Jason is the CEO of Communicopia and he leads branding and online strategy engagements on many of its key accounts including the Loreto Bay Company, the BC Cancer Foundation, Environmental Defence Canada, and the United Nations Foundation. A serial entrepreneur, Jason has held senior roles in technology start-ups since 1995.
Jason is a partner and board member with BC Technology Social Venture Partners, where he helped co-found the BC Social Enterprise Fund that has awarded over $500,000 in growth capital to enterprising non-profits in BC. He is the founder and co-convener of the Web of Change conference at Hollyhock Retreat Center, which in its sixth year is the premier summit for leaders in the "social tech" movement. He is a co-founder and manager of "cultural engagement" for the Mobile MUSE project, a $3M initiative with a mandate to create a vibrant and collaborative wireless content industry in BC.A certified "ePhilanthropy Master Trainer" by the Washington DC based ePhilanthropy Foundation, in 2001 he was awarded Business in Vancouver's "Top 40 Under 40" and led Communicopia to receiving the BC Technology Industry Association's the first "Leadership in Social Responsibility" Award. A popular presenter and speaker, he has been featured in international media such as the New York Times, National Post, CBC Newsworld, The Guardian, CNN.com, CBC's The National, and Yoga Journal.
Jodie Tonita is the BC Program Manager at ONE/Northwest, an enterprising non-profit technology and communications consulting firm serving environmental organizations across the Pacific Northwest. Before coming to ONE/Northwest Jodie had more than 10 years experience in technology consulting and non profit leadership. Her technology career included a private consulting practice delivering corporate software training programs, enterprise software deployment projects, and management of administrative, communications, and distribution infrastructure creation.
Jodie's non-profit leadership experience included working at the board level of social change organizations focused on women's issues, global justice, and the environment. In 2003, Jodie attended the Web of Change conference with an eye to finding a career that would allow her to integrate her passion for social change and her professional career. It was there that she met was introduced to ONE/Northwest and 3 months later she opened their Vancouver office. Since joining ONE/Northwest in January 2004, Jodie has made significant contributions to growing the capacity and uniting the leadership of the environmental movement in BC.
Phillip is the Simplifier of Technology at Community Bandwidth, a Canadian consulting practice that works with progressive non-profits to explore the thoughtful use of technology toward creating a more just and sustainable society. In that role, he works with leading-edge social-change organizations to examine the ways Internet technology can build online relationships, support community engagement, facilitate group collaboration, and create successful online campaigns.
Phillip is currently focusing on a multi-year project to create a “progressive media alliance,” which aims to build the technology capacity of independent publications in Canada. Most recently, he has been working with a range of progressive magazines, including Grist, This Magazine, Mother Jones, and New Internationalist. Some of Phillip's other clients include: Amnesty International, the Council of Canadians, and Greenpeace.
Sarah was raised in the suburbs of Alberta, where she was offered precious little opportunity to develop a social or environmental consciousness. Somehow, despite this, the roots of one took hold, and grew to shape her adult life. She spent several years working in the not-for-profit sector in Victoria and Vancouver, including two years for the Hollyhock Leadership Institute in Vancouver. It was in that role that she discovered her interest in online tools for communications and social change – and also her deep love of Hollyhock.
In December 2004 she quit to explore her other passion of yoga for a while, but life led her back to the online world. She recently relocated to Toronto, thinks a lot about the internet and social change, and teaches Yoga for Geeks. This is the fourth year that Sarah has coordinated Web of Change and she seriously digs the community that has grown around the event.