Clients

Anielski Management Inc. and associates have conducted numerous studies, analysis and provided strategic advice on using the Genuine Wealth model for measuring well-being, sustainability, happiness and quality of life for a variety of clients including: municipal, provincial and national governments, businesses, financial institutions, universities, public utilities, communities, and non-profit organizations.

The range of projects include: Genuine Wealth (well-being) assessments, well-being performance measurement and well-being indicator development, full cost accounting of public policies, quality of life analysis, smart-growth analysis, natural capital accounting and valuation of ecosystem services, performance outcome measurement, development of strategic-business plans and performance accountability systems.

Our clients and projects have included:

  • Ducks Unlimited (March 2014) - A Genuine Return on Investment: The Economic and Societal Well-being Value of Land Conservation in Canada. Ducks Unlimited hired me to develop a strong ‘business case’ for the benefits to society and governments for the conservation of wetlands as natural assets. Using the Genuine Wealth model my team completed one of the most comprehensive assessments of the economic, ecological and societal well-being impacts of the land conservation efforts of Ducks Unlimited Canada (DUC) for the period 2008-2012.
    New analytic protocols were developed specifically for this study in developing a business case for land conservation and for assessing societal well-being impacts, including the development and testing of Societal Well-being Return on Investment (SW-ROI) analytics. These new analytic protocols demonstrate the utility of these methods for evaluating and communicating the well-being impacts of conserving natural capital assets for a broad suite of economic and societal benefits.We are also showing conservation organizations like Ducks Unlimited and the Nature Conservancy of Canada how to ‘book’ natural assets on their balance sheets for management and strategic accounting purposes. This will set a new precedent in enterprise-level accounting of natural capital assets.

  • British Columbia Construction Association (BCCA) (October 2013) The Well-being Return on Investment of the BCCA Connector Model. In 2013 I completed an analysis and report for the British Columbia Construction Association’s (BCCA) Skilled Trades Employment Program (STEP) that assessed the economic and societal well-being impacts of a program that enables skilled labourers to enter BC’s skilled labour market more effectively. Our report and analysis used the Genuine Wealth Model to evaluate the overall effectiveness of the program, in terms of tangible and intangible economic and societal well-being impacts or benefits as it impacts various stakeholders, including participants (and their families) in the BC Construction Association (BCCA) programs and services, employers of BCCA program participants, the funders (i.e. the federal and provincial governments), and the communities most directly impacted by BCCA’s programs. The study assessed the economic well-being impacts of two BCCA programs currently operating in the province of BC and calculated an economic return on the total $7.55 million invested in the STEP program, $8.17 million in annual income tax benefits to governments plus a reduction in Income Assistance payments of $1.11 million, for a total societal benefit of $9.28million. I then calculated a Well-being Return on Investment (WROI):a overnment dollar invested in the BCCA programs returned to government coffers in less than 10 months.
  • City of Edmonton, Alberta – The City of Edmonton is the first city in the world to have adopted GPI (Genuine Progress Indicators) well-being measurement system for the purposes of assessing long-term trends in well-being and sustainability, strategic planning, budgeting and forecasting. The city’s Chief  and Director of Strategic Planning used the 50+GPIs to inform the City’s long-range strategic plans (The Way Ahead). In addition, Mark Anielski was commissioned to complete the Edmonton’s Ecological Footprint analysis for The Way We Green, sustainability plan. Reports include:
    • The Edmonton 2008 Genuine Progress Indicator Report: The State of Economic, Social and Environmental Wellbeing for the City of Edmonton (November 2009).
    • The Edmonton 2007 Genuine Progress Indicator Report: Measuring Economic, Social and Environmental Sustainability (August 2008).
    • Edmonton’s Ecological Footprint (2011)
  • Parks CanadaOur Landscape Values Story: An Assessment of Landscape Values and Options for the Proposed Thaidene Nene National Park (October 2011). Measuring Landscape Values in Thaidene Nene (East Arm of Great Slave Lake) in Terms of Ecological Goods and Services in association with AMEC (John Thompson), and Ellehoj-Redmond Consulting Inc.
