Sep 27, 2009
At the close of the conference today, Kathy Bardswick, President and CEO of The Co-operators announced the creation of a
"These remarkable young people from a diversity of backgrounds have worked hard to develop some great ideas," Bardswick said. "They've demonstrated the type of vision, drive and commitment that could change the world for future generations. What they might not have is the financial means to implement their ideas. The Impact Fund will help them do just that, so they can make a real impact on their campuses, in their communities, and across the country."
Recommendations were developed for the following sectors: energy production; food systems; hospitality and tourism; information and communication technologies; insurance and financial services; manufacturing; municipal public services; and retail. They are being compiled by the Network for Business Sustainability into a report that will be published on the conference website, www.impactyouthsustainability.ca.
More than 900 students applied to the conference. Participants were chosen from a variety of fields of study, perspectives and geography to ensure a diverse and multi-disciplinary approach. Prior to coming together at the host University of Guelph, each student completed approximately twenty-five hours of study.
The conference included two inspirational keynote addresses.
Other speakers included experts in community engagement, networking and activism, poverty, ethics, government and the media relations, innovation and leadership, and people management. More information on the roster of experts can be found at www.impactyouthsustainability.ca.
Partnering with The Co-operators were the Network for Business Sustainability, AIESEC, the