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Sustainability Applied 2013 Program



——————     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
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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.


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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?


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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 of 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.


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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
Workshop Partner and Host: EMC Canada My Sustainable Canada
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 KEYNOTE PRESENTATION: Scott Deugo, Chief Sales and Sustainability Officer, Teknion Corporation


Sustainability, don't just talk about it, take it seriously, do something and you just might be surprised with the results

Teknion is a leading international designer, manufacturer and marketer of office systems and related office furniture products. Through Scott's leadership, Teknion has changed their thinking about the way they design and manufacture their products, and have integrated sustainability into their core business strategy and culture. The company's sustainability paradigm has shifted from "doing the least harm" to "doing the most good". Teknion has been the recipient of numerous awards, the majority related to new product design and innovation. Scott was recently honored with the Clean16/50 award, which recognizes individuals who have been catalysts for systemic impact driving sustainable development in Canada.
2:30 PM NETWORKING BREAK
3:00 PM KEYNOTE PRESENTATION: Paula Martin, Advisor to the CEO, Vancity Credit Union

Values-based Banking: Redefining Wealth to Unlock Hidden Value

Vancity Credit Union (Vancity) is out to "redefine wealth" in the belief that prosperity 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 to measure success in terms of how it contributes to the well-being of its members and their communities, not just financially, but also socially and environmentally. 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 and competitive business.

KEYNOTE PRESENTATION: Bob Walker, Vice President, NEI Investments

Responsible Investment: Generating Long-Term Financial Returns and Positive Societal Impact

NEI Ethical Funds, Canada's largest provider of socially responsible mutual funds, is leading the way to create more sustainable companies and stock exchanges through a comprehensive engagement program with key market players. NEI Ethical Funds has an established track record of moving public companies and capital markets towards the thesis that companies who integrate best environmental, social and corporate governance (ESG) practices into their business models will provide sustainable long-term returns to all stakeholders. Today, asset managers and asset owners around the world are starting to come around to this way of thinking, but the gap between thought and action remains. What needs to happen to motivate capital markets to connect their market activity with the exigencies of the environment and reconcile the demands of global markets with the carrying capacity of the environment?




FIRESIDE CHAT

Following their presentations, Paula Martin and Bob Walker will participate in an informal "fireside chat" moderated by Bob Willard to continue the dialogue and to engage with the audience on Values-based Banking and Responsible Investing.

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Visionary Sponsor: Sheridan College —————     DAY 1 EVENING   –   OCTOBER 1, 2013     —————
SUSTAINABILITY APPLIED 2013
GALA DINNER AND AWARDS CEREMONY
4:30 PM GALA NETWORKING RECEPTION
SILENT AUCTION – Proceeds to Benefit Food for Life Canada
6:00 PM WELCOME AND REMARKS

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



Dr. Jeff Zabudsky, President and CEO, Sheridan Institute of Technology and Advanced Learning
6:30 PM GALA DINNER

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 game changers 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.

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8:00 PM AWARDS CEREMONY
  • PRESENTATION OF THE BLOOM SUSTAINABILITY LEADERSHIP AWARDS
    Multi-media Presentation by The Bloom Centre for Sustainability
8:45 PM SILENT AUCTION WINNERS
9:00 PM DAY 1 ADJOURN


——————     DAY 2   –   OCTOBER 2, 2013     ——————
7:30 AM REGISTRATION CONTINUES, CONTINENTAL BREAKFAST
Harvester Sponsor: Newalta
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

Business is on a collision course with a set of global shifts that almost no one has adequately prepared for. These inevitable surprises are coming fast. For those who are ready, these shifts will be platforms for change, and the great fortunes of the 21st century. For those who are not ready, they are traps.

Business strategist and sustainability pioneer Gil Friend examines what he calls "the biggest business opportunity of the 21st century"; the massive value disclosed by a "reality-based" approach to finance; and the key questions and moves that business leaders must understand, and take, to have a chance at realizing that value.


9:00 AM CFOs AS SUSTAINABILITY LEADERS PANEL

The CFO has not traditionally been active in sustainability initiatives. The question is: why not? According to former Pritzker CFO Kevin Lynch, the CFO "touches more of the organization than any other executive, and serves as a balance point between short-term and long-term interests, between the innovators and stabilizers in an organization." Managing investments, expenses, returns and risks are fundamental components of the CFO's role, and there is a strong link between these areas and sustainability. How can the CFO become actively engaged as a leader and driver? What needs to change in internal management and financial systems to embed sustainability? Find out the answers to these and other questions from this unique panel of experts who will share their perspectives and insights.

