Rethinking Prosperity: Government and Business Coming Together

Chrystia Freeland, Author, Thought Leader & Canadian MP

Chrystia Freeland, Canadian MP


The economic system that we have relied on to create prosperity in the past century is beginning to fail us. We are seeing clear signs that our current economic ideology is not guiding us to sustainable prosperity. In fact, the existing system is actively contributing to an unstable climate, resource scarcity, biodiversity loss and a widening gap between the ultra-rich and everyone else.

New panelists include Dr. Blair Feltmate, University of Waterloo, and Doug Miller, CEO of GlobeScan

So we’re asking the tough question: How can we achieve prosperity AND protect our planet?

Who needs to lead the way? Are the answers to be found in corporate business strategies or in government regulation? Or both? Or neither? Is our cultural narrative of what it means to be successful sending us in the wrong direction?

How can business, government and citizens alike work together to change course towards a better future, one that is both prosperous and sustainable? AND, what approaches need to be adopted immediately to ensure that we move QUICKLY in that direction?

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On November 12th TSSS is excited to present a distinguished Panel of Experts from Government, Business and Academia to discuss how business and government can come together not only to better define prosperity but also to develop a plan for how to make it happen.

DATE: Wednesday, November 12, 2014
(registration closes November 10th)
TIME: 4:30-7:30 EST (snacks & networking from 6:45-7:30)
NEW LOCATION: University of Toronto, Banting Institute, 100 College St., Rm 131
TWITTERCHAT: #tssschat from 5:15 – 6:00 PM EST

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During the event we will explore issues related to achieving SUSTAINABLE PROSPERITY:

  • How do we reach those who believe that a successful economy and a protected environment are mutually exclusive?
  • Could government involvement act as a boon for business rather than an impediment to progress?
  • Why are governments in a debt crisis while many large corporations seem to be growing more profitable every day?
  • Why does government seem to have the needed funds to deal with a banking crisis but not a climate crisis?
  • Is the shrinking middle class really an issue or is it just part of our economic evolution?

And we will explore how we might go about creating A NEW WAY FORWARD:

  • How do we change the conversation about what Canadian prosperity looks like?
  • What is the role of the Corporate Sustainability movement in solving these problems?
  • How can companies become more impactful through their government relations channels?
  • How can individuals (e.g. students, activists, business leaders, consumers) more effectively bring their ideas forward?


4:30 – 5:00 pm: Registration, snacks and networking
5:00 – 5:15 pm: Introductions and special announcements
5:15 – 5:50 pm: Panel Presentation with Chrystia Freeland, Blair Feltmate and Doug Miller
5:50 – 6:05 pm: Breakout Session – Small group discussions
6:05: – 6:15 pm: Idea Harvesting from breakout session
6:15 – 6:45 pm: Q and A
6:45 – 7:30 pm: Networking and snacks

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open spaces learningBREAKOUT SESSION:
During the breakout session we will ask the audience to share their ideas on a collaborative Grafitti Wall. The writings and drawings on the wall will then be discussed as a source of inspiration, a blueprint for progress and a call to action.

PlutocratsChrystia Freeland is the federal member of parliament (MP) for Toronto Centre. Prior to her life as an MP, Freeland was a celebrated journalist working for well respected media outlets such as The Financial Times, The Washington Post, The Economist, and Reuters; she also served for two years as deputy editor of Canada’s The Globe and Mail. She is the author of Plutocrats: The Rise of the New Global Super-Rich and the Fall of Everyone Else which was a New York Times bestseller, and also won the 2013 National Business Book Award for the most outstanding Canadian business-related book.

Freeland has appeared on a wide variety of US media outlets including: Real Time with Bill Maher, The McLaughlin Group, The Dylan Ratigan Show, Imus in the Morning, Fareed Zakaria GPS, and The Colbert Report. She is a frequent guest on public radio’s political debate program Left, Right & Center, produced by KCRW. In addition, Freeland was featured on a panel discussion on Tom Ashbrook’s On Point regarding inequality and democracy in the United States. In June 2013 she gave a speech at the TED Talks, speaking on the subjects of economic inequality, plutocracy, globalization and, “the growing gap between the working poor and the increasingly disconnected mega-rich.”

Doug Miller founded GlobeScan in 1987, and has led its expansive growth and its transition to an evidence-based consultancy and engagement firm. The mission of GlobeScan is to unite business and society in envisioning and delivering a sustainable and equitable future for all.

A pioneer of global polling, Doug is also a respected practitioner of stakeholder engagement and collaborative action. Recognized as a leading public affairs specialist, he briefs corporate boardrooms and government leaders around the world. He is also President of the newly launched GlobeScan Foundation.

Dr. Blair Feltmate is Associate Professor, and Director of Sustainability Practice, in the School of Environment, Enterprise and Development (SEED), Faculty of Environment, University of Waterloo. He also Chairs the Climate Change Adaptation Project – Canada. Dr. Feltmate is a key researcher in two areas: identifying the value of sustainable development to specific industries, and establishing a pragmatic climate change adaptation plan for Canada.

He has appeared as an expert in a number of programs including CBC’s DocZone and The Current, and his writings have appeared in national print media including The Globe and Mail, The Toronto Star, and The National Post.


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