ClimateWise Business Network Presents

Thursday, Nov 30, 2017 / 6:pm to 9:pm

Aurora Cultural Centre, Brevik Hall, Aurora ON

ClimateWise Business Network is proud to launch the York Region Leaders Sustainability Forum. The Forum brings together business leaders from across the Region to share perspectives on emerging trends and opportunities that will impact their business.

Featuring Opening Remarks from Ontario's Minister of the Environment and Climate Change

Newmarket-Aurora MPP Chris Ballard

Mix and Mingle

complimentary hors d'oeuvres and cash bar

  • Network with business professionals over drinks and appetizers
  • Listen to a panel discussion on sustainability trends as we move towards 2030
  • Discover emerging impacts of distributed energy
  • Understand how the workplace will change
  • Discuss the implications of Ontario's Climate Action Plan with like-minded professionals

Join the Panel Discussion

Mike Morrice


The panel will be moderated by Mike Morrice, the founder of Sustainable Waterloo Region, and Executive Director of Sustainability CoLab.

Simon Guan

Decarbonization of the automotive industry

Simon is the Sustainability Programs Manager for General Motors of Canada. With GM's recent announcement that it is working toward an all-electric, zero-emissions future, Simon will bring a dynamic perspective to the Forum on vehicle electrification.

Dr. Karine Rashkovsky-Tomas

The future of education

Dr. Karine is the Founder and Director of Brain Power Enrichment Programs. She brings a different perspective to the sustainability panel, centred around academic excellence, social justice, and mentoring the leaders of tomorrow.

Paul Sommerville

Emerging energy trends and the regulatory response

Paul is the former Executive Vice-President and Chief Regulatory Officer for Toronto Hydro, and a member of the Ontario Energy Board. He is currently Executive Director at the Mowat Centre.

Jordann Thirgood

Decent work in the green economy

Jordann is the Policy Associate at the Mowat Centre whose research involves the impact of technological innovation on Canada's labour market.


6:00 p.m. – 6:45 p.m. Registration and hors d'oeuvres
6:45 p.m. – 6:50 p.m. Opening remarks
6:50 p.m. – 7:00 p.m. Remarks from The Honourable Chris Ballard, Minister of Environment and Climate Change
7:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m. Panel discussion and questions
8:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m. Networking, drinks and food

There is no charge to attend but registration is required and space is limited

Register online today


Aurora Cultural Centre, Brevik Hall
22 Church St.
Aurora, ON
L4G 1M1

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