Vancouver Island is one of the most beautiful places on earth. We recognize that we need change in the world to protect the places we love. Our business community cares deeply about making a positive impact in our every day decisions. Together, we can reduce single use plastics, water consumption, energy use, waste and carbon emissions while also having a positive impact on our communities.


VIGBC members are leaders in green business practices and together, we are raising the bar. Checklists for each sector are full of actions we can take to make a difference. Each business is certified to levels Silver, Gold or Green based on the number of actions they have implemented. 

In addition to the VIGBC ranking, businesses also have the opportunity to become an Ocean Friendly Business by completing all Surfrider actions on your designated checklist. These action focus on reducing single use plastics


Synergy Foundation is a registered non-profit society, focused on facilitating the shift towards a green economy through programs and idea incubation. Our core programs include the Vancouver Island Green Business Collective, the EcoStar Awards, the Food Eco District, and Project Zero. We are a collaborative, do-er organization, focused on outcomes and mobilizing knowledge into action. 


​Our Mission: To share ideas, spark innovation and activate change to steer our economy and communities towards a more regenerative future.


“We take big ideas and turn them into reality."


Surfrider Vancouver Island is the local chapter of the international Surfrider Foundation, based out of California. They are a collection of like-minded Vancouver Island coastal inhabitants working on coastal protection and preservation. Their mission is to protect our oceans, waves, and beaches through a powerful activist network. 

In 2016, Surfrider Vancouver Island has partnered with the Vancouver Island Green Businesses Certification (VIGBC) program to launch a new campaign that links businesses to responsible actions that will help keep our local beaches and waterways clean.


Thank you to the following for their continued support!


Jill Doucette
Executive Director

Home town: Grand Forks, BC
Last trip: Mexico City
Favourite activity: Birdwatching
Board game: Ticket to Ride

Go to meal: Seafood linguine
Karaoke song: What's Going On

Currently watching: Anthony Bourdain's Places Unknown 

Dream job as a kid: Insect biologist

Find me: Running on Gorge Waterway with my chocolate lab
Green goal: Introducing more plant-based proteins into my diet

Jen Fraser


Home town: Victoria, BC
Last trip: Oregon Coast
Favourite activity: Soccer
Board game: Catchphrase

Go to meal: Baja fish tacos
Karaoke song: Man! I Feel Like a Woman

Currently watching: Designated Survivor 

Dream job as a kid: Screenwriter

Find me: On the soccer field
Green goal: Shop conscious - support local & ethical

Georgia Lavender


Home town: Flesherton, ON
Last trip: Fernie, BC
Favourite activity: Yoga
Board game: Monopoly

Go to meal: Red Thai curry
Karaoke song: Don't Stop Believin'

Currently watching: Westworld

Dream job as a kid: Firefighter

Find me: On the local mountain biking trails or in the yoga studio
Green goal: Supporting businesses in the circular economy & B Corps

Holly Dumbarton

Home town: Calgary, AB
Last trip: Baja, Mexico
Favourite activity: Sea Kayaking
Board game: Cribbage

Go to meal: Sushi
Karaoke song: Bohemian Rhapsody

Currently watching: One Strange Rock

Dream job as a kid: Photojournalist
Find me: Exploring at Saxe Point
Green goal: Eating 85% local

Ellie Gilchrist

Home town: Calgary, AB
Last trip: Portugal
Favourite activity: Climbing
Board game: Risk

Go to meal: Lemon garlic pasta
Karaoke song: Homecoming

Reading: The Dharma of the Princess Bride

Dream job as a kid: Interior designer
Find me: Napping on the beach
Green goal: Zero single use plastics

Steven Buchanan

Digital Media Intern

Home town: Prince George, BC
Last trip: Nuevo Vallarta, Mexico
Favourite activity: Dancing
Board game: Catan

Go to meal: Tofu Scramble
Karaoke song: Sorry Not Sorry

Reading: Elantris

Dream job as a kid: Doctor
Find me: Walking near Cadboro Bay
Green goal: Buy more from refill stores using reusable containers

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The VIGBC headquarters is located on the traditional, unceded territories of the Lekwungen peoples.

Today, we recognize this land is of the Esquimalt and Songhees Nations

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