  • Alberta Agriculture and Rural DevelopmentEnvironmental Footprinting for Agriculture in Alberta: Literature Review and Analysis. (August 2010). A literature review of environmental footprinting in agricluture.
  • North Saskatchewan Watershed AllianceEconomic Activity and Ecosystem Services in the North Saskatchewan River Basin (April 2010). Prepared for the North Saskatchewan Watershed Alliance, along with Watercon Consulting.
  • Battle River Watershed Alliance - Economic Activity and Ecosystem Services in the Battle River Basin (April 2010). Prepare for the Battle River Watershed Alliance, with Watercon Consulting.
  • Alberta Government (Alberta Landuse Secretariat) - Development of an integrated GPI-style triple-bottom-line (economic, social, and environmental) measurement and management system for assessing the cumulative effects and sustainability of the economy, land, natural resources, ecosystems and communities for the Alberta Land Use Framework. Reports include:
    •  Social and Economic Indicator Recommendations Report for the Lower Athabasca Region Plan (May 2009).
  • Vancity -  Advisor (2009) to Vancity credit union (Vancouver) on measuring progress towards their new vision Redefining Wealth. Inspired by my book Vancity’s President Tamara Vrooman established a new vision for Vancity: Redefining Wealth. “Redefining Wealth moves beyond commonly held views of wealth and prosperity to a new definition, beyond profit, that embraces a future of social justice, environmental sustainability, and community well-being to create true, blended value for our members and our communities.” Reports prepared for Vancity:
    • The JAK Members Bank: An Assessment of Sweden’s No-Interest Bank.This report prepared for Bob Williams, Chairman of Vancity Capital Corp. (October 2006) The report  examines the step-change opportunities for existing North American savings and credit unions, such as Vancity Savings and Credit Union in Vancouver, British Columbia, to adopt (in whole or in part) the JAK model. The study contrasts the full benefits and costs of operating JAK versus Van City and assesses the tangible and intangible benefits of no interest banking.
  • Canadian Boreal Initiative – Working in collaboration with Sara Wilson, conducted the first prototype accounting of Canada’s natural capital, including valuing ecological goods and services for the Boreal ecosystem and the Mackenzie river watershed. Reports include:
    • Counting Canada’s Natural Capital: Assessing the Real Value of Canada’s Boreal Ecosystems. (2009 update; 2003 original report).
    • The Real Wealth of the Mackenzie Region: Assessing the Natural Capital Values of a Northern Boreal Ecosystem (2009).
  • Canadian Index of Well-being (Atkinson Foundation)- Founding member and CIW Working Group member (2001-2011). Prepared first draft report Ecosystem Health Domain report (February 2008) with Laslzo Pinter (IISD) and Global Forest Watch Canada.
  • China Council on International Cooperation on Environment and Development - Served as senior economic advisor to China (Chinese Academy of Social Sciences and the CCICED (Chinese Council for International Cooperation on Environment and Development)) in the development of a green national accounting (‘green GDP’) system and indicators for a xiaokang harmonious society for China (November 2003-May 2006). Reports included:
    • Economy and Environment: Early Warning System and Policy Analysis. Prepared with Peter Bartelmus, Laslzo Pinter and Li Jiange as part of the CCICED Economic Growth and Environment Task Force.
    • Integrated sustainability and well-being indicator accounting systems for Sustainability performance measurement and policy evaluation in China.(November 2005).  This paper explores the development and use of integrated or composite sustainability and wellbeing indicators that may assist China’s efforts at measuring and evaluating harmonious sustainable development and improved well-being (welfare) at the national and regional level, for every level of government.
  • World Bank -World Bank advisor on China’s Green National Accounting project. Reports include:
    • Green Accounting: Lessons from China (December 2007)
    • China’s Green National Accounting System. World Bank Policy Note with Jian Xie (World Bank) (September 2007)
    • Contributing author to Establishment of China Green National Accounting System Final Report (December 2006).
    • The Canadian Experience in Green Accounting: Integrating Economic and Environmental Accounts (May 2006).
  • Ethical Funds of Canada Company - Advisor (October-Dec. 2007) on establishing a more disciplined approach to sustainability analysis of investment opportunities that focuses on the cumulative and systemic well-being impacts of corporate/business activities on the environment and the communities in which they operate using the integrated-five-capital Genuine Wealth accounting model.
