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 8th 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.
The time has come to break down the barriers that prevent organizations from moving quickly on the challenges and opportunities presented by climate change and other sustainability issues. At our next event you will hear firsthand from those who are succeeding.
On October 1st TSSS will host a panel of experts including Robert Siddall, the CFO of Metrolinx, Mike Valente from the Schulich School of Business, Jennifer Ash, VP Finance and Operations at Frontiers North Adventures.Panelists will share insights into how collaboration between finance and sustainability teams can reduce risk and increase profitability.
Have you ever failed to get support for a sustainability initiative because you couldn’t establish the right metrics to make your case?
Have you ever wished that you had a finance department ally?
Are you frustrated by the lack of cohesion for driving sustainable change within your organization?
Have you ever tried to make a case for supply chain challenges or revenue shortfalls that are glaring risks but you lacked the support you needed from finance?
If you answeredYESto any to these questions thenthis event is for you.
Distinguished Guests (see full bios below):
Robert Siddall. CFO at Metrolinx
Mike Valente, Schulich School of Buiness
Jennifer Ash, Frontiers North Adventures
Some of the topics that we will explore include:
What role do accountants play in identifying and managing the risks and opportunities of climate change?
How are silos being torn down when accountants and sustainability professionals work together?
What do case studies by Canada’s national accounting body show about the role finance is playing to support organizations as they adapt to climate change?
What are the secrets to using the finance team to boost your company’s sustainability initiatives?
Where and When:
DATE: Thursday, October 1st, 2015(registration closes Friday September 25th) TIME: 4:30-7:30 PM (snacks & networking from 6:45-7:30 PM) LOCATION: Loyalty One, 438 University Ave., 12th Floor, Toronto (use elevators on the left in the lobby) TWITTERCHAT: #tssschat from 5:15 – 6:00 PM EST LIVESTREAM available: Register for password
Clearly this topic resonates with people – an excerpt on the Guardian website was shared over 359,000 times.
The system of Capitalism has a beginning, middle and end. It’s key attribute is adaptation – but now it’s reached the limit of its ability to adapt – Greece is proof. We’re now effectively in a stalled transition to post capitalism. What will it look like? Whether you agree or not it’s a fascinating talk. Enjoy!
At a recent TSSS event (Feb. 5, 2015) we explored the disconnect between Bay/Wall St. and Sustainability (click for written event summary). Please enjoy the highlights in this short video captured as part of the Partners in Project Green, ask the expert series.
I think the opportunity lies with the long term stakeholders like pension funds that have more patience in seeing the benefits of integrating ESG factors in their analysis.
— Ian McPherson, Last Spike Capital
We need the big guys (who are the early adopters, like PUMA, Unilever, and Patagonia) to start sending signals of the new ways of running the economy and the world.
— Bob Willard
There will be a day when financial statements will be continuous – companies must do a better job of telling their story.
— Julie Desjardins
Connecting the two world is challenging because investors are often looking at different, more short term factors, compared to the sustainability community that is often looking at issues that are much longer term.
— Martin Grosskopf, Vice President and Portfolio Manager, Director of Sustainable Investing at AGF
Welcome to the TSSS Series on Canada’s Top 30 Under 30. Learn about who and what inspires them and their vision for a more sustainable world. Each week two new profiles will be shared – take a moment and get to know the next generation of Canadian Sustainabilty Leaders. Thank-you to Kruger Products for supporting this initiative.
Cindy Chao, Sustainability Consultant, Deloitte
TSSS: Why does the sustainability sector resonates with you. Where/when did your passion begin?
Cindy Chao: Ever since I was young, I always wanted to effect large-scale positive change in the world. I always thought that I would do so by becoming a doctor – but as I reflected on my undergraduate studies, I realized that a doctor is often reacting to an illness, and that fields such as research, public health and epidemiology would be better career paths if I wanted to contribute to proactive betterment of global health. I didn’t feel that I had a personality fit to these fields and since I always had an interest in environmental issues, I turned my attention to becoming a “doctor of the Earth”. When I graduated, I weighed my options between starting off in the public, non-profit and private sectors. I concluded that the private sector needed the most support “from within” and that the career path would likely be accelerated compared to the other options. Further, my undergraduate education criticized capitalism without ever offering a solution. Given the reality of the system we live in and the current lack of a better system, I felt strongly about moving from academically criticizing the private sector to actively working with them to find practical solutions to minimize environmental and social impacts during the interim.