CEEC’s speakers are leaders at the forefront of the green movement. The passion and expertise that speakers bring to the conference from their respective fields have engaged and inspires future leaders in the sustainability industry. If you are interested in speaking at CEEC 2021, we would love to hear your story. Please get in touch with one of our Speakers Coordinators for more information. Here are last years speakers:
Aaron Barter is the current director of Innovation and Sustainability at Waterfront Toronto. His role primarily entails designing and implementing climate-friendly development plans into urban Toronto neighbourhoods. Aaron graduated from the University of Toronto with a degree in Applied Science and Mechanical Engineering and previously worked at the MaRS Discovery District working towards innovative policies in Ontario’s energy sector.
Jennifer Baichwal is a an award-winning Canadian documentary filmaker, writer and director for over 20 years. Her latest project Anthropocene: The Human Epoch (2018) alongside co-director and husband Nick de Pencier and renowed photographer Edward Burtysnky centers around our current geological epoch and human impact on the natural world. Jennifer has long been an advocate for enviornmental change through her work as a filmaker, a board member of Swim Drink Fish Canada, and her significant contributions to Lake Ontario Waterkeeper.
Nick de Pencier is an award-winning documentary filmmaker, producer, and director of photography. Alongside Jennifer Baichwal, his spouse, he co-directed and filmed Anthropocene: The Human Epoch (2018), produced and filmed Watermark (2013), as well as Manufactured Landscapes: all films centred around the human impact on the systems of the earth. Nick is also a Swim Drink Fish ambassador and a deeply committed environmentalist.
Kirk Johnson has taught in Humber College’s Sustainable Energy and Building Technology and Information Communication Technology programs for the last 5 years. He has over 17 years’ experience designing and managing high-profile project across commercial, institutional, residential and multi-residential markets across Canada.
Robert Smith for the past five years has been Vice President, Consulting for GreenSoil Building Innovation Services (GBIS). A division of the GreenSoil Investments Group, Robert’s role includes finding investible opportunities and providing technical due diligence services in the Cleantech space. Previously, for 18 years Robert led a team of professionals who provided insight and guidance on award-winning sustainable design strategies for Minto’s real estate portfolio.
Rachel Labbé-Bellas is a plastic pollution expert. She has a BSc. in Biology from McGill University and a MSc. in Ecology from UFSC in Brazil. She also worked abroad at the Smithsonian Tropical Research Institute in Panama, and more recently as a Research Associate at Scripps Institution of Oceanography in California.
Sam Demma is a recipient of Contiki’s top 35 under 35 global changemaker award, an alumni of the Starfish Canada top 25 under 25 environmental award, the co-founder of the social enterprise PickWaste, and a 20-year-old youth speaker. He’s been recognized on national news,delivered two TEDx talks, worked with brands such as A&W, spoken alongside Craig Kielburger and has had his speech shared by Ashton Kutcher. Previous Years:
Dr. Edith Callaghan is a Professor of Business Strategy & Sustainability.Through her research, teaching and community service, Dr. Callaghan has been a strong advocate for sustainable development and sustainable food systems.
John Brodhead is Director of Policy and Strategy at Sidewalk Labs and is based in Toronto. John has had a a varied career in government and the not-for-profit sector, most recently serving as Chief of Staff to the Canadian Minister of Indigenous Services. He previously served as Chief of Staff to the Canadian Minister of Infrastructure and Communities, as Executive Director of Evergreen CityWorks, as Deputy Chief of Staff for the Premier of Ontario, and as a Vice President at Metrolinx.
Geoff Cape is the founder and CEO of Evergreen, and has grown the organization to become a nationally recognized leader on urban sustainability with over 160 staff and programs across Canada. Geoff is a member of the board of directors of Sustainable Development Technology Canada. He is a 2015 Fellow for The Rockefeller Foundation Global Fellowship Program on Social Innovation. Geoff has been honoured with the Queen Elizabeth II Golden Jubilee Medal in recognition of “Canadians who have made outstanding and exemplary contributions to their communities or to Canada as a whole.”
Brendal Townsend is an inspiration for all those who care about the ocean. Her relentless dedication to ocean conservation and management is rooted in an appreciation for fragile marine ecosystems.
Ocean Hyland, 21, is a member of Tsleil-Waututh Nation in British Columbia. She took part in the 10,000-person strong resistance against Kinder Morgan’s new oil pipeline to the coast.