Between Two Flags is a podcast created and run by the United Nations Association in Canada – a charitable organization based in Ottawa with a long history of civil society engagement. Episodes feature discussions with diverse innovators and stakeholders sharing how their organizations and collectives are working towards creating an equal and sustainable Canada, as well as what Canada has to offer to the world.
This is a bilingual podcast with episodes both in English and French.
Episode 33: Derrick Meyer, Digital Link and Power Up The Planet
We had the pleasure of sitting down with Derrick Meyer who kindly shared his perspectives on the planet's e-waste crisis. This discussion allowed us to learn how Derrick's work with Digital Link and Power Up The Planet contributes to addressing this issue.
Before delving into the world of IT, Derrick Meyer graduated with a psychology degree from the University of Alberta. He went on to work with EMS, and later moved into the non-profit sector working at an organization helping adults with developmental disabilities. It was there that he learned the importance of establishing a great work environment, something he has brought to his current role as President of Digital Link in Edmonton. Derrick had been doing IT projects on the side while working in other industries over the start of his career. He also has a strong love of computers that stems from his childhood. Both of these factors gave him the motivation to establish his own company and build a trusted brand that helps clients with IT, social media, web development, and more.
In addition to working full time with Digital Link and managing a team of sixteen employees, Derrick is the Executive Director of the non-profit initiative, Power Up The Planet, which seeks to reduce electronic waste in the community. His hope is to see the initiative grow over time and eventually become global. Derrick says that his biggest professional accomplishment thus far is that he was able to start a successful, sustainable business while having no business background, and that his family is his main motivation in life and career.
Nathan Adams – Senior Project Officer, Green Spaces Programme, United Nations Association in Canada
Episode 32: Dave Harder and Thomas Cumberbatch, Good City People
We had the pleasure of sitting down with Dave Harder and Thomas Cumberbatch who kindly shared their perspectives on some of the sustainable development goals (SDGs), which includes SDG 11 (Sustainable cities and communities). This discussion allowed us to learn how Dave’s and Thomas’s work with Good City People contribute to making communities safer, and more resilient and sustainable. As fathers and individuals who’ve worked extensively with youths, they’ve also shared interesting insights on some of the biggest challenges that Canadian youth face as well as proactive approaches to tackle these challenges.
Meghan Elliot – Regional Coordinator, Canada Green Corps and Green Spaces programmes, United Nations Association in Canada
Elisabeth Huang - Project Officer, Green Spaces programme, United Nations Association in Canada
Episode 31: Daniel Bida, Zoo Share
United Nations Association in Canada has the opportunity to learn more about the meaningful work that Zoo Share, North America’s first zoo biogas plant, does in transforming organic waste into fertilizer and renewable power for the Ontario grid from Daniel.
Daniel is a Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA) who spent the first five years of his career as a global power and gas utilities analyst focused on credit quality, and performance on environmental, social and governance metrics. Daniel has been active in the social enterprise sector since 2009 when he founded ReGenerate Biogas Inc., to develop biogas projects focused on maximizing the use of local waste and capital to produce renewable energy. As the Executive Director of ZooShare Biogas Cooperative Inc., Daniel has been successful in leading a team to raise over $4 million from more than 500 impact investors to build North America’s first zoo-based biogas plant at the Toronto Zoo. He lives in Toronto with his wife, daughter and dog, and enjoys travelling and being in nature whenever possible.
Furthermore, Daniel also kindly shared how his interest in environmental issues has led to an incredible career in renewable energy.
-Nathan Adams, Senior Project officer with Green Spaces programme
-Ian Chow, Project officer with Canada Green Corps programme
Episode 30: Martin Clermont, fondateur et PDG de Will Solutions
Depuis 32 ans, Monsieur Clermont a participé à la mise sur pied et à la réalisation de plusieurs projets majeurs et innovants dans le secteur du développement durable, au Canada et ailleurs dans le monde. En parallèle à ces projets, il a réalisé divers mandats, pour le Secrétariat de la Convention de Bâle (Programme des Nations Unies en Environnement), dans une vingtaine de pays d’Europe, d’Afrique, d’Amérique latine et en Chine.
Ces projets consistèrent, entre autres, à fournir l’assistance à la mise en place d’inventaire national sur les déchets dangereux, la mise sur pied de méthodologie d’audits et des recommandations pour l’implantation de législations et de politiques nationales pour une gestion écologiquement rationnelle des déchets.
Cet épisode est une formidable source d'appretissage du marché des crédits de carbone! Vous n'en serez pas déçu!
- Melissa Mutunda, Agente de Projet de la Brigade verte du Canada
- Alexandra Brunet, Agente de Projet du Programme de stages en Développement International et en Diplomatie
Episode 29: Simron Singh, Associate Professor and Associate Dean of Graduate Studies (Faculty of Environment) at the University of Waterloo
UNA-Canada had a very informative discussion with Simron, Associate Professor and Associate Dean of Graduate Studies (Faculty of Environment) at the University of Waterloo. His research draws on the concepts of social metabolism and environmental justice to study society-nature interactions.
Simron has played lead roles in several EU projects related to environmental justice, social conflicts, and the politics surrounding payment for ecosystem services. His research focuses mainly on local or sub-national scales, with particular interest in small islands, currently the Mediterranean and the Caribbean.
His work on the Nicobar Islands in the aftermath of the 2004 tsunami has received considerable science and media attention, with profile in journals Science and Nature, New Scientist, and a documentary film, Aftermath.
Click to find out more about Simron's incredible experience in the field of Social Justice.
- Melissa Mutunda, Project Officer with Canada Green Corps Programme
-Ian Chow, Project officer with Canada Green Corps Programme
Episode 28: Roy Osing, Former President, Executive Vice-President and Chief Marketing Officer of TELUS Corp - Part 1
In today’s unpredictable economy with new competitors entering the market, it is important to position yourself in a way that allows you to stand out from others. In the pursuit of a satisfying and rewarding career, it is important to not only define theoretical precepts of career development in developing a theoretical framework but it is imperative to observe and act on what successful people have done to achieve their results.
Roy Osing is a former President, Executive Vice-President and Chief Marketing Officer of TELUS Corp. Over his 33-year career, he was able to successfully build and lead many businesses ranging from start-ups to intensively competitive internet and data enterprises to mature regulated monopolies. We were fortunate to interview Roy Osing who not only shared learning lessons with students and young professionals from his career but also advice on how to stand out from the rest of the crowd, developing the right networks as well as transforming an entrepreneurial idea into a reality. We hope that this podcast enable individuals who are at the early stages of their career to take away meaningful learnings that will allow them to be closer in reaching their career objectives.
This is BTF's first podcast in which two participants from Canada Green Corps took turns in asking career-related questions.
Stay tuned for Part 2 of this episode!