JOSEPHINE V. YAM

LAWYER + SOCIAL ENTREPRENEUR

  • 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.

Recent Awards

  • Most Influential Filipina Women in the World Award

    • 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.

  • RBC Top 25 Canadian Immigrants Award Winner

    • RBC Top 25 Canadian Immigrant Awards
    • RBC Top 25 Canadian Immigrant Awards
    • RBC Top 25 Canadian Immigrant Awards

    Josephine Yam was selected as one of the RBC Top 25 Canadian Immigrant Award winners!

    For Josephine, this prestigious award 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".

    Read more here.

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

  • 3 Ways Diversity Increases Board Engagement

    3 Ways Diversity Increases Board Engagement

    At a conference last week, I met the Board Chair of a nonprofit organization dedicated to children diagnosed with chronic medical illnesses.

    During our chat, she asked: "Can our nonprofit avail of B3’s free board matching services to recruit diverse board members?" “Certainly," I responded, "and what type of diversity is your board looking for?”

    "All types of diversity, but especially age diversity” she admitted. “Can you imagine that our nonprofit serves children? And yet, none of our board members is below 60 years old!”

    And there’s the rub. Hers is a comment we hear many times.

  • Appointing AI to the Board

    Appointing AI to the Board

    Talk about taking board diversity to a whole new level.

    Imagine appointing an artificial intelligence (AI) machine to your organization's board of directors. Seems like an episode from Netflix’s Black Mirror, right? Yes. Except that it’s not.

    According to Dmitry Kaminskiy, the firm’s managing partner, Vital saved his firm from going bankrupt. The AI machine “uncovered trends not immediately obvious to humans” and "helped the board make more logical decisions”.

    Is this an isolated instance of a company capitalizing on the AI hype?

  • Putting Diversity In Action

    Putting Diversity In Action

    Many large corporations already provide their employees with diversity training. After all, they know that diversity and inclusion (D&I) is a source of competitive advantage. According to McKinsey, companies with strong D&I cultures perform better than their competitors. They're better in attracting top talent. Better in customer understanding. Better in employee engagement and retention.

    But is diversity training enough to change employee behaviour?

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

  • Josephine Victoria Yam donates RBC Award to Ancop

    Josephine Yam, RBC Top 25 Canadian Immigrant Awardee, donates her RBC check award to Ricky Cuenca, President of Ancop International. ANCOP is a Canadian charity dedicated to uplift the lives of poor families in developing countries through shelter, child education, and humanitarian relief.

    • 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 V. YAM

LAWYER + SOCIAL ENTREPRENEUR

CEO & CO-FOUNDER, B3 CANADA

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