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.

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VIDEO: Is it time to apologize to future generations OR to make the necessary changes?

standfortreesorgWhere does the current path of our economic system lead?

Is it time to apologize to future generations OR to make the necessary changes?

To learn more visit Stand For Trees.org

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Canada’s Top 30 Under 30 – Cindy Chao

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.

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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.

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Epic is On: Toronto 2015 Pan Am Games – Sustainability by Design

“Sport has the power to change the world. It has the power to inspire. It has the power to unite people in a way that little else does. It speaks to youth in a language they understand. Sport can create hope where once there was only despair.
— Nelson Mandela

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Ann Duffy, Naki Osutei and Zenia Wadhwani speaking about Sport and Sustainability 100 days before the Toronto 2015 Pan Am/Parapan Am Games at TSSS on April 1, 2015

On April 1st, 2015, at the offices of Loyalty One in Toronto, the 100-day countdown to the 2015 Pan Am/Parapan Am Games was marked by an engaging discussion about sustainability and social engagement in the context of the Games.

While Mandela’s words were spoken in the context of sport being, “more powerful than government in breaking down racial barriers”, his words ring true beyond that context. Sport’s ability to inspire and unite makes it an ideal springboard for addressing some of the greatest challenges of our time (including climate change, economic disparity and social injustice) that plague our countries and communities.

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Building your CSR Strategy without the baggage – what would you do differently?

Establishing a new sustainability strategy at your company can come with plenty of baggage but what if you had the chance to do it all right…from the beginning.

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  • No long term relationships that are inconsistent with your sustainability strategy
  • No long term contracts with non-aligned partners
  • No inertia built into your operations and decision making
  • No culture of fear for trying unproven strategies
  • No track record with reliable supply chain partners
  • No interference from a parent company

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Sport, Sustainability and Community Engagement: A Focus on the 2015 Toronto Pan Am Games

Sport, Sustainability, Community, Legacy and Branding

Pam AM TorontoSport has a magical ability to unite millions of people across different economic, social, geographic and political lines. You can likely think of several great sporting moments that you will never forget. With those memories in mind, one begins to appreciate the enormous responsibility for the organizers of the Toronto 2015 Pan Am Games. They have an opportunity to do something special that will impact entire communities for generations to come. We want to know how they’re doing it.

On April 1st TSSS will host a panel of experts including Ann Duffy who was the Corporate Sustainability Officer to the Vancouver 2010 Olympic Winter Games and who continues to provide CSR guidance to the IOC and FIFA. Our panel will explore the power of sport to reach people and communities like nothing else can. Topics to be discussed include: Community Engagement, Sustainable Purchasing, Importance of a Clear Vision, Diversity and Inclusion, Branding and Leaving a Legacy.

[NOTE: We will be joined by many of the newly selected TOP 30 UNDER 30 Sustainability Trailblazer and even hear from a couple of them before the main presentation – don’t miss this opportunity to meet these amazing future leaders – click here to see the list]

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Ask yourself:

Has your company ever tried to positively impact a community or group of communities as part of its sustainability strategy? Have you ever tried to implement a sustainable purchasing plan? Has your company ever stumbled as it explores its purpose in a changing economic and business environment?  If you answered YES to any to these questions then this event is for you.

ENGAGE DIRECTLY WITH THE PANELISTS VIA OUR LIVESTREAM AND TWITTERCHAT (#tssschat)
REGISTER FOR LIVESTREAM BELOW

Distinguished Guests:

Ann Duffy

Naki Osutei

Zenia Wadhwani

 

 

 

 

 

  • Ann Duffy, Principal, The Ann Duffy Group Inc., CSR Officer at Vancouver 2010 Winter Games, Consultant to IOC and FIFA
  • Naki Osutei, Director, Public Affairs and Social Legacy for the Toronto 2015 Pan Am/Para Pan Am Games.
  • Zenia Wadhwani, Director, Community Outreach for the Toronto 2015 Pan Am/Para Pan Am Games.


Some of the topics that we will explore include:

  • How a clear vision creates a safe place for thinking BIG
  • How to implement a sustainable purchasing strategy for an event of this size
  • What top level approach was used to maximize community benefits AND how is it being implemented?
  • What can corporations learn from this approach to community engagement?
  • What strategies are being used to ensure that the games will leave a positive legacy of sustainable excellence?
  • How diversity and inclusion are being supported in all decision making


Where and When:

Loyalty OneDATE: Wednesday, April 1st, 2015 (registration closes March 30th)
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

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