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OPENING RECEPTION – May 25, 2021 @ 7:00pm – 8:00pm ET

Join your fellow colleagues from Canada and beyond for some informal connecting, networking and entertainment.  We’ll provide some short welcoming remarks and have plenty of time to mingle and chat.  So, grab a snack and a drink, and consider this a virtual cocktail party with no need to dress up. And you don’t have to worry about how to get home afterwards! Hope to see you there!

Baba Brinkman

We’re thrilled to announce that joining us at our opening evening reception, and helping set the tone for a high-energy event, will be award-winning rap artist, science communicator and playwright, Baba Brinkman. Best known for his “Rap Guide” series of science-themed plays and albums, Baba, a Canadian, has toured the world and enjoyed successful runs at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival and off-Broadway. The series so far includes rap guides to Evolution, Human Nature, Medicine, Religion, Climate Change, and Consciousness. So join your friends and colleagues for a virtual drink and some casual networking as Baba starts us off with a freestyle rap about climate change, nature or anything else we throw at him!


DAY 1 – MAY 26, 2021 12:00pm – 5:00pm ET

REDEFINING ECONOMICS 101 (Breaking the Economic Inertia Bubble)

How do we engineer an improved economic system based on new, sustainable values so that it becomes feasible to prevent ecosystem collapse and firmly entrench a net zero pathway in this decade?  With an important change of leadership south of the border and new industries and approaches coming to the forefront here, Canada has a unique window of opportunity to reverse our current trajectory and reinvent a new economy based on care and repair. We stand to gain immeasurably by rebuilding an economy where wealth and power are distributed equitably, resources are used sustainably, UNDRIP is upheld, and our social systems and infrastructure are guided by a deep, abiding commitment to social justice. In redesigning our systems based on such values, we can heal our relationship with each other, with other species and with the planet that contains and sustains us.

So how do we overcome the challenges, barriers and inertia needed to seize this moment for economic transformation?

12:00pm – 12:15pm – Land Acknowledgement and Welcome

12:15pm – 1:05pm – Plenary Fireside Chat – Inspired Ideas

What are the values that should underpin our economic models to facilitate a bold transformation to a sustainable economy? How should they be reflected in our capital allocation structures? What’s stopping us from getting there and how do we overcome those barriers? What are the opportunities for public, private and philanthropic investments? This fireside chat will explore a range of perspectives and provide food for thought for small group discussions immediately following.

Moderator: Toby Heaps, CEO and Co-founder, Corporate Knights

In conversation with:

  • Carol Anne Hilton, Founder and CEO, Indigenomics Institute
  • Rebekah Young, Director, Fiscal & Provincial Economics, Scotiabank
  • Hadrian Mertins-Kirkwood, Senior Researcher, Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives

1:05pm – 1:30pm – Small Group Discussions

What surprised you ? What inspired you? Catch up with your colleagues, meet new people and reflect on what you just heard during a short, small group discussion.


1:30pm – 2:00pm – BREAK – Music in the Lobby


2:00pm – 3:15pm ET – Plenary Rapid Fire Q&A  – Tangible Solutions

What is the economic and environmental solution that you are most excited about, and what must change to make it a reality? Hear what our panelists have to say and come armed with questions that you might have!

Moderator: Alison Cretney, Managing Director, Energy Futures Lab,

Seeking solutions from:

  • Tyson Atleo, Natural Climate Solutions Program Director, Nature United
  • Lliam Hildebrand, Executive Director and Chairman, Iron & Earth
  • Lori Tagoona, Senior Associate, Inuit Nunangat, MakeWay
  • Laura Zizzo, Co-Founder, Manifest Climate
  • Toby Sanger, Executive Director, Canadians for Fair Taxation. 

3:15pm – 3:45pm ET – BREAK – Music in the Lobby


3:45 – 5:00 – Interactive Sense-Making Discussions 

Our final session each day will provide us with the space to explore the big questions that has emerged leading up to and throughout our conference.  Working in groups, we’ll step out of our comfort zones and collectively brainstorm, capturing  discussion using Collaboard, a tool to facilitate online collaboration. You’ll have the opportunity to move from discussion to discussion, and contribute your thoughts, as you see fit. Questions arising one day will help to inform sense-making the next! Stay tuned for more details, coming soon!   

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