Upcoming Events

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Sustainability’s Role in HR

Friday, November 3rd, 2017

Public

Time: 7:30AM-9:30AM

Location: Crowne Plaza Hotel, 105 King Street East, Kitchener

Contact Name: Lexi Halley

Contact Email: lexi.halley@sustainablewr.ca

Human resources is a vital part of integrating sustainability into an organization. On November 3 we will be joined by Lukas Pesa from Great Place to Work Canada, who will be sharing details about how sustainability is beneficial to HR practices such as employee attraction, hiring, and retention.

This event is a great follow up for those who attended our employee engagement event in September, Creating a Sustainable Workforce. It is also relevant for those who have not attended any employee-related sustainability events.

About the speaker

Lukas Pesa

Business and Client Content Specialist

Great Place to Work Canada

As Client and Business Content Specialist for Great Place to Work® Canada, Lukas Pesa researches and studies the HR trends that are continuously reshaping the workforce.

With experience in HR research and writing, Lukas has worked on consulting projects and initiatives for clients in multiple industries. His exposure to HR trends in multiple industries has enabled him to develop a broad business mindset from multiple perspectives. Lukas’ work has also been covered by HR trade publications and mainstream news networks.

What to Expect

  • Details about how HR and sustainability are mutually beneficial
  • Insight into how sustainability can help your HR processes
  • Hot breakfast
  • Networking time before the event

Who Should Attend

  • Anyone interested in organizational sustainability
  • Individuals representing organizations in the Waterloo Region sustainability network
  • HR representatives looking to integrate sustainability into their work
  • 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

Funding Your Sustainability Initiatives

Tuesday, November 14th, 2017

Time: 7:30AM-10:00AM

Contact Name: Lexi Halley

Contact Email: lexi.halley@sustainablewr.ca

For organizations interested in decreasing their environmental impact, there are a variety of funding and support opportunities available. During this event we will hear from experts at local hydro and natural gas providers about funding incentives and the support that is available, with a short workshop to help organizations overcome barriers that may be stopping them from taking full advantage of these incentives.

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Jeff Quint

Manager, Energy Efficiency & Corporate Communications

Waterloo North Hydro

Jeff Quint is the Manager of Energy Efficiency and Corporate Communications for Waterloo North Hydro, where he leads the utilities portfolio of energy efficiency programs and corporate communications initiatives. He has 10 years’ experience in the energy service and utility sector with a strong focus on energy efficiency, demand management, customer service, and communications.

More speakers TBA

What to Expect:

  • Details about energy saving incentives available to local organizations
  • A short workshop to help overcome barriers that may stopping some organizations from taking advantage of incentives
  • Hot breakfast
  • Networking time before the event

Who Should Attend:

  • Business professionals who want to help their organization take advantage of available incentives
  • Indviduals who have faced challenges while attempting to secure funding for sustainability initiatives
  • Students interested in learning more about sustainability in business

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

Getting Ready to Report

Tuesday, December 5th, 2017

Educational Forum

Time: 11:30AM-1:00PM

Contact Name: Lexi Halley

Contact Email: lexi.halley@sustainablewr.ca

By July 2020, most buildings over 50,000 square feet will be required to publicly report data about their energy and water usage. This is in accordance with Ontario Regulation 20/17 “Energy and Water Reporting and Benchmarking for Large Buildings.” Michael Brophy from the Ministry of Energy will be joining us to give an overview of the regulation and help organizations prepare for reporting.

In addition to learning basic information about the regulation, attendees will gain an understanding of how this regulation will impact their organization. Michael will provide an overview of the Energy Star Portfolio Manager and details about where reporting organizations can get additional support.

About the speaker

Michael Brophy

Ministry of Energy

What to Expect:

  • Information about Ontario’s new regulation 20/17
  • Help to prepare for mandatory public reporting of waste and water
  • Catered lunch
  • Networking time before the event

Who Should Attend:

  • Anyone interested in organizational sustainability
  • 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

Integrating Holistic Sustainability with IKEA Canada

Thursday, January 25th, 2018

Educational Forum

Time: 5:00-7:00PM

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.