GLOBE Group Sun, 07 Jun 2015 05:22:43 +0000 en-US hourly 1 Do we need a new Apollo Mission to save the earth? Sun, 07 Jun 2015 05:04:45 +0000 Continue Reading]]> Check Out the Latest GLOBE-Net Newsletter  – Massive investment in renewable energy needed to end our dependency on fossil fuels by 2025     

Eminent group urges governments to make the massive research investment that would enable the world to switch from fossil fuels to renewable energy by 2025. The scale of ambition needed to produce “baseload” power from renewable energy that is generated consistently to meet minimum demand matches that which sent the first humans to the Moon in 1969 − at a cost, in today’s prices, of around US$230bn.

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GLOBE launches New Mentorship Program Mon, 16 Mar 2015 04:29:29 +0000 Continue Reading]]> March 17, 2015 – The GLOBE Foundation has issued a Call for Expressions of Interest for the new Mentorship Program for British Columbia-based pre-commercial SME entrepreneurs operating primarily in the environmental, clean technology and renewable energy sectors.

Building upon the success of a recently completed pilot project, this new initiative extends the mentorship program and incorporates the lessons learned by focusing primarily on two core themes that are critically important for SMEs in entering the commercial marketplace: Third-party validation of proposed technologies, products or service offerings; and accurate business case and financial planning to secure clients, business partners or investors.

The GLOBE Mentorship Program for BC-based SME’s will provide focused business case mentorship, proof of performance support, and financing showcasing opportunities for investment-ready, British Columbia-based pre-commercial SME entrepreneurs primarily in the environmental, clean technology and renewable energy sectors.”

Supported by a network of third party mentors GLOBE will provide mentoring and advisory services solely to British Columbia based SME’s that include the following:

  • Mentoring Assistance in preparing more fully developed business/marketing plans, validated by third party experts where appropriate, considering the scale of the potential market for the products, services or technologies being offered;
  • Information needed to allow clients to gain a better appreciation of potential regulatory, competitive, or cultural obstacles that may need to be overcome in order for the firm to successfully enter the commercial marketplace;
  • In-depth reviews by third party experts of the product or technology being offered, with suggestions and guidance on further developmental needs and performance validation or verification requirements;
  • Information on key contacts and potential business partners drawn from GLOBE’s extensive network and other information from GLOBE’s repository of reports to help guide further development of the client firm’s market offerings.
  • Opportunities to showcase products, services or technologies at Investor Showcases, providing access to potential clients, partners and suppliers worldwide, as well as opportunities to showcase products, services or technologies via GLOBE’s various websites and/or newsletters.

Working with partners over the 15 month period of the program, two Calls for Proposals will take place and potential candidates will be assessed for their readiness for the Program. Pre-screened entrepreneurs and technology developers will be assisted in securing financing for the commercialization and/or deployment of their products, services or technologies in markets at home and abroad.

Potential clients will take part in a workshop/webinar focused on investor-ready business case models; the importance of proof of concept validation;  the importance of accurate marketing strategies; intellectual property issues; and how best to approach investors, industry clients or other financial institutions to secure capital and financing.

Following these workshops/webinars, customized, shared-cost mentorship plans will be developed and agreed to by each client selected to proceed. These plans will be custom designed to maximize each client’s chances of raising the investment capital they need and to achieve commercial success.

These plans will match client needs with local area mentor strengths. Mentors drawn from a pool of experienced business leaders, professional consultants, trainers, and technology or product validation experts from the GLOBE Performance Solutions network. Clients may have more than one mentor to assist in various aspects of their mentorship plan.

Subject to client needs, mentors will assist with:

  • Refining business case models;
  • Refining investor pitches;
  • Developing product or technology commercialization strategies;
  • Reviewing business and marketing plans;
  • Gathering customized market intelligence;
  • Financial planning and modeling;
  • Proof of Concept validation for new technologies, services or products; and
  • Legal, patent or intellectual property issues.

Included in the mentorship activities will be advice on various financing options and support in developing investment strategies appropriate to the needs of the company (i.e. junior financial markets, venture exchanges, crowd funding, or angel investors).

Each round of mentorship activities will span a period of five months, at the end of which a financing showcasing event will be held to allow program clients who have progressed sufficiently in their mentorship plans to make pitches to potential investors or to showcase their companies to potential corporate, industry or governmental clients.

Is Your Company Eligible?

Due to limited funding available for this program, a careful screening of potential candidates is necessary to ensure that mentorship support is provided only to companies that are ready to enter the commercial market and have promising technologies, products or services to offer.

Please note that your company must be incorporated in the Province of British Columbia in order to participate in this Program. Applicant companies must undertake to work actively with their mentors over the course of their engagement in this program; must be prepared to share the costs for the business case mentoring or performance validation services provided; and must be prepared to meet with potential investors, corporate, industry or governmental clients at the end of their mentorship period.

Act now if interested. For further information, please contact Frank Came, GLOBE Foundation c/o

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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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