Pre-Meeting Workshop | Gordon S. Lang School of Business and Economics

Pre-Meeting Workshop

Get the most out of your stay in Guelph by joining us in an interactive workshop.

Wednesday, October 18, 2017 (11am - 5:30pm)


Here's what you can expect:

This unique and interactive learning journey will start with lunch at the popular BCorp certified restaurant, Miijidaa Bistro in downtown Guelph. As we eat, we will hear from Court Desautels, President, Neighbourhood Group of Companies, about the company's sustainability journey. We will also be joined by Cara Wehkamp, Manager of the University of Guelph's Office of Intercultural Affairs and Special Advisor to the Provost on Aboriginal Initiatives. Next, we will travel to Crawford Lake and tour a reconstructed 15th century Iroquoian village. In small groups, participants will share and reflect on their curricular innovations pertaining to the UN's SDGs while hiking the Lake's boardwalk. We enthusiastically encourage you to participate and to submit a relevant one-page boardwalk paper prior to September 1st, 2017. More information on the "Boardwalk Papers"


$60 +HST for full day (lunch and Crawford Lake)
$40 +HST for 1/2 day (Crafword Lake only)

Please note: this workshop is optional and outside of the regular PRME meeting registration costs. Also, participants are encouraged to wear comfortable shoes and warm clothing as you may be walking in a variety of conditions (outdoors, pavement, woodlands etc.)

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BCorp Certified Restaurant "Miijidaa"

For lunch we will stop at Miijidaa, one of the many BCorp Certified businesses in Guelph. We will learn about the restaurant’s commitment to sustainability and embracing business as a force for good. Founded by University of Guelph BComm alumnus and 2016 Canadian restaurateur of the year, Bob Desautels. 

Crawford Lake

Crawford Lake, Conservation Halton

Conservation Halton works with municipal, provincial, and federal governments, as well as landowners and other groups, to deliver sound, practical community-based solutions to a range of natural resource challenges. In support of the mission to protect the natural environment, their vision is to sustain a healthy watershed with clean streams, diverse forests, abundant green space, and balanced growth that results in strong livable communities. 

The heart of the conservation area is the eponymous meromictic lake: Crawford Lake. Meromictic lakes are unique in that they are deeper than they are wide, so the lowest levels of water are very rarely disturbed. After finding ancient corn pollen in the sediment in the bottom layers of the lake, scientists discovered that First Nations groups settled in this area over six hundred years ago. Surrounding the lake is a boardwalk; the perfect place to reflect on the meaning of sustainability, and our roles as educators of business students.


Crawford Lake, Iroquoian Village

15th Century Iroquoian Village

Crawford Lake is home to a reconstructed 15th century Iroquoian village. From 1973 to 1987, excavations uncovered 11 longhouses on the site and various artefacts from day-to-day lives of the pre-contact First Nations groups. Three of these longhouses have been reconstructed on the exact footprints of the archaeological findings. Here, we will have a presentation on the reconstruction, learn about the ecology of the area and tour the village.

sustainable development goals guelph

Boardwalk Papers - Sustainable Development Goals

The boardwalk papers will provide the opportunity for all participants with a teaching innovation they are willing to share, to do so, both in writing and during a stroll around the lake.  Each participant will have up to five minutes to share their innovation – something concrete you are doing with your students (and would recommend to others), with the aim of advancing one or more of the UN’s sustainable development goals.  We will self-organize into small groups of 3 or 4 – members of each group will share their innovations with one another as they walk around the lake, and look for common themes, to be shared with everyone, on the bus ride back to the Delta Hotel. The boardwalk papers will also be published on the PRME North America website. While a paper is not necessary for participation, we encourage everyone to submit one.

Submit your "Boardwalk Papers"