Network Manager, SDSN Canada
Jon Beale is the newly-minted manager of the Sustainable Development Solutions Network Canada (SDSN Canada), mobilizing Canadian scientific and technological expertise to facilitate learning and accelerate problem solving for sustainable development. The network links Canadian experts to global discussions on a universal agenda for sustainable development and supports action-oriented research helping Canada adopt and implement policies and practices that provide international leadership in sustainability.
He has built his career around bringing stakeholders from multiple perspectives together for effective discussion and collaboration. This includes working with subsistence farmers in Zambia, Inuit and Métis fishermen in Labrador, provincial deputy ministers and other senior government staff, founders and executives of non-profits and start-up companies, academic leaders and national media outlets. He values collaboration between all types of stakeholders to create meaningful solutions, and uses his skills as a leader and facilitator to help create change in people’s lives and communities.
Jon will be mostly taking a listening role at the Summit as he becomes more familiar with the Canadian SDG ecosystem. “I see the Summit as a great way to connect with people from across the country on SDG initiatives, but I'll be looking for partnership and collaboration opportunities as well,” says Jon. Outside of work, he can be found visiting local craft breweries, playing ultimate frisbee, hiking and enjoying board games.