I had the honour to spend Wednesday with leaders from across Canada.
What brought us together was a commitment to advancing sustainability in our country. The Clean50 Summit honours outstanding contributors to sustainable development and clean capitalism in Canada.
I was impressed by the diversity of people in the room. They came from large corporations – like Hewlett Packard and Costco – and small start-up CleanTech enterprises. There were people from social enterprises, industry associations, government, academia and non-profit organizations.
There are now 200 alumni of the Clean50.
I was also impressed with the depth and scale of the sustainability work being undertaken by the Clean50.
The business case for practicing sustainability is being well established by this group. The savings to the bottom line of bold programs to reduce waste (some achieving zero waste in their initiatives) and reduce water and energy consumption and green house gas emissions was nothing short of jaw dropping.
That was why I was there. Our city pitches in this league. I was very proud how well known Guelph is as a leader in smart sustainable city building.
While we build a more prosperous, green and caring community together, we are making a contribution to building a more sustainable country. I have always known this but it was great to have it confirmed with such clarity yesterday.