  • Ontario Urban Sustainability Report 2007. Research project prepared for the Pembina Institute with co-researchers Ray Tomalty, Don Alexander, Jeff Wilson, Mark Winfield and others. This study provides a snapshot of the sustainability of selected communities across Ontario in recent years. The study employs 33 indicators in three broad categories (smart growth, livability and economic vitality) to develop an overall community sustainability index for 27 Ontario municipalities. (June 2007).
  • City of Leduc (Alberta) and Leduc County – The world’s first comprehensve Genuine Wealth Assessment for a community. Reports included:
    • Integrating the Leduc Genuine Wealth Assessment with 3-year Business Planning and Municipal Development Planning (September 2006).
    • City of Leduc 2005 Genuine Well-being Report (May 2006).
    • Alberta’s International Region 2005 Genuine Well-being Report (May 2006).
    • Leduc-Nisku Genuine Wealth Assessment: Community Well-being Profiles (February 2006).
  • Ethical Funds Company of Canada - strategic advisor on investment screens that consider the ecological impacts of business operations.
  • Alberta Environment (Government of Alberta) -Genuine Wealth Assessment of Alberta’s Stewardship Programs (May 2007). A GPI-full cost-benefit assessment of Alberta’s bottle, tires, electronics and used oil recycling programs. Ecological Footprint analysis of Alberta’s communities. In association with Christina Seidel (Sonnevera International Corp.).
  • Socio-economic Impact of Gambling (SEIG) Framework for Canada:  a national framework for assessing the socio-economic impacts of gambling prepared for Inter-provincial Consortium for the Development of Methodology to Assess the Social and Economic Impact of Gambling and the Canadian Centre for Substance Abuse (February 2008).
  • City of Calgary – Ecological footprint analysis and management strategy for the City of Calgary (2006).
  • Federation of Canadian Municipalities – Ecological Footprints of Canadian Municipalities and Regions (January 2005). Analysis for Canada’s largest 20 municipalities and regions (with Associate, Jeff Wilson).
  • City of Santa Monica – Santa Monica Sustainability Indicator Reporting System (April 2004). Development of sustainability indicator measurement system and sustainability index.
  • Smart Growth B.C. –  In collaboration with researchers Ray Tomalty and Don Alexander this pioneering smart-growth study BC Sprawl Report 2004: Economic Vitality and Livable Communities. This study of sprawl in BC, explored some of the linkages between sprawl, quality of life and infrastructure efficiency in 26 selected communities. (March 2004).
  • David Suzuki Foundation - Contributing author of Sustainability Within a Generation: A New Vision for Canada. Prepared by David R. Boyd (September 2004).
  • Nunavut Tunngavik IncThe State of Inuit Well-being in Nunavut 2001. Development of the Inuit Genuine Well-being Indicators framework to measuring and reporting the well-being of the Inuit culture, prepared for the Nunavut Social Development Council (March 2003).
  • The Alberta Motor Association – Alberta Traffic Safety Progress Report: Key Indicators and Trends (September 2004).
  • Columbia Basin Trust -  Socio-economic Indicators Benchmark Analysis for Columbia Basin Communities in British Columbia (July 2004).
  • Suncor EnergyAn Application of the Genuine Progress Accounting (GPA) System for Sustainability Reporting and Management for Suncor Energy. (February 2003).  Prepared a hypothetical Suncor Sustainable Progress Report 2002 1 that using the GPA model tracks our progress towards Suncor’s sustainability vision along three integrated dimensions of sustainability – economic, environment and social. This beta test 2002 report reveals the utility of the GPA system as a tool for sustainability accounting and reporting combining the strengths of the GRI Sustainability Reporting Guidelines with the GPA the five capitals accounting model. This was the first corporate prototype “genuine wealth accounting” system to measure and report on the financial, social and environmental sustainability of Suncor’s “five-capital assets.”
  • EPCOR – development of an integrated corporate sustainability accounting and reporting system (in partnership with Brian Nattrass and Mary Altomaire, The Natural Step, Canada), September 2001. Reports included:
    • A Roadmap to Sustainability Reporting for EPCOR: Developing EPCOR’s Sustainability Accounting and Reporting System.
