Special Events

STTPA Conference 


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In October 2019, the UTM organized STTPA Conference. The guiding principle of the conference was that we all are responsible for the current state of the world and we all have a role to play in the path towards sustainability. The main theme was the integration across disciplines, stakeholders, and sustainability pillars. The conference brought academics and students, Aboriginal scholars, business executives, civil society, policymakers, sustainability professionals, and other sustainability lovers together at the same platform to explore innovative forms of theory, practice, and action that can help craft a path towards sustainability. The conference drew 365 attendees from around the world, as well as 215 speakers and panelists. The conference included seven keynote talks, 10 panels, four training workshops, and 43 concurrent sessions.


2017: 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


A schedule of the event can be found here

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




Failed Sustainability: An Evening with Bruce Lourie

Read the write up by a current MScSM student here

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



Bruce 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.