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Ecotrust Canada

Street Smarts

LEDlab, Ecotrust Canada’s initiative with Simon Fraser University, is racking up small but significant victories on Vancouver’s Downtown Eastside.

The project unlocks opportunities for those living in a Canadian neighbourhood known for its decades-long struggle with poverty, addiction, and mental illness.

This past week, LEDlab published its 2015/16 Annual Report. We chatted with manager Kiri Bird to learn more about her work. Check out our short Q&A to find out:

  • What, exactly, is a “social change lab?”

  • Why is it a good idea to step outside your comfort zone?

  • How can I, or my company, make a positive social impact?

LEDlab is a great example of an innovative place-based economic development initiative. We’re proud to be a part of its success.


New and Notable

NEW FACE: Tatiana Lyssoun joined Ecotrust Canada as our new Director of Finance. She was previously the finance manager at the College of Registered Nurses of British Columbia. Welcome aboard!

COVERAGE: Both USA TODAY and The Huffington Post recently featured Ecotrust Canada project ThisFish in a pair of stories about how tech companies and nonprofits are working on chain-of-custody solutions.

SOCIAL: We're creeping up on 5,000 Twitter followers! Will you help us over the top