Institute for Global Solutions 2016

We were asked to do this Series to help prepare their students for the cross Canada exploration of what it is to be a Canadian. Here’s  the benefit the students reported.

Justin Blanchfield is a Professional Mechanical Engineer living in Victoria, BC. His career is focused on the sustainable development of our communities by minimizing our ecological impact on the environment. Justin has extensive experience in energy conservation and renewable energy generation. Prior to joining SES Consulting Inc., Justin gained valuable engineering experience in a diverse range of projects including water and wastewater treatment and distribution, energy recovery, resource management, and mathematical modelling.

Justin volunteers with Big Brothers Big Sisters and is passionate about urban farming, permaculture, community building, and playing in the mountains, ocean and woods with his friends and family.  <What students said about this session> < Justin’s current interview>


  • Sustainable and renewable energy systems
  • Energy Conservation
  • Developing the skills that help the environment
  • Engineering: being in a position to do really cool things and foster change
  • Urban agriculture

Marion Cumming      Heritage Artist & Community Advocate
Member of the Canadian Who’s Who of Canadian Women
Keeping a friendly dialogue going is important. “That’s the key.”

Background interviews:
A Boulder Wall Removed.
Teaching in a Mexican asylum

<Her interview and student feedback



  • Finding a good cause
  • Giving hope to the hopeless
  • Overcoming challenges
  • Land return to First Nations


Mark Neufeld, Teacher of the Institute for Global Solutions
<Student feedback>
< The interview>