Leading Change Virtual brings the best elements of the face-to-face Forum to an online stage. We provide interactive dialogues on issues that matter to young people and virtual Leadership Coffee Chats with sustainability heavy-hitters.


Leadership Coffee Chats registration is open. Join us and hear from top experts on sustainability in their fields.

Welcome to our virtual Leadership Coffee Chat series! These intimate and efficient 1-hour conversations with sustainability leaders are designed to shed light on your burning industry questions and connect you to peers who may be on a similar career path.

Spaces for these events are limited as the sessions are intended to be intimate career-focused discussions. Our special guest mentors dive into subjects relating to sustainability, innovation, industry, and the circular economy. Sign up early to ensure your spot as a participant where you’ll be able to craft a question set with your peers for the Leadership Coffee Chat mentor.



Tamara Connell is the CEO of Academy for Sustainable Innovation leading ASI to create learning experiences that cultivate and nurture human capacities, leadership practices, and new mindsets to steer the transition to a low-carbon, socially-inclusive economy. Tamara holds a BSc in Environmental Planning, and a Masters in Strategic Leadership towards Sustainability. She has 20+ years of adult education experience and has designed and delivered courses, programs, and other custom engagements all around the world. Tamara’s previous roles include Program Director in the Master’s of Strategic Leadership towards Sustainability program at BTH in Sweden, Director of Sustainability Learning Programs at The Natural Step Canada, and Associate Director of Education & Training at RADIUS SFU. 

Alan Shapiro is a Vancouver-based water and sustainability consultant and an instructor in BCIT’s School of Business + Media. Alan’s work is focused on addressing complex water challenges, advancing clean technology solutions, and supporting the next generation of sustainable businesses. Alan is Principal at sustainability consultancy Shapiro & Company and Director of waterNEXT, Canada’s water technology network. Alan serves on the boards of development charity Water For People Canada and sustainability network Leading Change. You can find Alan on Twitter at @watercomm.

Nagwan Al-Guneid currently leads Business Renewables Centre Canada (BRC-Canada). BRC-Canada is a non-profit initiative that works to simplify and accelerate large-scale corporate and institutional renewable energy procurement across the country. 

Nagwan was previously the communications lead and co-lead for the AI stream of work at the Energy Futures Lab, a multistakeholder platform working towards building a low–carbon emissions future in Alberta’s energy system.

Heather Campbell has a diverse twenty-five year energy career in a full range of energy industries. She is the Executive Director, Clean Technology with Alberta Innovates.

Heather holds a Bachelor of Engineering Science degree in Biochemical and Chemical Engineering from Western University in addition to a Master of Laws in Energy Law and Policy from the University of Dundee. She is a licensed Professional Engineer practicing in Alberta, Canada.

With nearly 20 years of experience in the sustainability sector, including a diversity of leadership, advisory, change management, and governance roles, Lindsay Bunce recently joined Simon Fraser University as the new Associate Director of Sustainability. In her most recent role as Executive Director of EcoSchools Canada, Lindsay oversaw all aspects of a dynamic and growing non-profit, was responsible for spearheading EcoSchools Canada’s national expansion, and represented Canada in the international Foundation for Environmental Education (FEE) network.

Leading Change Canada’s official WCEF Studio will offer networking opportunities focused on creating connections between young Canadians who are passionate about bringing circular economy initiatives to life in their communities, and around the world. Regional and themed networking rooms will be open in between and after the main event programmes to give young people interested in circular economy issues the opportunity to meet and interact with like-minded peers. These rooms will offer a space for knowledge sharing and a chance to connect the content delivered at WCEF2021 to local topics, issues, and solutions at the ground level.

WCEF2021 will focus on the system level changes, or “game changers,” needed to accelerate the transition to a circular economy.  

Hosted virtually from Canada from September 13-15, WCEF2021 will offer three days packed with information, ideas and examples of the circular economy. 

