Steven Fish, Executive Director

Steven Fish is the Executive Director of Canadian Business for Social Responsibility (CBSR).  He joined CBSR in 2010 and in just under three years moved into the leadership role to renew the organization – now celebrating their 21st year of responsible business leadership.

Under his direction, CBSR has developed a new thought leadership platform, The Transformational Company. This global standard moves well beyond incremental corporate social responsibility (CSR) and helps leading companies address systemic social and environmental issues in their business operations.

Prior to joining CBSR, Steven worked in a diverse set of roles that have all contributed to his systems thinking and multi-sector approach to problem solving. He previously held positions in Municipal program management, support work with the Association of Community Living, management of national distribution for the action sport apparel lines: Sessions and Dragon, partnership development roles during the Compaq/Hewlett Packard merger, business development advisor to several start-up companies, and as the founder of his own business, Left Feet – the first ethics-based footwear retailer in Canada.

Steven has served on the CSR expert advisory group to Industry Canada on their CSR Implementation Guide for Canadian Business and is a member of the Education Council for St. Michael’s College Sustainability & CSR Program at the University of Toronto. A sought after moderator and speaker, he has also contributed his insights to the Climate Summit of the Americas, the Conference Board of Canada, the French Economic Social and Environmental Council, the GLOBE Series, the Import Export Canada conference, the Social Enterprise World Forum, Volunteer Canada and the World Forum for a Responsible Economy.

With a background in music and classical voice training, Steven has also written, recorded and performed extensively as an independent artist. He currently works out of CBSR’s office in Toronto and lives in Hamilton with his partner, their two children and two very needy cats.

David Klar, Program & Membership Manager

Based in our Toronto office, David is the Program and Membership Manager for Canadian Business for Social Responsibility (CBSR). David is responsible for CBSR’s membership network and creating strategic programs that engage Canada’s business community.

An emerging leader in the field of sustainability, David has worked for some of Canada’s largest retail brands implementing sustainability projects for diverse internal clients. David is a dedicated professional with a passion for the environment. His past work focused on achieving cost savings while delivering environmental impact reductions. David holds a Master of Science in Industrial Ecology from the Norwegian University of Science and Technology and a Bachelor of Environmental Studies from York University.

CBSR Associates

Agnieszka Rum

agnieszkaBased in the Toronto office, Agnieszka Rum is a CBSR Associate with a broad range of sustainability consulting experience specializing in sustainability reporting (possesses GRI Certification), value chain analysis and strategy. Agnieszka advises companies from various sectors on developing sustainability reports, strategic and performance management frameworks, and addressing supply chain risks and opportunities.

Prior to joining CBSR, Agnieszka was a Sustainable Business Solutions consultant within the advisory practice at PricewaterhouseCoopers in Europe. Before that, Agnieszka was an Environmental Advisor with the Economic Affairs Division of the Netherlands Consulate-General in Toronto, where she advised businesses in the environmental technology sector on operating in Canada.

Agnieszka has a Master of Science degree from the International Industrial Institute for Environmental Economics at Lund University in Sweden. With a particular interest in environmental sustainability and natural capital management, Agnieszka conducts research, case studies, webinars, and writes blogs about the food industry, the role of ecosystem services in business and supply chain risks and opportunities particularly in the context of commodity risks, ecological limits and global environmental dynamics. She also co-authored a publication on environmental sustainability guidelines with several other European business representatives.

Coro Strandberg

coroCoro Strandberg is the Principal of Strandberg Consulting, which provides strategy advice to companies and industry associations that seek to integrate social and environmental considerations into their purpose, governance, operations and supply chains to create business value and societal benefit. She specializes in sustainability and corporate social responsibility leadership.

Coro has a tri-sector background in business, government and non-profit sectors working in social, environmental and financial roles. Her insights are drawn from a twenty-year career in the sustainability field, including 12 years as a director of Vancity, where as Chair of the Board she helped position the credit union as an international leader in corporate social responsibility.

Coro was named the top CSR consultant by the 2015 Clean50 for her leadership and impact in sustainability consulting in Canada.

