What is Leading Change?

Leading Change is a movement started by young environmental and sustainability professionals under 35 years of age who are mobilizing to address issues that are critical to attaining a sustainable, prosperous, and socially just future. The young people we work with are forward-thinking individuals who see the value in expanding their network across different disciplines, industries, generations, regions, and ideological perspectives.  

We believe leadership in the private, public, and plural sectors should reflect the people they serve. Our organization aims to play a small but critical role in helping to break the cycle of under-representation by connecting young leaders to broader networks of support and providing them with access to those currently in power. 

What is a Leading Change Forum?

Leading Change Forums (previously known as the Forum for Emerging Environmental Leaders), support face-to-face learning and networking opportunities for sustainability leaders between the ages of 19-35. We help equip them with the skills and support they need to accelerate action towards a livable, inclusive future. 

Our Forums are typically run in parallel with the GLOBE Series and provide multiple touch points for delegates to take advantage of with more senior sustainability leaders.

Where and when is the next Forum taking place?

The next Forum will take place on February 10, 2020 at the Vancouver Convention Centre W in Vancouver, BC, Canada. The Leading Change Forum is integrated with the GLOBE Forum and selected delegates are encouraged to take advantage of additional access from February 11-13, 2020.

What are the benefits of attending the Forum?

As a Leading Change delegate, you can expect to walk away with: 
  • New connections to peers outside your industry, discipline, or ideology
  • New questions and ideas through hearing different perspectives and experiences
  • A greater sense of clarity and direction from experienced leaders in the field
  • A more diverse network to draw upon to help you lead change – both now and in the future
Subject to availability:
  • Access to GLOBE plenary sessions, hackathons and innovation challenges, keynotes, and social events

What are the requirements to be considered as a delegate for the Forum?

The Forum is open to anyone between the ages of 19-35 on the day of the event, with demonstrated leadership, an interest in sustainability issues, and an openness to hearing from different perspectives.

Depending on the focus and objectives of the event, we may prioritize applicants with experience in particular areas of work or study. 

How do I apply for the Forum?

Applications for the next Forum are now open! Applications will be received on a rolling basis until all delegate spots are filled. The first round of application review will begin October 23, 2019. Applications submitted after this date will be considered only if there are remaining spots available. Those interested are encouraged to apply early. 


Is there a cost to apply to attend the Forum? What happens if I am accepted?

There is NO cost to apply, so please do! If accepted, there is a subsidized registration fee aligned at an cost that most students and young professionals are able to invest. Financial assistance with is available to those delegates who may not otherwise be able to attend.

Successful applicants will receive a link to our registration page. There is no obligation to accept an offer to be a Leading Change delegate. If your application is successful and you choose not to register, you will not be penalized.

How much does the Forum cost?

Costs for the Forum depends on the location and duration of the event, however we aim to keep the cost to a level that students and young professionals can reasonably afford. 

For Leading Change Forum + Access to the GLOBE Forum Innovation Expo – February 11-12, 2020:

Registration cost is currently set at $150 CAD.

Do you offer registration or travel support?

Our ability to offer travel and accommodation support for out-of-town delegates is dependent on the sponsorship funding we’re able to secure. At the moment, priority is being placed on full-ride funding for Indigenous youth delegates. 

We’re happy to provide materials and letters of support if you would like to make the case for financial support to your employer, municipality, or other potential supporters. We also have a small team of volunteers who can support these conversations and fundraising asks on your behalf. 

Do we have access to the GLOBE Forum?

Similar to travel subsidies, access to GLOBE is dependent on the funding that Leading Change is able to allocate to full GLOBE Forum passes. 

For the 2020 GLOBE Forum – February 11-13, 2020:

We anticipate there will be  several options available to delegates wishing to participate in the GLOBE Forum. At the moment, these include access to the GLOBE Innovation Showcase and associated programming, reduced rates for students, government employees, and NGOs, or free access to the GLOBE Forum in exchange for a light volunteer commitment.


My company / organization would like to support Leading Change. What kind of partnership opportunities are available?

That’s great news! 

Please reach out to Megan ( We look forward to learning more about your organization’s sustainability priorities and exploring areas of alignment. 

What are some of the benefits of investing in young leaders through Leading Change?

In exchange for support, our partner organizations receive numerous benefits in return. By joining forces with Leading Change, you can expect to:

  • Scout talent and build intergenerational connections with some of the most progressive sustainability leaders under 35

  • Communicate your organization’s change initiatives on your own terms and in an open-minded environment

  • Share your vision with a generation who can help carry your ‘wish list’ items forward and implement solutions

  • Join a diverse network ready to mobilize around your organization’s campaigns, initiatives, and change projects

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