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Past Events:

World Game: Resilience in a Complex System
Wednesday, July 23rd, 2014, 2-5:30 pm
OCAD University, 100 McCaul St, Toronto
Provocateur and facilitator: Tony Hodgson
Followed by a Hub Event at 6 pm
Location: Sin & Redemption Bar, 136 McCaul St

Mitigating & Adapting to Change
Thursday, June 5th, 2014, doors open at 6:00PM
Patagonia, 500 King St West, Toronto

  • Harris Switzman – Project Manager, Climate Change Adaptation, TRCA & Secretariat, Ontario Climate Consortium
  • Mariko Uda – Sessional Instructor in Civil Engineering at University of Toronto and
    Environmental researcher

Communicating Change – Adapting to a Changing World Series
Wednesday, 9 April 2014, 6:00 to 9:00PM
35 George St
Provocateur: David Manly, Freelance Science Journalist

Learning Lab on H2O & Energy
On the Grid: Mapping Levers of Change
Tuesday, July 23. 6 PM to 9 PM (ET)
Bento Miso Co-Working Space (1st floor)

  • Melanie Gorka, Founder, Commons 11; Water Voices; and host of RHoK (Random Hacks of Kindness) hackathons
  • Satsuko VanAntwerp, Manager, Social Innovation Generation, SiG@MaRS

Purpose: Our last Learning Lab event for this season! A final deep dialogue and systems-thinking gathering around the emerging innovative projects & opportunities in Ontario’s sustainable water & energy future:

  • How can the 2-loops of change model help us explain the trajectory of change for the water-energy nexus?
  • How can we explore the power of connecting emerging projects and building community, to support moving the needle on social innovation around water & energy?

Experiment Jam – Taking a new idea out for a test!
Thursday, June 13. 6 PM to 8 PM (ET)
Network Orange, Thompson Block (2nd floor)

A Walk on H2O & Joules: Exploring the Connection in Toronto’s Landscape
Partnering with Lost Rivers
Saturday, April 20. 2 PM – 4 PM
Location: Starting at southwest corner of Yonge St & Richmond St
Provocateur: Helen Mills, founder of Lost River Walks
Purpose: it’s about time we get some fresh air! In partnership with Lost Rivers, we will go for a walk like no other, to physically explore the secret life of water in the city and its intersection with energy. We will revisit sites and images of the past exhibiting the dramatic changes that transformed Ontario into Canada’s industrial “powerhouse”.


Bioenergy: Blessing or Curse?
An evening of exploratory dialogue
Canada Water Week
Tuesday, Mar 19. 6 PM to 9 PM (ET)
iQ Office Suites, 140 Yonge St
Provocateur: Jon Dwyer, CEO Flax Energy
Purpose: To delve deeper into exploring forms of alternative and ‘green’ energy. A shift from understanding the function of Biofuels to looking at the amount of embedded (virtual) water used in their production. How do they impact water (and food) security and where? Where does Canada stand on the use of this form of alternative energy? What other possibilities are available or are yet to be imagined?

Exploring Complexity & Innovative Leadership Around Water & Energy in Ontario
Day 1 : Friday, Jan 25. 6:30 PM to 7:30 PM (ET)
Waterlution presents – Water Theatre
Location: No One Writes to the Colonel Pub, 460 College St, Toronto
Water Theatre’s Evening of Storytelling is part of Waterlution’s mandate to open up creative spaces for sharing Water Stories. Part sharing, part entertainment, part experience. Bring a friend and join us!

Day 2: Saturday, Jan. 26. 10 AM to 3 PM (ET)
Deep Dialogue and Systems-Thinking Gathering
Getting Creative: Understanding Complexity, Rethinking the System
Location:  Ralph Thornton Centre- Auditorium, 765 Queen St E, Toronto

  • Zarah Ebrahim- Principal at ArchiTEXT
  • Karen Kun- Founder & Executive Director of Waterlution
  • Brittany Luby- Anishinaabe from Treat#3 Dustrict, Phd Candidate in History Department at York University
  • Marilyn Hamilton – Founder of Integral City Meshworks Inc., Creator of City 2.0 Conference
  • Adam Giambrone – Former,  Vice-Chair Public Works & Infrastructure Committee & Toronto City Councillor

Through a World Cafe and a Pro-Action Cafe, we will bring knowledge from policy, design and systems thinking to trigger new ways of understanding and solving the inherent complex relationship between water and energy. An opportunity to dive into deeper dialogue in a multi-stakeholder setting.


A Special Holiday Skating & Mingling Event
A Waterlution Holiday Hub in Partnership with Blue Drinks
Thursday, Dec 6 (6 PM to 8 PM) (ET)
Nathan Phillips Ice Skating Rink and Duke of Richmond Pub
Purpose: Bringing the Toronto water community together! Join us for ice skating and Waterlution will provide hot chocolate. Then we will be heading to Duke of Richmond pub for drinks and mingling.


