WGSI works to catalyze collective action on the UN Sustainable Development Goals in Canada.


Together|Ensemble, Canada’s national conference devoted to tracking progress on the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) has moved online and takes place from May 20-22, 2020. The conference benchmarks national progress toward achieving the agenda, mobilizes knowledge from the private sector, academia, government, and civil society, and promotes collaboration in service of the UN’s ambitious Decade of Action.


May 20-22, 2020 

Together|Ensemble is Canada’s national conference devoted to tracking progress on the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). The conference represents an all-of-society approach to addressing Canada’s toughest sustainable development challenges, bringing together the private sector, academia, government, and civil society.

A continuation of the Together Symposium series, which originated in Alberta and was hosted by the Alberta Council for Global Cooperation (ACGC) in 2017 and 2018, Together|Ensemble will continue to promote:

  • work that is happening across the country;
  • new opportunities for collective impact;
  • mobilization of good practices, effective research and policy work;
  • new partnerships, innovations and pathways for progress on the SDGs.

The next iteration of the conversation, Together|Ensemble, is being organized by Waterloo Global Science Initiative (WGSI), Sustainable Development Solutions Network Canada (SDSN Canada) and Université Laval with the guidance and support of ACGC, others involved in the 2017 & 2018 Together Symposia and the Alliance 2030 network.

In response to the directive for social distancing to reduce the spread of novel coronavirus, the organizers are pivoting to hosting Together|Ensemble online.

Voluntary Local Review Pilot Project

Voluntary Local Reviews (VLR), a regional parallel to the Voluntary National Review (VNR), are an emerging process by which sub-national governments can report on their progress on Agenda 2030 and the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). Like the VNR, the goal of the VLR is to share strategies, successes and failures to assist other communities in their pursuit of the SDGs. Working with partners, WGSI is beginning a pilot project that supports Canadian communities in piloting VLRs that use localized indicators. Learn more here.  


The Generation SDG Blueprint features:

  • insights into inclusive community ecosystem mapping and planning
  • partnership strategies to accelerate action on the SDGs
  • accountability practices for partnerships, program and data management
  • innovative financial instruments and programs for funding the SDGs
  • Solutions Spotlights highlighting Canadian and global organizations and initiatives aligned with the SDGs
  • a commitment to establishing and nurturing partnerships on the road to achieving the SDGs in Canada