Welcome to GTEC

INNOVATION. EDUCATION. COMMUNITY.

GTEC is…

A template for sustainable urban living and healthy community
in the rapidly changing world of the 21st Century.

Key Elements of the GTEC Plan

Green Technology Education

Associate Degree programs in Electric Vehicle & Battery Technology and Urban Horticulture. For students envisioning supervisory or management responsibilities in their futures, optional continuation to a Bachelors degree in Business and Management with a sustainability focus. Certificate programs in specialized topics. Public education.

Electric Vehicle and Urban Horticulture Enterprise Innovation and Design Studios

Innovation and design studios in the two areas of Electric Vehicle Technology and Urban Horticulture incorporate display areas for new green technology products; demonstration areas; artistic and diagrammatic representations of green technology products; and digital communication ports for video, online and related programming.

Environmental and Social Sustainability

GTEC focuses on both environmental and social sustainability. GTEC includes preferred access to education programs and housing for disadvantaged minorities, especially indigenous youth, as well as onsite support, tutorial and counselling services.

Housing

Consistent with GTEC’s focus on community building, the GTEC Hub incorporates student, faculty and affordable housing, is 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 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.

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.

Community

  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

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 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 she 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.

Sapna Dayal

Sapna Dayal

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.

Judy Chapman

Judy Chapman

Board of Directors

Judy has been a Teacher, an Administrator, a Director of Instruction and an Assistant Superintendent in BC public schools. She is currently an Educational Consultant.Judy and her husband Ian have lived in the busy core of downtown Vancouver for the past decade. In that time the affordability problem of Vancouver for many families has become obvious. This inequity, and her work with at risk youth have drawn her to the vision of GTEC. As a grandmother to eight, Judy is passionate about leaving this world a better place.

News from the GTEC Blog.

B.C. proposes mandate for electric vehicles

Is B.C. ready for some aggressive action on climate change? The government is asking for public input on a series of intention papers that include ideas like banning the sale of gas and diesel cars by 2040, using more electric buses or even ferries, and labelling...

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The Nicholas Sonntag Marine Education Centre Opens

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...

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Are fares electric? TransLink unveils battery-powered bus

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...

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Only friends you haven’t yet met.

William Yeats

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Donate to GTEC

GTEC is a project of the Ecotrust Foundation.

Donate to GTEC via www.ecotrust.ca
Please specify that the donation is for GTEC in the message box of the donation form.

Or contribute by cheque to:

Ecotrust Foundation
Ecotrust Canada
#90 – 425 Carrall Street
Vancouver, BC, Canada
V6B 6E3

*Please note “GTEC” in the memo line of the cheque. A charitable tax receipt will be mailed to you.

Many Thanks to Our Friends & Supporters

Friends and Contributors


  • Brent Flink, Flink Creative, Langley, BC
  • Donna Bridgeman, Former VP Investments, GrowthWorks Capital, Board member, Canadian Accredited Independent Schools
  • David Jackson, PhD, Founder Jackson Leadership Systems, Vice Chairman, Nepal School Project
  • Mason Loh, Loh and Company
  • Vivienne Stewart, Railtown Law
  • Michael Clague O.C., Retired Director of the Carnegie Centre, President WePress Community Arts Space Society

Supportive Organizations


  • Kwantlen Polytechnic University
  • Red River College
  • Pacific Community Resource Society
  • Ecotrust Foundation

Contributing Organizations


  • ConeTec Education Foundation
  • Wellspring Foundation
  • Silver Gallery,  Gastown

Drop By Our Office and Say Hello.

We’ve set 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, BC, Canada
V6B 6E3

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