Borealis Centre for Environmental and Trade Resear (Sointula, BC)


  • Name:Greg Higgs
  • Title:Director

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  • Organization Name:Borealis Centre for Environmental and Trade Resear
  • Address:292-1st Street
    Box 112
    Sointula, BC V0N 3E0

Organization Phone

  • Main phone:604-909-4194
  • Main fax:604-628-5274

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  • Mission:
  • The Borealis Centre for Environment and Trade Research is an investigative research organization, with emphasis on unique natural resource trade flow research and market analysis, working to strengthen the international markets campaigns of the global environmental and social justice movement.

    Borealis’ mission is to strengthen the environmental and social justice NGO community (including indigenous peoples’ organizations) by providing crucial information, facilitating the sharing of information and building research capacity. To achieve this goal, Borealis conducts research and investigations, provides research tools to partner NGOs and trains new researchers.

    Examples of the kind of research that Borealis undertakes on a regular basis include:

    • Chain of custody (CoC) research
    • Market analysis
    • Investigating scandals
    • Field research
    • Public reports
    • Other proactive research

    The Borealis Centre pursues the following program areas:

    • Dedicated Chain of Custody and Corporate Research for Borealis Member Organizations (i.e., ongoing and annually planned chain of custody and corporate research for specified campaign goals)
    • Core Projects and Proactive Research (e.g., the BeBOLD database, and related data collection and dissemination)
    • Consultancy Research and Investigations (fee-for-service projects on demand, for both members and non-members, and subsidized research based upon need)
    • Capacity Building (helping small and large organizations alike to be more self-sufficient at conducting their own research)
    • Forest Policy Advisory Service (representing clients in key forest policy areas such as Forest Stewardship Council, Environmental Paper Network, and the High Conservation Value Resource Network)

  • History:
  • The Borealis Centre for Environment and Trade Research was established in 2005 as a campaign-consulting group for non-governmental organizations (NGOs) engaged in markets pressure campaigning. The Borealis Centre for Environment and Trade Research is a registered non-profit society in BC. Society number: S48931/BN (business number): 84294 7541

    Borealis provides research and related services to NGOs, focusing on trade flow research and market analysis. They specialize in chain-of-custody (linking socially and environmentally questionable producers to consumer goods) as well as investigative and field research; they also advise both large and small organizations in effective strategies including markets campaigns and shareholder activism. They aim to facilitate the sharing of information amongst NGOs by offering reduced rates to NGOs who are willing to share the results of their research, versus NGOs who prefer to keep their research confidential.

    Borealis’ secondary goal is to increase the capacity for effective research in the environmental and social justice movements through trainings and internships. In addition they conduct research at reduced rates for small NGOs with limited budgets.

  • Year established:2005
  • Endowment:Unknown


  • Executive / Trustee board size:5
  • Advisory board size:
  • Staff size:6

Board and Executive Names

  • Board Members / Trustees:
  • • Richard Brooks, Greenpeace Canada
    • Jim Ford, ForestEthics
    • Andrew Goldberg, Dogwood Alliance
    • Brant Olson, Rainforest Action Network
    • Catherine Stewart (tbc), Coastal Alliance for Aquaculture Reform

  • Executive Director / President:
  • Greg Higgs, Director: Mr. Higgs is the Director and founder of the Borealis Centre for Environment and Trade Research. Prior to this, Mr. Higgs has worked as a forest campaigner with Greenpeace Germany and the Canadian-based NGO Forest Action Network.

Staff Names

  • Key Staff:
  • Jim Ford, Senior Researcher: Mr. Ford is a specialist in global forest products markets and conservation science. He is Policy Director at ForestEthics, a member of the Board for the Taiga Rescue Network, a member of both the North American and European Environmental Paper Network Steering Committees, the Wye Group (drafting committee for “Ecological Components of Endangered Forests”), the Steering Group of the High Conservation Value Resource Network and has served on several technical working groups for the Forest Stewardship Council.

    Mario Rautner, Senior Researcher: Mr. Rautner, who holds a Masters Degree in Journalism, has worked as a researcher and campaigner for over ten years. Before helping to start the Borealis Centre for Environment and Trade Research he was the Research Coordinator for Greenpeace International’s Forest and Oceans campaigns working on many research projects throughout the world.

    Maik Marahrens, Senior Researcher: Mr. Marahrens holds a Masters Degree in Biology from the Christian-Albrecht-University of Kiel (Germany). Since 1995 he has worked as a free-lance research consultant for international NGOs, working mainly on issues concerning economic and ecological aspects of global forestry and fishery.


  • Organization type:Grantseeker
  • Country of registration:Canada
  • CRA type:Unknown
  • Canada Business or Reg #:

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