Making Global Goals Local Business – Canada

Watch the Highlight Video from the 2019 Making Global Goals Local Business – Canada Summit

A Call to Action for Sustainable Businesses

Organized jointly by the United Nations Global Compact and Global Compact Network CanadaMaking Global Goals Local Business – Canada was a two-day business sustainability summit that brought together Canadian businesses leaders, sustainability professionals, government officials, impact-driven entrepreneurs, NGO leaders, and the United Nations to catalyze collective action and accelerate progress on the UN Global Compact’s Ten Principles and the UN’s 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) here in Canada.

Key themes that were covered: 

  • Business innovation for sustainability
  • Role of the Canadian C-Suite in advancing the SDGs
  • Public-private partnerships for climate action
  • Gender equality in the workplace
  • Smart Cities and the UN 2030 Agenda

This summit served as a platform for leaders in the Canadian private sector and government officials to foster multi-stakeholder dialogues, catalyze new partnerships, and explore innovative approaches to build a more progressive and sustainable Canadian private sector.

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“(The Summit was a) unique opportunity to connect and interact on our world’s most crucial issues and debate on how businesses can make a difference. Important concepts and ideas were brought to the surface on some of the most pressing to-do’s of our time. Businesses can make a difference for a sustainable future – and we will.”

Marcelo Lu
President of BASF Canada
Why Attend?


  • Hear from top Canadian C-suites and corporate sustainability leaders on their perspectives and lessons learned in achieving high innovation & sustainability standards within their companies.
  • Learn about initiatives, programs and resources available from the UN Global Compact that can help your company develop and advance its sustainability strategies and goals.


  • Share your company’s vision, successes, and strategies in advancing corporate responsibility and sustainability.
  • Demonstrate your company’s leadership and commitment to advancing the UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).
  • Engage in peer-to-peer learning to identify and address key challenges and seize opportunities that lie within the SDGs.


  • Network with high-level business leaders, government representatives, NGO leaders, and other stakeholders working in sustainability and responsible business.
  • Partner with current and future leaders who are working on exemplary SDG initiatives.


  • Formulate customized SDG Action Plans that can be implemented locally at your company.
  • Form SDG-focused working groups with Summit speakers and fellow delegates to further develop actionable solutions to sustainability challenges identified.

“I was honoured to represent Lundin Mining at the recent GCNC business sustainability event, 2019 Making Global Goals Local Business – Canada Summit. The event brought together sustainability leaders from both the public and private sectors, and facilitated in-depth and solutions-oriented discussions around key sustainability issues facing our planet. The event combined interactive panel discussions and speeches, with active and engaging opportunities to network, resulting in constructive and inspiring ideas that we will consider as we progress our sustainability strategy and SDG-related initiatives.”

Linda Wrong
Director, Sustainability and Regulatory Affairs at Lundin Mining
Making Global Goals Local Business Summit 2019 Key Themes

“The Summit was a unique gathering of thought leaders across sectors discussing tangible ways to make the Global SDGs a local imperative. The caliber of attendees was very high which helped to elevate the conversation. There was also ample time for discussion in between speakers and sessions which can be a rarity and is highly valued!”

Sarah Chapman
Director, Risk Advisory; National Lead, Corporate Responsibility & Sustainability at Deloitte Canada

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Featured Speakers

“It was an absolute pleasure speaking on behalf of Sodexo Canada at the Making Global Goals Local Business Canada Summit. I’m very proud of our Better Tomorrow 2025 corporate responsibility strategy which addresses our impact on environment, people, and communities. Hearing from other leaders about what they are doing for the SDGs and in support of the need to prioritize partnerships, collaborate, and drive business results was incredibly inspiring. I made excellent connections and look forward to continuing this important work together.”

Meaghan Beck
Manager, Corporate Responsibility, Sodexo

Learn more about the 2018 Canadian SDG Business Forum

On September 7 in Toronto business leaders came together at the Canadian SDG Business Forum for a day of innovation and collaboration towards the 17 Sustainable Development Goals for a more sustainable Canadian private sector.

Learn more about the 2018 Canadian Business SDG Forum

“At Scotiabank we are committed to delivering sustainable business practices for every future. Through our sponsorship and participation at the UN Global Compact’s Making Global Goals Local Business Summit, we were provided the opportunity to hear new perspectives around business innovation for sustainability, explore a variety of approaches to build a more progressive and sustainable Canadian private sector and continue the important conversation around gender representation in the workplace.”

Brendan Seale
Chief Sustainability Officer at Scotiabank.

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Lundin Mining

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