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2A – Driving Environmental Performance in a Complex World

April 24 – Course Agenda — Taking place in-person

Course Description

This popular CANECT course led by environmental management expert Randy Sinukoff of Stantec Consulting Ltd., investigates how organizations can find opportunities to drive environmental performance amid the risks and uncertainties of today’s world. Explore human influences, enterprise risk, ESG, the circular economy, and approaches to build better systems.

Attend this course to learn how these strategies can help you and your organization improve performance and resiliency.

Course Chair

Randy Sinukoff, Senior Associate, Stantec Consulting Ltd.

Guest Speakers
  • Alex Gill, Mendicant Group
  • Evan Green, Sheridan College
  • Michael Jacobs, Chief Executive Officer, CIPS, Cambium Indigenous Professional Services
  • Remston Martis, Sustainability Consultant, The Works Design Communications Ltd.
  • Shatha Qaqish-Clavering, Executive Director, Climate Positive Energy, University of Toronto
  • George Strickland, Senior Advisor, Circular Economy Institute

April 24 – Course begins 9 AM

Welcome and introduction

Trends Shaping the Environment: Human Influences
  • The role of social media
  • Science versus the selfish
  • The importance of social trust
  • Current and coming trends

Speaker: Alex Gill, Mendicant Group

 Standards, Regulations and Other Filters
  • The means to influence environmental performance
  • ISO
  • Government (democratic and other)
  • Media, public opinion, supply chain influences

Speaker: Randy Sinukoff, Stantec Consulting Ltd.

Applying the Indigenous Lens to Environmental Performance
  • Indigenous Relationship with the Crown
  • Land Relationship Visioning
  • Complexities of the Indigenous lens for practitioners
  • Tool supporting the inclusion of Indigenous perspectives

Speaker: Michael Jacobs, Cambium Indigenous Professional Services

Circular Economy, a Pathway to Net-Zero Operations: Including Case Studies
  • Demystifying the terminology
  • Remaking the way we make things
  • Circular models to create more value
  • Opportunities at a micro and macro level

Speaker: George Strickland, Circular Economy Institute

We Pledged Net-Zero by 2050, Now What?
  • Status of emissions and the impact of COP28
  • U of T’s Climate Positive Energy impact and initiatives
  • Transitioning the energy systems and what it takes
  • Climate adaptation, social justice and technology to reshape the future

Speaker: Shatha Qaqish-Clavering, Climate Positive Energy, University of Toronto

Engineering Improvements
  • Decision-making and managing based on facts
  • Levels of performance
  • Better instead of more
Case Study:
  • Integrated planning for emission reductions
  • Importing global best practice for district energy
  • Overview of district energy at Sheridan College

Speakers: Randy Sinukoff, Stantec Consulting Ltd. and Evan Green, Sheridan College

The Business Case for ESG: Including Case Studies
  • Communicating with purpose
  • Materiality
  • Addressing ESG standards and regulations
  • Climate commitments
  • Meeting the needs of specific audiences

Speaker: Remston Martis, The Works Design Communications Ltd.

Driving Environmental Performance
  • Certainties and uncertainties
  • What to do and when
  • Maintaining confidence in your systems

Speaker: Randy Sinukoff, Stantec Consulting Ltd.

Question and answer period

Course ends 4:30 PM

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