2016 May, James Garbutt

James Garbutt
James Garbutt is an Entrepreneur and Co-Founder of Steel & Oak Brewing Co. (est. 2013).  Steel & Oak has a reputation as one of the best breweries in BC - it is well respected in the industry and is growing fast!  To help fund the growth of the brewery, James sells real estate.  He has been ranked in the top 1% of Realtors in Greater Vancouver since 2011, and has an ambitious goal of selling $100M in real estate this year.  James balances these two businesses with his family that consists of 2 young boys (2 & 3yrs), 2 dogs and an amazing wife.

2016 September Rob Baxter

Rob Baxter

Rob is a co-founder and principal at Vancouver Renewable Energy Cooperative which installed the first grid-tie photovoltaic system in the city of Vancouver and has since installed over 260 kW of photovoltaicRob Baxter
throughout BC during the past 12 years.  He is also founder and CEO of SolShare Energy, a community-owned renewable energy project in BC.

Rob has served as president of SPEC (Society Promoting Environmental Conservation) and has taught a course on solar energy for Langara College Continuing Studies. He has an MBA from the University of Western Ontario.

Rob has appeared on CityTV, Global TV, CTV and CBC discussing sustainability and energy issues.  He has also spoken at regional green building and energy conferences.



We are very excited to have on display the INNOVATION in Industry™ Mobile Office. Purpose built for the Sustainability Television crew while filming the INNOVATION in Industry™ series, the mobile office also challenges our thinking around space efficiency, energy efficiency, and our creative imagination.

Sustainability Television Founder & CEO Jason Robinson, together with Rob Baxter, will be on-hand to answer your questions as you tour the unit.

2016, April, Corporal Len Van Nieuwenhuizen

Biography: Corporal Len Van NieuwenhuizenRCMP logo


Corporal Len Van Nieuwenhuizen is a 30 year member of the RCMP, serving in both small provincial and large municipal Detachments. Since Sept. 2014 he is the Coordinator of the Counter Terrorism Information Officer Training Program for E Division Inset. He has served as a Counter Terrorism Officer for 7 years.

2016 March, Geoff Plant

Geoff Plant

Geoff Plant provides public law and policy advice and representation, and also works as a mediator and arbitrator in public and private law disputes.  He was theGeoff Plant
Attorney General of British Columbia and Minister Responsible for Treaty Negotiations from 2001 to 2005. In 2012 Mr. Plant was named one of Canada’s most influential lawyers by Canadian Lawyer Magazine.

Mr. Plant was first elected to the British Columbia Legislature in 1996 and from 1996 to 2001 was Opposition Justice Critic, as well as serving on a number of legislative and caucus committees. As Attorney General, Mr. Plant was the Chair of the Legislative Review Committee, the Minister responsible for the creation and oversight of the Citizens’ Assembly on Electoral Reform, and the Minister responsible for the negotiation of the New Relationship, the first-ever political accord between the Government of British Columbia and the province’s three aboriginal political organizations. 

Prior to his election to the Legislature, Mr. Plant practised as a litigation lawyer with particular emphasis on aboriginal and public law. He was counsel in a number of leading aboriginal rights and title cases, including the landmark case of Delgamuukw v. British Columbia. He has lectured and written extensively on aboriginal law, public law and law reform.

Since re-entering law practice in 2005, Mr. Plant has been appointed senior advisor to the Government of British Columbia in land and resource negotiations with the Council of Haida Nation and the First Nations Leadership Council, he has undertaken more than two dozen successful mediations in a dispute between investors and a major Canadian mutual fund company, and has provided strategic advice to a number of BC businesses on establishing effective relations with First Nations.

In 2006, Mr. Plant was appointed as a Special Advisor to the Premier and Minister of Advanced Education to lead a project called “Campus 2020: Thinking Ahead”, the first comprehensive review of post-secondary education in British Columbia in over 40 years. His report, entitled Access and Excellence: The Campus 2020 Plan for British Columbia’s Post-Secondary Education System, was released in April 2007.

From May 2007 until February 2009, Mr. Plant served as Vancouver’s Civil City Commissioner. In 2010, he was appointed board chair of Providence Health Care, one of the largest faith-based health care organizations in Canada, operating 14 sites in Vancouver, including St. Paul’s Hospital.  

In 2012 Mr. Plant was appointed chief legal strategist for the BC Government in the proceedings of the Joint Review Panel considering the Northern Gateway Pipeline. He is also board chair of the Land Title & Survey Authority of British Columbia, the Canada West Foundation and the Dalai Lama Center for Peace and Education. In May 2015 he was appointed Chancellor of Emily Carr University of Art and Design.

Mr. Plant has been recognized as a leading practitioner in the area of aboriginal law in the 2013 Canadian Legal Lexpert Directory and in the 2013 and 2014 editions of The Best Lawyers in Canada (Woodward/White).

2016, April, Sergeant Derrick Gravelle

Biography: Sergeant Derrick GravelleRCMP logo


Sergeant Derrick Gravelle has 22 years' service with the RCMP, serving at the Langley Detachment, Border Integrity Program, Surrey Detachment, and also as the provincial Crime Reduction Coordinator. He joined the INSET Community Outreach Team and is committed to working with communities in prevention and intervention.

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