  • Game Changer Sessions will explore cross-cutting themes to answer a common question: “What transformational steps can we take in the next five years to catalyze the systemic changes required to scale up a global circular economy that is prosperous, inclusive and equitable?” 
  • Demonstration Sessions will bring the themes of the Game Changer Sessions to life through concrete, inspiring examples of the circular economy “in action”.  
  • Accelerator Sessions will be hosted by partner organizations on September 15. These outcome-oriented events will bridge WCEF2021 with the daily work needed for a circular transition.
  • Virtual Expo Area will spotlight selected circular economy solutions and approaches, as well as networking opportunities with circular economy enthusiasts from around the world.

Environment and Climate Change Canada and the Finnish Innovation Fund Sitra are co-organising WCEF2021 in collaboration with the African Circular Economy Alliance, Circular Economy Leadership Canada, City of Toronto, Ellen MacArthur Foundation, the European Commission, Government of Finland, Government of the Netherlands, International Chamber of Commerce, Latin America and the Caribbean Circular Economy Coalition, Nordic Innovation, Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development, Platform for Accelerating the Circular Economy, United Nations Environment Programme, and World Business Council for Sustainable Development.

Le FMEC 2021 abordera les changements systémiques, ou « grands changements », nécessaires pour accélérer la transition vers une économie circulaire.  

Organisé virtuellement en direct du Canada du 13 au 15 septembre 2021, le FMEC2021 c’est 3 journées remplies d’informations, d’idées et d’exemples inspirants d’économie circulaire. 

  • Les séances « changer les choses » exploreront des thèmes transversaux afin de répondre à une question commune : quelles mesures transformationnelles pouvons-nous prendre dans les cinq prochaines années pour catalyser les changements systémiques nécessaires pour amplifier une économie circulaire prospère, inclusive et équitable à l’échelle mondiale? 
  • Les séances de démonstration donneront vie aux thèmes des séances « changer les choses », en partageant des exemples concrets et inspirants de l’économie circulaire en action. 
  • Les séances d’accélération, organisées par nos organisations partenaires, se tiendront le 15 septembre. Ces séances axées sur les résultats permettront de faire le lien entre les objectifs du FMEC2021 et le travail quotidien nécessaire pour la transition circulaire. 

Le Forum comportera également une expo virtuelle pour mettre en avant-scène une sélection de solutions et d’approches en matière d’économie circulaire, en plus d’offrir la possibilité aux participants de réseauter avec des passionnés d’économie circulaire du monde entier! 

Environnement et Changement climatique Canada et le Fonds d’innovation finlandais Sitra co-organisent le FMEC2021 en collaboration avec l’Alliance africaine pour l’économie circulaire, Circular Economy Leadership Canada, la Ville de Toronto, Ellen MacArthur Foundation, la Commission européenne, le Gouvernement de la Finlande, le Gouvernement des Pays-Bas, International Chamber of Commerce, Latin America and the Caribbean Circular Economy Coalition, Nordic Innovation, l’Organisation de coopération et de développement économique, Platform for Accelerating the Circular Economy, le Programme des Nations unies pour l’environnement et World Business Council for Sustainable Development. 

  • Quoi? Le FMEC2021 
  • Quand? Du 13 au 15 septembre  
  • Où? Sur la plateforme virtuelle du FMEC2021  
  • Combien? La participation est gratuite 
  • Plus d’information? Contactez ECCC à ec.2021wcef-fmec.ec@canada.ca  

Créer des milieux de travail inclusifs : le point de vue de jeunes canadiens

Les employeurs et les dirigeants qui cherchent à accroître la diversité de leur main-d’œuvre, à adopter des pratiques de travail plus inclusives et à fidéliser leurs talents étaient invités à participer à ce webinaire interactif organisé par Leading Change et Ressources naturelles Canada le 24 novembre, 2020. Un expert de la diversité et de l’inclusion, ainsi que de jeunes talents exceptionnels ont donnés aux participants des moyens pratiques pour créer et favoriser des milieux de travail inclusifs.

Leurs recommandations découlent d’une série d’ateliers de visualisation et de mobilisation organisés dans le cadre du Forum Leading Change et du Forum GLOBE de 2020. Le webinaire vise à partager les conclusions de ces forums avec un plus grand nombre d’employeurs et à créer une dynamique afin de poursuivre cet important travail avec les industries et les différents secteurs d’activités au Canada.

Cliquez ici pour voir l’enregistrement.

