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The Generation SDG Blueprint outlines a vision for a community-driven approach to the SDGs

Monday, November 5, 2018

WATERLOO, ONTARIO, CANADA - When the world set out in 2015 to address the greatest societal challenges facing us through the United Nations (UN) Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), 193 member states, including Canada, made the commitment to this ambitious and optimistic vision of the future.

Grassroots momentum has been building throughout Canadian society to take action on the SDGs. But, three years in, it has become apparent that successfully addressing the numerous systemic issues holding Canadians back from broadly-shared prosperity can only be achieved through a society-wide transformation designed and led at the grassroots level. 

Launched at Together 2018 in Edmonton, Waterloo Global Science Initiative (WGSI)’s Generation SDG Blueprint outlines an actionable path for achieving the SDGs in Canada.

This Blueprint is a vision for a community-driven approach to the SDGs developed by a multidisciplinary group of Canadian innovators and 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


Waterloo Global Science Initiative (WGSI) has been catalyzing collective action since 2009. The conversations we host bring people with diverse viewpoints together, prompting multi-disciplinary, inclusive collaboration to address sustainable development challenges. By combining the results of these cross-cutting conversations with the science and technology of today, our network takes answers from paper to the real world, addressing the United Nations’ (UN) Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) in sectors such as energy, education and beyond. WGSI proudly takes a generational outlook to problem solving.

WGSI sits at the intersection of two global thought leaders: the University of Waterloo and Perimeter Institute for Theoretical Physics. WGSI was founded through a partnership between the two institutions, and while WGSI operates independently, the founding partners remain key collaborators in our mission.