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Thursday, November 3, 2011 — 9:00 AM to 12:30 PM EDT

Sustainable Development: Possibility or Pipe Dream?

Building on the successful launch of the School of Environment, Enterprise and Development (SEED), held in 2009, Waterloo's Faculty of Environment invites you to a provocative symposium featuring discussion by thought leaders on progress made towards global sustainability since the 1992 UN Rio Declaration.

When: Thursday November 3rd, 2011 @ 9:00 am - 12:30 pm
Where: Federation Hall, University of Waterloo

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Event Details

Time Details
9:00 AM Welcome - André Roy, Dean, Faculty of Environment
Welcome - Neil Craik, Director, School of Environment, Enterprise and Development
9:05 AM Introduction of Elizabeth Thompson, by Sandra Odendahl, Director, Corporate Environmental Affairs, Royal Bank of Canada
9:10 - 9:50 AM Keynote Address - The Honourable Elizabeth Thompson, Executive Coordinator for the United Nations Conference on Sustainable Development (Rio + 20) and UN Assistant Secretary-General

Elizabeth will provide perspective on progress made by the global community on Sustainable Development since 1992, where we are now, and future direction needed for a sustainable future.
10:15 AM Break
10:35 AM Panel Discussion - Moderated by Blair Feltmate, Director of Sustainability Practice, SEED; Discussion will focus on themes building upon the keynote presentation.

Panelists:
  • Elizabeth Thompson, Executive Coordinator for the United Nations Conference on Sustainable Development
  • Daniel Gagnier, Chair, International Institute of Sustainable Development
  • David McLaughlin, President and CEO, National Round Table on the Environment and the Economy
  • Frances Westley, JW McConnell Chair in Social Innovation, University of Waterloo
11:35 AM Q & A from audience
12:15 PM Wrap up - Elizabeth Thompson, UN Undersecretary General, and Executive Director of Rio+20

The School of Environment Enterprise and Development is ground-breaking, exciting and forward looking in a world that urgently needs innovative sustainable solutions. Graduates create high impact results for organizations within Canada and globally. It offers a set of degrees that integrate environment, business and development education producing the largest number of graduates with combined business, development and environmental expertise of any school in North America.

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