Corporate Social Responsibility and Sustainability Professional
- Environmental Services
Tanis Houck's Overview
- Corporate Social Responsibility / Sustainability at Consulting
Tanis Houck's Summary
I want to work for a company that goes beyond the boundaries of conventional wisdom and pushes the envelope of creativity and innovation around CSR / sustainability. I am action-oriented and capable of bringing a wide variety of transferable skills to the forefront as a result of my professional experience in areas of environment, health, gender, human rights and governance. I can help to respond to emerging global trends and changing market conditions around sustainability, climate change and CSR. I am a strategic thinker, action oriented and committed to producing the best possible results and I can help to fluidly align core business values with CSR / sustainability.
My experience includes research, planning, policy development, project and organizational change management.
Corporate Social Responsibility;
Global Reporting Initiative GRI;
Gender Mainstreaming & Analysis;
Health Advocacy & Injury Prevention
Environmental & Social Impact Assessments;
Sustainable Tourism Development;
Alternative Energy Solutions;
Community Development & International Development - Canada (First Nations), Thailand, Laos, Vietnam & Switzerland;
Participatory Action Research / Appreciative Inquiry; and
Integration of the Arts & Community Development.
Tanis Houck's Experience
Manager, Corporate Social Responsibility
Privately Held; 1001-5000 employees; Financial Services industry
October 2012 – November 2013 (1 year 2 months) Edmonton, Canada Area
The role encompassed advancing goals outlined in Servus’ CSR strategy. This included communication and consultation with internal and external stakeholders along with interdepartmental coordination to move the CSR agenda forward. Developed innovative ways to enhance employee education and engagement around CSR. Worked with an Interdepartmental CSR Committee and contributed to strategic planning by providing best practice advice on an ongoing basis. Responsible for drafting briefings, business opportunity proposals (employee volunteer program development and environmental baseline evaluation) and request for proposal documents. Worked closely with corporate communications, marketing activation and brand teams to advance the CSR directive at the credit union. Building co-operative and credit union relations was also a part of the portfolio. This included contributing to Servus' community response to disasters in Alberta and abroad.
Alberta Climate Dialogue Project Consultant
Educational Institution; 10,001+ employees; Higher Education industry
2010 – 2010 (less than a year)
Provided feedback for the Alberta Climate Dialogue (ABCD) - Deliberative Democracy and Climate Change project pertaining to the political landscape of municipal government in Alberta.
Government Agency; 201-500 employees; Government Administration industry
July 2007 – June 2009 (2 years)
Planned a process to develop an Integrated Community Sustainability Plan for one of the 5 fastest growing municipalities in Canada. Accountabilities included implementing a community visioning process (enVision Airdrie) and coordinating the development of long-term corporate and community programs for sustainable development. Promoted organizational change around sustainability by building relationships with staff, Council and community members to integrate existing sustainability policies and programs fluidly into a long-term vision for sustainability.
• Designed the project process plan and governance model and secured funding for the implementation of the plan.
• Collaborated with The Natural Step (TNS) Canada to provide staff, Citizen’s Advisory Group and Council members with training in sustainability principles (Sustainability: Step by Natural Step).
• Boosted community awareness about sustainability as lead for the One Million Acts of Green sustainability challenge for the City of Airdrie, part of a national Canadian Broadcasting Corporation (CBC) and CISCO initiative to mobilize Canadians around environmental stewardship to reduce greenhouse gas emissions. Initiated and secured funding for the enVision Airdrie Speakers Series. Named one of Airdrie’s Newsmakers of the Year for 2009 (Airdrie City View newspaper) for contribution to sustainability planning.
Policy Analyst / Project Coordinator
Nonprofit; 51-200 employees; Government Relations industry
June 2005 – May 2007 (2 years)
Lead for the Increasing Women’s Participation in Municipal Government project in the Policy, Advocacy, and Communications Department. Accountable for project logistics including budget management and reporting to the federal government funding agency, Status of Women Canada. Responsible for providing policy advice to board members during quarterly board meetings. Accompanied and provided briefings to municipal leaders for meetings with federal ministers at Parliament Hill.
• Facilitated 9 workshops and 2 large scale media events as a part of a participatory workshop series in rural and urban communities across Canada with representatives from municipal government, community organizations, academic institutions and other orders of government in attendance.
• Coordinated and lead the team responsible for developing a national strategic action plan to increase women’s participation in municipal government to present to the Federal Government of Canada.
• Designed and launched Getting to 30% (http://www.fcm.ca//CMFiles/wreport1UDO-3262008-929.pdf), a community mobilization plan for municipal councils and a companion document of the national strategic action plan, in conjunction with the communications team.
