Welcome keynote: The Honourable Elizabeth Dowdeswell, Lieutenant Governor of Ontario
What are the key takeaways for the Canadian private sector from the G7? The opening session will link the key themes from the G7 and G20 summits to specific SDGs to explore how they can be leveraged to create new opportunities for Canadian businesses given the current global business landscape.
Can the SDGs boost disruptive technologies and business models in Canada? Forward-thinking business and policy leaders will explore connections between innovation and the SDGs to facilitate growth and new market opportunities. These leaders will also explore how multiculturalism and the technological revolution are influencing productivity, growth, and employment.
Lunch Keynote: Mr. Adam Vaughan, Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Families, Children and Social Development (Housing and Urban Affairs)
99.8% of businesses in Canada are small to medium enterprises. To push the Sustainable development agenda, we need to make the SDGs everyone’s business. Using the power of procurement, how can the large organizations play a pivotal role in enhancing the engagement of SMEs in implementing the SDGs?
This session will identify innovative approaches to put together action-oriented recommendations to move the private sector beyond traditional corporate social responsibility practices. The session will also provide attendees with a first-hand look at the Gender Equality Project that GCNC is executing with the Canadian private sector and the government.
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