2019 Conference

Maximizing Philanthropy’s Impact for a Sustainable Future

Kingbridge Conference Centre & Institute
King City, Ontario
May 7-9, 2019

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Keynote speakers

Darcy Winslow is the President and co-founder of the Academy for Systems Change, an international non-profit focused on advancing the field of awareness-based systemic change in order to achieve economic, social, and ecological wellbeing. The Academy designs, develops and delivers
a range of programs to support, coach and build community among emerging and existing leaders who are at the pioneering edge of systems change work. Unlike conventional leadership training organizations, the Academy’s approach fosters deep understanding of the powerful connection between change within the individual and changing the systems in which they work.

Charles Eisenstein is a speaker and a writer focusing on the themes of civilization, consciousness, money, and human cultural evolution. His viral short films and essays online have established him as a genre-defying social philosopher and counter-cultural intellectual. His most recent books include “The Beautiful World Our Hearts Know is Possible” (North Atlantic Books 2013) and his most recent “Climate – A New Story” (North Atlantic Books, 2018).

The news of environmental, social, economic and political challenges facing Canada and our broader blue planet is relentless, dispiriting and often numbing. While often discouraging, we learned at the 2018 CEGN conference that disruption opens up the opportunity for creativity, innovation and change. Acutely aware of this context, CEGN’s annual gathering in May will be designed to help us step back from the fray, take a deep breath, and then roll up our sleeves to determine how best to maximize the impact of our own organizations and our network in advancing a sustainable future. We will do so in the beautiful Kingbridge Conference Centre, located just north of Toronto.

Based on member feedback, this year’s conference will move away from the classic panel sessions to embrace a focus on funder collaboration, networking opportunities and professional development.  It will also challenge us to wrestle with some thorny questions, such as: “We are working fast and hard, but are we getting the results we seek? What approaches can we discover to rethink our ways of doing work? How we are doing things and which partners are we engaging? If current funding strategies aren’t working, should we be looking at others?”

Working with Monica Pohlmann, a Principal with ReosPartners (Adam Kahane, our 2018 plenary  conference speaker is the founder of the firm), we are fashioning a program that will include facilitated funder discussions around key issues with which members are engaged, including climate; protected areas; oceans; sustainable communities; toxics; and sustainable agriculture.  We will also be building in several professional development opportunities, relevant to our role as both funders and investors. Inspiring plenary speakers and a visit to the McMichael Gallery, home to a the country’s premiere  collection of Canadian art, will round out the conference program.

Details on the conference program will be posted as they are confirmed, with the conference running from 4 p.m. on Tuesday, May 7th through 3 p.m. on Thursday, May 9thClick here for the Program at a Glance.

The early bird deadline for conference registration is April 1st! Leadership members receive one  free conference ticket and Champion members receive two free conference tickets


Join us on May 8th for CEGN Annual Members’ Dinner at the McMichael Gallery.

CEGN is grateful to the members of the 2019 Conference Advisory Committee:

Amy Buskirk, Donner Canadian Foundation
Amy Cross, The Schad Foundation
Carolyn Scotchmer, TD Friends of the Environment Foundation
Darcy Riddell, McConnell Foundation
James Littley, Okanagan Basin Water Board
Jeremy Guth, Woodcock Foundation
Margaret Herriman, Max Bell Foundation
Pat Letizia, Alberta Ecotrust Foundation
Karen Wilkie, Carthy Foundation
Sandy Hoang, CEGN
Pegi Dover, CEGN

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