Could “Giving” Undergo a Fundamental Shift in the Future?

Could it pivot to that of building more sustainable communities? That was the topic that opened the morning panel at The Corporate State: Vancouver CEO Summit on May 1 at the Four Seasons Hotel Vancouver.

Panelists Shirlee Sharkey and Jody Steinhauer

At a sold-out conference of 120 senior leaders, entrepreneurs and corporate C-Suite women, the topic of “Meaning: A New Emerging Ethic”  moderated by Mary Prefontaine, President and CEO of ICAN – The Institute of Career Advancement Needs,  elicited strong response around learning to value human experience, engaging in community, and building healthy organizations.

Nancye Green

According to Nancye Green, Partner/Founder of Donovan/Green and a design strategist, “It’s all about health. Many people don’t know their own purpose and it feels false. A healthy organization is contextual to the society it is in: within the community, the people, and the workers.”  Nancye suggested that the challenge will be in dealing with complexity and situations that we cannot control. “There is a huge amount of courage required, she continued, “but many people don’t have the conviction to jump into issues where we can’t see the next step.”

Susan Yurkovich

At BC Hydro, the company is dedicated to involving youth in sustainability activities. According to Susan Yurkovich, Executive Vice President of the Site C Clean Energy Project, keeping that pool engaged is a challenge, but one that brings a completely different talent to the team and a whole new sense of values, all needed to get work done.

Panelist Tracy Redies responds to a question at the Summit while Moderator Mary Prefontaine and panelists look on

Coast Capital Savings President and CEO Tracey Redies said, “when you bring the hearts and souls of employees to work in addition to their minds, something magical can happen.”
Shirlee Sharkey, President and CEO of Saint Elizabeth, encouraged all women leaders to be “damn good” at rising to the occasion, being innovative in the way they build, and to respond to things that will bring sustainability.


Summit Photos by Rosa Tang


Categories: New Opportunities, Values


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