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Articles - April 18, 2014

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in the business of sustainability and we help companies move into action. Our experienced team of professionals is dedicated to helping businesses achieve sustainability profitably.

We are passionate about our work, and we deliver quantifiable results that make your business resilient to downturns and thrive during good times.

We have experience throughout the world from Canada to Angola, Germany to Australia, and India to Brazil. Some of us have doctoral degrees and some of us have street smarts. Together, we create innovative and practical solutions for our clients that make money, enhance the environment, and help people.

So, invite us over and let’s explore together ways to make your business thrive. When are you mostly in need of our assistance? Please read our brochure A Guide: When to Call In Sustainability Consultants

“We engaged Greenomics to define our firm`s Corporate Sustainability plan. We are one of Canada`s leading consulting engineering firms, six decades old and 400 people strong. From commencement of this grand endeavour, we have found their team to be proactive, collegial, responsive and highly knowledgeable in the business of sustainability.”

Patti Glass, Corporate Marketing Specialist

Erich Schwartz – Founder and President

Erich is a consultant and entrepreneur focused in developing and implementing strategic plans and solutions for a variety of organizations globally and across industries. Specifically, he has been highly successful with sustainability programs, large scale information and educational technology projects, and telecommunications infrastructure integration projects for Fortune 500, Crown Corporations, Governments, and mid-size businesses throughout the world.

Erich is an experienced leader, working with business, government, and community stakeholders to develop long term strategies and influence policy. He has managed globally distributed teams of professionals across functions, including hardware and software engineering, program and project management, training, communications and marketing, and business owners. Working with these teams Erich has been able to successfully conceive, design, implement, and transition projects while meeting quality, time and budget requirements.

Over the last few years, Erich combined the breadth and depth of his business experience with a life-long passion for a sustainable environment by establishing and running Greenomics Corporation, a consultancy that combines business, education, and community leadership to help transition businesses and communities to sustainable practices while maintaining or increasing profitability.

Karen Peterson – Director Marketing/Communications

With hands on experience in retail, wholesale, importing and manufacturing as both an owner/operator and as a consultant, Karen understands the importance of strategic marketing, clear messaging and honest communications with stakeholders. Her clients have ranged from independent retailers to food importers, construction projects, musicians and designers. Project based work includes Merchandise Concession Operations for the Corporation of Expo 86 and Independent Project Director of the Business Liaison Program for the Canada Line Rapid Transit Project. Karen has been active in the business community of Vancouver for 25 years, currently serving as a director with Easy Park and as Past President of the Downtown Vancouver Business Improvement Association (DVBIA), an association of over 8000 members in 90 square blocks of downtown. Karen brings a collaborative and inclusive style to developing programs that meet client needs.

Buddy Boyd and Barb Hetherington – Resource Recovery

Buddy and Barb founded the award winning Gibsons Recycling Depot in 2003, and created BC’s first and largest non-government funded resource recovery centre. Amongst their many first is Styrofoam Recycling. Their plan is to start Mattress deconstruction, Textile and Glass recycling and upcycling, as well as local composting and a community Garden. They have learned over the years is that it takes persistence and innovation to drive success in addressing global warming, and developing financially viable solutions is critical. The centre is a successful operational model for today and tomorrow.

Buddy and Barb bring a wealth of practical, operational experience to our team, and we invite you to view their video, Gibsons Recycling Depot.

Dominique Diouf – Director of Business Development

Dominique believes that Sustainability can help organizations address the challenges the face in an environment of perpetual change. He holds a MA in sociology from the University Gaston Berger of Saint-Louis (Senegal) and a postgraduate degree in the same discipline at the University Cheikh Anta Diop in Dakar (Senegal). He’s also a graduate in Management and Human Resources Management from the Institut Supérieur de Management of Dakar (Senegal) where he was a Teaching Assistant for over five years. He is currently completing a Ph.D. in Business Administration at Laval University in Quebec City (QC, Canada). He acquired several years of experiences both in Africa and Canada in the areas of research and teaching in management and consulting in sustainable development. Dominique is a part-time teacher at Laval University and the University of Ottawa (ON, Canada). He is currently conducting a research in Responsible Investing as part of the Community-University- Research Alliances (CURA) Program (funded by Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council- Canada) at the Carleton Centre for Community Innovation (Carleton University, Ottawa, Canada). He is member of several professional organizations around the world and a projects holder in sustainable development.

