The inaugural Canadian SDG Business Forum 2018 was a day of innovation and collaboration towards the 17 Sustainable Development Goals for a more sustainable Canadian private sector.Read More
The GCNC celebrated its 5th Year Anniversary and hosted the 2018 SDG Leadership Awards Ceremony on September 6 in Toronto!
The Global Compact Network Canada was delighted to invite all supporting organizations of the GCNC and winners of the 2018 awards to attend the GCNC’s 5th Year Anniversary Celebration and the 2018 SDG Leadership Awards Ceremony, followed by a cocktail reception on September 6 from 5:30 PM to 8:00 PM EST.
It was a symbolic event as the GCNC celebrates 5 years of strong engagement with the Canadian private sector. The GCNC took this opportunity and thanked everyone in attendance for their continued support and participation in celebrating this special milestone.
The night also hosted the 2018 SDG Leadership Awards ceremony. The GCNC welcomed a special guest for the evening – Mr. Adam Vaughan, Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Families, Children and Social Development. Mr. Vaughan presented the SDG Leadership Award to this year’s winners and recognized them for their dedication in implementing the SDG’s and their continued inspiration for business action.
The GCNC would like to thank Host Sponsor, Baker McKenzie and Silver Sponsor, Nutrien for this spectacular evening of recognition and celebration for the global goals.
Baker McKenzie Head office & The Whitespace Legal Collab
Bay Wellington Tower. 181 Bay Street, Toronto, Ontario, M5J 2T3
21st Floor – SDG Leadership Awards 2018 Ceremony
27th Floor – 5th Anniversary Cocktail Reception
Ring the Bell for the SDGs
The celebration began at the Toronto Stock Exchange with a Market Closing Ceremony (Ring the Bell) for the Sustainable Development Goals!
Time: 3:30 PM – 4:00 PM EST
Where: 130 King St W, Toronto, ON M5X 1J2
Toronto Stock Exchange
3:30 pm – Arrival at the Toronto Stock Exchange for the Ring the Bell Ceremony
4:10 pm – Ring the Bell Ceremony concludes. Attendees head back to Baker McKenzie
Baker McKenzie Head office (21st Floor)
4:30 pm – Doors open, networking & registration
5:30 pm – 6:30 pm – SDG Leadership Awards Ceremony
The Whitespace Legal Collab (27th Floor)
6:30 pm – 6:45 pm – Networking break
6:45 pm – 7:00 pm – Opening speeches and toasts for the GCNC’s 5th Anniversary Celebration
7:00 pm – end – Cocktail reception and photos
Join the Global Compact Network Canada and the Economist at the second Sustainability Summit on June 5th, 2018 in Chicago for a forthright discussion about the opportunities and challenges inherent in the transition to sustainability.
Visit sustainability.economist.com to see the full agenda.
GCNC Network Supporters receive an additional 20% discount when registering. Please email email@example.com for the discount code.
Group discounts are also available for two or more tickets. For inquiries, please email firstname.lastname@example.org or call +1 212.641.9865
We look forward to your participation at this important gathering.
Confirmed speakers include:
- Bruce Karas, vice-president, sustainability, Coca-Cola North America
- Ingrid De Ryck, head, procurement and sustainability, Anheuser-Busch
- Jeff Perlman, president and founder, Bright Power
- Gavin McIntyre, co-founder, Ecovative Design
- Nancy Gillis, chief executive, Green Electronics Council
- Kevin Rabinovitch, global sustainability director, Mars
- Keefe Harrison, chief executive, The Recycling Partnership
- Euan Murray, chief executive, The Sustainability Consortium
- Kevin Cronin, vice-president, sustainability, research and development, Ultra-Poly Corporation
- Andrew Magan, founder, United States Business Council for Sustainable Development
On May 30th and 31st, 2018 the GCNC and representatives from our network of responsible business participants visited several senior officials in Ottawa to discuss potential private public partnerships to advance the Sustainable Development Goals in Canada and abroad.
GCNC President, Helle Bank Jorgensen, and GCNC Senior Consultant, Ayman Chowdhury, spearheaded the meetings with a variety of ministries. Over the two days, eight meetings were held, with six of these meetings involving representatives from the GCNC network.
In these meetings, we discussed the results from our 2018 SDG Survey and shared how the GCNC and our participants are working to advance the SDGs. We delved into several potential SDG-related projects and private-public partnerships. We also explored opportunities to leverage new working groups to support these projects.