    • Applying the Global Reporting Initiative (GRI) Sustainability Reporting Guidelines on Economic, Environmental and Social Performance to EPCOR’s Sustainability Reporting System.
    • Leaders in Sustainability Reporting: Sustainability Indicators Benchmarks. This report provides a benchmarking of sustainability indicators comparing EPCOR against other industry leaders in sustainability reporting, including utility and energy companies.
  • Fraser Basin Council – advisor on development of the Fraser Basin State of the Basin sustainability indicators (2002).
  • Bainbridge Graduate Institute (Bainbridge, Washington)– Adjunct Professor of “sustainable economics” teaching natural capitalism and sustainability with Amory Lovins (RMI) and Gifford Pinchot III. (2002-2006).
  • University of Alberta (School of Business) – Adjunct Professor and pioneer of a course in corporate social responsibility and social entrepreneurship. (2003-2012).
  • Alberta Recreation and Parks AssociationA Framework for Measuring Community Quality of Life Related to Recreation and Parks (May 2002).
  • Alberta Recreation and Parks AssociationActive Communities Framework (November 2002). A strategic-business plan for “Active Communities” development in Alberta.
  • The National Round Table on the Environment and the Economy – strategic advisor on the development of Canada’s first set of sustainable development indicators (2001-2003) representing the Pembina Institute as Sustainability Measurement Program Director. Reports prepared for the NRTEE included:
    • A Sustainability Accounting System for Canada: An Assessment of the State of Sustainable Development Accounting and Indicator Reporting at the National, Provincial, Municipal-Community and Corporate Level. (November 2002).
    • Towards a Measurement of Ecological Integrity (December 2001)
    • Alberta GPI Environmental Accounts (April 2001).
  • Environment Canada – review of Canada’s sustainability measurement system. This included writing the original 2000 Federal Budget proposal for Finance Minister Paul Martin.
  • The City of Edmonton – development of a quality of life indicator reporting system for Edmonton.
  • The Pembina Institute for Appropriate Development – The research and development of the Alberta Genuine Progress Indicators (GPI) System of Sustainable Well-being Accounting that assessed the long-term sustainability of the province from 1961-1999.
  • Alberta Environmental Protection – strategic counsel on performance measurement, business planning and accountability systems design.
  • The Sustainable Forest Management Network (Centre of Excellence) – development of the Network’s first three-year strategic business plan that was used to renew long-term federal government funding. (2000).
  • Western Economic Diversification – strategic counsel on the development of their three-year strategic business plan (2000).
  • Alberta Capital Governance Review Committee  – Facilitated and developed a prototype “Indicators of Success” quality of life and regional performance measurement and reporting system for the Alberta Capital (Edmonton and other municipalities) region (2000).
  • Yukon Council on the Economy and the Environment– project leader for the Pembina Institute to develop a prototype “Sustainable Progress Indicators” system for the Yukon. Co-authored report Yukon Sustainable Progress Indicators: Framework, Indicators and Implementation Approach for Reviewing the Yukon Economic Strategy. (March 2000).
  • The University of Alberta – development of the U of A’s first three-year strategic-business plan in 1999. (1999).
  • Edmonton Social Planning Council – developed the prototype Edmonton Social Health Index: a composite 17-indicator quality of life measurement and reporting system (1999).
  • Redefining Progress (San Franciso, California) – as RP’s Senior Fellow and contract researcher, completed the U.S. Genuine Progress Indicator (GPI) for 1999: a full-cost/benefit accounting of the economic, social and environmental depreciation costs associated with U.S. economic growth as measured by the GDP – Gross Domestic Product. (1999-2000).
  • Yukon Economic Development – facilitated and developed their first three-year strategic-business plan. (Oct.-Feb., 1999).
  • LEAD Canada – Ecological economics instructor for LEAD Canada (April 1999).
  • The Government of Peru (Energy Ministry) - in partnership with Paul Precht (energy consultant) developed a analytic framework and strategy for assessing Peru’s strategic energy policy (1999).
  • The Philippine National Oil Company – taught a five-day intensive ecological economics programs for PNOC staff in Manila (October 1996).

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