His areas of interest are CSR, socially responsible investment, impact investing, social enterprise, sustainability reporting, corporate social performance, Base of the Pyramid (BOP) etc.

Dominique works with Greenomics in the framework of the “Africa Green Impact” project that encourages and supports the African organizations adopt best sustainability practices and strategies. Specifically, he is working on Resource Recovery projects to help West African municipalities, regional districts and other organizations address Zero Waste goals, stimulate their local economic development, public awareness, and identify ways to generate revenue.

Tanya Smith – Director International Development

Tanya has a passion for smart development, where morality and market competitiveness work in tandem. Holding an MSc in Development Studies from the London School of Economics, she has a solid understanding of the socio-economic obstacles and opportunities in today’s global economy. As a professional researcher, Tanya has worked with governments, businesses, and civil society organisations around the world, to achieve sustainable development. She has expertise in corporate social responsibility, ethical supply chain management, community economic development, vulnerable populations, and climate change. Within these areas, Tanya has over eight years of experience with qualitative and quantitative research methods, project design and management, policy analysis, and results communication through published materials, workshops and presentations. Her research offers a fresh approach to complex issues through a fine balance of behavioural economics, context analysis, and informal and formal stakeholder engagement. Tanya enjoys the challenge of finding sustainable solutions in a dynamic global economy on behalf of our clients.

Loÿs Maingon – Registered Professional Biologist

Loÿs (Lewis) specializes in the assessment, restoration and conservation of freshwater ecosystems and advises on environmental issues. He is a member of both the Canadian Society of Environmental Biologists, the International Association for Impact Assessments, the Society for Freshwater Science and the Canadian Ornithological Society. He is also currently the Canadian Chair of ISO/CAC Technical 147 SC6 (Water Quality – Sampling Methods) which reviews international protocols and establishes guidances for methods of testing water quality. As such he is also a member of various international committees and working groups interested in environmental water quality. Aside from his scientific expertise, Loÿs was a post-doctoral Killam fellow at UBC. His interest in waste stems from the fact that the environmental impacts of waste generation have largely cultural roots, and zero waste presents a cultural shift towards a sustainable environment. He also forms part of Greenomics core Resource Recovery team.

Claudia Bierth – Senior Consultant

Claudia specializes in providing strategic planning, analysis and research as well as communications services for corporate sustainability. She has over twelve years consultancy experience in providing strategic advice to large, medium and small sized corporations and non-profit organizations in Canada, Germany, and India on strategic planning, communications, impact measurement and reporting. Her combined experience in the private and civil society sectors has provided her with an excellent understanding of environmental and social sustainability issues, the changing expectations of stakeholders and their impact on business. Claudia is an expert in identifying metrics and methods to measure the business and societal impact of sustainability initiatives and communicating them effectively internally and externally. Claudia holds an MBA in Sustainability and Strategy from the University of British Columbia and a Masters degree in Applied Cultural Sciences from the University of Mainz in Germany.

Aron Bjornson – Supply Chain Management Lead

Aron is highly skilled at helping businesses create and tell their sustainable stories. Building on his Bachelor of Commerce, his work includes providing strategic marketing direction to socially responsible companies and innovative organizations that promote sustainability. His blend of strategy, hands on operational knowledge, and community engagement ideally positions him for helping companies pursue Sustainability to become more profitable. He has played integral roles in creating a market-leading triple bottom line culture. He is highly successful at building core customer bases through deep community engagement, working on the shop floor, leading supply chain management, retail design, brand design, website building, and crisis management.

Dara Edmonds- Sustainability Reporting Specialist

A lawyer by training, Dara became interested in business’ role in sustainability while working at the International Centre for Trade and Development in Geneva, Switzerland. For more than eight years, she has worked with public and private sector corporations, providing expertise in the areas of corporate social responsibility, sustainability assurance and reporting. Believing what gets measured gets managed, Dara helps organizations identify and quantify impacts on stakeholders and report on their performance. This work includes evaluations of corporate performance, reporting, data management, and organizational systems, as well as the application of external assurance standards, such as AA1000, GRI, and codes of conduct. One of Dara’s strengths is her ability to collaborate with clients to develop realistic and workable sustainability strategies and implementation measures.

Dara also works on regional social sustainability issues. Over the years she has assisted not-for-profits and governments with corporate social responsibility program assessments and the development of sustainability indicators, benchmarks, targets, and sustainability strategies. She is equally adept at working with stakeholders, having coordinated and conducted numerous stakeholder education and consultation sessions designed to lay the foundation for sustainability initiatives. Dara holds a B.A. and an LL.B.

