Conference program

CEGN’s Conference Program is outlined below, with some sessions still to be confirmed, Please note that the formal conference program will run from 4 p.m. on Tuesday, May 7th through 4 p.m. on Thursday, May 9th. A number of pre-conference activities will be scheduled during the day on May 7th and we will forward information on these shortly.

Program at a Glance (PDF)

Program at a Glance

Maximizing Philanthropy’s Impact for a Sustainable Future

Tuesday, May 7 

This year’s CEGN conference is a clear departure from past conference offerings. With our sights firmly set on increasing philanthropy’s impact in advancing a sustainable future for Canada, the conference will provide real-time pragmatic opportunities for collaboration on key environmental issues, as well as skill-building offerings that support the drive for impact. These conversations and others will take place against a backdrop of the core questions of: “What might we do differently to increase our impact? How might we work together differently to increase our impact?” With support from our facilitator, Monica Pohlmann, of Reos Partners, as well as the compelling insights of plenary speakers including Darcy Winslow and Charles Eisenstein, the conference offers a rich journey for participants. Our aspiration is that it will also lay the groundwork for transformative change in our collective work. Additional details on the conference program will be added as they are confirmed.

10 a.m. – 4 p.m.  Pre-conference Field Trip Option: This field trip will include a visit to the Earth Rangers Centre, as well as the Kortright Centre for Conservation. Participants will learn about cutting-edge sustainable building technologies installed at Earth Rangers Centre and will also have an opportunity to meet Earth Rangers’ Animal Ambassadors and live species that inspire visitors to take environmental action every day. Julia Langer, CEO of The Atmospheric Fund, will provide a special presentation on leading energy-efficient buildings and sustainability initiatives in the Greater Toronto Area that have been supported by foundations and government investments. The field trip will conclude with a hike at the Kortright Centre and a visit to the Centre’s Sustainability House. Space is limited. Please check CEGN’s website to view the field trip itinerary and to reserve your spot. The registration cost is TBC in the near future, but it will be a modest fee designed to offset transportation and lunch costs.
9 a.m. – 3 p.m. Annual Meeting of the Low Carbon Funders’ Group. For further information, contact Burkhard Mausberg at: burkhard@burkhardmausberg.com
If funders are interested in booking space for pre-conference conversations, please contact CEGN.
Noon Registration Starts: The Registration Desk will be open throughout the conference.
4 – 6 p.m. Opening and Welcome: Reimagining Leadership: Moving from Silos to Systems: Keynote Remarks by Darcy Winslow, Academy for Systems Change
6 – 7 p.m. Reception: Kingbridge Centre
7 p.m. Dinner: Kingbridge Centre
   

Wednesday, May 8

7:30 – 8:30 a.m. Breakfast with Optional Table Conversations: These conversations are an opportunity to explore issues and initiatives that may not be fully covered in the conference program. No pre-registration required. If you would like to host a conversation on a topic that resonates with the conference theme of maximizing philanthropy’s impact, please contact CEGN.
8:30 – 10 a.m.

Overview of Conference Objectives – Carolyn Scotchmer, TD Friends of the Environment and Conference Chair and Monica Pohlmann, Reos Partners and Conference Facilitator

The Living Earth – Re-storying Climate: Keynote remarks by Charles Eisenstein

10 – 10:15 a.m. Break
10:15 – 11:30 a.m.

Member Snapshots: Navigating the Highs and Lows on the Impact Journey
(Information on the Call for Proposals due March 29th)

11:30 a.m. – 12:20 p.m. Interactive Session: What Might We do Differently to Increase our Impact?
12:20 – 12:30 p.m.  Set up for post lunch Paired Walk
12:30 – 1:30 p.m. Lunch and the Role for the Network in Increasing Impact: The Annual Meeting of CEGN will occur during lunch with a special opportunity for input on how the network can best support members to increase their impact
1:30 – 2:10 p.m. Paired Walk and Debrief
2:10 – 4:30 p.m.

Concurrent Sessions: These are deep dives into issues and topics of concern with a focus on what we might be doing differently to increase impact. Choose the session that resonates best and join the discussion.
A. Ensuring the Health of our Oceans:
Session leads include Darcy Dobell, CEGN, and Meaghan Calcari Campbell, The Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation.
B. Achieving Climate Targets and a Transition that is Good for People, Planet and Place:
Session leads include Jen Lash, New Venture Fund; Colette Murphy, The Atkinson Foundation; Valerie Lemieux, The Catherine Donnelly Foundation; and Beth Hunter, McConnell Foundation.
C. Investing for a Sustainable Future:
Session leads include Andrea Moffat, the Ivey Foundation
D. Securing Healthy Fresh Waters in Canada by 2030:
Session leads include Tim Morris, Morris Consulting, and James Littley, Okanagan Basin Water Board

4:30 p.m. Reflections on the Day
5 p.m. Adjourn for the day
6 – 9 p.m. Reception and Conference Dinner at the McMichael Gallery: Departure will be by bus from the front of the Conference Centre
   

Thursday, May 9

7:30 – 8:30 a.m. Breakfast with Optional Table Conversations: As with the previous day, these conversations are an opportunity to explore issues and initiatives that may not be fully covered in the conference. No pre-registration required. If you would like to host a conversation on a topic that resonates with the conference theme of maximizing philanthropy’s impact, please contact CEGN.
8:30 – 10 a.m.

Opening and Check-in
Plenary Presentation: Is there a Secret Sauce for Effective Funder Collaboration? Session leader is Darcy Riddell, McConnell Foundation. Funders are increasingly collaborating as a strategy to increase their impact.  Recent research by Bridgespan provides insight into when and how funder collaborations can add value, ways to improve effectiveness, and some common pitfalls. This will provide a first-hand look at key findings that will appear in the Stanford Social Innovation Review later this year. 
Insights from Network members: Canadian examples of funder collaboration will be highlighted, focusing on their impact and lessons learned. Speakers are being confirmed.

10 – 10:15 a.m. Break
10:15 – 11:30 a.m. Concurrent Sessions: These sessions continue the deep dives into additional issues and topics of concern with a focus on what we might be doing differently to increase impact. Choose the session that resonates best and join the discussion.
A. Achieving Canada’s Target 1 Goals for Conservation and Protected Areas: Session leads include Cathy Wilkinson, Environmental Consultant; Lorne Johnson, Schad Foundation; and Andrea Barnett, Schad Foundation
B. Forging Sustainable Communities with New Partnerships: Session leads are J.P. Bervoets, Community Foundations of Canada; and Karen Wilkie, Carthy Foundation
C. Embracing Tools for Working Systemically, Collaboratively and Experimentally: Session lead is Monica Pohlmann, Reos Partners
11:30 a.m. – 12:20 p.m. Open Space Session: This is an opportunity for individuals to benefit from the wisdom of the group by hosting a conversation in response to the questions: “What have we not yet talked about that needs a conversation?”
12:30 – 2 p.m. Lunch with keynote remarks by Melanie Goodchild, Senior Indigenous Research Fellow and Associate, Waterloo Institute for Social Innovation and Resilience.
2 – 3:30 p.m. Converging: So what? Now What? This will be an opportunity to focus in on our core questions of: What might we do differently to increase our impact? How might we work together differently to increase our impact? It will include feedback clinics from the issue discussions held earlier.
3:30 p.m. Where to from here?
4 p.m. Adjourn

 

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