Our Mission is to bring together young Canadians between the ages of 19-35 to share ideas, plans, and thoughts, and to create a space where networking, learning and development can prosper.


The Leading Change Forum is an event for environmentally and sustainably minded students and young professionals from across Canada; to bring them together and catalyze action on environmental, social and economic issues that are critical to attaining a sustainable future for Canada and the world.


3 Pillars of Leading Change and the Emerging Leaders Forum:

  • Engage: Connect and convene young leaders across diverse professional, academic, social environmental networks to develop innovative connections, collaborations and partnerships addressing existing and emerging problems related to sustainability and environmental protection
  • Equip: Inform, teach and enlighten young leaders by exploring different ways of personally and professionally leading change through discussion and learning about topics, trends, opportunities, issues of interest in environment and sustainability community.
  • Encourage: Inspire, motivate and prepare young leaders by providing professional development workshops, mentoring sessions, and skill building opportunities to enable them to have an impact and realize their potential on an individual level, through social innovation level or in a business venture.

Guiding Principles:

Continued discussion, continued action – Supporting young leaders to overcome the challenges and barriers to leading change by fostering continued discussion on a national level and encouraging action on a regional or local level. This includes holding a biannual forum, local touch points and digital medium to maintain and build lasting connections for young leaders to continue discussion and action between biannual forums.

Strength in diverse teams – Recognizing the importance of multi-disciplinary approaches to complex social, environmental and economic problems related to sustainability and the growing diversity of the Canadian population. Great social, personal and professional value is added when solutions to these problems are developed in collaboration with individuals from different professional, regional and cultural backgrounds.

Balancing inspiration, theory and reality – Connecting emerging leaders with established leaders or mentors with the necessary leadership, guidance, and experience to focus their passion, energy and knowledge and inspire them to lead change.

Sustainability – Delivering on our commitment to sustainability both in the content of the programming delivered and in how events are planned and executed. This includes special attention paid to waste management, sustainable sourcing and water and energy consumption. Leading Change will purchase carbon offsets to demonstrate its commitment towards minimizing its footprint. Leading Change will hold itself accountable and transparent by reporting on the sustainability event in line with Global Reporting Initiative (GRI) indicators.


I attended my first Leading Change Forum in 2014 at age 27, while pursuing my master’s degree and working full time in the energy sector. It was a wonderful opportunity to meet other young people who are passionate about making an impact and leaving a legacy. We were all there with common values, impressive accomplishments and various talents – this diversity made things even more inspiring and exciting. The engaging speakers, challenging activities and dynamic people I met will be with me always and I will never forget my experience with this stellar group. Leading Change kick started a deep shift in my life. For the past two years I have worked hard to further my education, expand my network, start my own small side business and transition to a new career in renewable energy. Leading Change is a perfect platform for young people who are seeking answers to the ‘big’ questions of life, or who long to be inspired to make tangible impact. Thank you so much for all you do.

– Kimberly Gray, EELF 2014 Delegate

If you are a young professional looking to learn more about the sustainability field and to expand your professional network, I would highly recommend The Emerging Environmental Leaders Forum. The hands-on workshops focus on professional capacity building, and the access to engaged critical thinkers from across Canada was invaluable to my personal and professional development. Almost four years have passed since I first attended in 2012, and I am still in close contact with the network I established while participating in the forum.

– Kaitlin Szacki, EELF 2012 Delegate