Toby Barazzuol was born in Vancouver and lived in the Stanley Park Teahouse until the age of 5 before finally settling into the rainforests along the Seymour River in North Vancouver where he grew up. Toby is the founder and president of Eclipse Awards, the chair of the Strathcona BIA, and currently serving as a BALLE Local Economy Fellow. Toby has attended Hollyhock three times, once for the Social Change Institute and twice for the Social Venture Institute. He attributes “at least five breakthrough ideas about business and community work” to his time spent at Hollyhock.
Toby currently spends about 20% of his time volunteering in community building efforts in Vancouver’s Downtown Eastside. Eclipse Awards has renovated two warehouses into “Living Buildings”; built nearly 4000 sq.ft. of new green space in the form of two greenroofs and three community gardens; provides subsidies for employees who bus or walk to work; has reduced water consumption by over 75% and continues to explore the challenges of integrating sustainability with business successfully. Eclipse Awards was also the 8th company in BC to commit to paying its staff a Living Wage and was recognized in 2012 as BC’s Best Employer.
Toby believes that “What stands before us is the opportunity to build resilient new economies based on respect, recognition, beauty, creativity and collaboration. Localized economies that creates value through regenerating the environment and celebrating the human experience. Figuring out how to do this has fallen upon the shoulders of our generation – not only is it a tremendous responsibility, it is a tremendous opportunity.”
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