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OUR CURRENT FOCUS From April 22-25, 2018, we brought together a multi-disciplinary, multi-sectoral and multi-generational group of people working on the SDGs in Canada.


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On September 25, 2017, the Office of the Chief Scientist (OCS) at Natural Resources Canada (NRCan), Waterloo Global Science Initiative (WGSI) and the Waterloo Institute for Sustainable Energy (WISE) held a roundtable discussion on the potential of today’s frontier scientific research to disrupt tomorrow’s energy system. 

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Remarks on the closing of the Generation SDG Summit, a multi-disciplinary, multi-sectoral and multi-generational group of people working on the SDGs in Canada. A moderated panel of Summit Participants summarize their work. 



Check out video from the Generation SDG Summit including the opening ceremony featuring a keynote address by Dr. Katharine Wilkinson of Project Drawdown, a special lecture by Dr. Ingrid Waldron of Dalhousie University on environmental racism and the politics of waste, closing ceremony featuring remarks from Her Honour the Honourable Elizabeth Dowdeswell, Lieutenant Governor of Ontario and and engaging panel on advancing financing for the SDGs.   

TVO, the Government of Ontario’s partner in digital learning, broadcast SDG-focussed episodes of The Agenda with Steve Paikin from April 23-25, 2018. Watch those episodes and learn more on their website. 


The Generation SDG Communiqué captures some of the preliminary thoughts emerging from the Generation SDG Summit and includes:

  • Policy recommendations
  • Strategies for communities to map their existing ecosystems and develop robust community plans
  • Accountability frameworks 
  • Principles for partnerships and innovation to achieve the SDGs

Over the next few months we will be consolidating our progress into a more comprehensive Blueprint document, in particular delving into the many policy recommendations that emerged.