Program

The 2020 Environment Funders Canada Conference will focus on solutions to help advance a sustainable future for Canada.  Through insightful keynote presentations, thought-provoking plenaries, interactive concurrent sessions and more, we will explore what’s working and why? How are funders engaging with new solutions? How can solutions be scaled up? How are Indigenous and other local communities, inspiring new approaches and poised to thrive as a result? How can we work together to advance a future that is good for people, planet and place?

The following themes are emerging as guiding directions for time together:

  • Natural Climate Solutions
  • Technological Solutions for Environmental Challenges
  • Transition Solutions for a Low Carbon Future
  • Transformative Financial Approaches for Sustainability
  • Innovative Funding and Evaluation Practices.

The conference program is still being honed and details will be confirmed over the coming weeks and months.  In the meantime, we wanted to give you a sneak peak of what’s in store:

  • Join a pre-conference overnight field trip to the beautiful South Okanagan and learn about its unique ecology and rich history. See “Field Trip” page of website for details.  This is an opportunity not to be missed!
  • Catch-up with your colleagues, including NGO, Indigenous and community leaders from Kelowna, meet new contacts and hear from some special guests at the Opening reception at the Manteo Resort.
  • Get a sneak preview of a ground-breaking study of the climate mitigation potential of natural climate solutions in Canada. This two-year, peer-reviewed study, led by Nature United in partnership with scientists from 16 institutions, is due to be published in summer 2020. 
  • Learn about being in right relationships with Indigenous peoples and communities through four spheres of your personal and professional influence in a reflective workshop led by Kris Archie of The Circle on Philanthropy and Aboriginal Peoples in Canada.
  • Consider how we can ensure a transition to a low carbon future with panel discussions exploring policy, community economic development, the Green New Deal and more. Merran Smith, Clean Energy Canada, has been confirmed as one of the panelists.
  • Learn about how technology can be a critical tool in advancing environmental conservation and sustainability through a new thoughtleader report commissioned by Environment Funders Canada.  Ed Whittingham, Academy for Sustainable Innovation, has been confirmed as the moderator for this session.
  • Join a plenary panel focusing on the vital role played by Indigenous Guardians. Valerie Courtois, Indigenous Leadership Initiative, has been confirmed as a panelist and representatives of regional Indigenous Guardians’ program are currently being confirmed to join the panel.
  • Kris Archie, The Circle on Philanthropy and Aboriginal Peoples in Canada, will also lead a session on UNDRIP and B.C.Speakers are being confirmed.
  • Watch a compelling short documentary on cattle, grasslands and climate change and hear from a panel of experts about the importance of agriculture in sustaining a healthy environment.
  • Hear from foundation colleagues about how they are decolonizing grantmaking and using their investments to accelerate impact.
  • Explore the latest issues during breakfast conversations with your colleagues.  Have something you want to discuss? Want to host a table?  Please let us know!

All this and more are in store in Kelowna!  Please watch this website for updates!  We look forward to seeing you there!

The Early Bird Deadline for conference registrations is April 17th.