TORONTO, Sept. 4, 2018 /CNW/ - The Canadian SDG Business Forum 2018, taking place on September 7th in Toronto, will bring together senior leadership from the private sector, government, and civil society to advance the 17 UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) for a more sustainable Canadian private sector.
"Since the inception of the SDGs, the Global Compact Network Canada has been actively involved with both the Canadian government and businesses to help promote and spearhead the Sustainable Development Goals. As our 5th Anniversary tribute, this high-level forum represents the latest of our efforts to foster and build the sustainability capacity of the Canadian private sector." - Helle Bank Jorgensen, President Emeritus and Senior Advisor, Global Compact Network Canada.
Hosted at the MaRS Discovery District, the inaugural Canadian SDG Business Forum will be a special platform for 200 industry professionals to foster multi-stakeholder dialogues, catalyze new partnerships, and explore innovative solutions to accelerate the SDGs in Canada.
The Forum features many notable speakers and panelists including:
- Her Honour the Honourable Elizabeth Dowdeswell, Lieutenant Governor of Ontario
- Marc-André Blanchard, Ambassador and Permanent Representative of Canada to the UN
- Marcelo Lu, President of BASF Canada and Business representative of the B7
- Frances Edmonds, Head of Sustainability at HP Canada
- Annette Verschuren, Chair and CEO, NRStor Inc.
- John Coyne, Vice President, Legal & External Affairs and General Counsel, Unilever Canada Inc.
- Chief R. Stacey Laforme, Chief of the Mississaugas of the New Credit First Nation (MNCFN)
- John Brodhead, Director of Policy and Strategy at Sidewalk Labs
- and many other leaders and experts across industries
"Companies can bring value to society and help tackle social and economic challenges we are facing in Canada and globally. If we want to ensure that our country is sustainable and future-focused, we need diverse, multi-stakeholder perspectives to innovate and collaborate on achieving the SDGs," said Marcelo Lu, President of BASF Canada.
At the forefront of the Forum lies the Global Compact Network Canada (GCNC), the Canadian network of the UN Global Compact. Of course, an event of this magnitude would not be possible without the support of its sponsors and special contributors, namely Host Sponsor, BASF Canada; Gold Sponsor, Goldcorp; Silver Sponsor, TELUS; Bronze Sponsors - Pay Equity Ontario, Teck Resources, Export Development Canada, Bombardier, Enbridge; and Celebration Sponsors – EcoVadis, Lundin Mining, Business Development Bank of Canada and CAIDP.
About the Global Compact Network Canada
The Global Compact Network Canada (GCNC) is the Canadian Network of the United Nations Global Compact - the world's largest voluntary corporate sustainability initiative. The GCNC is spearheading the 10 Principles of the UNGC and the 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). In doing so, it unifies and builds the capacity of the Canadian private sector to embrace sustainable business practices by convening and accelerating opportunities for multi-stakeholder collaboration. www.globalcompact.ca.
SOURCE Global Compact Network Canada
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