Robyn Hall

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Robyn Hall
Based in Toronto, I am a graduate of the Masters of Information (MI) program at the University of Toronto, and the former Communications Manager at Canadian Business for Social Responsibility and Ontario-based Alterna Savings credit union. Most recently, I had the opportunity to be a project media archivist at TVOntario, working with legacy film and video on a wide range of social and environmental topics at Ontario's educational broadcaster. I'm long-time believer that businesses of whatever type - co-op, private, public - are critical to the process of social and environmental change.

Posts by This Writer

6 years 3 months ago

When Domtar recently announced its acquisition of the Xerox North American paper business, I wondered what the positive sustainability impact would be. Domtar has built an environmental leadership position in the pulp and paper industry over a 10-year period. Just Means writer Meirav Even-Har did a great job...


6 years 3 months ago

One of Canada’s oldest CSR networks has completed a transformation process launched in 2011 with the announcement of a new Board of Directors and branding. CBSR was founded in 1995 among progressive businesses in Vancouver. Since then it has supported many Canadian companies on their CSR and sustainability journeys through membership and advisory services. The CBSR Summit on CSR is one of the major conferences on the CSR calendar in Canada each year. In January 2013, CBSR officially changed its business model and mandate. Moving away from the consulting services it had offered in the past, the focus is now solely...


6 years 3 months ago

Leadership matters. Ed Clark, President & CEO of TD Bank Group, one of Canada’s largest banks, has announced that he will be retiring in 2014, to be replaced by Bharat Masrani. Mr. Clark and his team negotiated the successful merger of Toronto Dominion Bank with Canada Trust and grew the bank into one of the 10 largest in the U.S. while achieving...


6 years 3 months ago

Placing students for impact after graduation >> Read part one of this post: Student interest means ever-increasing ESG content at this Canadian school If anything, the challenge for Toronto-based Schulich...


6 years 3 months ago

Student interest means ever-increasing ESG content at this Canadian school “I thought it might just be hype, but they do talk about in accounting class!” related Liane Langstaff, a joint JD/MBA student at the Schulich School of Business and Osgoode Hall Law School at York University in Toronto. She was one of a few students I spoke to at a recent Schulich student/industry CR networking event who emphasized that sustainability content was embedded into many of their core MBA courses. It’s a testimonial for the Toronto-based business school ranked #1 Canadian school and #2 worldwide by the...


6 years 3 months ago

Collaboration gets talked about a lot in CSR: companies with NGOs, companies with companies, cross-sectoral innovations. When it comes to managing a resource like water that flows over every human-made boundary, we really need collaboration—a lot. Awareness of water issues is growing in Canada. Only a few examples: coastal areas need to prepare for future rising sea levels due to climate change, some of Canada’s water infrastructure needs expensive updating1...


6 years 4 months ago

Canada Water Week is inspiring Canadians to declare their love for their favourite body of water, and events are happening across country to make the health of Canada’s water resource top of mind. Ontario government puts Great Lakes protection back in focus Water Week seemed to come early in Ontario with the reintroduction of the Great Lakes Protection Act, 2013 to the provincial legislature in February by new premier...


6 years 4 months ago

While growing and vibrant, Canada’s clean energy industry currently holds 1% of the $1 trillion global clean tech market—an industry that will triple in size by 20201. With clean tech already a driver of innovation and employment, and over 700 companies at work, what can Canada do to fully capture the opportunity of the 21st century? There are three public policy paths the Canadian federal government can take to move our clean technology industries forward, according to a new report by the Pembina Institute, discussed via webinar this week. A number of...


6 years 4 months ago

Sustainalytics has announced changes to the Jantzi Social Index (JSI) based on an annual review. The index of 60 Canadian ESG leaders acts as a performance benchmark for institutional investors and financial institutions, and is based in the TSX 60 Index. The new company additions, added effective March 18, 2013, are Corus Entertainment, Enerplus Corporation, Labrador Iron Ore Royalty Corporation, New Gold, Inc., and ShawCor Ltd. According to Sustainalytics, Labrador Iron Ore...


6 years 4 months ago

Talking about benefits, but not talking about risks and costs, is something the industry has not been able to do as well. But we are doing a better job now. - Jamie Sokalsky, Barrick Gold The bigger problem is who we are talking to – we spend too much time preaching to the choir. When we talk about benefits, and the responsibility we are all engaging in, we know we are doing that. We have been working hard at it for many years. But we are not communicating those successes and the evolution of the business outside of the business....


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