Sustainability Landscape and Trends in Ontario

Tue Feb 27 to Wed Dec 31, 1969, Toronto, ON

Are you interested in learning about the sustainability landscape and future environmental outlook and opportunities here? Are you new to Ontario, and-or a member of an Ethno-cultural group? We invite you to join us to hear an expert panel of Sustainability leaders who will share their insights from the public, private, and non-profits point of view in various areas including Green buildings, Waste, Technology, and Corporate Social Responsibility. It will be a highly-engaging event as always. Also, get ready to make new connections as there will be breakout and networking sessions!

Light refreshments will be provided.

6:30-7:15 Intro and Presentations for each of the four speakers
7:15-7:50 Facilitated panel discussions
7:50-8:30 Breakout sessions

– Franz Hartmann, Executive Director of Toronto Environmental Alliance – Topic: Green economy and Transform TO
– Sandra Lester, CEO of Affecting Change Inc., Award-Winning and Innovative Sustainability/ Healthy Building Expert – Topic: Green Building
– Jake DeBruyn, Engineer, New Technology Integration at Ministry of Agriculture, Food, and Rural Affairs – Topic: Waste and Technology and Ontario Climate Change Action Plan
– Walter Kraus, Principle, Efficient2Sustainable Inc. & Former VP, Environment & Corporate Sustainability at Weston Foods (Canada) Inc – Topic: Corporate Social Responsibility

– Stephen Szucs, Founder of SustainableJoes

Speakers’ Bio

Franz Hartmann is the Toronto Environmental Alliance Executive Director since 2007. All through his career, Franz has been an agent of change in advocating for a green economy through renewable energy, reduction of GHG emissions and comprehensive waste management. His realizations include his participation in the development of the first Environmental Plan for the City of Toronto as well as the Kyoto Implementation Strategy for Canada. He has also taught at the University of Toronto’s Centre for the Environment.

Sandra Lester – As the CEO and Visionary Green Building Strategist at Affecting Change Inc., Sandra assists and enables her clients to create the change that they want to see in the world. Her perspective in the design of organizations and real estate decision-making comes from the fields of multi-disciplinary design and architecture. Her work has used leverage points to achieve resiliency and unforeseen energy efficiency for various facilities that range in scale from an exemplary single-family home to the largest hospital in North America. Sandra has received international recognition for her sustainability consulting work on the groundbreaking community socio-economic transformation project, the Fogo Island Inn.

Jake Debruyn is an Engineer in the sector of New Technology Integration at the Ontario Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs. Jake is based in the Guelph office. His current focus is on renewable energy systems and the bio-economy with a strong focus on biogas systems. Jake provides environmental services for the regions of Halton and Peel. He has been with the Ministry since 2001.

Walter Kraus, Principle, Efficient2Sustainable Inc. & Former VP, Environment & Corporate Sustainability at Weston Foods (Canada) Inc. A Corporate Social Responsibility warrior with over 30 years of compliance and sustainability experience in the food processing sector. An accomplished speaker, leader, trainer and implementer of environmental best practices. One of his previous CSR roles was the Vice President, Environment & Corporate Sustainability at Weston Foods.

The Facilitator:

Stephen Szucs – recognizing our global need to transition to sustainable practices, Stephen founded SustainableJoes as a passion project in 2013. Transitioning to an enterprise in 2018, SustainableJoes creates media and products to simplify sustainability for “Everyday Joes.” (Joseph & Joanne) Since inception, Stephen has lived off-grid, followed a zero-waste lifestyle, cycled across the continent, produced a film, developed sustainable products, and created a podcast.”

Partial funding provided by the Government of Ontario.


For more information:

Contact Name: Walter Pavliv
Phone: 4167676387
E-mail: Walterp2"


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