“I BELIEVE IN SUSTAINABLE, LOCAL FOOD SOURCES. I’M SO HAPPY TO HAVE BEEN CONNECTED WITH LIKE-MINDED INVESTORS”
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Stan has extensive experience in the field of organizational development and behavior. He has worked with government and non-government organizations ranging from the Human Resource Development Agency in Saskatchewan; the Public Service Commission, Yukon Government; the Skookum Jim Friendship Centre in Whitehorse, Yukon; to the Clayoquot Sound UNESCO Biosphere Reserve on the west coast of Vancouver Island, BC. He has worked in the areas of public governance, land claims and self-government, education and training and as a consultant in the field of energy conservation and energy efficient construction. Stan received his Journeyperson Certificate in Carpentry in 1982 and has owned and managed a construction company, which has over the years built residential and commercial projects throughout Saskatchewan, Yukon and British Columbia. Stan did his BA at the University of Saskatchewan and a Masters of Public Administration, University of Alaska Southeast and has taught management development and leadership courses through the college system in Saskatchewan, Yukon and British Columbia.
Raised in Montreal, Jamie attended Queens University at Kingston where he received a BSc in Engineering Physics. After a 30-year career in management with Shell Canada, he has spent his retirement as a Sustainable Livelihoods Consultant in sub-Saharan Africa. Jamie is an expert in project formulation, execution, monitoring and evaluation as a result of his time with Shell Canada and 10 years of consulting in Africa. The latter involved work for the United Nations in Nigeria, Uganda, mainland Tanzania and Zanzibar as well as project evaluation in West Africa for the Gates Foundation. As a three time CUSO volunteer business consultant he has been responsible for initiating several very successful smallholder farmer projects. Specializing in economic and risk analysis, Jamie is thoroughly familiar with value and supply chain analysis in regards to sustainable social enterprises.
Fay Weller is a community organizer, homesteader, writer and researcher with a PhD focused on social transformation. She is involved in the development of local investment and energy co-operatives as well as a broader cooperative network. She has been involved in the creation and implementation of a community bus system, turning waste vegetable oil into fuel and soap, and other community enterprises. She worked in the Green Economy Secretariat, Cabinet Policy, and Community Partnerships within the BC government prior to moving to Gabriola Island where she lives with her partner, three sheep and numerous chickens. She has just released her first book entitled Changemakers: embracing hope, taking action and transforming the world.
Michael is a long-time resident of Galiano Island. He earned a Ph.D in ecology from UBC and is a retired provincial civil servant, former university professor and secondary school science teacher. He was the founding chair of the CRD’s Southern Gulf Islands Economic Development Commission and currently chairs the Gulf Islands Centre for Ecological Learning. Other current community activities include serving as the vice-president of the Galiano Community Loan Fund Society and vice-chair of the Galiano Parks and Recreation Commission.
Scott is a scientist, entrepreneur and co-founder of Tree Island Gourmet Yogurt. He is passionate about wholesome food, land stewardship and the thoughtful uses of technology. Scott‘s scientific work has been published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Science and Genome Biology. Scott is very lucky to have co-founded a business with his wife Merissa and still be excited to see her at the end of the working day. He has two awesome boys and enjoys building lego, practicing piano and mountain biking when he’s not working.