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.

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Does Prosperity Need a Rethink? How Can We Better Navigate the Journey?

Chrystia Freeland, Author, Thought Leader & Canadian MP

Chrystia Freeland, Author, Thought Leader & Canadian MP

Our economic system has created great wealth and brought hundreds of millions of people out of poverty. But as we dig deeper, things get complicated. The system that we’ve relied on to create our prosperity in the past century is beginning to fail us.

Sustainability is about meeting the needs of today without compromising the needs of future generations. An economic system that shrinks the middle class and leaves more and more people behind is just as real a threat to our collective future as are climate change, resource scarcity and bio-diversity loss.

twitterTWEET MEJoin me at “Rethinking Prosperity” w/ #Toronto MP Chrystia Freeland. #TSSS on Nov 12 bit.ly/1x17r8G #CSR #susty @cafreeland

We have the power to reverse this trend and create a different future. It is time for a New Narrative where Citizens, Business People and Politicians alike all have a role to play in rethinking prosperity.  The Corporate Sustainability movement has done incredible work in bringing some of these issues to the forefront – but is it enough?

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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On November 12th, Chrystia Freeland, author of Plutocrats: The Rise of the New Global Super-Rich and the Fall of Everyone Else” and the Federal Member of Parliament (MP) for Toronto Centre will join TSSS to share her thoughts and ideas on the challenge of wealth concentration and our shrinking middle class while exploring our collective role in charting a new path forward.

During the event we will explore issues related to our current predicament:

* What is causing the trend towards wealth concentration and our shrinking middle class?
* Why are governments in a debt crisis while cash-rich corporations seem to be finding new ways to NOT pay their taxes?
* How does our current prosperity narrative keep us locked in unsustainable patterns?
* Why does government seem to have the needed funds to deal with a banking crisis but not a climate crisis?

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

* How can we change the conversation about what Canadian prosperity looks like?
* How do we get government policies to reflect the urgency that we feel towards an economic system that is beginning to fail us?
* How far can the Corporate Sustainability movement go towards solving this problem?
* How can companies become more impactful through their government relations channels?
* How can students and activists 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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(VIDEO) We can’t make a peace treaty with the planet: Nicholas Stern shares the pathway for the planet

“We can build the future that we want – it all depends on how we manage our resources.”

How can we begin to address the global, insidious problem of climate change — a problem that’s too big for any one country to solve? Economist Nicholas Stern lays out a plan, presented to the UN’s Climate Summit in 2014. It’s a big vision for cooperation, with a payoff that goes far beyond averting disaster. He asks: How can we use this crisis to spur better lives for all?

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