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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


  • 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

February 10 @ 16:30 — February 10 @ 18:00
16:30 — 18:00 (1h 30′)