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MBA Sustainability Leadership Bootcamp (Vancouver, BC | May 5-8)

IMPACT! Youth Conference for Sustainability Leadership (Guelph, ON | May 23-26)

Accelerate: Collaborating for Sustainability Conference (Toronto, ON | June 5-6)

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Message from the Executive Director

Can Sustainability-driven Collaboration help get Canada “unstuck”?

Almost a year ago, The Natural Step Canada publicly announced a new strategic direction and launched a new program called the Sustainability Transition Lab. Aimed at tackling complex social and environmental challenges that no one party can address in isolation, the Sustainability Transition Lab blends a number of models and frameworks to help groups work more effectively together on systemic challenges.

I’m pleased to share with you the latest exciting development with this initiative. The story of the key steps since launching the program is provided in Saralyn Hodgkin’s blog Early Steps on the Journey of the Sustainability Transition Lab. The webpages for the Sustainability Transition Lab have been updated to reflect new learnings and developments, including an update on some of the newly-launched projects. We’re also pleased to have the opportunity to share learning together with you and other practitioners at the 2nd annual Accelerate: Collaborating for Sustainability Conference, happening this June 5th and 6th in Toronto.

One thing we plan to explore in more depth at Accelerate is the potential for sustainability-driven collaboration to be an enabler for innovation and bridge-building, particularly on a range of issues where Canadians seem “stuck.” From the ever-present debates about our energy future, to the transportation and other infrastructure renewal challenges facing our cities, there is no shortage of wicked problems challenging our policy-makers and organizational leaders. Read more...

Accelerating for Change: Leading Conference on Sustainability and Collaboration Gaining Momentum

A powerful group of sustainability thought leaders and collaborators are mobilizing to meet in Toronto at the 2nd annual Accelerate: Collaborating for Sustainability Conference on June 5-6. Make sure to register now to secure your participation in this distinct gathering.

We’re thrilled to announce Dr. Peter Senge as a keynote speaker, and invite you to explore our recently-posted agenda to learn about many other exciting topics and esteemed presenters. Read more...

Early Steps on the Journey of the Sustainability Transition Lab

We knew we had become part of a “social innovation lab wave” when the response to our Call for Expressions of Interest in the Sustainability Transition Lab last June attracted almost two dozen ideas from across Canada for projects and partnerships.

Talking to so many groups over the summer as we worked with our Advisory Council to identify the best possible candidates for our first project, we were humbled and inspired. Ultimately, we were thrilled to have the opportunity to collaborate with Evergreen CityWorks to develop a Sustainability Transition Lab project focused on the wicked problem of affordable and sustainable housing in the Greater Toronto Area. Read more...

Barb Steele Joins TNS Canada Staff

The Natural Step Canada is excited to announce the newest addition to our core staff. Barb Steele began her employment with us in January, and will hold the role of Managing Director.

Barb has already begun working inside the organization to help align operations with strategy, and will also be spending her time strategizing with our external audiences in order to advance opportunities for tackling some system-level sustainability challenges.Read more...


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