Embracing Possibilities and Navigating Uncertainty:
The Role for Philanthropy in Advancing Sustainability
Date: June 5 to 7, 2017
Location: Delta Hotels, Fredericton, New Brunswick
Join with CEGN members and other funders at our annual conference in Fredericton this June as we address philanthropy‘s role in advancing sustainability in light of both the uncertainties and the possibilities that comprise the backdrop for our work in 2017 and beyond.
These counterposing forces take many forms. One the one hand, positive sustainability actions abound. Most signatories to the 2015 Paris Climate Agreement are hard at work implementing policies to honour their commitments; the drilling of oil has been halted in the Arctic; the production of renewable energy has never been stronger; and successful sustainability initiatives are now common place in small and large communities here at home and around the world. While the job of ensuring a more sustainable future remains enormous, this positive momentum both in Canada and abroad is encouraging.
On the other hand, the newly ensconced U.S. Administration threatens hard–won progress on climate protection and a range of other environmental issues with implications far beyond America’s borders. Multiple international conflicts, refugee crises, racial tensions and growing inequality around the world add to the uncertainty of our work and our psyches.
Our focus in June will be on Canada and how we as funders can ‘up our game’ in order to use the full suite of philanthropy’s tools to advance a more sustainable future here at home. Our focus on sustainability is a conscious one and springs from CEGN’s strategic plan which articulates our ultimate impact as “a sustainable Canada, valuing people, planet and place”.
Conference sessions will help funders better understand the current state of a range of environmental and sustainability issues in Canada and globally and will profile some of the most promising tools and practices for ramping up positive outcomes. A focus on skills needed by grantmakers and trustees, including partnership brokering; systems grantmaking; and grant evaluation will help build the tool kit we need for the work ahead.
We will also take advantage of our Atlantic Canada venue to connect with and learn from Indigenous, NGO, corporate and government leaders who are charting new sustainability pathways for eastern Canada. Field trip options both before and after the conference will provide the opportunity for attendees to explore this very special part of Canada during our 150th Anniversary.
We look forward to seeing you in Fredericton!
CEGN’s 2017 Conference Planning Committee