2021 Events

Our Sustainable Future: Get Inspired, Get Informed, Get to Work!

 

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Join us for our seven-part Sustainability Series. We believe that Southern Georgian Bay can meet today’s needs of the planet, its people, and economic vitality…without compromising the needs of future generations.

Part Three – Building the Next Economy
April 14, 2021, 4:30 pm – 6:00 pm

About this Event

Many communities are facing the same issues and lots of people are talking about redesigning our economies to meet sustainable development goals. Now more than ever we need to work together to build our local economies for a resilient, sustainable, and equitable future.

Let’s imagine a regional economy framework inspired by leaders in the field, case studies, tools, and strategies, which will help Southern Georgian Bay build healthier communities.

Learn more, participate in breakout sessions, and help design our next economy.

What do you want the next economy to look like?

Speakers will share their “Why, What, and How” real world experiences and best practices for the Next Economy.

Participant break-out sessions will explore emerging economies including:

  • Next economy
  • Green Economy
  • Knowledge Economy
  • Arts Economy
  • Innovation and Entrepreneurship

“Thrive!” Regional Arts Check-In

 

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“Thrive!” Regional Arts Check-In – final event in this series Wednesday, March 17, 4:30-5:30pm via Zoom

About this Event

“Thrive!”

Regional Arts Check-In – final event in this series

Wednesday, March 17, 4:30-5:30pm via Zoom

Special Guest – Collingwood’s Poet Laureate, Claudia Ferraro will perform a piece prepared especially for the occasion – all about thriving in the midst of these extra-challenging times.

The Regional Arts Action Network invites you to the final event in this four-part series designed to help artists and leaders of arts organizations in our region to Connect, Support, Survive, and Thrive!

Over the last few months we have been hosting this series of gatherings and accumulating some really great information provided by artists, makers, local businesses and organizations within the Southern Georgian Bay region. This input has given us the direction we need to create a strategy and foundational mission that will guide the development of a Network dedicated to fulfilling the needs identified throughout the series, and ultimately empower the arts and culture sector of Southern Georgian Bay.

We are at a really exciting point in the process, and this is where we need you! We want to hear your input on the Draft Regional Arts and Culture Strategy and develop a plan for moving forward. Let’s work together to create an agenda for this spring, summer, fall, winter, and let’s not stop there. This Network is all about growing, thriving, and becoming stronger together.

You don’t want to miss this – this is our chance to work together – move forward – and Thrive. We look forward to seeing you!

Our Sustainable Future: Get Inspired, Get Informed, Get to Work!


 

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About this Event

We believe that Southern Georgian Bay can meet today’s needs of the planet, its people, and economic vitality…without compromising the needs of future generations.

March 10, 4:30-6pm – the second event in a seven-part series

Chief Administration Officers from across the region highlight pressing issues, potential alignment for accelerating action, and the use of innovation and integrated planning.

Speakers:

  • Rob Armstrong, CAO, Meaford
  • Shawn Everitt, CAO, The Blue Mountains
  • Sonya Skinner, CAO, Collingwood
  • George Vadeboncoeur, CAO, Wasaga Beach

Lead Partners:
The Institute of Southern Georgian Bay, The Municipality of Meaford, Town of The Blue Mountains

Supporting Partners:
Centre for Business, The Co-operators

7-part online discussion series launching Wednesday, February 10 through November, 2021

We believe that Southern Georgian Bay can meet today’s needs of the planet, its people, and economic vitality…without compromising the needs of future generations.

The fragmented and siloed practices of the past will no longer suffice for today’s world.

It is evident, and accentuated with COVID-19, that change is constant and it is happening at a frenetic pace.

The Sustainability series is being implemented to ignite a regional sustainability vision, and facilitate the development of a guiding roadmap towards a more resilient, inclusive, safe, and sustainable Southern Georgian Bay.

Taking a regional and holistic approach, we will inspire and collaborate with community members to enable sustainable change in the region. This initiative will both create awareness of, and generate discussion about, what makes a vibrant sustainable community, as well as encourage citizens to learn more about their community and “become the change they want to see” via three key streams:

Regional speaker series
Learn from leaders across the province who are successfully integrating sustainable development initiatives into their respective communities. Participate in the community discussion.

A community of practice
Bring together individuals, from all sectors, for knowledge sharing, collaboration and driving lasting change in the region.

Transparent feedback loops
Enable the community to have more coordinated, collaborative, open and transparent communications to drive greater change, continuous improvement and adapt accordingly.

While a comprehensive understanding of community-based sustainability strategies is important, local action and measurable progress of sustainability are the long-term goals of this initiative. As such, key outcomes of this series will include the development of an action-oriented initiative roadmap to address current Sustainable Development Goal (SDG) related gaps in the region:

  • Mapping out sources of capital for key demonstration projects;
  • Capabilities to measure and track Regional progress; and,
  • Successfully develop and deliver SDG-focused projects beginning in 2021.