The list of the meetings held, with accompanying pictures, is provided below:
- Zoë Caron, Chief of Staff to the Minister of Natural Resources
- Rebecca Caldwell, Chief of Staff to the Minister of Status of Women
- Chris Moran, Director General at the Canadian Trade Commissioner Service
- Caitlin Workman, Chief of Staff to the Minister of Small Business and Tourism
- Christopher Johnstone, Director General, Clean Technology and Clean Growth Branch at the Ministry of Innovation, Science and Economic Development
- Jonathan Fried, Personal Representative (Sherpa) to the Prime Minister on the G20
- Jennifer Jordan-Saifi, Deputy Director, United Nations Division at Global Affairs Canada
- Philippe Samborski, Strategic Advisor, Sustainable Development Goals Secretariat at Statistics Canada
How to Join the Ottawa Delegations
The Global Compact Network Canada is the Canadian network of the UN Global Compact, the world’s largest corporate sustainability initiative. The GCNC convenes and accelerates opportunities for multistakeholder collaboration, including taking our network of companies to meet with several senior officials in Ottawa on an annual basis. If you would like to take part of the Ottawa Delegations next year, please join the GCNC as a Network Supporter.Learn more about participating benefits Read More
About this Panel Discussion
On April 9, join us at the Blakes head office in Toronto to learn about our brand-new tool to help your business adopt the OECD Guidelines. This one-hour panel discussion will explore the OECD Guidelines which are endorsed and administered by OECD member states, and help companies obtain a greater understanding of sustainable development, responsible practices, and non-adversarial dispute mechanisms.
The presentation will be followed by a networking cocktail reception.
Date: Monday, April 9, 2018
Time: 4:30 PM – 6:30 PM
Location: Blake, Cassels & Graydon LLP, Suite #4000 (40th Floor)
199 Bay St, Toronto, ON M5L 1A9
About the OECD Guidelines Tool
The OECD Guidelines Tool was developed by the Global Compact Network Canada Working Group on the OECD Guidelines with the support of Global Affairs Canada and aims to promote the Guidelines and its uptake in Canada.
4:30 pm – 5:00 pm: Registration and networking
5:00 pm – 5:10 pm: Opening remarks by Helle Bank Jorgensen, President of the GCNC
5:10 pm – 6:00 pm: Panel discussion on the new Tool to promote the OECD Guidelines in Canada including Q&As
6:00 pm – 7:00 pm: Networking cocktail reception
Registration is now closed.
The Global Compact Network Canada (GCNC) team is delighted to invite you all to our first social event of the year at TELUS Garden in Vancouver on March 13th from 5:30 PM – 8:00 PM (PDT).
Please join us at this social to meet with the GCNC team and other network supporters at the TELUS Garden. We are aiming to bring together the network’s supporting companies, partners, and government representatives to meet and connect in-person. If you are attending GLOBE this year, please come join us for an evening of networking, great conversations, and an SDGs photo booth!
Agenda for the Meet & Greet Social
5:30 – 6:15 PM – Registration, networking and SDG photo booth
6:15 – 6:45 PM – Remarks from the team and TELUS (host)
6:45 – 8:00 PM – Casual Networking
We encourage all attendees to bring a friend to the social who is not a GCNC network supporter. If you will be attending with other colleagues and friends, please let us know when you register.
Thank you very much and we are looking forward to seeing you in Vancouver.
Please note that registration for this event is now closed.Read More
About this Roundtable Event
The Global Compact Network Canada and the Sustainable Development Office of Environment and Climate Change Canada are pleased to invite the Canadian private sector to an interactive panel discussion in Toronto on February 27, 2018.
This interactive panel discussion seeks to increase understanding of:
- The various efforts underway in Canada to advance sustainable development,
- The role of the UN Sustainable Development Goals to harmonize and advance corporate social & environmental responsibility in Canada,
- Main insights and analysis on the Canadian private sector and the Sustainable Development Goals derived from the SDG Survey 2018.
Registrants can attend this event in-person or online.
When and Where: 3rd Floor, TELUS Harbour, 25 York Street, Toronto, Ontario M5J 2V5 on Tuesday, February 27, 2018 at 1:30 PM – 4:30 PM EST
Exclusive networking opportunity available at the event with speakers and attendees from the Canadian private sector. Light refreshments will be provided.
