Director of P&G Centre for Business & Sustainability, Wilfrid Laurier University
Dr. Colbert leads Wilfrid Laurier University’s P&G Centre for Business & Sustainability, which serves as a catalyst to bring together faculty researchers, students, and leaders in industry and civil society in order to build capacity for more progressive, socially engaged organizational leadership.
Dr. Colbert is also an Assistant Professor of Policy & Strategic Management in the School of Business and Economics at Wilfrid Laurier University, where his research is centred on the ways and means by which organizations align a vision for sustainability, corporate and business strategy, and the strategic development of human capital. His writing has been published in the Academy of Management Review, Human Resource Planning, and the Journal of General Management, along with several recent book chapters, including ‘The Business Case for CSR’ in the Oxford Handbook of Corporate Social Responsibility.
Director, Corporate Affairs & Sustainability at Sun Life Financial.
Working with Sun Life’s International Sustainability Council, she is responsible for identifying, and developing strategies to address, social and environmental risks and opportunities that intersect with the company’s business operations. She is also responsible for the Company’s external sustainability reporting, including to the Carbon Disclosure Project and the National Association of Insurance Commissioners Climate Risk Disclosure Survey, as well as advocating with a wide variety of stakeholders regarding the company’s sustainability practices.
Ms Jantzi joined the Company in 1998 and since that time has held a variety of Public and Corporate Affairs positions, leading to her current role. She is based at Sun Life’s Canadian Headquarters in Waterloo, Ontario.
Lawyer at Sorbara, Schumacher, McCann LLP
Michael is a lawyer at Sorbara, Schumacher, McCann LLP, the largest law firm headquartered in Waterloo Region. His practice includes advising municipalities, public institutions, not-for-profit organizations, and their respective stakeholders on a wide range of issues. He works with his firm’s environmental law practice to advise public and private sector bodies on a variety of environmental matters, and he advises on complex real estate acquisitions, dispositions, and financings.
Michael holds a J.D. from Osgoode Hall Law School, a B.Sc. (Hons., 1st class) from Brock University and an M.Sc. from Simon Fraser University, where he also spent four years pursuing a Ph.D. While there, he was one of the founders, first chairperson, and later executive director, of the Graduate Student Society at Simon Fraser University, a registered not-for-profit corporation representing the interests of its over 4,000 graduate students. He is a member of the Research Ethics Board of Wilfrid Laurier University, and volunteers his time to Magna Carta Canada, which organized the 2015 Canadian exhibition celebrating the 800th anniversary of the signing of that historic document, as well as to the Governance Committee of Supportive Housing of Waterloo Region.
President and Chief Executive Officer at Cambridge and North Dumfries Hydro Inc.
Ian joined Cambridge and North Dumfries Hydro Inc. in August of 2012. Immediately prior to this, he held the position of Chief Financial Officer at Guelph Hydro. Ian began his professional career in the telecommunications industry in New Brunswick where he gained significant experience in mergers, acquisitions, and start-ups. In 2001 he joined Toronto Hydro Energy Services Inc. as Vice President, Finance and one year later was appointed President of Toronto Hydro Telecom Inc. In 2007 Ian joined Guelph Hydro where he was responsible for merger negotiations, financial restructuring, and regulatory matters. Ian holds an Honours BSc from Acadia University, an MBA from Dalhousie University, and is a Chartered Director (McMaster University / Conference Board of Canada).
Director of Athena Software.net
Diane is a founding partner and director of Athena Software.net, a Waterloo Region tech company providing software solutions and consultation services to a diverse range of organizations in the humans services sector including governments, social and community-based service organizations and mental and behavioural health providers. Athena software empowers organizations through the use of their world class client information/case management system, Penelope. Founded in 2001, Athena has grown to become a global provider of enterprise level software with hundreds of clients around the world.
Diane is holds a Bachelor of Science degree from Wilfrid Laurier University, a Masters of Science degree from the University of Guelph in Environmental Biology and is currently a PhD candidate at the University of Guelph in the School of Environmental Sciences, where she is completing her studies part-time.
CEO of United Way for Kitchener-Waterloo and area
Jan Varner is currently the CEO of United Way for Kitchener-Waterloo and area. Prior to this role, Jan was at Wilfrid Laurier University for ten years. She was the Director of the Laurier Institute, Laurier’s Executive and Management Development Centre, as well as a faculty member for the School of Business and Economics. She joined the faculty after serving 15 years in the private and public sector. Jan graduated from WLU in 1980 with her BBA and her MBA in 1994. She is currently a PhD candidate at University of Toronto.
Jan and her husband of 28 years, Dave, own and operate Innersee Initiatives Inc.,an experiential training and development business that includes a low ropes, team building challenge course. Jan’s dedication to continuous learning and giving back is evidenced by the fact that she has her Canadian Training and Development Professional designation, and is currently on the board for The Centre for Rural Leadership. She was also the first Canadian nominated as chair for CMED, an international management and executive development association.
Associate Director of the Waterloo Institute for Sustainable Energy, Professor in Environment and Resource Studies at the University of Waterloo
Ian Rowlands is a Professor in the Department of Environment and Resource Studies at the University of Waterloo. He is also the Associate Director (Global Initiatives) of the University’s Waterloo Institute for Sustainable Energy (WISE). Ian’s research interests focus upon sustainable energy policy, with a particular interest in the ‘smart grid’ at various scales: from the household (e.g., consumer behaviours and interactions with technologies) to the province (e.g., policies to encourage sustainable energy) to the international (e.g., Canada-US relations on the issue). Ian’s teaching activities have most recently concentrated upon the following issue-areas: global environmental governance, research methods and corporate environmentalism.
Ian received a BASc in Engineering Science from the University of Toronto and a PhD in International Relations from the University of London (London School of Economics and Political Science). Before joining the University of Waterloo in 1998, he held positions at the London School of Economics and Political Science and the United Nations Collaborating Centre on Energy and Environment. Ian’s work during the past decade has led to collaborations with many community, governmental and private sector partners, including REEP Green Solutions, the Ontario Power Authority, Natural Resources Canada, the International Energy Agency, Energent Incorporated and TerraChoice.