Water & Growth: Exploring Prosperity, Protection and Paradox along the Niagara Escarpment

Location: 
Milton, Ontario
Date: 
October 28, 2011 - October 30, 2011
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Workshop Overview: 

The relationship between economic growth and ecosystem protection is highly visible in the Halton Region, home to part of the Niagara Escarpment, a UNESCO World Biosphere Reserve. This area has great value in terms of its wealth of biodiversity, resources and its role in recharging source water aquifers. As communities and industries flourish, water resources are stressed and stakeholder livelihoods threatened. How do we balance the needs of the ecosystem with the needs of a growing population? The paradox of watershed protection and growth will be explored during this three-day residential workshop for young Canadian leaders.

We invite young leaders, between the ages of 18-35, living in Ontario and representing all sectors - industry, environment, Aboriginal communities, government, non-profit, agriculture, academic, artistic and social innovation, etc. - who want to practice leadership that builds on collective creativity, diversity and intelligence towards a balanced conversation around water and growth in Ontario.

Throughout the workshop, resource guests (workshop mentors who are experts working on water issues in a variety of contexts and sectors, within the Halton region) from a range of sectors will introduce participants to a number of themes including watershed protection, resource management, Aboriginal perspectives, stakeholder relations, community engagement and public policy – with the aim of a balanced overview of how diverse groups can work together to manage economic growth and ecosystem protection. Don’t miss this opportunity to meet local organizations and individuals leading the way in sustainable development and peers who are ready to join you as tomorrow’s smart decision makers!

Download the full invitation for lots more info, above!

Contact workshop facilitators Selina Young (selina@waterlution.org) or Georgia Simms (georgia@waterlution.org) with questions.

Workshop applications have now closed. If you believe you are a great candidate and would like to attend, please contact the facilitators directly (emails above).

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