Gifford R.,University of Victoria |
Comeau L.A.,Royal Roads University
Global Environmental Change | Year: 2011
The effect of motivational versus sacrifice message framing on perceived climate change competence, engagement, and 15 mitigative behavioral intentions was examined in a large Canadian community sample (n= 1038). Perceived competence, engagement, and several behavioral intentions were significantly greater after exposure to motivational framing than after sacrifice framing. Gender, age, income, and educational level moderated some results, and moral engagement and agentic language also played a role. The results support the use of motivational frames rather than sacrifice frames to increase the climate-related engagement and activation of community members. © 2011 Elsevier Ltd.
News Article | February 17, 2017
VICTORIA, BC--(Marketwired - February 17, 2017) - Victoria's Bob Strachan, FCPA, FCMA, C.Dir was honoured with a Lifetime Achievement Award by the Chartered Professional Accountants of British Columbia (CPABC). The award recognizes Strachan's sustained distinction in his career, community service, and work within the accounting profession. Bob Strachan, FCPA, FCMA, C.Dir is principal of Bob Strachan & Associates. Before founding his firm in 2013, he held a number of management positions as an accountant with the Capital Regional District (CRD) from 1986 to 2013. Previously, he held roles with the Vancouver Island Health Authority and the Province of BC. While at the CRD, Strachan was a lead in the implementation of a new enterprise risk management program, enterprise information system, and corporate asset management program. Under his leadership, the CRD received numerous awards from the Government Finance Officers Association for excellence in financial reporting. Strachan is highly regarded for his contributions to the accounting profession, and played a pivotal role in the unification of Canada's profession. He led the CMA Canada board through merger discussions and developed unification strategies. In 2012, he was co-chair of the National Steering Committee that helped to develop the CPA Collaboration Accord and oversaw the formation of CPA Canada. Strachan went on to serve as vice-chair and chair of the CPA Canada board. Strachan worked with CPA boards in every province to ensure that unification of the profession was fully integrated within the national and provincial partnership. In addition, Strachan served on the CMABC board, including as chair (2001-2003), and on the CMA Canada board, including as chair (2009-2011). He is the former chair of CPA Canada's Nominating and Governance Committee, and chaired CPA Canada's President and CEO Search Committee. Today, Strachan is a member of CPA Canada's Corporate Oversight and Governance Board and the Chartered Professional Accountants' Education Foundation of BC. Strachan has generously shared his expertise with other organizations, including by serving on the boards of the Financial Management Institute of Canada (Victoria chapter) and Camosun College Foundation (chair), as well as with Royal Roads University's Master of Arts in Leadership program and the Province of BC's Accounting Policy Advisory Committee. He also makes time to volunteer. Strachan has served as a director of Leadership Victoria, and coached and served in executive positions with amateur sports organizations. Strachan obtained his CMA and fellowship designations in 1995 and 2004, respectively. Quote Richard Rees, FCPA, FCA, president and CEO, CPABC "Bob is truly deserving of the Lifetime Achievement Award. Throughout his career, he has dedicated his time towards the betterment of the accounting profession and his community. His contributions are invaluable and we are extremely proud of Bob's achievements." NOTE TO JOURNALISTS: Publication quality photos of the recipients are available. About CPA British Columbia The Chartered Professional Accountants of British Columbia (CPABC) is the training, governing, and regulatory body for almost 35,000 CPA members and 5,500 CPA students and candidates. CPABC carries out its primary mission to protect the public by enforcing the highest professional and ethical standards and contributing to the advancement of public policy. CPAs are recognized internationally for bringing superior financial expertise, strategic thinking, business insight, and leadership to organizations.
