A progressive Canada and the role of the SDGs

7:30 am — 8:30 am
Open for Registration
8:30 am — 8:40 am

Welcome remarks by Helle Bank Jorgensen, Global Compact Network Canada

8:40 am — 8:55 am

Welcome keynote: The Honourable Elizabeth Dowdeswell, Lieutenant Governor of Ontario

8:55 am — 9:05 am

Welcome remarks by Marcelo Lu, President at BASF Canada

9:05 am — 9:15 am
Opening Keynote: A progressive Canada and the role of the SDGs

H.E. Marc-André Blanchard, Ambassador and Permanent Representative of Canada to the United Nations

9:05 am — 9:15 am
From G7 to G20: Leveraging the SDGs for the future of Canada

What are the key takeaways for the Canadian private sector from the G7? The opening session will link the key themes from the G7 and G20 summits to specific SDGs to explore how they can be leveraged to create new opportunities for Canadian businesses given the current global business landscape.

10:00 am — 10:20 am

Networking break

10:20 am — 11:10 am
Sustainable business practices and the role of the board

This panel will evaluate the challenges and opportunities of bringing sustainable business practices into the boardroom and how the SDGs can be leveraged as a framework for future growth.

11:10 am — 12:00 pm
Leveraging the SDGs to fuel innovation and prepare for the future of work

Can the SDGs boost disruptive technologies and business models in Canada? Forward-thinking business and policy leaders will explore connections between innovation and the SDGs to facilitate growth and new market opportunities. These leaders will also explore how multiculturalism and the technological revolution are influencing productivity, growth, and employment.

12:00 pm – 1:10 pm
Networking Lunch & Food for Thought
1:10 pm – 1:20 pm

Lunch Keynote: Mr. Adam Vaughan, Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Families, Children and Social Development (Housing and Urban Affairs)

1:20 pm – 1:30 pm

Lunch keynote: Melissa Powell, Chief of Staff of the United Nations Global Compact

1:30 pm — 2:20 pm
The Future of Cities and Communities

What does it look like to be living and working in the cities of the future? This panel will look at the progress Canadian cities are undergoing to shift to a circular economy, as well as the role of businesses to make this change.

2:20 pm — 3:10 pm
Achieving the SDGs through the power of procurement

99.8% of businesses in Canada are small to medium enterprises. To push the Sustainable development agenda, we need to make the SDGs everyone’s business. Using the power of procurement, how can the large organizations play a pivotal role in enhancing the engagement of SMEs in implementing the SDGs?

3:10 pm — 3:30 pm

Networking break

3:30 pm — 4:20 pm
The “outside of the box” approach to Gender Equality

This session will identify innovative approaches to put together action-oriented recommendations to move the private sector beyond traditional corporate social responsibility practices. The session will also provide attendees with a first-hand look at the Gender Equality Project that GCNC is executing with the Canadian private sector and the government.

3:30 pm — 4:20 pm
Investing with a purpose and for the future

With the increase of investment in sustainable business practices, investors and business leaders are seeking a common impact assessment framework for the SDGs. What opportunities lay ahead for businesses to invest for the future?

4:20 pm — 4:30 pm
Closing remarks
4:30 pm — 6:30 pm
Anniversary Cocktail Reception

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