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Facing Climate Change with the Environmental Commissioner of Ontario

Thursday, March 9th, 2017


Time: 5:00-7:00pm

Location: Stantec, 300 Hagey Blvd #100 Waterloo, Ontario N2L 0A4

Please join us on March 9th for a keynote presentation from Dianne Saxe, the Environmental Commissioner of Ontario (ECO), to learn about the Province of Ontario's current emission levels, and how the government plans to take action.

On November 2016, the ECO released her 2016 Greenhouse Gas Report, Facing Climate Change. This report effectively identified the science behind Climate Change and why Ontario must dramatically reduce its emissions. During the presentation, Dianne will provide an overview of this report’s content and an in-depth explanation of both the newly implemented Cap-and-Trade program and how it could potentially affect local organizations.

Dianne Saxe is a tough but fair watchdog over Ontario’s environmental, energy and climate performance, and guardian of the Environmental Bill of Rights (EBR).

Prior to her appointment in December 2015, Dianne was one of Canada’s most respected environmental lawyers. She has 40 years’ unparalleled experience writing, interpreting, and litigating Ontario’s energy and environmental laws. Dianne’s career began with the Ontario Public Service and two major Bay Street law firms. She then established one of Canada’s top environmental law firms.

A Certified Environmental Law Specialist, Dianne was recognized in every Canadian and international legal rating service, including acknowledgement as one of the world’s top 25 environmental lawyers by Best of the Best, 2008 and as Best Lawyers’ first Environmental Lawyer of the Year for Toronto.

Her five-year appointment will be focused on serving the Ontario Legislature, improving the effectiveness of the Environmental Bill of Rights and catalyzing better environmental, energy and climate outcomes, for and with the people of Ontario. Join us to learn more!

What to Expect:

  • The chance to learn about what Ontario’s current emissions are and insight on how the government plans to reduce these levels
  • Learn about pertinent details regarding Cap-and-Trade and how it could affect local businesses
  • Networking time previous to the event and a chance to ask questions to the ECO

Who Should Attend:

  • Regional Sustainability Initiative Members
  • Individuals representing organizations in the Waterloo Region sustainability network
  • Students interested in environmental sustainability and policy


Save-the-date: 8th Annual Evening of Recognition

Thursday, April 27th, 2017

Time: 4:30 - 7:00 PM

Registration will open late February for you to join us in celebrating local organizations' sustainability-focused actions and the release of our 2016 Report.

Evening of Recognition

8th Annual Evening of Recognition

Join us at our 8th Annual Evening of Recognition as we release our 2016 Report.

The evening will also feature opportunities to :

– hear local sustainability stories
– celebrate the winners of our 2016 awards

Admission is complimentary but registration is required, and will open in late February.
Light refreshments and a cash bar will be available.

4:30 – 5:30 pm   Registration and Networking

5:30 – 6:30 pm   On Stage Presentations

6:30 – 7:00 pm Networking

About our Events

Sustainable Waterloo Region (SWR) hosts an event season focused on connecting our program members, and local organizations with the expertise and collaborative learning opportunities necessary to implement effective sustainability strategies. Our events provide the unique networks, direction, and inspiration for building environmental sustainability into an organization’s culture.

We welcome anyone interested in making advancements towards more sustainable operations to attend events that are not specified as member only.

Regional Carbon Initiative (RCI) members receive complementary admission passes to events. If they are unable to attend events or wish to review speaker presentations, all event presentations are made available through MemberLink, the RCI online community.