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Exploring Holistic Sustainability with IKEA Canada

Thursday, January 25th, 2018

Educational Forum

Time: 5:30-7:30PM

Contact Name: Lexi Halley

Contact Email: lexi.halley@sustainablewr.ca

IKEA is joining us to share how they are continuing to integrate sustainability into their operations, products, and their people. This holistic approach to sustainability has a positive impact on environmental, social, and working conditions globally. Attendees will also learn how IKEA is leading the way with a transition to the circular economy​, and will get advice about how to make change in their own organizations.​


About the speaker

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Melissa Mirowski

Sustainability Specialist

IKEA Canada

Over the past 8 years Melissa has had the pleasure of leading change towards sustainability in some unique settings; from renewable energy cooperatives to major attractions, and the post-secondary sector. Now in Retail, her role as IKEA Canada’s Sustainability Specialist Melissa helps to define direction to create a more Circular IKEA, adding value to customers throughout products’ life cycles and maximizing the value and usefulness of material. She also supports stores and units to have a strong commercial offer of sustainable living solutions, improve operational efficiency, and support community involvement activities.

As a sustainability professional who thrives on collaboration and is passionate about beautiful and functional design, Melissa naturally gravitated towards IKEA. She believes in the company’s vision and is inspired by IKEA’s values, down-to-earth culture, and commitment to prioritizing people and planet while always striving for better.

At home, Melissa enjoys spending time with her husband Dustin and 2.5 year old daughter Eleanor. In their spare time they enjoy swimming, biking, camping, trying new restaurants, live music, and probably too much Netflix.

What to Expect:

  • Details about what IKEA Canada is doing to be more sustainable
  • Insight into holistic sustainability through operations, products, and people
  • Light appetizers
  • Networking time before the event

Who Should Attend:

  • Anyone interested in learning about IKEA Canada or the actions they are taking
  • Individuals representing organizations in the Waterloo Region sustainability network
  • Students interested in environmental sustainability and policy

Traveling to the Event:

  • We encourage you to try more environmentally friendly methods of traveling to and from the event
  • Consider carpooling, taking public transit, biking, or walking
  • To find a carpool buddy and reduce your traveling impact, please visit TravelWise

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.