Powering the Change: New Models to doing Business
A creative strategic foresight gathering
Tuesday, Nov 6. 6 PM to 9 PM (ET)
Network Orange Cafe, Yonge and Dundas

  • Mark Powell – Water Power Group
  • Jennifer Taves – Partners in Project Green

Purpose: A focus on co-creating a vision for our ideal common water & energy future through a scenario-building exercise. This will be done in collaboration with industry representatives, who will join our young professionals, experts, and interested public. The dialogue will be centred around corporate approaches to responsibility. What changes do we want to see by 2022?


Leading Our Future: Exploring Gaps in Water & Energy
Tuesday, Sept 18. 6 PM to 9 PM (ET)
CSI Annex, 720 Bathurst St. – ING Direct Presentation Room
Provocateur: Peter Love, formerly Ontario’s first Chief Energy Conservation Officer
Play for learning specialists: 21Toys
Artist: Rythmic by Nature
Purpose: To reconnect with the community, explore the bigger picture in the Water & Energy sector and to investigate the challenges and opportunities that lay ahead- a process of laying the foundations for the Learning Lab Series of Hub events this year.


– Season 1 – Exploring H2O Leadership Across Multi-Sectors
Summer Picnic Potluck
Tuesday, July 31. 6 PM to 9 PM (ET)
HTO Park, 339 Queen’s Quay W (Queen’s Quay W and Rees St)


Active Hope: Talk by Joanna Macy
Thursday June 21. 6 PM to 9 PM (ET)
OISE, University of Toronto
Organized by The Inner Garden
* Tickets are $15 in advance through the Waterlution Toronto Hub.
$25 at the door


Artful Waters: Igniting Creativity for Change
Season-end Celebration!
Monday June 4. 6:30 PM to 8:30 PM (ET)
YMCA of Greater Toronto Greenroof – 20 Grosvenor St.. Toronto, ON
Performances by: Ryan Janzen, Hydraulophone; Georgia Simms, Dancer, Evalyn Parry, Award-winning Poet and a host of creators and inspirators!


What’s in a Word? Shaping a New Culture of Water Discourse
Monday, May 14.  6:30 PM to 8:30 PM (ET)
Network Orange. Toronto, ON
Provocateur: Mary Jane Braide, MJ Braide Corporate Development
Resource Guests:

  • Karen Lefave, author of Nemescene;
  • Paul Baines, Great Lakes Story Mapping


CSR for the Bluer Good: Are We Moving Fast Enough Towards a Sustainable Society?
Monday, April 30. 6:30 PM to 8:30 PM (ET)
Patagonia, Toronto, ON

  • Lynn Paterson, RBC
  • Andrea Reekes, Patagonia

Visual Facilitator: Patricia Kambitch


Drinking Your Dinner: Virtual Water in Food Systems
Monday, April 16. 6:30 PM to 8:30 PM (ET)
Beit Zatoun, Toronto, ON

  • Ran Hersh, Fresh City Farms;
  • Hayley Lapalme, My Sustainable Canada;
  • Dr. Brad Bass

Musician: Ashkon, More Than Breathing


Where to Next? Sizing Tourism‘s Water Footprint
Monday, Mar 19 2012. 6:30 PM to 8:30 PM (ET)
Beit Zatoun. Toronto, ON
Provocateur: Rachel Dodds, Sustaining Tourism
Special Guests: Rob Berry, City of Toronto; Kelly Galasky, Planeterra; Lindsay Telfer, Canada Water Week; Brett Rogers, Filmmaker


Water & Our World: Climate Change, Can We Change?
Monday, Feb 6 2012. 6:30 PM to 8:30 PM (ET)
Beit Zatoun. Toronto, ON

  • Dr Atif Kubursi, Economics Prof at McMaster;
  • Andrew Dansie, UNU-INWEH;
  • Jason & Blaine Van Bruggen (New Media Activists)


Flowing from the Source: Managing Personal Resources
Monday, Jan 16 2012. 6:30 PM to 8:30 PM (ET)
Loft 404. Toronto, ON

  • Zahra Ebrahim, ArchiText;
  • Eric Rosenberg, A Life Well Spent


Watering our Imagination: Exploring Opportunities for Social Innovation
Monday, Nov 28 2011. 6:30 PM to 8:30 PM (ET)
Network Orange. Toronto, ON
Provocateurs: Josh Clark, C&M Aquatics
Theatre Facilitator: Naomi Tessler, Branch Out


Water and the City: Mobilizing Leaders
Thursday, Nov 3 2011. 6:00 PM to 9:00 PM (ET)
The Richmond. Toronto, ON
Provocateur: Michael D’Andrea, Totonto Water