Employers and leaders who are looking to increase workforce diversity, adopt more inclusive workplace practices, and retain talent were invited to join this interactive webinar hosted by Leading Change and Natural Resources Canada on November 24, 2020. Attendees heard from a Diversity and Inclusion expert and top youth talent on practical ways to create and nurture inclusive workplaces.

The recommendations were the result of a series of visioning and engagement workshops held as part of the 2020 Leading Change and GLOBE Forums. The objectives of this webinar were to share those findings with a broader audience of employers as well as build momentum to continue this important work with industries and sectors across Canada.

Click here to view the recording.

This webinar was co-led by ECO Canada’s Arbaiza Jamaluddin, Acquisitions Coordinator and Hannah Williamson, Events and Training Coordinator. Arbaiza (EPt, CIAPP-C, CIPP/C) is a concierge, guiding clients, hosts, and members through ECO Canada’s resources. Her goal is to provide you with the best client experience and engage with you on a closer level to build relationships and trust. Hannah leads, plans, develops and delivers ECO Canada’s events and webinars programs. She has a MSc in Conservation Biology and over 7 years experience coordinating projects and programs in the not-for-profit and public sector.

Click here to view the recording.

For over 20 years ECO Canada has been connecting environmental employers and skilled talent through employment support services. On October 21, 2020, Leading Change was pleased to partner with ECO Canada to share how they can support you from end to end of your career journey.

What was covered:
Environmental Careers – Where do you fit?
Job Market Overview – What’s out there?
Career Fair – How to find opportunities.
Employment Programs – Reduce employment barriers.
Success Stories – Hear from employers.

Leading Change was pleased to bring in Chantale Despres, Director – Sustainability, Finance at CN Railway for an intimate leadership coffee chat. Chantale has a wealth of knowledge and experience surrounding internal change projects and making the “business case” for sustainability. 

With as much as $2.5 trillion USD expected to be spent on clean technology development by 2022 and investment and societal signals driving stronger action on climate change, it’s clear that the changes of tomorrow will be driven by the inventors of today. Not surprisingly, interest in entrepreneurship has grown among youth who are looking for challenging, meaningful, and impact-oriented careers.

On July 9, 2020, we invited four Canadian cleantech founders to discuss the challenges, opportunities, and pivots they’ve made along their start-up journey. 


  • Kelcie Miller-Anderson, Founder, MycoRemedy
  • Bo Simango, CEO & Co-Founder, Aquafort AI
  • Apoorv Sinha, CEO, Carbon Upcycling Technologies Inc.

Expert on the line:

  • Richard Adamson, CEO, Industrial Climate Solutions Inc.


  • Kristine O’Rielly, Innovation & Cleantech Consultant, The Delphi Group

Leading Change was pleased to bring in Chantale Despres, Director – Sustainability, Finance at CN Railway for an intimate leadership coffee chat. Chantale has a wealth of knowledge and experience surrounding internal change projects and making the “business case” for sustainability. 

Leading Change was pleased to share a special Leadership Coffee Chat opportunity with The Honourable Jonathan Wilkinson, Minister of Environment and Climate Change for the Government of Canada.

This virtual event took place during Environment Week and highlighted the linkages between nature protection, biodiversity, the climate change agenda, and economic prosperity in the post-COVID-19 world.

Click here to view the recording.


  • Nauman S. Anwar, Manager PMO Governance, ENMAX
  • Sarah Applebaum, VC, Renewable TechVentures
  • Laura Corrales, Sustainability Officer, Delmar International
  • Corey Mattie, Director, Scotian Wind

Expert on the line:

  • Catherine Stace, Career Strategist, CACEE Board member, and Career Services Manager at the Max Bell School of Public Policy


  • Megan Poss, Executive Director, Leading Change

The current global health crisis and economic downturn mean many organizations are, or will be, cutting back on recruitment activities. What does this mean for young people hoping to enter the workforce and advance sustainability priorities? Participants heard from people who have faced rough markets or roadblocks on their path to securing meaningful employment. They offered empathetic insight, tips, and strategies for pursuing a career path with purpose when times are tough.

Content focused on students, recent graduates, and young people seeking sustainability-related employment.

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