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Sustainability Applied 2013 Program    Preliminary



——————     DAY 1   –   OCTOBER 1, 2013     ——————
8:00 AM REGISTRATION OPENS
9:00 AM OPENING DAY WORKSHOPS
(included in conference fee, limited capacity – register early to ensure your first choice of workshop)
Theme: LEAN ENTERPRISE PROCUREMENT SYSTEMIC CHANGE
Title: Integrating Sustainability into Your LEAN Thinking to Create Bottom-Line Business Value Can Your Organization's Buying Power Create Positive Social Change? Mindfulness as a Tool to Drive Systemic Change
Workshop Leader:
Description: For the small to medium sized enterprise, the concept of sustainability can be intimidating. They can be overwhelmed by vendors that promote technology, software, services and financial products as a way to make them feel good to justify the investment because it's "saving the environment". Companies need to look at this differently, by focusing on reducing the use of energy and other resources, and eliminating wastes in the manufacture of goods by driving out inefficiencies. This workshop will provide participants with practical methods to integrate sustainability objectives into their LEAN thinking to create bottom-line benefits.

Public and private sector institutions are increasingly looking to leverage their buying power to create economic and environmental benefits and support positive social change. This workshop will feature case examples from across Canada, including University of British Columbia's Sustainable Procurement Guide, Nova Scotia's Government-wide Sustainable Procurement Policy, and others that demonstrate the operationalization of buy-local and sustainability policies into procurement practices. Who are the trail-blazers? What mistakes have they made? What can we learn from them?

Faced with the current challenging economic and social conditions, organizations are realising that they need tools of "real change" if they are both to sustain themselves and the planet. Increasingly, these organizations are rediscovering ancient wisdom practices, especially the form of awareness called "Mindfulness", as a way of effecting this change. The workshop will consist of a talk on the use mindfulness as a tool of systemic change, illustrative case studies of organizations who have succeeded in embedding mindfulness as part of the organizational culture, and an experiential session of mindfulness.

Who should attend:
  • Small to Medium Enterprise Business Leaders, Managers, Supervisors and Employees faced with trying to improve business results, implement continuous improvement and be environmentally responsible.
  • Staff in public, private and non-profit organizations who are responsible for purchasing, sustainability, corporate responsibility or local economic development
  • Anyone else with an interest in sustainable and buy-local purchasing
  • Owners and senior management of SMEs
  • Senior and middle level executives of public services such as health care and education
  • NGOs wishing to create "mindful" communities
  • Senior managers and HR professionals in the private sector
  • Consultants providing sustainable change services
  • Individuals wishing to find out about mindful practices for their own purposes
Duration/
Time:
3 hrs
9 AM - 12 PM
3 hrs
9 AM - 12 PM
3 hrs
9 AM - 12 PM
12:00 PM NETWORKING LUNCH
OPENING PLENARY SESSION
1:00 PM WELCOME AND OPENING REMARKS
Chair, Sustainability Applied 2013: Kevin Jones, President and CEO, BLOOM
1:30 PM OPENING KEYNOTE PRESENTATION: Catalyzing Systemic Change

Keynote Speaker – stay tuned for important announcement



PANEL TALK SHOW

3:00 PM NETWORKING BREAK
3:30 PM KEYNOTE PRESENTATION: Paula Martin, Advisor to the CEO, Vancity Credit Union

Values-based Banking: Redefining Wealth to Unlock Hidden Value

BC-based Vancity Credit Union (Vancity) is out to "redefine wealth" in the belief that prosperity is something that can only be achieved if people are surrounded by – and connected to – vibrant, healthy communities that are sustainable for the long term. This vision calls on Vancity, a financial cooperative, to measure success in terms of how it contributes to the well-being of its members and their communities – not just financially, but socially and environmentally as well. With a goal to create positive member and community impact through all of its operations, from how it makes money to how it spends and invests it, Vancity is committed to using its resources, people and capital to create large-scale positive impact and at the same time grow a thriving business.



PANEL TALK SHOW



——————     DAY 1 EVENING   –   OCTOBER 1, 2013     ——————
SUSTAINABILITY APPLIED 2013 GALA DINNER AND AWARDS CEREMONY
5:00 PM GALA NETWORKING RECEPTION
SILENT AUCTION – Proceeds to Food for Life Canada
6:00 PM WELCOME AND REMARKS

Chair, Sustainability Applied 2013: Kevin Jones, President and CEO, BLOOM

Emil V. Kolb, Regional Chair and Chief Executive Officer, Region of Peel (invited)
6:30 PM KEYNOTE GALA PRESENTATION: Ginger Grant, Professor, Marketing and Innovation, Faculty of Business, Sheridan College


ReVisioning the Way We Do Business

We need to revision the way we work if business is to become compatible with sustainable development. But how can we creatively change the game to meet our current needs without compromising the ability of future generations?

