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.
What’s the pulse of the sustainability movement? Kevin Brady, a respected sustainability pioneer and a member of Canada’s Clean 16 has just completed a major report on the status of the sustainability movement in North America. Join us on Wednesday November 25th as he shares his findings on the status of the CSR movement and where he sees it going in 2016 and beyond. (Kevin’s paper will be made available to all event attendees.)
During the event we will explore some of the following:
* Is the corporate sustainability movement on the right path AND IF NOT, what do we need to do differently?
* Why doesn’t business do more to address the global challenges that we collectively face?
* Is it business culture or the system itself that impedes more rapid change?
* How can we tackle the imbalance of power away from corporations and towards civil society?
* How is wealth inequality at the centre of the problem?
* Is this the year that the Canadian government finally takes a leadership role in sustainability?
* What can we expect from the 2015 Paris Climate Conference (COP21)?
* Are trends like the sharing economy and the circular economy game changers?
DATE: Wednesday, November 25, 2015 (registration closes November 24th) TIME: 4:30-7:30 EST (snacks & networking from 6:30-7:30) LOCATION: Loyalty One, 438 University Ave., 12th Floor, Toronto (use elevators on the left in the lobby) (Tickets must be purchased in advance)
4:30 – 5:00 pm: Registration, snacks and networking
5:00 – 5:10 pm: Introductions and special announcements
5:10 – 5:40 pm: Presentation by Kevin Brady
5:40 – 6:00 pm: Small group discussion/breakout session
6:00 – 6:40 pm: Groups report back to main audience and general Q and A
6:40 – 7:30 pm: Networking and snacks
BREAKOUT SESSION: Each group will be asked to discuss what they see as the biggest triumphs and failures for the sustainability movement and what needs to happen in 2016 for meaningful change to occur.
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 Adventuresand just announced, Antoine Belaieff, Director of Regional Planning at Metrolinx.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