Annual ESD Gala 2009


On Thursday, June 4th, 2009, RBC hosted Learning for a Sustainable Future’s 8th Annual State of Education for Sustainable Development Symposium and Dinner in the Corporate Dinning Room of the Royal Bank Plaza. Sixty business and community leaders joined together to learn how Canada is responding to the United Nations Decade of Education for Sustainable Development, and the role Learning for a Sustainable Future (LSF) is playing in leading this important work in Canada.

SHARI AUSTIN, VP Corporate Citizenship at RBC welcomed guests on behalf of RBC and presented David Bell, Chair of LSF and Pamela Schwartzberg, Executive Director of LSF with a limited edition print recognizing LSF as a Blue Water Project Inaugural Leadership Grant Recipient.

2009 Dinner Print Picture

DAVID BELL, Chair of LSF spoke about the current economic crisis and the need to create a greener, more sustainable, Canadian economy. Education for Sustainable Development (ESD) was positioned as the response to providing our youth with the interdisciplinary knowledge, skills and values needed to steer our complex world towards a more sustainable future.  He showcased Canada’s leadership in responding to ESD and LSF’s role in supporting this important work. Download David's Presentation

DOUG MILLER, Chairman, GlobeScan presented the keynote address entitled “Canada’s Place in a Sustainable World”.  He presented polling data outlining the importance Canadians have placed on environment and sustainable development over the past 10 years. In concluding, he presented “the educating moments to advance sustainability”. Download Doug's Presentation

Doug Miller

The highlight of the evening was a presentation from three high school students who have been impacted by LSF programs. 

STEPHEN, a co-op student from Stephen Lewis Secondary School, shared with participants the skills and knowledge he acquired while undertaking activities with LSF during his semester placement.

AMAR AND MUDITA, business students from Scarlett Heights Entrepreneurial Academy, and their teacher SHALINA KHANNA, shared a video of their Project Flow action project.


The Symposium and dinner were delivered sustainably with carbon offsets purchased for travel by participants, green power for the event donated by Bull Frog Power, and a beautiful dinner of local food and wine served by RBC.

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