All successful gamechangers in business are great storytellers. Stories inspire, inform, energize, and heal. Most importantly, they carry the value for design-driven innovation. Stories address the deep human need for meaning. Meanings cross generational and cultural boundaries, and inspire people to create and adopt innovative change.

Story creates your culture. Culture drives performance. Performance creates economic viability.

Come find out how you can unlock the creativity and passion of the people in your organization to change the game.
7:15 PM GALA DINNER
8:00 PM AWARDS CEREMONY
  • BLOOM SUSTAINABILITY LEADERSHIP AWARD PRESENTATION
    Multi-media Presentation by The Bloom Centre for Sustainability
8:30 PM CHARITY RAFFLE – SILENT AUCTION WINNERS
9:00 PM DAY 1 ADJOURN


——————     DAY 2   –   OCTOBER 2, 2013     ——————
7:30 AM REGISTRATION CONTINUES, CONTINENTAL BREAKFAST
PLENARY SESSION
8:15 AM WELCOME AND DAY 1 RECAP
Chair, Sustainability Applied 2013: Kevin Jones, President and CEO, BLOOM
8:30 AM KEYNOTE PRESENTATION: Gil Friend, President & CEO, Natural Logic Inc.

Profit on purpose: Unlocking the hidden value at the intersection of profit, brand, risk and what you're really here to do

In today's highly competitive business world, the Chief Financial Officers (CFOs) own both risks and opportunities for their organizations and yet very often the understanding of sustainability related risks is conducted with incorrectly drawn boundaries and flawed analytical models that overlook materially significant factors and hidden subsidies.



CFO PANEL TALK SHOW

10:00 AM NETWORKING AND REFRESHMENTS
11:00 AM –
12:30 PM
UNLOCKING VALUE PANEL SESSIONS
  INTEGRATING SUSTAINABILITY INTO RESPONSIBLE CARE SOURCING AND PROCUREMENT BUILT INFRASTRUCTURE VALUE CHAIN MANAGEMENT
Description: Canada's Chemistry Industry Commits to Sustainability: Case Study Examples

Chemistry is key to providing solutions to the world's sustainability challenges – clean air, clean water, safe and nutritious food, and clean energy. At the same time, chemistry introduces hazards and risks which must be carefully managed. This panel will feature innovative case study examples of how CIAC Responsible Care companies are transforming their business models and leading the way to provide sustainable solutions while maintaining a core focus on the safety of their operations and products.
Driving Sustainability in Canada and the Role of Supply Chain and Procurement

Jeff Hayward, GM Marketing, OfficeMax Grand & Toy will introduce highlights from a new OfficeMax Grand & Toy research study, that shows how Canadian organizations are realizing financial returns from sustainability initiatives and how supply chain and procurement could enhance further benefits such as risk mitigation. A panel of industry leaders will first provide general commentary/reaction from the study, and then describe how their organizations are responding to the challenges of implementing successful sustainability strategies.
Ontario Government's First Platinum Certification

The Ontario Government undertook a major renovation project of a Queen's Park office building. Government officials collaborated with Infrastructure Ontario and leading industry green building experts to re-build and design to LEED Standards for Commercial Interiors with minimal footprint. The Ontario government's investment resulted in a Platinum Certification, making this a first in the Ontario Public Service.

The Ontario Government representative will provide a brief project overview followed by a multi-disciplinary panel of experts sharing insights on how they solved renovation challenges with sustainable innovative solutions.
Applying Value Chain Management to Create Competitive Advantage in the Agri-Food Sector

Driven by the need to reduce costs, enhance their brand reputation or premium status, prepare for new regulations, align with new customers or defend existing retail shelf, businesses situated along the entire value chain are seeking new ways to compete by enhancing their sustainability. Value chain management (VCM) is a proven approach for businesses to attain competitive advantage by enabling them to collaborate more effectively with suppliers and buyers than traditional transactional relationships allow. This session will share practical examples of how businesses from the agri-food sector have adopted VCM to integrate sustainability and to improve competitivness.
Moderator:
Panellists:

Additional panellists TBA

Panellists TBA

12:30 PM LUNCH AND KEYNOTE PRESENTATION
1:30 PM NETWORKING
2:00 PM –
3:30 PM
UNLOCKING VALUE PANEL SESSIONS
  ENERGY INNOVATION WATER INNOVATION BUILT INFRASTRUCTURE COMMUNITY TRANSFORMATION
  Descriptions, Moderators and Panellists TBA

3:30 PM EVENT ADJOURN


Program at a Glance    Preliminary



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Day 2    (October 2)




 

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