Special Events

MScSM is proud to host special events throughout the year, in partnership with both the campus and local community.

Past Events: 2017

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Failed Sustainability: An Evening with Bruce Lourie

November 20, 6:00 – 8:00 pm, University of Toronto Mississauga

The modern era of "sustainable development" was ushered in 30 years ago this year.  The idea was based on the need to balance ecological, social and economic outcomes.  How have we done?  Where are we at in 2017, what can we learn from the past 30 years? Moreover, how can we apply our learning to the next phase of sustainability 30 years ahead with the climate targets looming in 2050?   Join Bruce in a provocative conversation on whether or not we have failed in our sustainability goals.     

About Bruce Lourie

BruceBruce is president of the Ivey Foundation, a private charitable foundation in Canada and a Director of Philanthropic Foundations Canada and Canadians for Clean Prosperity.  Bruce is a former Director of the Independent Electricity System Operator and of the Ontario Power Authority.  He sits on the Advisory Board of Canada’s Ecofiscal Commission.

Bruce is well known for his work in convening collaborative efforts among businesses, NGOs and government.  Bruce played a pioneering role in connecting environmental issues to human health, most notably with his leadership in the effort to phase-out coal-fired power plants in Ontario, the single largest climate action in North America.   He also helped shepherd the Canadian Boreal Forest Agreement, one of the world’s largest conservation initiatives

Bruce is the co-author of two best-selling books, including the internationally acclaimed Slow Death by Rubber Duck, a Fellow of the Royal Geographical Society of Canada and an honorary director of the Canadian Association of Physicians for the Environment. In 2015 Bruce received the Bryden Award for Outstanding Achievement, York University's top alumni recognition. In 2014 Bruce received Earth Day Canada’s Outstanding Commitment to the Environment Award.

Bruce is a founder of a number of for profit and non-profit organizations including Summerhill Group, one of Canada’s leading energy efficiency consultancies, the Sustainability Network, and the Canadian Environmental Grantmakers’ Network.  He has acted on numerous international, federal, provincial and municipal bodies advising on environmental, energy and health policy issues. Bruce holds a B.Sc. in Geology and a Master’s Degree in Environmental Studies.

Hosted by The Riverwood Conservancy and the Master of Science in Sustainability Management Program, and part of celebrations for Canada150 and UTM’s 50th Anniversary.

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