth Business Foundation’s National Best Green Business award and 2010 Small Business BC’s Best Business Concept award

Select Articles and Books Available at UBC Library

Fojt, M., NBER Working Papers, & EU BookShop. (2011). entrepreneurship Emerald Group Publishing Limited. [Link]

Minniti, M. (2007). Entrepreneurship: The engine of growth. Westport, Conn: Praeger Publishers. [Available at David Lam Library – HB615 .E636 2007]

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Business Career Research

Design / Thinking Strategies


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