Waterloo named home for Sustainable Development Solutions Network Canada, in partnership with WGSI.  

SDSN Canada officially launched on May 7th and 8th, 2018 at the University of Waterloo. The two day event brought together 700 participants to talk about Canada’s challenges and opportunities in progressing the Sustainable Development Goals, including over 30 post-secondary institutions from across Canada, as well as students, members of the public, businesses, government representatives, and civil society organizations.

The launch featured a keynote lecture by renowned development economist and senior UN Advisor Jeffrey Sachs in addition to a series of collaborative workshops exploring ways to develop transformational pathways for sustainable development in Canada. The workshops explored four thematic SDG areas: Education and Training for Sustainability, Sustainable and Inclusive Cities, Canada’s Energy-Climate Nexus, and Doing Justice to Life on Land and Below Water.

The University of Waterloo is a natural host for the network, as it is home to the country’s largest Faculty of Environment. A key component of Waterloo’s involvement in the SDSN comes from cross-Canada collaboration. The SDSN invites all institutions interested in helping realize the United Nations' Sustainable Development Goals to reach out and join the network.

We all have a role to play in tackling the toughest challenges facing the planet. It’s the duty of the SDSN to harness the amazing potential we have in this country, connect talent and resources, & foster collaboration that can actually make a difference to policy and action. — Jon Beale, Manager of SDSN Canada.