Download the Post-Event Report and Resources/Télécharger le rapport post-événement et les ressources
Along with the Post-Event Report, you can also download the following presentation slides in both English and French:
- Presentation on the SDG Survey 2018 by Aparna Venkatachalam, Senior Manager of the Global Compact Network Canada
- Presentation by Tina Cobb, Senior Policy Advisor, Sustainable Development, Strategic Policy Branch – Environment and Climate Change Canada
- Presentation by Andrea Goertz, Chief Communications & Sustainability Officer at TELUS
- Presentation by Doug Beever, Senior Director of Sustainability & Stakeholder Relations at Agrium / Nutrien
- Presentation by Ryan Duffy, President & CEO, Blackstone Energy Services Inc.
- Presentation by Robert Fosco, Vice-President, Environment and Corporate Responsibility, Export Development Canada
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1:00 pm – 1:30 pm: Registration and Networking
1:30 pm – 1:35 pm: Welcome, Overview and Introductions
1:35 pm – 1:55 pm: Highlights of GCNC SDG Survey 2018
In this session, the Global Compact Network Canada will share its 2018 SDG Survey results and analysis for the first time to the general public. There will also be a moderated Q&A session on the survey results.
1:55 pm – 3:35 pm: Panel Discussion on the Private and Public Sector Collaboration for Sustainable Development
This panel will provide participants with expert views on Canada’s progress on sustainable development and highlight the opportunities for collaboration between the private and public sectors. The session starts with each panelist giving a short presentation and will be followed by a moderated Q&A session. During the Q&A, attendees can use Slido to add their own questions and vote collectively on which questions they want the panel to tackle first.
3:35 pm – 4:15 pm: Roundtable Discussion
During this facilitated roundtable discussion, all attendees of the event (in-person and online) are welcome to ask questions and provide answers and responses. Some questions to be asked:
- What would you like to see emphasized when Canada reports on the Sustainable Development Goals?
- How are you partnering with other companies, municipalities or non-government organizations to advance SD?
- What role are the SDGs playing in business?
- If you were writing a Canadian SD report, what are the top five indicators of SD progress you would use (e.g. GHG emissions, clear water, food security, employment figures, etc.?
Please send us more roundtable discussion questions by using the form below.
4:15 pm – 4:20 pm: Closing Remarks
4:20 pm – 4:30 pm: Networking and Photo Op
À propos de cet événement
« Global Compact Network Canada » et le Bureau du développement durable d’Environnement et Changement climatique Canada ont le plaisir d’inviter le secteur privé canadien à une discussion de groupe interactive à Toronto le 27 février 2018.
Cette discussion vise à accroître la compréhension des diverses activités en cours au Canada afin de promouvoir le développement durable, y compris le rôle des objectifs de développement durable des Nations Unies dans l’harmonisation et la promotion de la responsabilité sociale et environnementale des entreprises.
Les personnes inscrites peuvent assister à cet événement en personne ou en ligne.
Occasion de réseautage exclusif disponible lors de l’événement avec des conférenciers et des participants du secteur privé canadien.
Des rafraîchissements seront servis.
Ordre du jour
13 h 00 – 13 h 30: Inscription et réseautage
13 h 30 – 13 h 35: Mot de bienvenue, aperçu et présentations
13 h 35 – 13 h 55: Points saillants du Sondage de 2018 du RCPM sur les ODD
Au cours de cette session, le Réseau du Pacte mondial Canada communiquera pour la première fois ses résultats et son analyse du sondage sur les ODD de 2018 au grand public. Il y aura également une session Q & A modérée sur les résultats du sondage.
13 h 55 à 15 h 35: La discussion sur la collaboration entre le secteur privé et le secteur public pour le développement durable
Ce panel fournira aux participants des points de vue d’experts sur les progrès du Canada en matière de développement durable et soulignera les possibilités de collaboration entre les secteurs privé et public. La session commence avec une brève présentation de chaque panéliste suivie d’une session de questions-réponses modérée. Pendant la période de questions et réponses, les participants peuvent utiliser Slido pour ajouter leurs propres questions et voter collectivement sur les questions qu’ils veulent aborder en premier.
15 h 35 – 16 h 15: Discussions en table ronde
Tous les participants à l’événement (en personne et en ligne) sont invités à poser des questions et à fournir des réponses et des réponses. Quelques questions à poser:
- Qu’aimeriez-vous voir souligner lorsque le Canada rend compte des objectifs de développement durable?
- Comment établissez-vous des partenariats avec d’autres entreprises, municipalités ou organisations non gouvernementales pour faire progresser le développement durable?
- Quel rôle joue les ODD dans votre entreprise?
- Si vous rédigiez un rapport canadien sur le développement durable, quels sont les cinq principaux indicateurs du progrès utiliseriez-vous (p. ex. émissions de GES, eau potable, sécurité alimentaire, chiffres sur l’emploi, etc.)?
