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Wilfrid Laurier University Lazaridis School of Business & Economics
October 26, 2016
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Past Workshops and Events

The P&G Centre for Business & Sustainability is a Presenting Sponsor of Sustainable Waterloo Region’s annual event series. Here are some of the recent events aimed at sharing learning about sustainability in the region, and at fostering multi-sector collaboration.

Regional Sustainability Initiative Launch

Wednesday, September 21st, 2016

On Wednesday September 21st, our partner organization Sustainable Waterloo Region celebrated the official launch of the Regional Sustainability Initiative, an evolution of their Regional Carbon Initiative, and a more holistic approach to sustainability.

Environmental Politics: Planning for Action - Globally, Nationally, Provincially and Locally

Tuesday May 3, 2016

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. On May 3rd, 2016 Sustainable Waterloo Region held a long awaited breakfast event on Environmental Policy Planning where attendees learned how these strategies are going to impact local organizations and the leadership role that they can play as part of implementing change. The event featured a panel of experts on environmental policy, who explored these topics in a way accessible to those with minimal knowledge but was also rewarding to those that have been avidly following the headlines.

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7th Annual Evening of Recognition

Thursday April 14, 2016

On April 14th we joined 300+ others in the Waterloo Region community for Sustainable Waterloo Region's 6th Annual Evening of Recognition, where SWR released its 2015 Report, presented this year’s awards, and offered a retrospective of the tradition for environmental action in Waterloo Region, and vision for the future, including an progress update on the zero-impact incubator building starting construction in Fall 2016.

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Exploring Sustainability Beyond Carbon

Wednesday March 30, 2016

Sustainable Waterloo Region (SWR) has been exploring new ways to support local organizations in environmental sustainability since 2009. As measuring and tracking carbon, the foundation of SWR’s Regional Carbon Initiative, it is the norm for many organizations, and is now starting to look beyond carbon. Attendees explored the importance of a variety of aspects of environmental sustainability and had the opportunity to learn the technical aspects of air quality, waste and water from subject area experts while considering how these contribute to their organizations' environmental impact.

General Motors: Driving Sustainable Change Thursday, January 28th, 2016

David Paterson, Vice President Corporate and Environmental Affairs from General Motors Canada, shared how GM is prioritizing environmental sustainability in Canada. David outlined the ways they are reducing the impact of their daily facility operations, and offered insight into how sustainability is impacting GM's business model.

Building on Innovation: Networking Event Thursday November 19, 2015  5-7pm

An evening of sustainability-focused building innovations. Participants learned about innovations that are reducing the environmental impact of commercial buildings, and connected with experts in this field. They also heard an update on the development of a local sustainable building, designed with leading edge technology.

6th Annual Evening of Recognition Thursday April 30, 2015

On April 30th we joined 300+ others in the Waterloo Region community for Sustainable Waterloo Region's 6th Annual Evening of Recognition, where SWR released its 2014 Report, shared local organizations’ sustainability stories and presented this year’s awards. For highlights see:

Managing Behaviour Change: A Key to Sustainability Program Success, February 26, 2015,

Many organizations have trouble getting colleagues to act more sustainably. This lively and interactive workshop facilitated by Randy Sa’d and Joel Hilchey, focused on improving individuals’ ability to effectively manage behavioural change. This session offered participants challenging exercises, an organizational self-assessment, action planning support and an honest review of the Harbourfront Centre story.

Unilever’s Sustainable Living Plan, January 28, 2015

Sustainability: Core to how Unilever does business. At this event, John Coyne shared how Unilever is working toward doubling in size while reducing its environmental footprint. John outlined how they developed their Sustainable Living Plan, their progress to date and next steps.

Untapped Sustainability Resources, December 4, 2014

Many organizations struggle with time or money when it comes to sustainability. At this event, attendees learned from professionals about possibly unknown sustainability support resources that are available in the community and current financial incentives that exist to assist their organizations. 

Building Electric Vehicle Infrastructure Wednesday, October 8th, 2014

A growing number of organizations have realized the environmental and economic benefits of adopting Electric Vehicles (EVs) into their fleets and deploying EV charging stations. Join us to experience EV technology firsthand (EVs and charging stations on-site, including test-drive opportunities) and learn how you can add value to your organization from a panel of local champions.

Green Team Speed Networking, September 18, 2014

Attendees for this event joined us as to kick off our fall RCI calendar with Green Team Speed Networking! Individuals refocused their post-summer thoughts on their organization's 2014 sustainability plans, while enjoying a drink and connecting with others in the region with similar goals. Attendees left with the inspiration they needed to end 2014 with action.

Milestones as Stepping Stones, June 24, 2014

Regional Carbon Initiative (RCI) milestones are designed to help members set and achieve their greenhouse gas reduction targets. But as members work through the four milestones, it’s not always smooth sailing. This workshop to allowed attendees to hear RCI members share the hurdles they faced and the solutions they used to move to the next level.

Local Sustainability Show and Tell, June 4, 2014

In April 2014, the excitement at our Evening of Recognition was palpable as hundreds of people celebrated local organizations working to integrate sustainability across their operations. At this event, attendees heard from these organizations directly, including Cambridge North Dumfries Hydro, Wilfrid Laurier University, United Way KW, and MW Canada – the 2013 RCI Rookie of the Year. These Regional Carbon Initiative members shared how they are successfully embedding sustainability into their policies, engaging people to take action, and implementing projects that payback.