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Purposeful Programming for SDG Week Canada

Colorful squares with text describing the schedule of events for SDG Week 2024 at the University of Ottawa.

This March 2024, Telfer and the University of Ottawa will be participating in SDG Week Canada, a national event aimed at raising awareness of the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) across Colleges and Institutes in Canada - SDG Week Canada. This week-long event is organized by CSIID (Centre for Sustainable Impact / pour l’impact durable) a Telfer School of Management Faculty Centre. 

Under the leadership of Professors Daina Mazutis, Sharon O'Sullivan, Darlene Himick, and Sandra Schillo, and in collaboration with the Office of Campus Sustainability and other volunteers across campus, the CSIID is orchestrating a series of workshops, panels, and interactive programming to highlight the SDGs at uOttawa:

Schedule of SDG Week events from March 4th to 8th at the University of Ottawa. Includes SDG info tables on March 4th, CSIID Open House, Mobile Free Store on March 5th, Telfer's Sustainability Circle Workshop and I²Hub Webinar on March 6th, IE Graduate student event 'Sustainable is “Debatable”', Zero Waste Campus Walking Tour, a movie marathon on March 7th, and the official launch of CAN! and Women in Management Network - International Women's Day Celebration on March 8th. Open to students, faculty, staff, and specific community members.

*Note: The SDG week schedule is continuously evolving. See the most up-to-date event details on the CSIID website.         

Monday, March 4

•    9:00 am - 11:00 am (DMS lobby) SDG week starts! All students, faculty, and Staff are invited to participate in SDG week's first activity - Information Tables! Come check out the different events running throughout the week (March 4th - March 8th) and learn more about the different SDG-related campus-wide initiatives run by uOttawa’s Office of Campus Sustainability. We hope to see you there!

•    12:00 pm - 1:00 pm (DMS 7170) CSIID Open House: Ask us anything! Calling all faculty, staff, and students at the University of Ottawa! Are you curious to learn more about how Telfer is integrating the SDGs into their teaching, research, and outreach activities? Do you want to learn more about our commitment to the United Nations’ Principles of Responsible Management Education (PRME)?  Come visit the CSIID team today for a 'Lunch and Learn' open house, where we will be answering any questions that you may have about Telfer’s ‘Greener” Pillar. Pizza will be served, see you there!

Tuesday, March 7

 •  10:00 am - 2:00 pm (DMS Lobby) Mobile 'Free Store': Open to the public, this event, organized in partnership with the Sustainability Office, offers a unique opportunity for everyone at uOttawa to participate in a sustainable exchange of goods. Aimed at promoting a circular economy, attendees are encouraged to bring and take items in a communal sharing initiative. Join us to support sustainability efforts and contribute towards reducing waste through reuse and recycling.

Wednesday, March 6

   •    10:00 am - 11:00 am (DMS 7170) Telfer’s Sustainability Circle Series Workshop: Join us for the inaugural event of the Sustainability Circle Series: the Igniting Change Workshop. This interactive workshop marks the beginning of a collaborative journey towards a greener future. Don't miss this opportunity to be part of the conversation and shape the sustainable agenda at Telfer and beyond. Snacks and coffee will be served to accompany our discussion. Register now to secure your spot! Open to staff, faculty, and students actively involved in our community.

•    1:00 pm - 2:30 pm (Webinar; Online), ISSP Inclusive Innovation Speaker Series: Dan Breznitz: This talk is brought to uOttawa's faculty and graduate students by the ISSP (Institute for Science, Society, and Policy), in collaboration with the I2Hub (Inclusive Innovation Hub). Abstract (of discussion): Speaker: Dan Breznitz It is clear that innovation and inequality are salient questions to both business and political leaders. 

•    4:00 pm - 5:30 pm (DMS 7170) ‘Sustainable is Debatable’: Are you a Graduate Student at the University of Ottawa? Are you interested in discussing Sustainability? Join us for fun games and a lively discussion as we deep dive into what it means to be sustainable and how our choices can impact our world. Chances to win prizes (everyone wins!) And snacks will be served.

Thursday, March 7

•    10:00 am - 11:00 am (DMS Lobby) Zero Waste Campus Walking Tour: Calling all University of Ottawa Students... Have you ever wondered what our campus does to remain sustainable? Now is your chance to find out - Join us on a ONE-HOUR uOttawa Campus 'Zero Waste Walking Tour led by Holly Gordon – Senior Sustainability Officer.  See you all there!

•    11:00 am - 3:00 pm (DMS 7170) Pick-a-Movie Marathon: Pick-a-Movie Marathon is an in-person SDG event, open to all uOttawa students! Let's get watching! Get ready to immerse yourself in an array of thought-provoking and inspiring films focused on sustainability and global issues. Whether you're passionate about environmental conservation, social justice, or business sustainability, there's a movie for everyone. (The Interface Carpet Story, 2040, L’Or du golf, La glace et le ciel, La terre vue du Coeur, Anthropocene, This Changes Everything, The True Cost, Manufactured Landscapes, and many more).

•    12:00 pm - 12:45 pm (Online) Official Launch of CAN! (Climate Action Now) Research and Action Partnership: The launch event of CAN! (Climate Action Now) will mark a pivotal moment in our commitment to combating climate change and promoting sustainability.  The CAN! partnership is designed as an industry-led, community-involved, digitally enabled initiative with the goal of accelerating and scaling climate action, beginning with the food system. CAN! starts from the premise that technological and policy developments are necessary, yet not sufficient to achieve the desired outcomes.  We emphasize the importance of business and human considerations, including health, food security, equity, and social outcomes, in systems transformations and start from two entry points to catalyze climate action: 1) social sciences knowledge related to innovation, management practices, new economic models, and engagement of business ecosystem actors, and 2) digital capacity, including AI, data interoperability, and digital communications. Join the launch!

Friday, March 8

•    8:00 am - 10:00 am (DMS 4101) Women in Management Network - International Women's Day Celebration: This special event, hosted by the Women in Management student club, features keynote speaker Olivia Villalta, a Telfer Alum and co-founder of Gift Better Co. Celebrate International Women's Day with us through an inspiring talk that connects personal entrepreneurship journeys with the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). Participants are encouraged to bring a non-perishable food item or a gently used piece of clothing for donation to the Food Bank or Free Store. Don’t miss this opportunity to engage, inspire, and make a tangible difference. Register now to be part of this empowering morning