Judy Fainstein

Founder, YesBC (Youth for Environmental Stewardship) and certified under Al Gore as a Climate Project presenter

I live in Victoria, BC with my husband Perry and our 2 teenage sons. We love the west coast and feel privileged to live in such a beautiful part of the world. My professional background is varied and includes experience in both the public and private sectors. I enjoy communications and training, with a focus on youth and environmental leadership. My passion is working with young people to increase public awareness about climate change and to give youth a voice in front of decision makers in their communities. I founded YesBC, a grassroots non-profit organization dedicated to providing youth with environmental leadership opportunities. YesBC has received support from public and private sources, including the Steve Nash Foundation – Steve is a hometown hero in Victoria and an amazing role model for youth. Developing YesBC is what led me to the Climate Project and I am proud to be associated with such a devoted group of individuals who care so much about the future of our planet and our legacy for future generations.

Common Energy

Common Energy is a student-led organization whose mission is to bring UBC beyond climate neutral. In other words, we believe that the UBC community of students, faculty and staff should work together to reduce our climate footprint AND create solutions for a climate-neutral future. We envision a campus that does more to solve the climate crisis than it does to cause it.

We have a proven history of success and are ready for another exciting year. Lined up for this year is our third Teach-in, the goBEYOND Challenge, as well as our efforts to improve climate education at UBC, reduce campus waste, foster climate dialogue and much much more!


Oxfam Canada, founded in 1963, is an international development agency working with over 100 partner organizations in Africa, the Americas and Asia. We work with partners to tackle the root causes of poverty, injustice and inequality, helping to create self-reliant and sustainable communities, with a specific focus on women.

In Canada, Oxfam works on development education, advocacy, public awareness and building a constituency of support for our work in advancing women’s rights.

Oxfam Canada is a member of Oxfam International, an confederation of thirteen Oxfams worldwide. With Oxfam International, we work on joint campaigns, for example For All, to raise awareness of issues, and to influence the policy of governments and institutions such as the World Bank, the International Monetary Fund and the United Nations. By working together, we also feel we increase the impact and effectiveness of our individual programs.

Our work is made possible by the financial contributions of over 50,000 individual and institutional donors across Canada.

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