Erica Groshler - Change Management Lead

Erica knows an organization’s commitment to creating a sustainable culture inherently implies change. Erica brings a wealth of experience in supporting organizations change and transform their cultures. Erica combines evidence-based techniques along with practicality in helping her clients address their challenges. Known for her enthusiastic, highly professional and compassionate approach, she is regarded as being able to pinpoint exactly our client’s needs. Erica possesses a BA in Industrial Relations from McGill University, and an MA in Educational Technology from Concordia University.

Alexandra Henriques – Senior Sustainability Consultant

alexandra-henriques-21Alexandra is focused on concrete results. She draws upon her Masters Degree in Arts and hundreds of hours of Professional Development to create innovative sustainable business solutions. She has been a lifelong educator at the College, University and Adult Education level, as well as in Outdoor Education. Alexandra also brings over 20 years of experience in curricula and materials development, delivering effective educationals and workshops, and a lifetime of pursuing sustainable practices. Her extensive knowledge and practice in sustainability and wellness is leveraged to benefit businesses’ competitiveness. Her approach is practical, eye-opening, and delivers immediate results.

Chris Ley – Researcher and Consultant

Chris has always had a passion for the environment. This profound interest led to a B.Sc. in Environmental Science at the University of British Columbia, specializing in ecology, conservation and GIScience. Paired with his passion for the outdoors, he has always enjoyed people, especially teamwork and helping others. These interests have been nurtured at several jobs in the customer service and health sectors, where Chris has worked as a Marketing Manager and Inside Sales Representative. He now works at Greenomics, supporting sustainable business by researching and helping implement best business practices in sustainability. Chris’ interests include researching viable green enterprises, conservation, working with local businesses and NGOs, serving the community and sustaining the earth through stewardship initiatives.

Marionne Lugay – Community Liaison

marionne-lugayMarionne has been enthusiastic about sustainability since her involvement with Schools on Board where she participated in environmental research aboard the CGSS Amundsen in the Arctic Circle. It was the combination of this enthusiasm and her drive to make a difference that led her to the University of Victoria where she graduated with a Bachelor of Commerce. Her previous experience includes working with the Family Self-Sufficiency asset development program at Burnside Gorge Community Centre, assisting in the development and translation of the Healthy Eating for Seniors DVD and handbook, and creating marketing and communications plans for an entrepreneurial consulting company. Marionne strives to make a positive impact in her community by facilitating the Bring Your Own Bottle Campaign at UVic, securing speakers for the Sustainable Business speakers series, and participating in the Not-for-Profit team for the Jeux de Commerce West Business Case Competition. Marionne continues to help businesses and organizations move towards greater sustainability with the Greenomics team.

Monika Marcovici – Sustainability Transformation Strategist

monika-marcovici-copy1Monika’s career spans more than 15 years, and she is one of a rare breed that can take the deep technical dive and focus on strategy. Her corporate career began in Europe with high tech giants, until she transitioned to Vancouver BC, where she focused on Digital Media. Always an innovator, she founded a productions company that focused on interactive corporate communications that created online communications strategies and websites alignment for clients such as the BC Yellow Pages and ICBC. Monika identified her need to align her professional career with her sustainability values and built a client base of mostly environmental organizations such as Greenpeace International. Realizing that working with Environmental Organizations is only part of the solution, she has since expanded into the business community wherein she brings her understanding of best business practices within a sustainable framework. Her background and education are as diverse as her skills and talents. Born in Vienna, Austria, she is fluent in French, German and English, and holds a degree in Systems Design Engineering from the University of Waterloo. She also holds a post graduate degree in Information Systems from the University of Geneva, courses in graphic design at the Emily Carr Institute of Art and Design, and certificate from Bainbridge Graduate Institute.

Allyson Rogers – Sustainable Tourism Industry Lead

Ms. Rogers has over 20 years experience in the realm of eco tourism and best practices for sustainability. From luxury sailing charters in the Caribbean to eco adventure in BC’s backcountry, she has always lived and worked very close to Nature. An entrepreneur with a pioneering spirit, she is sole creator of the Siwash Lake Ranch, a family farm and BC wilderness tourism operation that has garnered the highest eco-rating possible within the industry. Siwash has starred in BC’s Small Business Profile 2009, in the Ministry of Agriculture’s “Fields for the Future Campaign” and very recently, in a project to help demonstrate and deploy clean energy technologies in remote BC, supported by the Province’s Innovative Clean Energy (ICE) Fund.