She regularly publishes research, tools and guides on sustainability and corporate social responsibility transformation on her website. To learn more about Coro’s current work, read her blog and visit Publications and Tools.

Strandberg lives and works out of her LEED Gold home in Burnaby, B.C.

Sheila R. Carruthers

sheilaSheila has extensive knowledge of Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR), building from her community investment work with two large Canadian charitable foundations to consulting on grants programs and strategic CSR processes.

Originally from the UK, Sheila lived and worked in the USA before moving to Canada. She has worked in the financial, government, multi-national, and nonprofit sectors.

A certified Management Consultant (CMC) and trainer for university and professional development courses, Sheila coaches MBA students, trains new consultants and teaches university courses in CSR and nonprofit studies.

Actively supporting her local and professional communities, Sheila was awarded the Alberta Centennial Medal and the Scouts Canada Centennial Medal. Currently she chairs Scouts Canada’s Chinook Region Community Council, volunteers with IABC Calgary, and is a judge for Oil Week Magazine’s annual Sustainability Report Awards.

Mark Wessel, Associate PR Counsel

mark-wesselBullpen PR founder and senior practitioner Mark Wessel has provided strategic counsel for clients in Canada, the U.S. and the UK for more than 30 years in sectors ranging from IT to real estate development to travel and tourism to consumer retail.

He is a member of the Public Relations Society of America (PRSA), the Counselor’s Academy (a PRSA special interest group for senior level practitioners) and the UK-based Chartered Institute of Public Relations (CIPR). Consistent with the fact that Bullpen PR has represented a number of residential and commercial builders and developers over the years, Mark is a member of the Construction Resources Initiatives Council, a unique non-profit building industry-led organization with the mission of eliminating construction, renovation and demolition waste to landfill sites by 2030.

In the interest of building awareness and appreciation for Corporate Social Responsibility, Mark writes columns and articles for the business and B2B media, that are designed to draw attention to CSR trends and initiatives and at the same time, inspire and motivate businesses to get more involved in CSR.

In his capacity as Associate PR Counsel, Mark lends his expertise in the areas of Media Relations and Content Marketing in support of CBSR’s annual conference in November and other events throughout the year.

Jim Cooney

jimJim Cooney has for many years been a thought leader and consensus builder around issues of social responsibility and sustainability in the extractive sector. In 2011 the Canadian Institute of Mining, Metallurgy and Petroleum recognized his contributions over many years by honoring him with the Syncrude Award for Excellence in Sustainable Development.

As a Senior Associate, Jim advises CBSR on extractive sector strategies for integrating sustainable economic growth, social progress, environmental protection and effective governance. In his role with the Responsible Minerals Sector Initiative at the Beedie School of Business at Simon Fraser University, he is involved in interdisciplinary research and dialogue related to corporate social responsibility in the extractive sector. As a collaborator with the Canadian Business Ethics Research Network, he engages with leading thinkers based in universities, corporations, non-governmental organizations and governments in exploring corporate ethics and best practices related to issues of human rights, socially responsible investing, indigenous peoples, and resource extraction.

Jim retired from Placer Dome, as Vice President, International Government Affairs, when that company was acquired by Barrick Gold in 2006. During his thirty years in the mining industry, he has worked on projects in Canada and in many countries of the developing world. He played a major role in the Mining Minerals and Sustainable Development (MMSD) project from 1998 to 2002, which created a new framework for understanding and advancing corporate social responsibility in the global mining industry.

Jim has served on the Boards of Transparency International – Canada, the North South Institute, the Canadian Chamber of Commerce and the Pacific Basin Economic Council. He was a member of the Advisory Group appointed by Foreign Affairs Canada on Corporate Social Responsibility in the Canadian Extractive Sector in Developing Countries, which held hearings across Canada and submitted its report to government in 2007. Over the years, he has served on many advisory panels to Natural Resources Canada, the World Bank, and agencies of the United Nations.

He holds a BA in philosophy and political science from Georgetown University, an MA in East Asian Studies from the University of Toronto, and an M. T. S. from the Vancouver School of Theology, for which he wrote a thesis on Christian Ethics and Corporations. He is a frequent writer and speaker on the subjects of mining and sustainability, corporate ethics, and social and political risk management.