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The Vancouver Experience

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We took a calculated risk last week in planning a 1% event in Vancouver in the midst of the Canucks run at the Stanley Cup.  The hockey gods managed to smile down on us, though, and scheduled games 3 and 4 of the series on either side of our June 7 event.

We welcomed around 40 people from 1% member companies, NGOs, and interested local businesses to the newly opened W2 Media Café in Vancouver on Tuesday to participate in a presentation and discussion with 1% and Mountain Equipment Co-op.  Esther Speck and Laurie Edward, who together lead MEC’s sustainability and community engagement initiatives, joined 1%’s own Melody Badgett to discuss the 1% model and its role in MEC’s overall sustainability program.

As the largest 1% member in Canada, MEC has given over $17 million to environmental causes its 40 year history, and a large portion of total since joining 1% in 2006.  MEC’s membership in 1% has driven major growth in giving and membership in Canada—when MEC joined in late 2006, we had 9 members in Canada.  Today that number has grown to 164, and Canada is one of the fastest growing regions in the 1% network thanks in large part to dozens of companies, from Victoria to Halifax.

After the presentation everyone was invited to stay for the member reception.  Kris Holm of Kris Holm Unicycle, our first Canadian member, spoke along with one of our newest Canadian members, Chris Winter from Big Mountain Bike Adventures, about their experience as 1% members.

We’d like to extend our great appreciation to everyone who came to hear the presentation, all of our members who attended, W2 Media Café, and Mike Rowlands from Octopus Strategies who helped us plan the event!  We look forward to growing the 1% community in Vancouver, and go Canucks!

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