Welcome to GTEC


GTEC is…

GTEC is a green technology-focused education and research centre in a community setting that contributes solutions to the social and economic challenges of sustainability in the 21st Century.

Our Vision

The Green Technology Education Centre is at the forefront of solutions to the social and environmental challenges of the 21st Century.

Our Mission

GTEC provides education in sustainable technologies and socially and environmentally responsible management in a community setting that values inclusiveness and diversity.

Our Values

Our overarching value is inhabiting the environment in a sustainable way and in healthy, harmonious and creative communities.

We value and support activities designed to enhance environmental sustainability.

We value the role of education, scientific exploration and technological advancement in developing economic, social and environmental sustainability.

We value diversity, inclusion and social justice.

We value thoughtful, effective and pragmatic action.

We value transparency, consensus decision making and cooperation.

We value providing opportunities for disenfranchised members of the community.

Key Elements of the GTEC Plan

Green Technology Education

Students take Associate Degree programs in Electric Vehicle & Battery Technology or in Urban Horticulture. For students envisioning supervisory or management responsibilities in their futures continuation in a Bachelors of Arts in Management degree program is an option. Specialised programs are available for disadvantaged minorities.

Electric Vehicle and Urban Horticulture Enterprise

Enlivening the GTEC environment on-site electric vehicle and urban horticulture production units provide students with real time work experience.

Community and Social Housing

Consistent with GTEC’s focus on community building student, social and community housing is available along with retail outlets such as a coffee shop, restaurant and public market.

Electric Vehicle and Battery Technology

By 2025 all vehicles in Norway will be zero emission and the federal government of Canada has just appointed an Advisory Group to on the promotion of zero-emission vehicle adoption in Canada. The Age of Electric and Automated Vehicles and Battery Technology has arrived. The GTEC program will prepare graduates for the jobs of today and tomorrow.

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Urban Horticulture

The world’s population is growing and becoming more urban. The Urban Horticulture program will teach the technologies that will enable cities to feed their growing populations.
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In the age of rapid change and increasing complexity preserving and developing community has never been more important. Join the GTEC community with its local roots and international supporting network.
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The GTEC Board of Directors

Arden Henley

Arden Henley

President, Board of Directors

Arden Henley is a Vice President of City University of Seattle and Principal of Canadian Programs. Arden has a BA from McMaster, an MA from Duquesne in Pittsburgh and a Doctorate in Education Leadership from SFU.

Well known for his innovative leadership style and thought-provoking presentations, Arden has practiced Organizational Development and Family Therapy for over 35 years and consulted broadly with community and government agencies. His recently published book entitled “Social Architecture: Notes & Essays” summarizes his experience as both a Therapist and Organization Development Consultant.

Terry Stone

Terry Stone

Vice-President, Board of Directors

An enthusiastic professional with 20 years experience in Business Management and Marketing, Terry is passionate about leaving the planet in better shape than when he got here.  As an avid hiker, he loves the saying “leave only footprints and take only pictures”.  He has enjoyed working in life safety, green-building, alternative energy, and sustainability.  Still searching for the way he can make the largest impact, he offers GTEC — critical thinking, problem-solving and strategic planning.

Brock Johnson LLB

Brock Johnson LLB

Treasurer, Board of Directors

Brock Johnston is a commercial lawyer and partner at Clark Wilson LLP. With over 30 years of experience practicing law, Brock anticipates issues, identifies opportunities and develops effective solutions that support his clients’ objectives.  These are skills which Brock hopes to bring to bear on behalf of GTEC.

Brock has been “Expert-Ranked” in Infrastructure and Property Leasing and is “Best Lawyers Ranked” for Commercial Real Estate.

Norman Sam

Norman Sam

Secretary, Board of Directors

Formally educated at BCIT and UBC in Management and Finance, Norman’s careers and businesses have and continue to span the spectrum from fitness and corporate wellness, to real estate development and technology start-up. Complementing these activities, Norman has also volunteered extensively with various non-profit and community service organizations. The common narrative among this diverse range of activities is a passion and desire to make his community and the world a better place. Norman currently lives in Vancouver with his wife Kristal.

Mary Charleson

Mary Charleson

Board of Directors

Mary Charleson is a Marketing Speaker, Educator, and Strategist. She is the author of fiveminutemarketing.com Blog and weekly newsletter, featuring marketing tips for the time starved entrepreneur. Mary has two books: “Word of Mouth Mouse & Mobile” (2013) and “Five-Minute Marketing” (2010). She is a member of the Canadian Association of Professional Speakers and the Global Speakers Federation. Mary delivers keynotes and presentations for private companies, associations, and conferences.

Gerry Zipursky

Gerry Zipursky

Board of Directors

Gerry Zipursky is currently the foundIng Executive Director of the new Gibson’s Public Market and of the Marine Education Centre located at the Market. He is also Director of Canadian Business Operations at City University of Canada. Prior to these positions he was ED of the Vancouver Jewish Community Centre for 22 years where he led many innovative and community building projects from buildings to social programs.

Stephanie Yu

Stephanie Yu

Board of Directors

Stephanie Yu is an author, podcaster, and social media wellness blogger who is passionate about authenticity and self-love. But her love for Mother Earth and this universe which has been her greatest teacher is what drew her towards GTEC, and is so excited to be a part of this revolutionary project.

Mary Kean

Mary Kean

Board of Directors

Mary Kean, recently retired from practicing couple and family counseling in Vancouver. Mary was also on the faculty of City U Canada since the beginning of the Masters of Counseling Program which she assisted in founding. She has taught in public schools, universities and colleges and other venues.

A Committee Chairman and member of the AMSSA Board of Directors, Mary also served on the Boards of Peak House and the Vancouver Electric Vehicle Association (VEVA) as Vice President.

Tom Heatherington MSW

Tom Heatherington MSW

Board of Directors

Tom recently retired from a forty-year career as a counsellor and Director in community and social services.

He was a sessional instructor at the University of the Fraser Valley and The Justice Institute of BC.

Tom is an e-bike enthusiast and has a keen interest in urban agriculture. He conducted self-directed study on Cuban urban horticulture and helped to establish community gardens in the Tri-cities.

There are no strangers here; only friends you haven’t yet met.

W.B. Yeats

Please become a friend of gtec. You’ll get updates on our progress, invitations to events and be invited to take part in the conversations that will, ultimately, shape the face of this new idea.

In the preservation of the planet and the development of a peaceful, just and harmonious society, we are all friends.

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GTEC needs your input to help put our vision into action. Learn more about our proposed curriculum, community plans and corporate opportunities by becoming a “Friend of GTEC”. We look forward to hearing from you.

GTEC Calendar of Events

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News from the GTEC Blog.

One in Six New Cars in the World Will Be Electric By 2025

Almost every sixth car sold in the world will be electric by 2025, according to a UBS global autos survey released Tuesday. And if things go the way they have in 2017, those cars are more likely to be emblazoned with a Tesla Inc. logo than BMW AG’s. By the middle of...

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Drop By Our Office and Say Hello.

We’re setting up our first offices at The Amp;
a co-working community at the crossroads of Gastown and Chinatown.

Green Technology Education Centre
#90 425 Carrall Street
Vancouver, British Columbia,
Canada, V6B 6E3

778.686.GTEC (4832)
info (at) gteccanada.com