Accelerate: Collaborating for Sustainability Conference | Speakers


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A full roster of incredible speakers from across Canada and around the world will be presenting at Accelerate.

Keynote Presenters

Jenn Heil
Freestyle Mogul Skier; Multiple Olympic Medalist, World Cup Champion, and World Champion; Canadian Female Athlete of the Year Honoree; Co-Founder, B2ten; Analyst, Sochi Winter Olympic Games, CBC

Nicholas R. Parker
Founding Managing Partner, Global Acceleration Partners Inc.; Founding Chairman, Cleantech Group Inc.; Former Chairman, Corporate Knights Media Ltd.

Dr. Peter Senge
Senior Lecturer in Leadership & Sustainability, MIT Sloan School of Management; Founding Chair, Society for Organizational Learning (SoL); Author, The Fifth Discipline and The Necessary Revolution

Avrim Lazar
Former CEO, Forest Products Association of Canada; Champion of the Canadian Boreal Initiative

Special Guest Presenters

John Brodhead
Executive Director, Evergreen CityWorks

Tim Brodhead
Interim President & CEO, Pierre Elliott Trudeau Foundation; Adjunct Professor, University of Waterloo

Mark Cabaj
President, From Here to There; Associate, Tamarack Institute

Geoff Cape
CEO, Evergreen

Tania Carnegie
Leader, KPMG Impact Ventures & National Executive Director, Community Leadership, KPMG

Karen Clarke-Whistler
Chief Environment Officer, TD Bank Group

Helen Clarkson
Director, Forum for the Future US

Tim Draimin
Executive Director, Social Innovation Generation (SiG) National

Jayne Engle
Curator, Cities for People, The J.W. McConnell Family Foundation

Tom Ewart
Manager of Sustainability & Citizenship, The Co-operators Group Ltd.

Ashley Good
Founder and CEO, Fail Forward

Dr. Barbara Gray
Professor, Pennsylvania State University; Lead Researcher, Sustainability Through Partnerships report, Network for Business Sustainability

Kelly Hawke Baxter
Social Innovation Consultant; Board Member, The Natural Step Canada; Chair, Tostan Canada

Linda Hawkins
Director, Institute for Community Engaged Scholarship, University of Guelph

Dr. Geoff Kendall
Co-Founder and CEO, 3D Investment Foundation

Mike Morrice
Founder and Executive Director, Sustainability CoLab; Founder, Sustainable Waterloo Region; Ashoka Fellow

Claude Ouimet
Senior V.P. G.M. Canada and Latin America, Interface

Patricia O’Reilly
Director, Sustainability Strategy, Suncor Energy

Monica Pohlmann
Senior Consultant, Reos Partners

Ben Powless
Organizer, Idle No More Movement; Co-Founder, Canadian Youth Climate Coalition

Brendan Seale
Sustainability Manager, IKEA Canada

Lorraine Smith
Director, SustainAbility

Esther Speck
Sustainability Consultant, Speck Consulting; Past Director, Sustainability and Community, Mountain Equipment Co-op (MEC)

Frank Spencer
Principal/Partner, Kedge; Author, Turning Wicked Problems Into Wicked Opportunities

Joeri van den Steenhoven
Director, MaRS Solutions Lab; Co-Founder and Former CEO of Knowledgeland

Bob Willard
Author, The NEW Sustainability Advantage, The Next Sustainability Wave & The Sustainability Champions Guidebook

Steve Williams
President, Constructive Public Engagement


Staff and Associate Presenters

Sarah Brooks
Senior Associate

Tamara Connell
Director of Sustainability Literacy and Communications

Saralyn Hodgkin
Director of Collaboration Programs and Evaluation

Chad Park
Executive Director

John Purkis
Senior Associate

Barb Steele
Managing Director


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