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A night of inspiration: An environmental and a social visionary share their stories

Robert Shirkey, Founder at Our Horizon

At the next TSSS event on February 4th you will learn how two relentless visionaries made their dreams a reality.

Robert Shirkey, founder of Our Horizon, is an eco-visionary who saw gasoline pumps as an opportunity to change the conversation about how each of us contributes to climate change; “What if we added a message right on the gas pump like the way we do with cigarettes”?

Paul Klein

Paul Klein, Founder at Impakt

Paul Klein, founder at Impakt is a social visionary who passionately chose to tackle the nagging social problem of youth homelessness and unemployment. In November 2015 Paul and his team at Impakt launched HireUp – the world’s first national job portal for youth who have experienced homelessness.

DATE: Thursday, February 4, 2016 (registration closes Feb. 2nd)
TIME: 4:30-7:30 EST (snacks & networking from 6:35-7:30)
LOCATION: Loyalty One, 438 University Ave., 12th Floor, Toronto (use elevators on the left in the lobby)
Tickets available at the door. Ticket Price is $80. Please let us know in advance that you’re planning to attend.

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During the event we will explore some of the following:

  • What prompted both Robert and Paul to tackle these issues
  • What were their strategies for addressing such large challenges
  • What were the biggest surprises that they encountered along the way
  • Whether they ever felt like it wasn’t going to happen and what kept them going
  • What was the the key to their project’s success
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Doug Miller, Founder at GlobeScan

Also joining us to launch his new book, “Can the World be Wrong?” will be Doug Miller, Founder of GlobeScan. The book lays out a compelling case for looking to long-term trends in global public opinion to help predict the future. It goes on to outline the future these trends suggest. Doug will be sharing insights from his book and signing copies for audience members.

“We are living in uncertain times. My radical proposition in the book is that when humans are involved and given voice, everything is possible, including achieving our highest aspirations and best intentions.”

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Kevin Brady’s “Sustainability Status Report” and the trends for 2016.

Kevin Brady

Kevin Brady

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?

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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)

Agenda:

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. 

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Breaking Down Silos: How Accountants and Sustainability Professionals Are Collaborating to Reduce Risks and Maximize Opportunities

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The Sustainability Team cannot do it alone!

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 BusinessJennifer Ash, VP Finance and Operations at Frontiers North Adventures and 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.

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Ask yourself:

  • 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 answered YES to any to these questions then this event is for you.

Distinguished Guests (see full bios below):

Robert Siddall. CFO at Metrolinx

Mike Valente, Schulich School of Buiness

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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:

Loyalty OneDATE: 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

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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.

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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
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Bay/Wall Street and Sustainability: Does your CSR Report Resonate with Investors?

BREAKING NEWS: Sustainable Business Practices Dramatically Boost Stock Valuations

Did you read this title and think, “it’s about time?”  Unfortunately, the title is more future prediction than current fact. Bay/Wall Street often fails to appreciate the proven bottom line benefits of sustainable business practices.  But on February 5th TSSS is excited to launch its 2015 season with a distinguished panel of experts that will discuss how corporations can have their sustainable development (SD) work more accurately reflected in their stock valuation.

Ask yourself:

Does your company’s CSR Report resonate with the investment community? Does it tell analysts and money managers the information that they need to know? Is the information actionable for immediate investment decisions? At the end of the day, are your sustainability efforts reflected in your company’s stock price?  If the answer is NO and the capital markets are not rewarding your sustainability efforts then this event is for you.

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Distinguished Guests:

Ian McPherson

Ian McPherson

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Martin Grosskopf

Julie Desjardins

Julie Desjardins

 

 

 

 

 

Moderator: Dr. Blair Feltmate, Associate Professor and Director of Sustainability Practice, University of Waterloo

Loyalty OneDATE: Thursday, February 5, 2015 (registration closes February 3rd)
TIME: 4:30-7:30 EST (snacks & networking from 6:45-7:30)
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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