S’il vous plaît envoyez-nous plus de questions sur la table ronde en utilisant le formulaire ci-dessous.
16 h 15 – 16 h 20: Mot de la fin
16 h 20 – 16 h 30: Réseautage et séance photo
The search is on for Canadian businesses who are putting Canada and the world on a more sustainable path by advancing action towards the 17 UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs)!
On September 28th, 2017, the Global Compact Network Canada recognized and highlighted the outstanding efforts of Canadian organizations who are adopting and implementing the SDGs at the 2nd annual SDG Awards.Read More
The SDGs Reporting Training is an interactive training program for sustainability professionals to learn how to report on the SDGs.
The first session of the SDGs Reporting Training was hosted on June 12, 2017. The day started with “Ring the Bell” at the TMX and light networking before participants transitioned to Baker McKenzie’s Toronto head office for the full-day training. The morning of the training was delivered by the Global Compact Network Canada and its collaborators, this includes Robert G. Eccles, Founding Chairman of the Sustainability Accounting Standards Board (SASB) and one of the founders of the International Integrated Reporting Council (IIRC); TELUS’ Sustainability Director, Geoff Pegg; Elena Perez Vega, Corporate & Stakeholder Relations Manager of the Global Reporting Initiative; and Cara Williams, Chief Advisor of International Relations at Statistics Canada. The morning offered participants insights on the international and national playing field and landscape for the SDGs, as well as best practices and processes on how to tackle and report on the 17 Global Goals.
The afternoon provided participants with a hands-on opportunity to map out and report on the SDGs for a real company. The interactive session was guided in a step-by-step process by representatives from eRevalue and B.Accountability – Helle Bank Jorgensen, CEO of B.Accountability; Ayman Chowdhury, Senior Consultant at B.Accountability; Susanne Katus, VP of Business Development at eRevalue; and Maeva Devienne, Customer Success Manager at eRevalue. Participants had the chance to ask questions and consult with their peers on provided materials and real life examples. All were rewarded with a Certificate of Completion at the end of the program.
Thank you, Baker McKenzie, Vigeo Eiris, and the Pay Equity Commission of Ontario for sponsoring this event.
Below are pictures from the SDGs Reporting Training on June 12th, 2017.
Presenters & Session Leads
TMX Registration @ TMX Gallery
130 King St W
Toronto, Ontario M5X 1J2, Canada
Baker McKenzie Toronto Headoffice
181 Bay Street, Suite 2100
Toronto, Ontario M5J 2T3, Canada
Robert Eccles, the Founding Chairman of the Sustainability Accounting Standards Board (SASB) and one of the founders of the International Integrated Reporting Council (IIRC) will share his views on using SASB guidelines and the IIRC framework for reporting on Sustainable Development Goals.
An interactive session to discuss successes and failures from real life examples and leading corporations who have attempted to report on the SDGs.
See Telus Sustainability Report 2016 and their approach to Targets and SDGs.
11:30 am -12:30 pm: GRI and UNGC sustainability reporting partnership to support the Sustainable Development Goals
A session to introduce the initiative to help companies measure and report on their efforts around the Sustainable Development Goals, in ways that both show impact and are aligned with emerging best reporting practices.
A session to discuss Canada’s plan to use global indicators as the core set of SDG monitoring indicators.
A session to develop a process to embed, map and report on the SDGs.
Based on the Global Compact Network Canada’s extensive engagement with several Ministries at the Government of Canada, we have secured some high-level meetings with key representatives in Ottawa.
The GCNC would like to invite all of its Participants to be part of these meetings with the various Ministries taking place in Ottawa on on May, 29 and 30, 2017.
The following meetings have already been confirmed:
- Meeting with Honourable Minister Honourable Minister Bardish Chagger, Minister of Small Businesses and Tourism
- Meeting with Honourable Minister Maryam Monsef, Minister of Status of Women
- Meeting with the Trade Commissioner Service Operations and Trade Strategy, GAC, and the CSR team
- Meeting with Senior Level Officials at the Partnerships for Development Innovation Department, Global Affairs Canada
- Meeting with the Office of the Minister of Infrastructure and Communities
As Network Participants of the GCNC, we would love for you to sit at the table and participate in these meetings to discuss how to advance the SDGs in the most efficient manner. We think this is an incredibly valuable opportunity for our participants to showcase your solutions to the Canadian government and discuss how they can be scaled globally.
Please note that this opportunity is for GCNC Participants only. If you are a GCNC Participant, please RSVP to Aparna at email@example.com.Read More