News Article | February 23, 2017
VANCOUVER, BRITISH COLUMBIA--(Marketwired - Feb. 22, 2017) - Benz Mining Corp. (the "Company" or "Benz") (NEX:BZ.H), is pleased to announce a non-brokered private placement of up to 4,166,666 units (each, a "Unit") at a price of $0.12 per Unit, for gross proceeds of up to $500,000 (the "Private Placement"). Each Unit consisting of one common share in the capital of the Company (each a "Share") and one whole common share purchase warrant (each a "Warrant"). Each Warrant will entitle the holder to purchase one Share (a "Warrant Share") at a price of $0.15 per Warrant Share for a period of 24 months following closing. The net proceeds from the Private Placement will be used to fund the identification and completion of a mineral property transaction and working capital. All of the Shares issued pursuant to the Private Placement will be subject to a four-month hold period from the date of issue. The Private Placement is subject to approval from the NEX board of the TSX Venture Exchange (the "Exchange"). The Company is also pleased to announce the appointment of Mr. Michael Konnert to the Company's board of directors and to the management team in the capacity of VP Finance & Corporate Development. Mr. Konnert will be responsible for directing the Company's efforts relating to project acquisition, capital raising and capital markets awareness. Mr. Konnert has nearly a decade of experience in the natural resources industry, specifically in executing successful corporate development and capital market strategies for leading mining companies. Mr. Konnert started his career with Pretium Resources in investor relations following their $265 million IPO, then moved to the role of Associate with Advanture Capital Partners, a mining focused merchant bank. Following that, he spent three years with Riverside Resources, a prospect generator. Most recently in a development role, Mr. Konnert helped grow SNL Financial's Metals and Mining arm, the industry's largest database, research and consulting group, toward their $2 billion merger with Standard and Poor's Capital IQ. After the sale of SNL, Mr. Konnert formed Mine Capital Corp., a private equity partnership, which acquires and develops mining assets. Mr. Konnert's specific skill set includes comprehensive investor communication, capital raising, restructuring and taking companies to market. He holds a Bachelor of Commerce from Royal Roads University and a Diploma in Entrepreneurship British Columbia Institute of Technology. After giving effect to the Private Placement, the Company will have an aggregate of 6,474,772 common shares issued and outstanding. On behalf of the Board of Directors of Benz Mining Corp. Neither the TSX Venture Exchange nor its Regulation Services Provider (as that term is defined in the policies of the TSX Venture Exchange) accepts responsibility for the accuracy or adequacy of this release.
Moran J.A.,Royal Roads University
Plant signaling & behavior | Year: 2012
Nepenthes pitcher plants deploy tube-shaped pitchers to catch invertebrate prey; those of Nepenthes aristolochioides possess an unusual translucent dome. The hypothesis was tested that N. aristolochioides pitchers operate as light traps, by quantifying prey capture under three shade treatments. Flies are red-blind, with visual sensitivity maxima in the UV, blue, and green wavebands. Red celluloid filters were used to reduce the transmission of these wavebands into the interior of the pitchers. Those that were shaded at the rear showed a 3-fold reduction in Drosophila caught, relative to either unshaded control pitchers, or pitchers that were shaded at the front. Thus, light transmitted through the translucent dome is a fundamental component of N. aristolochioides' trapping mechanism.
Dickson G.,Royal Roads University
Healthcare Management Forum | Year: 2016
Canadian healthcare leaders are experiencing unprecedented change. In Canada and worldwide, efforts are being made to create patient-centred service delivery models. In order to participate fully in that transformation, leaders must embrace the new leadership responsibilities vital to patient-centred change. To fail to do so will marginalize their role or render them irrelevant. This article reviews literature in the past 5 years to outline the change context for leaders and what they can do to enhance their effectiveness. Leaders are encouraged to redouble their efforts to develop their leadership capacity, engage physicians as partners, embrace complexity, engage the patient and public in reform efforts, and embrace appropriate technological trends within the consumer community. To reinvent leadership supportive of patient-centred change, healthcare leaders need to act individually to grow their own capacity and collectively to take control of the leadership needed in order to fulfill their role in change. © 2016 The Canadian College of Health Leaders. All rights reserved.
