Much like October, November is shaping up to be another exciting month of activity at ASI. In this edition of our newsletter are excited to bring you an interview with ASI Co-Founder and Strategic Advisor, Ed Whittingham, where he dives into ASI’s history and current contributions to the Canadian climate action landscape. We also bring news from one of our clients, QuadReal Property Group, who has recently announced their commitment to reach net zero across their entire portfolio by 2050.

With the kick-off of the Introduction to Transition Leadership course happening this week, we are happy to announce our next course – Collaborative Leadership for Climate Action, set to start on March 27th, 2023. Learn more below.

Our CEO Tamara Connell is excited to travel to Calgary this month to join the Suncor Energy Foundation’s “The Gathering”, their first in-person event since the pandemic started. Find out more about the big event below. And finally, you do not want to miss the opportunities to get involved with Leading Change, GLOBE and Student Energy! Read on!

5 questions with Ed Whittingham, ASI Co-Founder

We interviewed Ed Whittingham, ASI’s Co-Founder and Strategic Advisor about both the history of ASI and the trends most affecting climate action in Canada. Ed shared with us the differences he has seen in the Canadian climate space throughout the past few years and how he believes that “organizations can’t succeed without a strategy around social justice, equity, diversity and inclusion, Indigenous reconciliation, and climate change”.

Read this and more about Ed’s reflections here.

A Big Win For Decarbonization

With a diverse real estate portfolio, QuadReal Property Group recently announced their commitment to reach net zero across their entire portfolio by 2050. We caught up with the QuadReal team to reflect on their commitments and path forward. We also asked them to share what it was like to work with ASI, and a few of the key outcomes of our collaboration together.

Learn more.

ASI’s New Course: Collaborative Leadership for Climate Action

From March 27 to April 23, 2023 ASI will run the Collaborative Leadership for Climate Action online course. Participants will have the opportunity to learn and practice collaborative models for engaging networks, groups, and teams to support climate action. This course will be hosted at Royal Roads University, and this course can be used towards the completion of the Climate Adaptation Fundamentals Micro-Credential. 

To learn more, click here.

Winter Blooms: Finding Growth In Challenging Conditions

In their role as systems convener, the Suncor Energy Foundation – a long time supporter of ASI – will be hosting its first in-person gathering since the pandemic began. They’ve titled the event “Winter Blooms: Finding Growth in Challenging Conditions”, which feels like the perfect name for our energy and momentum right now. 

Our CEO, Tamara Connell will be attending this event in Calgary Nov. 30-Dec 2 and is looking forward to connecting with other social purpose leaders from a variety of sectors and disciplines. The stated invitation is to join big conversations and exchange ideas, and to  “help to change the way we think and act – at Suncor and elsewhere – toward a more just economy and society”. We are looking forward to attending and we thank the Suncor Energy Foundation for their generous support in making this event accessible.

Opportunities to engage…

There are a lot of opportunities to engage in events and conferences during the next few months and learn more about climate transition:

  • If you’re between the ages of 18 – 35, make sure to contribute to the Energy Transition Skills Project led by Student Energy!
  • Delegate applications are now open for LEADINGxCHANGE, happening in Toronto from Feb. 27-Mar. 1, 2023.
  • Early Bird registration is now open for GLOBExCHANGE, happening in Toronto from Feb. 27–Mar. 1, 2023.
  • Congratulations to the Corporate Knights’ latest Top 30 Under 30 Sustainability Leaders. Meet them here.