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.

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6 years 2 months ago

Thirty years ago Sponsorium founder and president Paul Pednault launched a consulting business in Montreal to advise companies on effective community investment strategies. Today, Sponsorium offers a SaaS community investment tool that is used by 200 companies in Australia, Europe, Asia and the Americas. PerforMind, Sponsorium’s community investment management system, has been around in its current web-based form since 2002. It facilitates centralized management of funding applications, application evaluation, and...


6 years 2 months ago

When the 2013 Global 100 rankings were released by Toronto-based media and investment research company Corporate Knights (CK), some attention was paid to the optics of two oil companies making the top five of what is arguably the most rigorous global...


6 years 2 months ago

The much-discussed deal for the acquisition of Canadian ESG leader Nexen by Chinese state-owned CNOOC was completed yesterday, with a total value of $15.1B. According to company statements1,2, energy company Nexen will operate as a subsidiary of CNOOC with continuing leadership by CEO Kevin Reinhart, who has been an employee of Nexen for over 18 years. A new Board of Directors has been formed, and will be lead by Li Fanrong, CEO of CNOOC. Business, including operations in Western Canada, the North Sea, offshore West Africa and the Gulf of Mexico, will continue to be managed from the...


6 years 2 months ago

Following on US President Barack Obama’s endorsement of climate change action in his second term inauguration speech, the US Ambassador to Canada, David Jacobson, has implied that Obama is looking to see greater forward motion by Canada on climate as a trade-off for approval of the Keystone XL Pipeline1,2. The Canadian government went on to defend its record last week. Canadian Foreign Affairs Minister John Baird challenged the US to improve its own performance on coal-fired power generation—taking credit for provincial actions to close coal-fired electricity...


6 years 3 months ago

As American protests of the Keystone XL pipeline continue, recent polls indicate falling global concern for environmental issues and lack of trust in government and business to address pressing challenges. Recent GlobeScan Radar polling...


6 years 3 months ago

With #BellLetsTalk trending worldwide yesterday, Canadians added their support in large numbers to Bell’s Let’s Talk campaign on mental health. Bell, Canada’s largest telecommunications company, is supporting mental health causes through this five-year charitable program. Tackling this stigmatized issue seems to be resonating with customers and non-customers alike. Bell will be donating 5¢ for every tweet with #BellLetsTalk, Facebook share, and customer text and long-distance call made on February 12. Final numbers are not yet posted, but with an over 80,000,000 number tweeted at 9pm EST last...


6 years 3 months ago

What defines growth in the future? How local will our economies get? And what kind of structure will best serve the 2.0 firm? Envisioning the next version of capitalism means going big—through consolidation of global ESG standards—and going local—through a diversity of resilient businesses bringing financial, social and environmental value to their markets. A stormy February 7 brought a still enthusiastic crowd to hear Canadian sustainability thinker Bob Willard...


6 years 3 months ago

Canada’s environmental performance has received low marks in comparison to 17 other developed countries in a recent ...


6 years 3 months ago

Upon finishing information school and beginning to reconnect with CR&S, I saw an upcoming discussion in Toronto of “Capitalism 2.0”. What does it mean and how can a “gold standard” of performance be achieved? Individuals and businesses live amongst complex and rapidly changing economic, environmental and social systems, as Timothy Nash notes. Is Capitalism 2.0 then the further embedment of the goal of...


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