The 2011 What’s Worth Knowing: Health and the Environment Symposium mobilized knowledge about the links between health, the economy and the environment while positioning education as a vehicle for continuously improving the lives of citizens. Key areas of inquiry included health issues pertaining to toxins, food, air quality, technology and social inequality. This event culminated in recommendations for curriculum and education policy development. These recommendations will be detailed in a white paper that will be released in early 2012.

The 2011 What’s Worth Knowing: Health and the Environment Symposium was held on November 16, 2011 in Toronto at the BMO Institute for Learning.

White Paper

Download the executive summary and the full report of the White Paper for the 2011 What’s Worth Knowing: Health and the Environment Symposium.

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Dr. Harvey Skinner, Dean of the Faculty of Health at York University speaks about sustainability in health care.


Eli Bamfo from the Compass Group speaks about healthy choices in school food programs.

LSF Board Member Susan Langley from the Canadian Teachers' Federation leads a facilitation session.

LSF Board Member and UNESCO Chair, Chuck Hopkins; LSF Executive Director, Pamela Schwartzberg and LSF Board Member and York University Adjunct Professor, Gerry Connelly present Deputy Minister of Manitoba Education, Gerald Farthing with the SEdA Award.

Background Paper

Education not only secures positive health outcomes by influencing lifestyle choices and understanding of health issues, it also yields substantial socio-economic benefits for citizens and their communities. Click here to read the background paper for more findings.


Don Drummond Matthews Fellow and Distinguished Visiting Scholar in the School of Policy Studies at Queen’s University

Diana McKayDirector of Education, Health and Immigration Programs at the Conference Board of Canada (presentation slides)

Ross Munro - President of Chartwells a Division of Compass Group Canada

Bruce Lourie - President of Ivey Foundation and best selling author of Slow Death by Rubber Duck: How the Toxic Chemistry of Perfect rolex Everyday Life Affects Our Health

Harvey SkinnerDean of the Faculty of Health at York University

Bill Kilburn - Project Manager, Back to Nature Network (presentation slides)

Dr. Arlene King - Chief Medical Officer of Health, Ontario Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care (presentation slides)

Gerald Farthing Deputy Minister, Manitoba Education 

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