Coro Strandberg (previously Schou), Principal of Strandberg Consulting, is a nationally recognized corporate sustainability and social responsibility advisor to business, industry associations and governments. She provides strategy, advice and facilitation services on the integration of social and environmental considerations in business and the marketplace in ways that create financial and societal value. Coro specializes in integrating sustainability into board governance, corporate strategy, finance, risk management, procurement, and human resource management. She also advises industry associations on the development of corporate social responsibility (CSR) programs for their members. One of her clients has been named a top Corporate Citizen by Corporate Knights for the past five years.
In addition to her active advisory practice, Coro is a public speaker, writer, trainer and thought leader on emerging social and environmental business models. She publishes guides and tools on CSR strategy and integration on her website at www.corostrandberg.com. She leads The Conference Board of Canada’s CSR webinar series and authored most of Industry Canada’s online CSR toolkit. In 2012, Coro was recognized as one of the first Clean50 honourees in Canada for her contributions to clean capitalism. Coro is also an associate with Canadian Business for Social Responsibility, a national network of companies committed to CSR leadership.
Coro is a past director and Chair of Vancity Credit Union, which she helped position as a global leader in corporate social responsibility. Past roles also include Green Economy Policy Advisor and Director of Social Policy for the BC Government and Social Planner for the City of Surrey.
Coro lives in Burnaby in a LEED Gold certified home with her partner and two teen-agers. She is a proud daughter of a Dane who immigrated to Canada in the 1950s. She works with a Danish flag at her desk and a view of the north shore mountains.
Andy Poon - Manager, Investor and Industry Education
Communications & Education
Andy manages the BC Securities Commission’s community relations program. His role is to identify, develop, market and implement opportunities for community-level programming that promote awareness of the BCSC and its investor education programs. To do so, he works with leaders, stakeholders and organizations in various communities – in particular, those in ethnic communities and enforcement agencies such as the RCMP and municipal police services.
A former journalist, he has reported for a number of news organizations across Canada including Dow Jones Financial News in Toronto, The Globe and Mail, and The Vancouver Sun. His career in communications and public relations started as a public affairs officer for UBC in 1999. Andy joined the BCSC as a media relations officer in April 2001.
Andy has a Bachelor of Science and MBA from Dalhousie University in Halifax, N.S. and a Masters degree in journalism from University of Western Ontario.
Niels Boel Abrahamsen, Danish Ambassador to Canada
Mr. Abrahamsen joined the Foreign Ministry in 1993, after completing a master’s degree in economics at the University of Copenhagen and working at the Ministry of Finance for two years.
By 1995, he was first secretary in Austria and returned three years later to head the Foreign Ministry’s European Union department. In 2001, he was minister-counsellor at the Embassy in Washington and a year later, he became Deputy Head of the Finance Department. For four years Mr. Abrahamsen led the Economics and Trade department at the Royal Danish Embassy in Washington. In 2006, Mr. Abrahamsen was made head of security and three years later, ambassador for security, services and digitalization at the Foreign Ministry.
Last year the Ambassador completed a one-year posting in Kabul, Afghanistan where he was instrumental in many successful foreign visits and involved with ensuring vital foreign aid to the Afghan people, including educational programs.
And just when you might be thinking that the Ambassador is all about work and no play, we recently learned that within the first month of his arrival in Canada last year he enthusiastically ran a half marathon race!
When Niels Boel Abrahamsen was instated as Danish Ambassador to Canada in August 2013, the Right Honorable Governor-general David Johnston stated this in his welcome speech:
Denmark and Canada have long been trusted allies, sharing particular interests as parliamentary democracies and northern nations. Our two countries have worked well together in Afghanistan and North Africa, and we have frequently co-operated on Arctic issues. As you know, Canada is the current chair of the Arctic Council, and I am confident that we can take this opportunity to further our friendship and achieve shared goals.
Mr. Abrahamsen is married to Karen Eva Lind Abrahamsen and they have two sons.
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Scandinavian Business Club Barbecue and Joke Telling Contest - June 11th
We’re lightening up with a more relaxed Business Club evening and the last SBC event before the summer. Join with colleagues new and old, enjoy a delicious steak or salmon barbecue dinner (your choice) and laugh the evening away. That’s right. We’re calling on all humorists to polish up your funniest story line and become a contestant in the Joke Telling Contest. There are prizes to be won!
We’re also announcing the winner of this year’s SBC Scholarship. Congratulations to Kristina Sutula! Come show your Club pride and be part of this evening dedicated to presenting Kristina with her SBC Scholarship and hearing how she plans to spend her new-found wealth. And let’s raise a glass together one more time before we break for the summer.
An Evening with Jay James, International Business Consultant, Philanthropist and Renaissance Man
Jay James opens the evening with a brief summary of his impressions of the future impact of the Canadian-European Trade Agreement, having had conversations with federal politicians closely involved with the deal. But at the heart of his talk is a story of childhood disability that led him on a miraculous journey of healing and self-discovery starting in Sweden and that today helps to enrich the lives of children across the globe. It also earned him a Golden Jubilee Commemorative Medal for ‘Exemplary Citizenship’. Jay James concludes his presentation with pertinent notes about Swedish philosopher and nobleman Swedenborg and shares a secret lurking in our own Club!
Don’t miss this fun, fascinating and eclectic evening with Jay James preceded by a delicious Scandinavian dinner and an hour of networking and fellowship.