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.
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.
By 2025 all vehicles in Norway will be zero-emission and the federal government of Canada has just appointed an Advisory Group 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.
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.
The GTEC Board of Directors
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.
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
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.
Secretary, Board of Directors
Formally educated at BCIT and UBC in Management and Finance, Norman’s careers and businesses 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.
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.
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.
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 she is so excited to be a part of this revolutionary project.
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
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.
Board of Directors
Sapna is a CA, CPA with over 20 years of financial and business leadership experience in both the for-profit and non-profit sectors. As Executive Director of imagine1day, Sapna devoted eight years of her career, from 2007-2015, to designing and leading the non-profit which provides access to quality education to children throughout Ethiopia.
Prior to that, she worked for 12 years with KPMG LLP across practice areas including assurance, corporate finance and international taxation, in Canada and Brazil. Currently, Sapna dedicates her time to Brass Token, a new mixed-media game developer she recently co-founded.
The GTEC Team
Todd is a skilled program coordinator and team builder with an education leadership background and experience in municipal zoning processes and negotiations. Todd is also the Development Manager for a 170 Ha sustainable community development on the Sunshine Coast of British Columbia that is focused on creating a new community that is socially, economically, and environmentally sustainable.
Alberto is an experienced high-performance building and sustainability consultant with a strong project management and business development background. He is well versed in the implementation of sustainable building and sustainable community projects and knowledgeable in the development, testing, verification, demonstration and implementation of advanced building and renewable energy technologies.
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News from the GTEC Blog.
Gas prices are expected to hit a four-year high in North America this summer, and things might get even worse now that the U.S. has pulled out of the Iran nuclear deal. New sanctions on Iran, one of the world’s major oil producers, are already pushing up oil prices...read more
Quick question: Where is your industry association on the sustainability continuum? Do you know what it's doing to help your sector anticipate, influence and steer during these disruptive, turbulent times? Our industrial economic system has served many of us well...read more
BERLIN (Reuters) - The German automotive industry must invest heavily in electric car technology and develop battery production facilities in Europe to keep up with global competitors, Economy Minister Peter Altmaier said in a newspaper interview published on Monday....read more
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Thank you for making our Opening Celebrations Day a success! We are grateful to everyone who participated in celebrating the Sunshine Coast's first aquarium and honouring the legacy of Nicholas Sonntag, one of our Society's founders and our first president. Big thanks...read more
New technology will be capable of recharging buses in about five minutes TransLink unveiled the prototype for its new clean energy buses Thursday morning at its bus yard in South Vancouver. Four of the new electric-only buses will added to the No. 100 route connecting...read more
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Ken McFarlane’s academic and professional background is in economics and law. He is a Rhodes Scholar and has been an associate at several major think-‐tanks, including the Brookings Institution. After a diverse career in the public,...read more
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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
info (at) gteccanada.com