U of G President Keynote Speaker at Sustainability Forum

November 23, 2010 - Campus Bulletin

President Alastair Summerlee will be the keynote speaker at the Social Sustainability Forum hosted by the Guelph Chamber of Commerce Nov. 25.

Other speakers include U of G professors Julia Christensen Hughes, dean of the College of Management and Economics, and Linda Hawkins, director of the Institute for Community Engaged Scholarship.

The event will take place from 1 to 4 p.m. at the Delta Guelph Hotel and Conference Centre.

The forum will present new and alternative viewpoints on social sustainability issues. This event is the last of a three-part series focused on finding ways to build community sustainability through economic, environmental and
social community programs.

Ideas shared during the forum may be incorporated into a current project by Trellis Mental Health, the Volunteer Centre of Guelph Wellington, Hospice Wellington, and Family and Children’s Services intended to review current services and how to deliver them more efficiently and effectively.

As the keynote speaker, Summerlee will discuss how social sustainability can create healthy communities and how the University helps to enhance social sustainability globally, nationally and locally.

Christensen Hughes will speak on leadership principles for creating socially sustainable communities, and Hawkins will discuss a grant application intended to foster community well-being.

Frances Westley, chair of social innovation at the University of Waterloo, will discuss how to unleash creativity and innovation to build socially sustainable communities.

As an event sponsor, the University of Guelph will subsidize costs of the first 50 tickets for students and the first 50 tickets for the non-profit sector. Tickets cost $35 plus HST.

For more information and to register for the event, visit the Guelph Chamber of Commerce website.

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