Educational Institution; 1001-5000 employees; Higher Education industry
September 2004 – May 2005 (9 months)
Nonprofit; 5001-10,000 employees; International Affairs industry
February 2004 – May 2004 (4 months)
Global Health and Human Rights
World Health Organization (WHO), Sustainable Development and Healthy Environments, Department of Ethics, Trade, Human Rights and Law, Geneva, Switzerland. Monitored the 60th Session of the United Nations Commission on Human Rights (UN Human Rights Council) and prepared weekly reports for distribution within the WHO. Updated the on-line database for the Health and Human Rights Department, including reviewing article abstracts for eventual inclusion in the database. Contributed organizational support during “Workshop on Indicators for the Right to Health.” (2004)
Tanis Houck's Skills & Expertise
- Sustainable Development
- International Development
- Corporate Social Responsibility
- Community Development
- Environmental Awareness
- Climate Change
- Proposal Writing
- Program Management
- International Relations
- Project Planning
- Strategic Planning
- Public Speaking
- Corporate Communications
- Change Management
- Environmental Policy
- Stakeholder Engagement
Tanis Houck's Publications
Authors: Tanis Houck
- University of Calgary
All of these findings, expected and unexpected, are indicative of the need to address the relationship between gender inequality and trafficking in the study commune, while at the same time breaking down political, cultural, and social power structures through community development. Information from my research was utilized to develop recommendations for International Non-Governmental Organizations (NGOs) based on capacity building for community development. My overarching recommendation is to have an International NGO, in partnership with the Government of Vietnam, implement a Community Empowerment Program to respond to gender and other social development needs within the commune. This can best be explored through a community development program that is participatory and inclusive. Recommendations for capacity building to decrease risk factors associated with migration and trafficking include: a preliminary information session and video presentation; gender sensitization training; and the implementation of focus groups through a local facilitator driven process.
Tanis Houck's Honors and Awards
University of Montreal:
Urban Management Program 2001-2002
University of Calgary:
EVDS Graduate Research Scholarship, Summer 2001 & Fall 2001
EVDS Student Travel Award, 2002
The Graduate Students’ Association Academic Conference Fund, 2002
University Research Grants Committee, Graduate Student Travel Grants, 2002
Named one of Airdrie’s Newsmakers of the Year for 2009 (Airdrie City View newspaper) for contribution to sustainability planning.
Tanis Houck's Courses
- Completed course work in Peace Studies and Conflict Resolution at the Arctic Institute of North America and Mediation and Negotiation Skills at the Alberta Arbitration and Mediation Society.
Tanis Houck's Languages
French(Limited working proficiency)
Tanis Houck's Certifications
Global Reporting Initiative (GRI) Certified Sustainability Reporting Course
- Administered by ISOS Group - Portland, Oregon - November 3 - 4, 2011
Tanis Houck's Education
Master, Environmental Design (EVDS)
1998 – 2002
“Environmental Design encompasses the built, natural and human environments and focuses on fashioning physical and social interventions informed by human behaviour and environmental processes.” The faculty encompasses the disciplines of: Environmental Design; Planning; Urban Design; Architecture; Environmental Science; & Industrial Design.
Master’s Degree Project
The Trafficking of Women – Community Development for Gender Equity in Vietnam.
Sustainable Tourism Development Planning for the Greater Mekong Sub-Region Asian Institute of Technology, Canadian Universities Consortium, Thailand.
Empowering Women Through Forestry: the Role of Indigenous Women in Forestry Development Programmes, Active Community Research partnership (Arctic Institute of North American and the University of Mysore and the Centre for Advanced Research on Indigenous Knowledge Systems, India).
EMT-Paramedic, Emergency Medical Technician Paramedic
"The Faculty of Human Ecology at the University of Manitoba offers a diverse, interdisciplinary and dynamic place to learn, grow and discover ways to contribute to your community."
Tanis Houck's Additional Information
- Groups and Associations:
Alumni member of Leadership Calgary (2003), a Volunteer Calgary program designed to strengthen community leadership and enhance civil society by bridging business, government and non-profit sectors to promote community action between sectors. Possess a sound understanding of how to build relationships and promote collaborative partnerships between the various sectors. /// Alumni - The Walt Disney Company, Walt Disney World, EPCOT Center, World Showcase, Canadian Pavilion. /// Canadian Institute of Planners & Alberta Association Canadian Institute of Planners Granted provisional membership with the Canadian Institute of Planners (CIP) and the Alberta Association Canadian Institute of Planners (AACIP) (2009). /// Calgary Folk Music Festival - volunteer for 12 years, most recently in the Artist's Lounge.
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