Upcoming Events

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Planning for Action: Globally, Nationally, Provincially, and Locally

Wednesday, February 24th, 2016

Time: 7:30 am to 9:30 am

Location: Centre for International Governance Innovation

Contact Name: Mariah Smith

Contact Email: mariah.smith@sustainablewaterlooregion.ca

Join us for a morning with our panel of 3 experts as we discuss how to take action globally, nationally, provincially, and locally!

Environmental politics has increasingly hit the media throughout the last year. From COP21, Ontario Climate Change Strategy and Action Plan, to a proposed Ontario cap and trade policy; political action against climate change is taking centre stage.

Join us to explore how these strategies are going to impact local organizations and the leadership role that they can play as part of implementing change. Featuring a panel of experts on environmental policy, we will explore these topics in a way accessible to those with minimal current knowledge but also rewarding to those that have been avidly following the headlines. All are welcome.

This event will include a hot breakfast.

Panel Speakers include:

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Keith Brooks
Environmental Defense, Clean Economy Program Director

Keith was born  just outside Toronto, Keith’s concern for the environment drove him to pursue a Bachelors of Environmental Sciences at the University of Guelph. He then worked for a number of years in the environmental consulting field before enrolling at York University to pursue a Masters of Environmental Studies. Keith’s first hand experience as an environmental scientist left him disheartened, and showed him that a lack of sound science is not at fault for the deepening environmental crisis. Our challenge is not in knowing what must be done, but in doing it. This led Keith to focus his efforts on understanding  and developing strategies to overcome the barriers that keep us from doing what science tells us we must. Keith strongly believes that Canadians are being sold a line about having to choose between the environment and the economy. Obviously, we can and must have both. And it is this outlook which ultimately led Keith to his current role as the Director of the Clean Economy Program at Environmental Defence.


Matthew Hoffman
University of Toronto, Associate Political Science Professor

Matthew Hoffmann is a Professor in the Department of Political Science at the University of Toronto and at the University of Toronto, Scarborough. He is also Co-Director of the Environmental Governance Lab at   the Munk School of Global Affairs and Chair of the   Board of Directors of Sustainability Co-Lab. He is the author of Climate Governance at the Crossroads: Experimenting with a Global Response after Kyoto (Oxford University Press) and Ozone Depletion and Climate Change: Constructing a Global Response (SUNY Press). He also is a co-author on a recent collaborative book Transnational Climate Change Governance (Cambridge University Press). His current collaborative research project explores the development of Political Pathways to Decarbonization.

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Sarah Petrevan
 Clean Energy Canada, Senior Policy Advisor

Sarah Petrevan is responsible for Clean Energy Canada’s work in Ontario, with a specialized focus on carbon pricing and electricity programs.  In addition, Sarah manages Clean Energy Canada’s role in Blue Green Canada, and frequently is found working with all levels of government to advance a clean energy future. An accomplished professional with more than 10 years of experience in public policy government relations, and as a media spokesperson, Sarah is versed in all facets of strategic planning, communications, and relationship building. 


Ian Rowlands

University of Waterloo, Professor & Associate Dean, Strategic Initiatives (Faculty of Environment)

Who Should Attend

  • Individuals from organizations that are interested in developing their own sustainability strategies.
  • Organizations looking to get a clear picture of upcoming regulatory change and how it may affect their day to day operations.

What To Expect

  • What to expect from incoming, sustainability specific, regulatory changes in Ontario and what it means for business.
    • Ontario Cap and Trade
    • Provincial emissions targets
    • Decoding COP21 and what it means for business

Save the date- 7th Annual Evening of Recognition

Thursday, April 14th, 2016

Time: 4:30-7:00pm

Location: 425 Bingemans Centre Drive, Kitchener, ON N2B 3X7

On Thursday April 14th Sustainable Waterloo Region will be holding our 7th Annual Evening of Recognition.
Join us to celebrate local organization's sustainability-focused actions and the release of our 2015 Report.

4:30 - 5:30 Registration and Networking
5:30 - 6:30 On Stage Presentations
6:30- 7:00 Networking

Registration is free and will open late February.

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.