LSF Annual Gala


On Thursday, June 14, 2018 Learning for a Sustainable Future (LSF), with support from 3M Canada, hosted our 16th Annual State of Education for Sustainable Development Gala at the Arcadian Loft in Toronto. Over 90 business and community leaders, educators, students, LSF Board members and staff joined together to celebrate a year of achievements in education for sustainable development. This year's Gala focused on the scope and complexity of climate change and how the energy, creativity and power of youth can help us take on this challenge.  All proceeds from the Gala will help support LSF in "empowering our children to change the world". Thank you to our partners, sponsors and sustainability champions for your support! 

Gala guests

LSF Chair Susan Langley provides a welcoming address to gala guests

LSF President and CEO Pamela Schwartzberg welcomes guests and shares a short video on LSF:

Hon. Elizabeth Dowdeswell

The Honourable Elizabeth Dowdeswell addressing gala guests

Jason Grouette, Executive Sponsor for Sustainability at 3M Canada and Director of 3M’s Energy and Electronics Business welcomes guests and shares 3M's commitment to sustainability 

George Marshall - Climate Outreach

George Marshall, Co-Founder of Climate Outreach  in the UK  shares his findings on communicating climate change.  “It’s is important to allow for conversations for students to discuss climate change...We need to provide youth with the space to talk and ask questions!” 

High school student & climate activist Niara Van Gaalen speaking to Gala guests: “We are in this together on a little planet called earth...Opposition is powerful and apathy is rampant..& both young and old must contribute to finding a solution"

Guelph's Kortright Hills Public School grade 6 students Sara & Jessie and their teacher Cathy Dykstra share their sustainability journey and action projects, including attending the Ecoleague Youth Forum, hosting a vegan bake sale, becoming a bee friendly school, and initiating a water action project (Click to view presentation)

Susan Langley, Chair of LSF presents Kortright Hills Public School with the First Place Award for the LSF's Jack Layton Award for Youth Action in Sustainability

Giuliana Minardi, LSF Board Member and Senior Vice President, Operational Risk, Group Risk Management, RBC Capital Markets, talks about RBC's commitment to LSF and Our Canada Project through their Future Launch program. She introduces the following video from Mission Secondary School in Kelowna, British Columbia where students, Angelica, Lauren, Skye and Summer introduce their Mission Roots Cafe project:

Giuliana then surprises the students by announcing that they are the winners of the 2017-2018 LSF-RBC Our Canada Project Award! (Click to view presentation)

Staff and students from Espanola High School showcases their amazing EcoLeague Project below. Thank you Domtar for your support of the project:

Thank you to our sponsor, 3M Canada, and our generous supporters, BMO Financial Group, RBC, Glencore, Bullfrog Power, Compass Group and Elementary Teachers' Federation of Ontario for making this event possible:

For further information please contact Elaine at or call 1 877 250 8202 or 416 327 2032.

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