…and welcome to

I’m William Azaroff, a modern co-operator, recovering filmmaker, happy Vancouverite and all-around digital fella.

I’m the proudly elected Board Chair of Modo, a car-sharing co-operative in Metro Vancouver and Victoria, critical to the urban transportation landscape. A founding editor of both the CU Water Cooler and Co-op Water Cooler, I’m a longtime blogger and a seasoned speaker focused on the intersection of community investment, engagement marketing and the world of co-ops.

I work at Vancity, a values-based financial co-operative serving the needs of its half million member-owners and their communities. As the Director of Business & Community Development I lead a team that delivers on our Good Money™ brand by developing opportunities with progressive businesses, not-for-profits, social enterprises and co-operatives working towards a more vibrant, sustainable, inclusive local economy.

See my film, CheckMating (read about it here):

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I should add that the opinions I express on this site are (mostly) my own and are not endorsed by Vancity or Modo. There, it feels good to get that off my chest.

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  1. In a Vancouver Sun article of Friday, October 10, 2014, you are quoted as saying: “We can spend that money locally and see that benefit our farmers and have some certainty about how our food is grown, or send our money elsewhere and not really know.”

    You may be interested to know that “having some certainty about how our food is grown” is NOT the case in BC.

    Unlike almost every other jurisdiction in the developed world, the province of British Columbia has NO rules or regulations governing the siting or operation of intensive animal operations. The ONLY requirement is that it is situated on ALR land.

    In Kelowna, in 2006, a feedlot moved to the Ellison area. This is an residential area of small acreages, mostly growing fruits and vegetables that are normally consumed raw. Up until 2013, this feedlot removed almost no manure from its pens. There are now thousands of tonnes of raw manure stored within meters of fresh fruit and vegetable production. There is constant movement of flies and birds from the manure areas to the surrounding fruit and vegetable growing areas. The operations at the feedlot (poor management practices plus an extreme degree of commingling of livestock) almost guarantee that this site is an e-coli factory. The BC Farm Industry Review Board has ruled this as “normal farm practice” and that health concerns and food safety concerns of the surrounding farms and residents is not of interest to them.

    This is a food safety risk of unprecedented proportions within the developed world.

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