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Catalyst Sponsor: CPA Canada
10:00 AM NETWORKING AND REFRESHMENTS
11:00 AM –
12:30 PM
UNLOCKING VALUE PANEL SESSIONS
  INTEGRATING SUSTAINABILITY INTO THE CHEMISTRY INDUSTRY 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.

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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.

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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.

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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 describe what VCM is, how it can enhance sustainability performance, and how PepsiCo Foods Canada is using it to ensure long-term economic viability for its business and its value chain.

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Catalyst Sponsor: CIAC OfficeMax Grand&Toy Cornerstone Architecture Inc BDO
12:30 PM LUNCH AND KEYNOTE PRESENTATION
Champion Sponsor: Wine Council of Ontario
1:00 PM LUNCHEON KEYNOTE PRESENTATION: Bill Redelmeier, Owner, Southbrook Vineyards

As rich as the soil that sustains us: Great wine, smart stewardship and business success at Southbrook Vineyards

Bill Redelmeier is the owner of Southbrook Vineyards, one of Ontario's leading sustainable wineries. Over the past 22 years, Bill has built Southbrook around the principle that producing great wine can be good for the local environment, economy, and community. This commitment is fully integrated into their business model and is apparent in every aspect of their operations and value chain. From their certified organic and biodynamic vineyards, to their LEED® Gold certified hospitality pavilion and the conversion of winery waste into value-added products, Southbrook has demonstrated that sustainability and long-term business success can go hand-in-hand. In addition to dozens of awards for their quality wine, Southbrook has received the SAB Canadian Green Building Award, Niagara's Environmental Enterprise Award, and was a 2013 Clean 50 Honouree.

1:30 PM NETWORKING
2:00 PM –
3:30 PM
UNLOCKING VALUE PANEL SESSIONS
  ENERGY INNOVATION WATER INNOVATION BUILT INFRASTRUCTURE ENGAGING FOR TRANSFORMATION
Description: Rethinking the Scope of Energy Innovation

For many of us, energy innovation has become synonymous with renewable generation or smartgrid technology. It is therefore easy to overlook the innovative opportunities to shake up the status quo by rethinking energy use strategy, information management and supply chains. The panellists in this session will each speak to initiatives they are implementing to drive change by successfully addressing the future needs of energy stakeholders. Initiatives include:

  • Developing and launching integrated energy, climate and zero waste master plans within public institutions
  • Cloud-based management systems to support energy management and interactive sustainability education
  • Eliminating oil use through an innovative compressed natural gas (CNG) "pipeline on wheels" where conventional pipelines are not available or cost prohibitive

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Redefining Water as a Resource

When considering the full spectrum of costs and risks embedded within water during its use, collection and discharge, the benefits of re-defining water as an integrated resource become obvious. The panellists in this session will share key findings and outcomes from innovative practical projects they have implemented to recapture hidden value and mitigate potentially costly risks. Project topics include:

  • The myths, challenges and potential of grey water systems in residential and commercial situations
  • Investigating the effective and economical 100% recycle of nutrient laden water in greenhouse operations
  • Approaches to achieve low impact municipal development and innovative stormwater runoff management

Find out how the projects have connected the inter-related issues, opportunities, and outcomes associated with water use by re-imagining what success looks like.

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How to Maximize Outcomes Through Partnerships

The City of Toronto is committed to being a sustainable community leader. In 2011, Toronto was recognized by Corporate Knights as Canada's most sustainable large city. One of the City's innovative programs is the Better Buildings Partnership (BBP) that drives performance collaborations with building owners, managers and builders. With over 2,100 projects completed and $700 million of project investment, the results to date have been impressive. Just under 500 million sq. ft. of gross floor area has been retrofitted, resulting in: energy savings of 2,700,000 MWh, cost savings of $268 million, C02 emission reductions of 510,000 tonnes, and 31,000 person years of employment creation.

This session will provide a brief overview of the development, growth and future strategic direction of the BBP program. Panellists will share key insights and learnings from specific projects they have implemented. They will focus on how key players were brought together to define success – how dollars were leveraged to maximize outcomes – and how challenges were overcome to reach performance goals.

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Mobilizing Champions By Focusing on What Matters Most

Companies truly committed to sustainability move forward – actively addressing issues and discovering new opportunities – when they engage with those who can help them think, plan and act differently.

This session will provide practical examples and perspectives on how companies can engage with their staff, suppliers, clients and communities in order to make focused and significant shifts towards sustainability.

  • How can companies engage with key stakeholders in creative ways to identify what matters most?
  • How can global companies, operating in a Canadian context, turn ambitious mandates into concrete employee action?
  • How can municipalities collaborate with businesses and communities to develop shared visions and coordinated action?
  • How does a financial institution rally people behind sustainability in a competitive and high-performance environment?

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3:30 PM EVENT ADJOURN


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