GLOBE Group Mon, 30 Mar 2015 18:46:01 +0000 en-US hourly 1 GLOBE Series Announcement Tue, 20 Jan 2015 20:47:26 +0000 Continue Reading]]> Dear Friends and Colleagues,

I hope you all had a wonderful holiday season and you’re feeling re-energized for the coming year.   As we enter 2015, new challenges and inspirations abound, bringing fresh ideas, successes and often new and exciting partnerships.
Since we launched the GLOBE Foundation in 1993 and subsequently the group of companies now under the GLOBE Group umbrella, I have witnessed a transformation in attitudes in the business sector with respect to sustainability and corporate environmental responsibility.

Indeed I would like to think that our long-standing GLOBE Series events played an important role in fuelling this transformation.   With 13 biennial GLOBE Series events in Vancouver under my belt, plus one in Costa Rica, as well as numerous other world class events that we have managed over the years, I am very proud of our accomplishments and of the devoted GLOBE team that has made these achievements possible.

As I begin to approach semi-retirement and take on new and different projects in my personal and business life, it has come time to pass management of the GLOBE Series portion of the GLOBE Group on to a new management team that will carry forward the high standards and exciting vision for the GLOBE Series that we have nurtured over the past two decades. 
I am pleased to announce that the GLOBE Foundation will be working in partnership with Chris Henderson, and Mike Gerbis of The Delphi Group to shape the future of the GLOBE Conferences as the world’s preeminent forum for the business of the environment.

Nancy Wright, who has served as Vice President of Marketing for the GLOBE Group for many years and has held numerous key positions in the company since we opened our doors in 1993, will carry the GLOBE Series forward as Chief Operating Officer and SVP Marketing and Sales.  She will continue to liaise with sponsors and key partners related to GLOBE Series events in order to ensure seamless continuity, and to champion future growth not just of the biennial Vancouver event but of subsequent GLOBE Series Conferences elsewhere.
As for my role, I will be stepping away from the demanding schedule necessary to manage the GLOBE Series but will remain President and CEO of the GLOBE Foundation, continuing to focus my attention on the Foundation’s many other projects and activities. Hopefully I will be spending a bit more time on the golf course. There are many other important activities underway within the GLOBE Foundation and in time I will be sharing with you more information on developments in other GLOBE Group companies. We’ll be announcing the location of new Vancouver offices soon.

The GLOBE Foundation and the GLOBE Series will remain united in common cause to promote the business case for sustainable development, providing a variety of platforms for the debate and development of solutions geared towards achieving a low carbon economy.  Together, with all of you, we will continue to strive to help build a sustainable economy for the 21st Century.
So this isn’t goodbye, it’s simply a changing of the tides.  Both Nancy’s and my phone numbers and email will remain the same.  Other GLOBE Group staff can be reached at their respective numbers as listed on the GLOBE Foundation website.

Please don’t hesitate to reach out, though you’ll be hearing from us again very soon in the launch of the vision and themes for GLOBE 2016.  Exciting times lie ahead and we look forward to engaging you in the process.
I wish you all the best for a healthy and prosperous New Year.


John D. Wiebe
President and CEO
GLOBE Foundation

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Earning “Social License to Operate” Requires Meaningful Investment in Communities Fri, 18 Jul 2014 18:53:15 +0000 Continue Reading]]> Resource development companies need to make meaningful investments in the communities they impact to earn “social license to operate,” experts told a GLOBE 2014 session.

Along with hiring and training a local workforce and creating institutional capacity in communities, companies need to “walk the talk” and communicate in a way that builds trust, panelists told a March 26 session on “Earning the Social License to Operate,” moderated by Jacques Benoit, senior vice-president, environment and water, at SNC-Lavalin Inc.

“Actually doing something in the community is critical,” even after obtaining regulatory approval for a project, said Jamey Fitzgibbon, senior vice-president, resource management, Christina Lake and special projects, at MEG Energy.

“It’s not an issue of gifts (to the community) anymore, it’s an issue of building institutional capacity,” agreed West Cragg, professor emeritus in the Schulich School of Business at York University.

Philanthropy and corporate social responsibility, while valuable, are both concepts that are focused on the corporation, he noted.

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Oil Sands Industry Must Step Up Pace of Innovation to Solve Environmental Challenges Wed, 09 Jul 2014 21:21:29 +0000 Continue Reading]]> Alberta’s oilsands companies have a history of innovation but they’re now working more closely together to ramp up the deployment of new environmental technologies, industry experts told a GLOBE 2014 session.

“We’ve had a tremendous history of innovation” in commercializing the oilsands, but we have to step up the pace in solving environmental challenges, Gordon Lambert, executive advisor, sustainability & innovation to Suncor Energy Inc., told delegates to the international environment business conference and trade show, held in Vancouver in March.

Lambert, one of four panelists in a session titled, “Canada’s Oil Sands: Technology & Collaboration,” said there are critically important “issues of the commons,” such as the cumulative impacts of oilsands development, that the industry needs to address together.

“We can’t afford to duplicate effort,” he said, pointing to a recently discovered example where four companies were testing the same centrifuge equipment for tailings treatment – unbeknownst to each other.

