Courses and Events

Level 1 Sustainability Course: Foundations in Strategy (Toronto, ON | May 14)

The Emerging Social Innovation Field – Tim Draimin, Executive Director, Social Innovation Generation (Free webinar | May 16)

Strategic Sustainable Development for Communities: Reports, guides and tools to help implement your sustainability plan (Free webinar | May 23)

“Accelerate: Collaborating for Sustainability” Conference (Guelph, ON | June 10-11)

Level 2 Sustainability Course: Deep Dive into Application and Practice (Toronto, ON | July 10-12)

MBA Sustainability Leadership Bootcamp (Toronto, ON | August 26-29)

IMPACT! Sustainability Champions Training Program for Emerging Leaders (Ottawa, ON | September 27-28)

Level 1 Sustainability Course: Foundations in Strategy (Ottawa, ON | October 9)

IMPACT! Sustainability Champions Training Program for Emerging Leaders (Guelph, ON | November 15-16)

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News and Resources

Blog: Bob Willard on the Movement Toward Sustainable Capital Markets

Blog: Congratulations to the Landmark Group of Builders!

Blog: Interface Asks TNS Founder 10 Tough Sustainability Questions

Resource: Amazing Neighbourhoods: Engagement and Sustainability Planning Guide (Alberta Version)

Resource: Awesome Neighbourhoods for a Sustainable Edmonton


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Message from the Executive Director

The Next Natural Step

Spring has finally arrived here in Canada’s capital region. It’s a good time for new beginnings, and I’m pleased to officially launch The Natural Step Canada’s next phase.

This newsletter profiles many new initiatives at The Natural Step Canada as well as changes to our business model. It outlines a number of new ways for individuals and organizations to engage with us to help accelerate the transition to a sustainable society. These are the culmination of a long period of reflection and deliberation by our Board, Staff, Associates and other supporters over the year and a half leading up to our 10th anniversary in Canada in 2013. We’ve thought a great deal about how best to leverage our organization’s strengths in service of our mission and how to scale up our impact. We have appreciated the input and assistance of many partners in that process.

We invite you to join us in accelerating change, together. Read more...


Join Us! Accelerate: Collaborating for Sustainability Conference

Two International Thought Leaders Added to Agenda

We are thrilled to announce that Adam Kahane of Reos Partners (pioneers of the Change Lab) and Charmian Love of Volans (initiators of Breakthrough Capitalism) have been added to the roster of exceptional presenters at the Accelerate conference on June 10th and 11th. Learn more about their leading-edge work and the rest of the agenda. Our Earlybird pricing ends soon - be sure to secure your seat today! Read more...


Sustainability Transition Lab – A Call for Collaboration

Seeking Expressions of Interest for Multi-Stakeholder Change Initiative

A major focus area for The Natural Step Canada over the coming years will be enabling collaboration for sustainability through the Sustainability Transition Lab. With the generous support of the J.W. McConnell Family Foundation and other partners, we are seeking Expressions of Interest from groups or organizations that are keen to tackle critical sustainability challenges via multi-stakeholder collaboration. Read more about the Partners, Process, and Projects of the Sustainability Transition Lab, and the Call for Expressions of Interest.


Featured Project

Towards a Gold Standard for Sustainable Business

Would we know a sustainable business if we saw one? - this is the question at the heart of The Natural Step Canada’s latest collaborative project, Towards a Gold Standard for Sustainable Business. This project aims to help accelerate the sustainable business movement by advancing practices in the field of sustainable business rating and ranking. Partners include B Lab, the MaRS Centre for Impact Investing, Green Living Enterprises, Bob Willard and others. Our intention is to create a systemic intervention that ultimately helps reorient the way that organizations consider their business performance—relative to the desired future state of sustainability, rather than relative to past “unsustainable” performance. Read more...


Organize a Sustainability Training in Your Community

New Model for Level 1 Training Invites Groups to Build Local Capacity

The Natural Step Canada’s new approach to the delivery of the Level 1 “Foundations in Strategy” course now allows community groups to build sustainability literacy and capacity in their community while generating a flow of revenue to seed future initiatives. Groups across the country are already exploring how this could work in their communities, so stay tuned for forthcoming announcements about new locations for the course. View our information online to see if this would work for you too. Read more...


Help Your Organization Become a Role Model for Sustainability

Our Talented Natural Step Associates are Ready to Assist with Your Organization’s Sustainability Journey

The Natural Step has a long track record of working with organizations to help them become sustainability leaders. Our effort to support the emergence of role model organizations to inspire others remains a key part of our mission. The Natural Step Canada’s unique suite of advisory, coaching, training, and process facilitation services is now delivered by a national network of Associates – talented and experienced professionals - who translate the fundamentals of sustainability into practical steps that businesses and communities can take to achieve lasting change. Learn more about how our Associates have helped other organizations, and contact them today to discuss your needs. Read more...


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