I’m the CEO and Co-Founder of Building Breakthrough Boards / B3 Canada.
I am a lawyer with significant years of professional legal, policy, leadership and entrepreneurial experiences in the private, public and nonprofit sectors in Canada and internationally. I have been admitted to practice law in New York (USA), Alberta (Canada), Ontario (Canada) and the Philippines. I have also been interviewed on international television such as CNN and CNBC and featured in the international news magazine Newsweek.
I recently graduated from Stanford University's Executive Program for Non-Profit Leaders. I also completed my Master of Laws (LLM) degree at the University of Calgary, Faculty of Law. Complementing my advanced education at Harvard Law School and the University of Toronto, I served as one of the 40 Energy Futures Lab Fellows of The Natural Step Canada. I am currently a member of the International Women’s Forum (IWF) and the Canadian Bar Association.
Before founding B3 Canada, I was the Executive Director of the Environmental Law Centre of Alberta and Lead Advisor for Corporate Consulting at the Pembina Institute. As Board Member of Immigrant Services Calgary, a large registered charity, I served as Corporate Secretary, member of the Executive Committee, Board Development & Nominating Committee, Audit & Finance Committee and CEO Evaluation Committee. In the public sector, I served as Senior Legal Counsel with the Government of Alberta’s Ministry of Justice and Ministry of Energy. In the private sector, I worked with the international law firm Baker & McKenzie in its Hong Kong, Manila and Toronto offices, the Asian Development Bank and Procter & Gamble.
With my significant legal and senior management experiences in the private, public and nonprofit sectors in Canada and internationally, I deeply understand that cross-sector collaboration in social innovation is crucial to achieving positive change in the world. This is what drives my deep commitment to advance B3 Canada’s mission of strengthening the board leadership capacity of Canada’s nonprofit sector as a force for good in society.
B3 Canada is thrilled that Josephine Yam, our CEO & Co-Founder, was selected as one of the RBC Top 25 Canadian Immigrant Award winners!
This prestigious award is a people’s choice award that celebrates "inspirational immigrants who have contributed to Canada and are helping to make our country a better place to live in”.
"I am so honoured and humbled to receive this award", said Josephine. "It's an amazing validation in support of B3's mission of building a diverse and inclusive Canada".
B3 works with corporations to match their employees to serve on nonprofit boards for leadership development, diversity & inclusion and community building. Its board matching and training programs create a clear triple win for corporations, employees and the nonprofits across Canada.
Josephine joined the other RBC Top 25 winners in the awards ceremony in downtown Toronto. RBC also awarded her with a $500 check to be given to a registered charity of her choice.
In these troubled times, businesses continue to be a shining force for good.
Many large companies are tackling the world's big, hairy and audacious social and economic development goals. These global goals are outlined in the 2030 Agenda of the United Nations as the 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). They include ending extreme poverty, protecting our planet and eliminating gender inequality.
The private sector's active participation is crucial to …
What does an effective leader look like in your mind? Whether you are male or female, it is likely that you saw a male person in your mind’s eye.
Tina Kiefer, a UK professor, discovered this while conducting a business executives workshop. As the New York Times reported, Kiefer realized that “both men and women almost always draw men” when asked to draw an effective leader. The drawings of men showed them in different shapes, sizes and moods. But they were still undeniably men.
B3 Canada is ecstatic and honoured that Josephine Yam, our CEO & Co-Founder, has been nominated for the 10th annual RBC Top 25 Canadian Immigrants Awards!
This prestigious award recognizes “inspirational immigrants who have contributed to Canada and are helping to make our country a better place to live in”.
B3 Canada, which Josephine co-founded, is a purpose-driven social enterprise dedicated to increasing diversity and inclusion …
Pursuant to the Paris Agreement, many countries intend to fulfill their carbon mitigation obligations by operating cap-and-trade schemes. While desirable, linking various cap-and-trade schemes to form a global carbon market is complex because it involves the collaboration of disparate schemes that governments have developed independently of each other. Because governments will design such schemes according to their own domestic priorities, heterogeneous carbon credits created from these schemes will have varying levels of environmental integrity. This thesis examines whether carbon credits should be traded like commodities or like currencies to achieve environmental integrity in linked cap-and-trade schemes. This thesis recommends that heterogeneous carbon credits should be traded like currencies by using carbon exchange rates that calibrate their varying carbon mitigation values to make them truly fungible. A carbon currency trading model will ensure the environmental integrity of linked cap-and-trade schemes to collectively mitigate climate change on an international scale.
This article won First Prize at the 2014 Canadian Institute of Resources Law (CIRL) Student Natural Resources Law Writing Competition. It evaluates the European Union Emissions Trading Scheme (EU ETS) to determine whether it has effectively reduced greenhouse gas emissions from 2005 to 2012.
Article Review On Hoffman, A. J. (2005). Climate Change Strategy: The Business Logic Behind Greenhouse Gas Reductions. California Management Review, 47(3), 21-46. Submitted for the Strategic Environmental Planning for Energy Organizations, SEDV 623 Spring 2013, University of Calgary.
This article was originally published by the American Bar Association (ABA)'s Energy, Environment and Resources Section in its Climate Change, Sustainable Development and Ecosystems Committee Newsletter of April 2012.
Josephine Yam for the RBC Top 25 Canadian Immigrant Awards!
Meet Josephine Yam, CEO & Co-Founder of B3 Canada. Learn how her work in B3 is creating positive social impact across Canada!
Vote for Josephine Yam here: http://canadianimmigrant.ca/canadas-top-25-immigrants/vote
Josephine Yam was interviewed by Von Canton and Mahal Hudson of Pinoy Radio, one of the most popular Filipino Canadian broadcast stations. The lively conversation covered Josephine’s struggles as a Canadian immigrant, the social impact that B3 Canada is making across the country and her nomination to the RBC Top 25 Canadian Immigrant Awards for 2018.