Wolf J.,Royal Roads University |
Allice I.,Memorial University of Newfoundland |
Bell T.,Memorial University of Newfoundland
Global Environmental Change | Year: 2013
Local material and symbolic values have to date remained underrepresented in climate change research and policy and this gap is particularly salient in places that have been identified as at significant risk from climate change. In such places, the dominant approach to understanding the effects of climate change has been centred on vulnerability; it has highlighted the social determinants of vulnerability and the differential and uneven distribution of effects. This approach cannot, however, illuminate the diverse and nuanced meanings people attach to specific aspects of their way of life, how the changing climate might affect these, and what this implies for adaptation. To address this gap, this empirical study uses the concept of values, defined as trans-situational conceptions of the desirable that give meaning to behaviour and events, and influence perception and interpretation of situations and events. We develop a set of values from 53 qualitative interviews in two remote communities in subarctic easternmost Canada. It draws on these values to frame how effects of climate change, specifically intangible and subjective effects, are felt, and how responses to them are imagined by those affected. The article argues that values are crucial in shaping perception of climate impacts and adaptation to them. Distinct values, such as tradition, freedom, harmony, safety, and unity shape different interpretations and meaning of impacts, and lead to distinct views on how to adapt to these. Conflicting and competing values can act as barriers to adaptation. The findings imply that adaptation research and policy need to address values explicitly if efforts for planned adaptation are to be perceived as legitimate and effective by those affected by the changing climate. © 2012 Elsevier Ltd.
Cox R.S.,Royal Roads University |
Perry K.-M.E.,Justice Institute of British Columbia
American Journal of Community Psychology | Year: 2011
In this paper we draw on the findings of a critical, multi-sited ethnographic study of two rural communities affected by a wildfire in British Columbia, Canada to examine the salience of place, identity, and social capital to the disaster recovery process and community disaster resilience. We argue that a reconfiguration of disaster recovery is required that more meaningfully considers the role of place in the disaster recovery process and opens up the space for a more reflective and intentional consideration of the disorientation and disruption associated with disasters and our organized response to that disorientation. We describe a social-psychological process, reorientation, in which affected individuals and communities navigate the psychological, social and emotional responses to the symbolic and material changes to social and geographic place that result from the fire's destruction. The reorientation process emphasizes the critical importance of place not only as an orienting framework in recovery but also as the ground upon which social capital and community disaster resilience are built. This approach to understanding and responding to the disorientation of disasters has implications for community psychologists and other service providers engaged in supporting disaster survivors. This includes the need to consider the complex dynamic of contextual and cultural factors that influence the disaster recovery process. © 2011 Society for Community Research and Action.
Kool R.,Royal Roads University
Ecological Economics | Year: 2013
The voice of the prophet has both disquieted the complacent and comfortable and provided direction for those willing to listen. I argue it is the environmental science community, and especially those engaged in ecological economics, sustainability analysis and climate change research, that are acting as modern-day prophets in direct continuation of the biblical prophetic voice, and using as an exemplar the 1972 text, Limits to Growth. Providing analysis of their contemporary situation and then projecting from those situations into the future, prophets describe the outcome of the trends they see and offer warnings about collective dangers being faced. The life of a prophet, both then and now, is not simple, and those offering penetrating analysis of their society face a variety of hardships and threats. © 2012 Elsevier B.V..
Vannini P.,Royal Roads University
Cultural Geographies | Year: 2011
Drawing from three years of fieldwork - including over 250 journeys and about 400 interviews - conducted in ferry-dependent coastal and insular communities of British Columbia, this paper extends the concept of constellation of mobility and provides empirical evidence to argue for its relevance. Coined by Cresswell, the concept of constellations of mobility refers to historically and geographically specific formations of movement inclusive of relational experiences, practices, and politics. By focusing on two of the constitutive parts indicated by Cresswell (experience and route) and a third one originally developed here (remove) ethnographic data description and analysis show how ferry (im)mobility in ferry-dependent communities contributes to spatializing dynamics of insulation and isolation. Positive affective aspects of these spatializations, such as uniqueness and distinction, place-attachment, sense of place, place-identity, safety, connection, and remoteness, as well as negative aspects, such as marginalization, divisiveness, disconnection, fear, and confinement are outlined. © The Author(s) 2011.
Vannini P.,Royal Roads University
Environment and Planning D: Society and Space | Year: 2011
Drawing upon three years of ethnographic fieldwork conducted in the ferry-dependent islands and remote coastal communities of British Columbia, this paper examines the process of catching a ferry in time for a scheduled sailing. Through performance, interactionist, and nonrepresentational theory, I argue that the weaving of a journey toward the ferry terminal can be a suspenseful drama, within which a scheduled departure works as a potential to be actualized through the performance of skillful acts of mobility. The affective, ritualistic, and playful components of passengers' journeys are examined through the lens of performance. Timing, spacing, and acting occasion differential ecologies of affect.