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Watch Key GLOBE 2014 Speaker Interviews Mon, 07 Jul 2014 20:08:20 +0000 Continue Reading]]>

Check out insightful interviews from some of our key GLOBE 2014 speakers including:

  • Dayna Baumeister, Co-Founder, Biomimicry 3.8
  • Jesse Berst, Chairman, Smart Cities Council
  • Mark Brand, CEO, MB Inc.
  • Tim Brown, President & CEO, Nestle Waters North America
  • Jaime Butterworth, Chief Executive, Ellen MacArthur Foundation
  • Mike Cleland, Executive in Residence, Canada West Foundation
  • Wim Elfrink, Executive Vice President, Industry Solutions & Chief Globalisation Officer, Cisco Systems
  • John Englander, Author, High Tide on Main Street: Rising Sea Level and the Coming Coastal Crisis
  • Todd Latham, President, Actual Media Inc. & Editor, ReNew Canada / Water Canada
  • Amory Lovins, Co-Founder & Chief Scientist, Rocky Mountain Institute

And more!

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China is Fast Becoming a Global Leader in Clean Tech Development and Investment Fri, 04 Jul 2014 19:11:32 +0000 Continue Reading]]> China is fast becoming a global leader in renewable energy and clean technologies, being both a huge market and a significant investor, the GLOBE 2014 conference heard.

“China will invest annually over $80 billion in renewable technologies by the year 2020 to achieve 484 gigawatts of power capacity,” Jonathan Woetzel, director at McKinsey & Co. and co-chair of the Urban China Initiative, told delegates to the biennial international environment business conference and trade show, held in Vancouver in March.

Woetzel, who moderated a GLOBE morning session titled “Spotlight on China: Our Shared Future,” said China will invest $6.5 billion annually just in LED lighting technology by the year 2015 – 24 times the amount invested by the country in 2009.

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Tap in to Expert Knowledge & Business Insights Wed, 02 Jul 2014 21:52:32 +0000 Continue Reading]]>

Check out the following GLOBE 2014 session recordings now available on our website:


  • Opening Plenary: Embracing a Global Greener Economy
  • Creating Chemistry for a Sustainable Future
  • Clean Energy Trends: What’s Driving the Industry Forward?
  • Climate Action: Delay is Not an Option
  • Innovation and the Clean Technology Future
  • Next Generation Cities:  Smarter, Faster, Better
  • Pathways for a Strong Global Economy
  • Bringing Sustainability Disclosure Into Focus
  • Corporate Responsibility in a New Age of Transparency
  • Emerging Drivers of the Circular Economy
  • Natural Capital: Paying for What We Take From Nature
  • Canada’s Energy Strategy
  • The Global Energy Mix: Opportunities and Realities

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Market Forces Will Drive Consumers to Clean Energy Mon, 23 Jun 2014 22:27:29 +0000 Continue Reading]]> Canada’s oilsands and associated pipelines will become “stranded assets” as market forces drive consumers to adopt electric cars and other clean technologies, says prominent environmentalist Robert F. Kennedy Jr.

“We’re going to see a very rapid market adaption, a disruptive adaption of electric cars,” he told a keynote session at the GLOBE 2014 international environment business conference and trade show, held in Vancouver in March.

As that happens, “anybody who’s producing oil for $59 dollars a barrel is going to have stranded assets – those pipelines and that business,” said Kennedy, president of the Waterkeeper Alliance and venture partner and senior advisor with Vantage Point Capital.

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Choosing the economy AND the environment makes good business sense Wed, 11 Jun 2014 21:50:34 +0000 Continue Reading]]> Choosing the economy and the environment makes good business sense because sound environmental policy also benefits the bottom line, speakers told the opening plenary session at the GLOBE 2014 international environment business conference and trade show.

“We cannot use the economy as an excuse to ignore the environment . . . (we) cannot decide that we just want to bulldoze ahead,” B.C. Premier Christy Clark told GLOBE delegates.

Business and government cannot continue to do business the way they have in the past, she said in a session titled “Embracing a Greener Global Economy.”

“We must confront and embrace change,” Clark said, adding that we can no longer say “never mind, don’t think about it. It’s not happening when it comes to climate change.”

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#GLOBE2014 Trending + Our Top 5 Tweets Mon, 31 Mar 2014 22:56:22 +0000 Continue Reading]]> From Mayor Gregor Robertson’s opening speech on Tuesday evening until the dying embers of the GLOBE after-parties on Friday evening #GLOBE2014 set Twitter alight with fervent discussion as to how business can solve our biggest environmental challenges.

The tone was an overwhelmingly positive one with Twitter heavyweights such as @ChristyClarkBC @JimHarris @ElizabethMay @MayorGregor @MarcGunther all weighing in with comments, questions and supporting evidence as to what to do to solve the threat posed by man-induced climate change.

Thank you to everyone who contributed to the online discussion and helped #GLOBE2014 move from the realm of niche business conference (albeit a critically important one) to mainstream trending topic for both Vancouver and Toronto. In addition, the #RFKGLOBE clean capitalism armchair discussion between Robert F. Kennedy Jr. and Wal Van Lierop went straight to the top of the Vancouver trends.

#GLOBE2014 By the Numbers

Here are 5 of our favourite #GLOBE2014 Tweets:

1. Coolest Dad in the world?

2. Solar jobs now eclipse coal jobs in the US

3. GLOBE Awards NextGen Entrepreneur winner, Kali Taylor of Student Energy, realizes she’s just been quoted on stage

4. GLOBE 2014 opening presenters discuss bilateral trade between the UK & BC

5. Hans Engel from BASF live on stage

Finally, GLOBE would like to thank our amazing Twitter team during the live event. Be sure to follow them to stay in touch with other interesting news:

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Check out the GLOBE 2014 Supplement in today’s Globe and Mail Tue, 25 Mar 2014 22:28:29 +0000 Check out this special Globe and Mail feature on GLOBE 2014!

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