Canadian Sustainable Development Goals Business Forum will take place on Friday September 7, 2018, in Toronto, Ontario. The Forum is geared towards helping the Canadian private sector to achieve the objectives of the 17 Sustainable Development Goals. Business leaders will explore sustainability, innovation and collaboration.
This event offers a special platform for business leaders to foster multi-stakeholder dialogues, catalyze new partnerships, and explore innovative solutions to accelerate the SDGs in Canada.
The Forum will also focus discussions on some of the key themes from the G7 Summit in Charlevoix, Quebec and the G20 Summit in Buenos Aires, Argentina.
7:30 am — 8:15 am
Exclusive CEO Breakfast Session
8:30 am — 8:40 am
Welcome remarks by Helle Bank Jorgensen, Global Compact Network Canada
Helle Bank Jorgensen, Global Compact Network Canada
8:40 am — 8:55 am
Welcome keynote: The Honourable Elizabeth Dowdeswell, Lieutenant Governor of Ontario
The Honourable Elizabeth Dowdeswell, Lieutenant Governor of Ontario
8:55 am — 9:05 am
Welcome remarks by Marcelo Lu, President at BASF Canada and Business representative of the B7
Marcelo Lu, President at BASF Canada and Business representative of the B7
9:05 am — 9:15 am
Opening Keynote: A progressive Canada and the role of the SDGs
H.E. Marc-André Blanchard, Ambassador and Permanent Representative of Canada to the United Nations
Marc-André Blanchard, Ambassador and Permanent Representative of Canada to the United Nations
9:15 am — 9:55 am
From G7 to G20: Leveraging the SDGs for the future of Canada
What are the key takeaways for the Canadian private sector from the G7? The opening session will link the key themes from the G7 and G20 summits to specific SDGs to explore how they can be leveraged to create new opportunities for Canadian businesses given the current global business landscape.
Marc-André Blanchard, Ambassador and Permanent Representative of Canada to the United Nations, Marcelo Lu, President at BASF Canada and Business representative of the B7Lida Preyma, Director, Global AML Risk Management, Bank of Montreal Capital Markets
9:55 am — 10:15 am
10:15 am — 10:55 am
Sustainable business practices and the role of the board. This panel will evaluate the challenges and opportunities of bringing sustainable business practices into the boardroom and how the SDGs can be leveraged as a framework for future growth.
Annette Verschuren, Chair and CEO, NRStor Inc.barbara zvan, chief risk & strategy officer at ontario teachers’ pension plan, Nancy Lockhart, Corporate Director, Loblaw Companies Limited, Barrick Gold, Atrium Mortgage Investment Corporation, Helle Bank Jorgensen, Global Compact Network Canada
10:55 am — 11:35 am
Leveraging the SDGs to fuel innovation and prepare for the future of work. Can the SDGs boost disruptive technologies and business models in Canada? Forward-thinking business and policy leaders will explore connections between innovation and the SDGs to facilitate growth and new market opportunities. These leaders will also explore how multiculturalism and the technological revolution are influencing productivity, growth, and employment.
Andree-Lise Methot, Founder and Managing Partner, Cycle Capital Management Candace Laing, Senior Director of Sustainability Stakeholder Relations, Nutrien, Sanjay Khanna, Director and Futurist of Whitespace Legal Collab, Baker McKenzie
11:35 am — 12:15 pm
The Future of Cities and Communities. What does it look like to be living and working in the cities of the future? This panel will look at the progress Canadian cities are undergoing to shift to a circular economy, as well as the role of businesses to make this change.
Jody Becker, Senior Vice President, Emerging Markets and Chief Strategy Officer, Ellis Don Sebastian Turbot, Executive Director, New Cities Foundation Chief R. Stacey Laforme, Chief of the Mississaugas of the New Credit First Nation
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