Special Events

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

Upcoming Events

Food Waste and Sustainable Technology Speaker Series

Friday March 2nd, 9:00 – 2:30 pm, University of Toronto Mississauga

Did you know approximately 1.3 billion tonnes of global food produced is wasted every year? That’s nearly 1/3 of all food produced! Food waste is becoming a global sustainability issue and organizations worldwide are implementing innovative technologies to help mitigate the problem. The event will consist of sharing three local initiatives that are taking place within the GTA area. Sign up here

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Featured Guest Speakers 

GenecisKaitlyn Chow - Genecis Envirotech 

Kaitlyn is the Director of Research and Development at Genecis, tasked with developing and optimizing the organic waste to PHA bioplastic conversion process. Kaitlyn completed her BSc in Microbiology at the University of Alberta and has extensive research experience with bacterial culturing and genetics. Her passion for the environment later led her to pursue a Masters in Environmental Science at the University of Toronto Scarborough. Genecis provides the perfect opportunity for Kaitlyn to utilize her knowledge and research experience to build real-world solutions to important environmental issues.

LyofreshNicholas Steele - Lyofresh Technologies

Nicholas Steele is a York University alumni of the Bachelor of Disaster and Emergency Management program, as well as recently graduating from the Master of Disaster and Emergency Management program. During these studies, Nicholas developed his research focus on Food Security, Food Waste & Disaster Vulnerability in Developing Countries. In 2014 Nicholas began exploring how to develop and implement new technologies to address challenges identified in his research, eventually founding Lyofresh Technologies in 2016 to commercialize a more affordable and efficient freeze drying technology which he hopes to scale in all parts of the food system to avoid food waste from occurring. He has been an active participant in York University’s innovation ecosystem, partnering with multiple faculties and departments within the University, including the Bergeron Entrepreneurs in Science & Technology (BEST) Lab in the Lassonde School of Engineering;  the Osgoode Hall Law School Intellectual Property Clinic;  and the LaunchYU AccelerateUP accelerator program. The company was selected to participate in the MaRS Centre for Impact Investing's Social Venture Accelerator for Food Security, and is a network member of the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization SAVE FOOD initiative, a global food waste reduction initiative.

ProvisionCher Mereweather, M.Sc., PMP

Executive Director at Provision Coalition 

Cher is one of Canada’s leaders in food manufacturing sustainability. As Executive Director of Provision Coalition, an organization she founded with the country’s top food and beverage professional associations, Cher works directly with manufacturers to transform their business culture and operations. An advocate for change and a passionate spokesperson, Cher has dedicated her career to advancing sustainability concepts within the Canadian food industry and sustainability solutions at the firm level. Most recently, Cher has sharpened Provision’s focus on the reduction of food loss and waste developing innovative technologies and on-line tools that will modernize facility processing.

Cher’s career has included time with the Guelph Food Technology Centre where she established and directed the Sustainability Consulting Business Unit, and executive positions in environmental economics and policy with the Canadian agri-food think tank, the George Morris Centre. Cher holds a Bachelor and Master’s degree in Environmental Economics and Policy. In 2012, Cher was awarded the Canadian Grocer Generation Next award for her leadership, innovation and excellence in sustainability within the food and beverage industry.

Hosted by: The Master of Science in Sustainability Management (MScSM) Student Executive Council (MSEC)

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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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