Ecological Economics

New economic models that internalize the social impact and environmental costs of human activities are needed to achieve sustainable development. 

On March 17, 2015, our panel explored alternative views on how to achieve economic prosperity while being mindful of planetary boundaries.



Michelle Molnar

Economist, David Suzuki Foundation

Michelle Molnar has been an economist at the David Suzuki Foundation for 10 years, where she is currently focusing on the conservation of natural capital. She also teaches courses on ecological economics at BCIT. Her areas of expertise include eco-assets, policy outreach, and natural capital.


Tom Green

Associate Professor, Royal Roads School of Environment & Sustainability

Tom Green is currently teaching at the Associate Faculty with the School of Environment & Sustainability at Royal Roads University and is currently visiting faculty teaching sustainable energy futures in the Semester in Dialogue program of Simon Fraser University’s Centre for Dialogue. From 2013-2014 he was postdoctoral researcher at the Stockholm Resilience Centre; this centre is focused on improving the resilience of social-ecological systems.


Michael Barkusky

Director, Board of Change

Michael Barkusky is an entrepreneur in diverse sectors including manufacturing, international trade and wholesaling, support of professional legal services, and the delivery of accounting services to clients. Most recently, he has been focusing on carbon finance and First Nations community economic development, primarily in Vancouver.