Brad’s goal is to build knowledge and cooperation among sustainability advocates. His vision is to effect change in the way that business is conducted.

Brad is the Founder and President of the Toronto Sustainability Speaker Series (TSSS). Now in its 7th year, TSSS is widely recognized as Canada’s premiere forum for dialogue and problem solving among sustainability professionals. Each year over 1000 sustainability change agents attend TSSS events to exchange ideas and delve into trends, risks and opportunities that are presented by our shifting business model. Brad is often considered to be a “tribal” leader in the sustainability movement; he is a connector of people and ideas. Brad has a Masters in Environmental Studies from York University in Toronto and regularly writes and speaks on the topic of corporate sustainability.

Articles by Brad

Genocide took 54 years to address – how long until we address Ecocide?

 Why is our system so slow to make changes that most of us would say are obvious?

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The environmental movement was born over 60 years ago with the release of Rachel Carson’s Silent Spring in 1952. It then took 20 years for the UN Environment Programme to be established in 1972. Twenty more years passed until the 1992 UN Earth Summit in Rio where 12-year-old Severn Suzuki made an impassioned plea to world leaders to protect our environment.

Severn Suzuki is now 34 years old – 22 years have passed. Her father, David Suzuki, has recently stated, “Environmentalism has fundamentally failed. We’ve failed to shift the way people see the world.”

For over 60 years we have known of the threats that we humans pose to our environment. We have known, we have talked, we have pledged and we have wavered and to this day, real change has eluded us.

Join TSSS to discuss this very real challenge at our next event on November 12.  Click for details

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Rethinking Prosperity: Government and Business Coming Together

Chrystia Freeland, Author, Thought Leader & Canadian MP

Chrystia Freeland, Canadian MP

The economic system that we have relied on to create prosperity in the past century is beginning to fail us. We are seeing clear signs that our current economic ideology is not guiding us to sustainable prosperity. In fact, the existing system is actively contributing to an unstable climate, resource scarcity, biodiversity loss and a widening gap between the ultra-rich and everyone else.

New panelists include Dr. Blair Feltmate, University of Waterloo, and Doug Miller, CEO of GlobeScan

So we’re asking the tough question: How can we achieve prosperity AND protect our planet?

Who needs to lead the way? Are the answers to be found in corporate business strategies or in government regulation? Or both? Or neither? Is our cultural narrative of what it means to be successful sending us in the wrong direction?

How can business, government and citizens alike work together to change course towards a better future, one that is both prosperous and sustainable? AND, what approaches need to be adopted immediately to ensure that we move QUICKLY in that direction?

TWEET ME: Tweet: Join me at “Rethinking Prosperity Panel” w/ Government/Business/Academia #TSSS on Nov 12 http://ctt.ec/Fy449+ #CSR @cafreeland @globescan

On November 12th TSSS is excited to present a distinguished Panel of Experts from Government, Business and Academia to discuss how business and government can come together not only to better define prosperity but also to develop a plan for how to make it happen.


DATE: Wednesday, November 12, 2014
(registration closes November 10th)
TIME: 4:30-7:30 EST (snacks & networking from 6:45-7:30)
NEW LOCATION: University of Toronto, Banting Institute, 100 College St., Rm 131
TWITTERCHAT: #tssschat from 5:15 – 6:00 PM EST

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During the event we will explore issues related to achieving SUSTAINABLE PROSPERITY:

  • How do we reach those who believe that a successful economy and a protected environment are mutually exclusive?
  • Could government involvement act as a boon for business rather than an impediment to progress?
  • Why are governments in a debt crisis while many large corporations seem to be growing more profitable every day?
  • Why does government seem to have the needed funds to deal with a banking crisis but not a climate crisis?
  • Is the shrinking middle class really an issue or is it just part of our economic evolution?

And we will explore how we might go about creating A NEW WAY FORWARD:

  • How do we change the conversation about what Canadian prosperity looks like?
  • What is the role of the Corporate Sustainability movement in solving these problems?
  • How can companies become more impactful through their government relations channels?
  • How can individuals (e.g. students, activists, business leaders, consumers) more effectively bring their ideas forward?

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What’s the disease of the 21st Century Corporation? Nelson Switzer of PwC talks strategically about CSR.

Nelson Switzer, Director & Leader, Sustainable Business Solution at PwC Canada shares his ideas about how to think strategically about CSR:

During the video Neslon explores some of the following ideas:

  • How to change one’s thinking about sustainability as a philosophy towards a management system.
  • What’s the disease of the 21st century corporation?
  • What is the most important boardroom table?

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Naomi Klein: Focusing on Climate Change is Getting Us Nowhere – We Need to Focus on the System!

this changes everythingGreat chat with Naomi Klein about her new book “This Changes Everything: Capitalism vs. the Climate”….here are some great quotes…

4:12 Just focusing on climate is getting us nowhere.  I don’t see any genuine signs of progress that bring us in line with science based targets.  There’s something uninspiring about the narrow focus on climate…it misses the fact that many more people recognize that we need to change the economic system.

5.27 This economic system is failing the vast majority of people and P.S…. it’s also destabilizing the climate.

5:42 This system that so many people identify with is why people’s homes are being foreclosed on, why student debt is soaring, why people’s lives are so precarious and why there’s so much inequality… it’s also waging a war on the planets life support systems.

This interview was conducted by David Roberts from Grist.org

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Women in CSR – Canada: Founder at The Ann Duffy Group Inc.

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Welcome to the TSSS Series on Canadian Women in CSR. Learn about their journeys, discover what inspires them and explore how they’re making a difference through their careers in sustainability. Please follow the link to read about other exceptional Canadian Women in CSR.

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Ann Duffy, Founder at The Ann Duffy Group Inc.

TSSS: Briefly describe the evolution of your journey in the realm of sustainability.  

Ann Duffy: My career has oscillated between running my own consulting practice (The Ann Duffy Group Inc.) and being a leader within a company (VP Sustainable Development, CH2M HILL Canada; Corporate Sustainability Officer, Vancouver 2010). In both cases, the evolution of sustainability in my work has involved finessing the development and engagement of integrated strategies, partnerships, environmental stewardship, social inclusion and responsibility, economic development and good governance. I see it as two sides of a coin – the art (connecting to our passions, values and stakeholders) and the science (bringing technical and business savvy to strategies, operations and programs).

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