Alison Carr is a passionate community builder and people connector from Victoria, B.C. Shortly after completing her B.A. from UBC’s Geography Department, she landed herself a role working for Nada, a package-free grocery store on a mission to cultivate a better world by inspiring people to change the way they shop for groceries. Her role as Nada’s COO compliments her eleven years of retail, food, and grocery experience while has simultaneously provided her with an incredible introduction into the start-up and social entrepreneurship world. Her scope of work varies day to day from supplier acquisition, marketing, finance, and community building as the Nada team approaches their first store opening in April 2018. Named as one of BC Business’ 30 Under 30, Alison is thrilled to be a part of this hardworking and dynamic team who all envision an unpackaged future.
A published author and Pushcart Prize nominee, Anneliese holds master’s degrees in Italian and Creative Writing from UBC. Passionate about the Earth and deeply discouraged by the 2008 IPCC reports, she began embedding sustainability into her ground-breaking UBC course ‘Green Italian’, which won a student ReThink Award, and featured in the video “Climate Solutions, From Classroom to Community”. In 2011, she was named one of six UBC Sustainability Teaching and Learning Fellows. As the only fellow in Arts, she was thrilled to incorporate Wendell Berry, W.S. Merwin, eco-rap and the novel Into the Forest into their co-taught Sustainability 101 course. Also in 2008, she began her climate fiction series of novels, Distant Dream. Many of her short stories now also take place in a climate-changed world. In her wide-ranging advocacy for a livable planet, Anneliese believes that art is often the most powerful action.
David Isaac (Wugadusk)
David Isaac, also known as Wugadusk in his traditional name, is a Mi’kmaq originally from Listuguj, Quebec but was raised in Vancouver within the traditional territory of the Coast Salish peoples . He has been a long-time advocate for Indigenous health, the environment and has previously served as the Executive Director for the Vancouver Native Health Society as well as the Centre for Native Policy & Research. Most recently, he joined the Cleantech Economic Strategy Table for the Ministry of Innovation, Science and Economic Development Canada. David is the President of the W Dusk Energy Group, which works with Indigenous communities to harness the power of their renewable energy resources. W Dusk are actively developing megawatt and community scale solar farms and is deploying emerging technologies like tidal power and blockchain enabled energy storage systems. W Dusk completed two of BC’s largest community owned solar projects and are developing renewable powered greenhouses and water systems. When David is not working, he can be found in nature and is an avid ocean yacht racer.