Leslie Adams

Events and Accounts Manager

Working at Dudoc Vancouver is an opportunity to focus on issues I am passionate about. Over the years, I have managed a wide range of multi-faceted programs and am fortunate to have worked on projects I believe in. These include unique human rights events, local community development projects and ground breaking international programs. Many projects involved strong elements of sustainability, sometimes social, ecological, economic and cultural interests intersected. At Dudoc, these priorities are integrated.

I thrive on strategic planning and developing partnerships which has been part of helping coordinate Dudoc events and contributing to the the formation of Earth Charter Friends Canada. In addition, my project management and communications skills support Dudoc activities such as promotion of sustainable Dutch products.  My background includes working with innovative, diverse and sometimes challenging groups. Throughout, collaboration has been key and has involved community organizations, government and business. A Vancouverite, I have considerable cross-Canada experience and have travelled extensively in Western, Asian and Southern countries.

I am inspired by the Walas vision and the openness to exploring ways to build better communities locally and internationally. I value working with the immediate team and affiliated partners towards achieving a more sustainable and just world.

I have worked in urban and community development since 1991, and founded World of Walas over 5 years ago. We have grown quickly, with over 20 companies, successful projects and a global network of partners focused on economic, social and cultural development.

With a strong focus on fair business and sustainable solutions, the Walas group develops new ways of doing business. We focus on innovations, projects and sharing information through our own efforts and in collaboration with leading specialists. Some of our partners are showcased in Dudoc Vancouver, where Walas is focused on new ways for integrative sustainable developments in Canada and the USA.

Since 2009, I have been involved with the international Earth Charter movement to create a strategic vision for global urban sustainability. I am the author of the Earth Charter Cities Manifesto. I am also co-author of the much appraised book Nieuwe Ideeën voor Oude gebouwen (New Ideas for Old Buildings, NAi publishers NL) on creative economy in urban contexts, and Contemporary Perspectives on Jane Jacobs (Ashgate publishing) about the work with Hafencity University, at Hafencity Hamburg.

Our Team

Our team is passionate about urban development. We start with people and focus on environmental, social and financial sustainability, and work with creative, innovative people and products. We are home to a growing community in Vancouver and welcome others who share our values and passions.

Our team members

Leslie Adams

Events and Account Management


Thrives on strategic planning and developing partnerships.
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Gerben van Straaten

CEO and Founder

The Netherlands has been a hotbed of sustainable innovation for a number of years and Canada is a country open to new ideas and eager to exchange and implement ideas around green design.
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