We define a changemaker as an ordinary person blessed with extraordinary focus and drive around a topic of passionate interest. They are dedicated to the common good, they engage in local action but see the bigger issues.
Changemakers are action-oriented, inspiring, focused on change, and generous with time and ideas. they get back up each time they are knocked down, and challenge the status quo in creative ways.
Who are these people? They range from deep thinkers promoting progressive policies, to quiet local citizens, to activists in the frontline of protests, to people building networks of like-minded change agents. And they come from all walks of life.
Connecting you with such incredible people is the beating heart of our impact strategy.
This page lists the changemakers we have found and interviewed, for your enjoyment. Dive in now and learn more. Get inspired!
Public Servant, Organizer
Andrea Reimer has run advocacy organizations and businesses, organized in communities, and served as an elected official, pursuing her passions for environmental justice and supporting the empowerment of indigenous and marginalized communities.
Executive Director, Sea Change
An environmental educator, conservationist and leader, Nikki initiated and has helped guide the Seagrass Conservation Working Group. She passionately believes small groups in community are the real agents of change for a more protected coast.
FigBytes & Ark 2030
Colin is a sustainability industry pioneer and veteran. He has pioneered award-winning sustainability solutions and worked with all levels of government and business, helping them understand the change that they will experience and to future-proof their organizations.
Environmental Law Centre
Deborah teaches at the University of Victoria, focusing on water and watershed sustainability. Her work explores how legal and policy structures (1) facilitate or impede us from adapting to changing ecological conditions, and (2) shape decision-making through governance processes.
Satyen is the founder and CEO of the transformational academy WarriorSage. Satyen has impacted over 100,000 students from over 50 countries around the world. He helps high impact individuals to find a deeper balance, illumination and self-realized equilibrium.
Founder of InWithForward and sociologist, Sarah is fascinated by what makes individuals, families, and policymakers tick. Sheâ€™s worked with federal, regional, and local governments in 6 countries to shift how policies are made and measured.
Gord focuses on effecting change within social services. He has been in non-profit management for over 20 years. He is a BC Partner for Social Impact and spent several years as a sessional instructor in philosophy and community support work.
Academy for Sustainable Innovation
With a background in climate change, energy policy and corporate sustainability, Ed has worked in collaboration with companies, governments, universities and non-governmental organizations in Canada and internationally. He is the former executive director of the Pembina Institute.
Prairie Gold Pastured Meats
Red Deer, AB
Blake has ample experience in innovative farming practices and taking care of the land. In 2012, Blake and his wife were chosen by a 4th generation grazier to take over stewardship of his ranch. They now sell healthy and affordable 100% pasture-finished beef, raised humanely and in harmony with the environment around it.
CleanO2 Carbon Capture
15 years ago, Jaeson recognized the heating industry needed to do more to eventually eliminate carbon emissions. Working with a great team this led him to create the worldâ€™s first profitable, micro-scale carbon capture technology. CleanO2 uses the byproduct from its operations to create a “carbon capture soap”.
With a background in Anthropology and Environmental Sustainability, Chelsea became the Executive Director of Grow Calgary, Canadaâ€™s largest urban community farm. Completely volunteer run, they grow healthy and organic produce and donate all of it to compassionate charities in Calgary.
Kristina Hunter Flourishing
Kristina educates people on how to live well…for the planet, for our communities and for ourselves. These actions should go hand in hand and build on one another. She has taught environmental sustainability at the post-secondary level for over 20 years now.
Community Benefits Network
As an advocate for decent and equitable employment opportunities, Kumsa has supported workers unions in various key campaigns. In 2017, Kumsa received the Young Workers Award from the Ontario Federation of Labour. With the Toronto Community Benefits Network, he supports neighbourhoods in the city to organize for fairer economies and equitable economic development.
Fridays for Future
An energetic climate activist, Rougeot moved to Canada from France a few years ago to study at the University of Toronto. She’s one of the lead organizers for Fridays for Future Toronto, participating in weekly rallies that demand climate action by governments and other institutions, part of the #FridaysforFuture global movement.