We are excited to help YOU envision a path forward to drive sustainable development in the Region. Let’s get to work!

“The greatest threat to our planet is the belief that someone else will save it.” – Robert Swan

Getting Through the Pandemic: Arts & Culture Check-in – Survive

 

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About this Event

Wednesday, February 17th, 4:30 to 5:30 pm.

Join us for the 3rd event of this 4-part series “Getting through the Pandemic: Arts & Culture Check-In”.

The reality of surviving:

What does that look like? What does it take? We’re checking in!

Through the continuing conversation in these events, common themes are emerging, and ideas for a Regional Strategy to support this sector are taking shape. We are moving forward and putting ideas into action with the creation of the Regional Arts Action Network (RAAN).

We invite you to join the conversation. Share your thoughts, have your say, and participate in what we can do together!

Our Sustainable Future: Get Inspired, Get Informed, Get to Work!

 

 
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Why Build a Case for a Sustainable Future?

About this Event

Speakers:

  • The Honourable Elizabeth Dowdeswell, Lieutenant Governor of Ontario
  • Brian Saunderson, Mayor of Collingwood
  • Sonya Skinner, Chief Administrative Officer, Collingwood
  • Shawn Everitt, Chief Administrative Officer, The Blue Mountains

Community interactive session:

  1. What do we need to have in our communities to be sustainable?
  2. How will we know when we are successful?
  3. What data points should we be tracking on progress over the next ten years?

Opportunity: Building on the UN Habitat in Towns: Collingwood World Summit, held in 2020, we have a timely opportunity to learn more about Canada’s commitment to the UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), and how to build back better and create integrated, resilient and equitable transformations towards sustainability.

If not now, when? Let’s create collaborative solutions to our housing and environmental challenges and begin connecting innovative towns and districts to accelerate progress!

7-part online discussion series launching Wednesday, February 10 through November, 2021

We believe that Southern Georgian Bay can meet today’s needs of the planet, its people, and economic vitality…without compromising the needs of future generations.

The fragmented and siloed practices of the past will no longer suffice for today’s world.

It is evident, and accentuated with COVID-19, that change is constant and it is happening at a frenetic pace.

The Sustainability series is being implemented to ignite a regional sustainability vision, and facilitate the development of a guiding roadmap towards a more resilient, inclusive, safe, and sustainable Southern Georgian Bay.

Taking a regional and holistic approach, we will inspire and collaborate with community members to enable sustainable change in the region. This initiative will both create awareness of, and generate discussion about, what makes a vibrant sustainable community, as well as encourage citizens to learn more about their community and “become the change they want to see” via three key streams:

Regional speaker series

Learn from leaders across the province who are successfully integrating sustainable development initiatives into their respective communities. Participate in the community discussion.

A community of practice

Bring together individuals, from all sectors, for knowledge sharing, collaboration and driving lasting change in the region.

Transparent feedback loops

Enable the community to have more coordinated, collaborative, open and transparent communications to drive greater change, continuous improvement and adapt accordingly.

While a comprehensive understanding of community-based sustainability strategies is important, local action and measurable progress of sustainability are the long-term goals of this initiative. As such, key outcomes of this series will include the development of an action-oriented initiative roadmap to address current Sustainable Development Goal (SDG) related gaps in the region:

  • Mapping out sources of capital for key demonstration projects;
  • Capabilities to measure and track Regional progress; and,
  • Successfully develop and deliver SDG-focused projects beginning in 2021.

We are excited to help YOU envision a path forward to drive sustainable development in the Region. Let’s get to work!

“The greatest threat to our planet is the belief that someone else will save it.” – Robert Swan

Getting Through the Pandemic: Arts & Culture Check-in

 

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Artists, Makers, Writers, Performers: We know you have been hit hard by the pandemic. Join us to Connect – Support – Survive – Thrive

About this Event

Dean Hollin, Co-Chair, Regional Arts & Culture Strategy

How’s about grabbing your favourite libation, getting comfy, and joining us?!?

The next instalment of the RAAN’s “Getting Through the Pandemic: Arts and Culture Check-In” is fast-approaching – January 13th, 4:30 – 5:30pm.

Our first check-in back in November was all about starting valuable connections with all you art-loving individuals – our next step is to find ways to support each other during these rather tricky times.

It’ll be sixty or so minutes filled with arts-related chat, ideas, reflections, observations, special guests – even a bit of entertainment.

So… if you’re an artist of any discipline or a supporter of arts and culture in any way, shape or form — we’d love to have you there!

Tickets for the event are absolutely no-charge, of course. That wonderful, smiling face of yours – and your voice, too – is all that we’re hoping you’ll bring. And hey – you only have to be dressed from the waist up!

Please register for: Getting Through the Pandemic: Arts & Culture Check-in “Support”

This is the second of a four-part series for the Arts Community of Southern Georgian Bay: Connect, Support, Survive and Thrive. By working together to get through the pandemic we believe a robust strategy will emerge to support arts and culture in the region now and into the future.