Allyson’s passion for environmentally responsible living and land stewardship drives her values-based lead towards a triple bottom line, for nurturing people, planet and profit in the process of conducting sustainable business. She is a graduate of UBC, past president and current board member of the BC Guest Ranchers’ Association, and a sector liaison for GO2 (BC tourism’s human resources agency). As owner and operator of a world-class, off-grid tourism destination, she is an inspiring role model and compassionate mentor, bringing to the Greenomics team a unique and practical perspective for helping corporate leaders (and BC’s tourism industry in particular) to engage in the business of sustainability.

Nick Saman – Vice President Operations

Nick has spent the bulk of his career as a professional “change agent” instigating and facilitating change as an external consultant, and later as an operations executive. Working at the forefront of the quality management revolution for Philip Crosby Associates, the quality management consulting firm established by author and quality guru Philip B. Crosby; Nick worked with the Senior Executives of clients to understand and install the Crosby concepts, systems, and tools to achieve process improvements and cost reductions in the US and the UK.

The fundamental transformation in mindset and business practices that is required to make Sustainability a routine aspect of business life and culture is dramatically similar to what must be done to achieve continuous quality improvement within an organization. The obstacle preventing companies from embracing Sustainability is the same thing that challenged companies when confronting Quality: the reason for pursuing either goes beyond the obvious, inherent notion that it’s “the right thing to do”, and must be understood as “the smart thing to do” for competitive business and financial advantages.

Nick graduated from the University of Wisconsin, Madison with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Mass Communications. He has published articles in various industry magazines over the years including: Quality Observer, Airline Executive, CircuiTree, and Air Cargo World. He has been a member of the American Society for Quality, and the HR Forum of the American Electronics Association.

Andrea Shalinsky – Workshop Lead and Train the Trainer

Andrea’s approach to life has been to encompass all aspects of a business which includes economic, social, and environmental. She achieves this by building businesses that contribute to society, protect the environment, and maintain financial viability. A seasoned Instructional Designer, Andrea combines her Bachelor of Commerce and Masters of Instructional Design with over 10 years of field experience to create systems and processes to manage both unforeseen and anticipated project challenges. She specializes in training design and development and has done work for various audiences including transportation, public utilities, government, software development, and primary metals. Andrea brings a broad range of training design, development and delivery skills and knowledge.

Valerie Thai – Graphic Artist

Valerie Thai specializes in art direction, print design and illustration for various non-profits, arts and culture organizations, as well as socially conscious and sustainable companies. With over ten years of design experience, she has had the opportunity of designing magazines, books, posters, as well as various marketing and branding materials.

Valerie was the award-winning Head Designer and Art Director of Adbusters Magazine for 5 years running. She holds a Bachelor of Fine Arts from the University of British Columbia and a Bachelor of Design from the Emily Carr Institute of Art and Design.

Deacon Tong – Sustainability Business Analyst

Deacon believes that in order for a company to be truly successful, a viable sustainable business strategy must exist. With a Bachelor of Business Commerce, combined with his business plan development experience, he strives to provide guidance and advice to businesses and organizations that seek to increase their return on investment, while considering social, environmental, and economic factors. Deacon has written numerous proposals and business plans within the Aboriginal community and now focuses his efforts to support sustainable growth. Before joining Greenomics, Deacon interned at a consulting firm specializing in sustainability as a Sustainability Assistant, primarily researching best sustainable practices within several industries.

Tim Turner – Creative Change Lead

Tim provides exceptional brand and communication services for discerning clients with a penchant for sustainability. Even though he has both a Bachelor of Commerce and a Law Degree from Canada’s top schools, his real passion is in public consultation, creative messaging, and leading large scale projects. He has excelled in executive production, account management, and creative oversight for a variety of clients locally and internationally. He has helped companies build their image through logos and stationary, creative poster campaigns, multimedia, and television commercials. He has gained international exposure as the producer and creative director of the award winning documentary, Adele’s Wish. His focus on building compelling stories has been acknowledged through many awards including Silver at the Houston Film Festival, Award of Excellence and Award of Distinction from GRAPHEX, and the Gold Award at Worldfest Film Festival in Public Service. He also achieved 1st Place, at the Medical Marketing Association awards. Tim runs the gamut from helping boutique operations, to assisting international businesses seeking to convey their message in a compelling fashion.

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