Sustainability and Community Engagement

Giving back is part of our DNA

At Ignite Leadership International we are fiercely committed to supporting those in need, and to reducing our footprint wherever feasible. We know we can’t do it all, so we have carefully selected a number of key projects that strongly resonate with us, to focus on.


Our More Than GreenTM approach

Ignite Leadership International embraces a More Than Green™ approach in our business activities:

  • We recognize the value of people, planet, and profit as equally valuable facets to business
  • We recognize this effort is a work in progress and will conduct semi-annual reviews and report the steps we are taking
  • We will communicate on our successes as well as our challenges.


More than just talk, we put dollars on it

We know a lot of businesses today say they are committed. We do more than just that, we donate 5% of our revenues, up to $5,000 annually, to the pre-determined charities and causes we support. So you want work with us, knowing your dollars are hard at work supporting those in need.


The charities we support in 2015

Canadian Athletes NowSupporting our Olympic athletes who give us so much pleasure to watch and cheer for! As Olympians they become great leaders, teammates and innovators in business—traits we value and work to enhance with our clients and partners.
Soldier OnSupporting the members of our forces when they are injured or disabled. It is those brave men and women who allow us to live in peace and freedom.
Alzheimer Society - CanadaIn memory of Catherine’s Grandmother who fought this disease. We believe family is so important. As a knowledge-based company, our minds are central to what we offer. Supporting people with this disease, and those near to them, is important to providing quality of life
KidSport CanadaHelping all kids to play sport, build leadership and team spirit, and be healthy!

In 2014 we also made donations to help other charities as part of our business that are not included in the 5% stated above

  • The First Tee of Greater Vancouver
  • Leukemia & Lymphoma Society
  • The Poppy Campaign


Where we volunteer

Just as we mentioned above, we believe in giving back. That’s why we like to volunteer and get involved in communities where we work and live.

Golf Fore GalsVolunteer (Social Media
team, Golf Show Booth)
Business, Sales & Marketing,
Human Resources
Professional Advisory Council
for Ashton College
Program Advisor2014-2015
102nd Grey Cup FestivalVolunteer & Training
Committee Co-Manager
Burnaby Board of TradeMembership Committee
2010 to 2015

2009 to 2015
Access Program,
Burnaby Board of Trade
Connector2012 - 2015
EntrepreneurMomNowContributing Author2013
Fairleigh Dickinson University -
Business Department
Mentor2012, 2013
Fairleigh Dickinson University –
Business Department
Guest Lecturer
Woman Magazine
Contributing Author2010 to 2012
Vancouver Golf &
Travel Show
Volunteer -
various roles
2011 and 2012
99th Grey Cup FestivalVolunteer Orientation &
Training Committee -
Orientation Manual Lead
99th Grey Cup FestivalCoordinator --
Volunteer Viewing Room
Women's Enterprise
Gastrointestinal SocietyBoard of Directors -
2010 - 2011
Canadian Society of
Intestinal Research
Board of Directors -
2010 - 2011

Embracing the value of our team members

  • We regularly refer members of our team who offer contracted services
  • We create and welcome joint venture opportunities wherever possible
  • We recognize individual contributions as well as special occasions in the lives of our team members.
  • Suppliers are external team members.  As part of our team, we aim to use suppliers who also embrace all aspects of our sustainability values.


Reduce, reuse, and recycle

We reduce our carbon footprint in travel by:

  • Operating as a virtual office
  • Using technology where possible to connect with and support our clients and deliver our programs
  • Combine trips where possible to limit travel
  • Carpooling
  • Smarter scheduling of face-to-face meetings
  • Use transit where feasible (over 70% of our travel into the downtown core is taken using public transit).

We reduce our energy use by:

  • Upgrading our equipment regularly to energy-star rated models
  • Turn off monitors when away from our desk
  • Turn off lights and equipment when not in use
  • Engage energy saving mode for computers when not in use
  • Lights have been changed to LED where possible.

We reduce our use of paper:

  • We use recycled or sustainable products wherever possible
  • We print double sided for most of our documents, unless otherwise requested, or where not possible
  • Maintain less paper files and more electronic files.
  • Our major print products are printed using a CFC certified shop on paper with a minimum of 83% recycled content

We recycle:

  • All paper and cardboard products as permitted (and shredded)
  • All plastics as permitted
  • All electronics and batteries through charitable organizations that embrace sustainable methods.
  • Food waste is limited and avoided where possible.  We participate in food waste organics program.

We reuse:

  • Office supplies for internal use to maximize their life
  • Equipment that is no longer required is donated
  • Use reusable cups instead of disposable whenever possible


Our Pledge for A Sustainable Community

pledge_MemberButton_FAWe have taken the Pledge with the Burnaby Board of Trade, to publicly share our committment to sustainability in all parts of our community.   Learn more about our pledge

As a small business, we are proud to be at an intermediate level.