• Josephine V. Yam
  • Josephine V. Yam
  • Josephine V. Yam
  • Josephine V. Yam
  • Josephine V. Yam

Hi, I’m Josephine!

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.

I am committed to advance B3 Canada’s mission of creating a diverse and inclusive Canada.

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 CEO & Co-Founder Wins RBC Top 25 Canadian Immigrant Awards

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.

Board diversity strengthens leadership.
Corporations and non-profits are forces for doing good.
B3 brings them together to build a better, stronger Canada.

Diversity + Inclusion + Social Innovation

  • Mission Possible: Companies Achieve Sustainability via Nonprofit Boards

    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 …

  • Greating She-roes

    Creating She-roes: Sponsoring Women Leaders Through Board Service

    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.

  • Josephine Yam. RBC Top 25 Canadian Immigrants Awards

    B3 Canada CEO & Co-Founder Josephine Yam Nominated for RBC Top 25 Canadian Immigrants Awards

    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 …

Every human being has a right to clean water, clean air and a healthy environment.
It's a fundamental human right --- and it's non-negotiable.

Environment + Sustainability

Commodity or Currency: How Carbon Credits Should be Traded To Achieve Environmental Integrity in Linked Cap-and-Trade Schemes

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.

  • The European Union Emissions Trading Scheme: Criteria Evaluations & Lessons Learned

    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.

  • Climate Change Strategy: The Business Logic Behind Greenhouse Gas: An Article Review

    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.

  • Canada Exercises Legal Right to Withdraw from Kyoto Protocol

    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.

The meaning of life is to find your gift. 
The purpose of life is to give it away. 
- - - Pablo Picasso

Media + Events

    • Most Infuential Filipina in the World Awards
    • Most Infuential Filipina in the World Awards
    • Most Infuential Filipina in the World Awards

    Josephine Yam won the Most Influential Filipina Women in the World Award! She received her award at the 15th Filipina Leadership Global Summit held at the historic St. Pancras Renaissance Hotel in London, UK.

    This prestigious award "recognizes Filipina women who have risen to the most influential positions around the world and are using their influence to make an impressive impact in society”.

    Read more here.

  • Josephine Victoria Yam featured in the University of Calgary Website

    Josephine Yam is featured in the Fall 2018 issue of the Canadian Corporate Counsel Association (CCCA) Magazine. The CCCA is a section of the Canadian Bar Association (CBA), the essential ally and advocate of the 35,000 lawyers in Canada.

    Josephine is quoted in the article sharing that by volunteering on boards, “it gives employees an open, curious mindset that allows them to be exposed to different ideas and to people who are very different from themselves in many ways. So when they come back to the company, they bring in new ideas and new skills, and they're more creative and innovative. And more importantly, they've developed empathy.”

    Click to read/download the article in PDF.




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