Global Sustainability Megatrends

Valuing Nature: The Business Case and Innovative Methods for Eco-Asset Management

A growing group of business, community, and organizational leaders now recognize that protecting, enhancing, and restoring natural capital is essential to business success, sustainable economies, and high quality of life. This session will showcase leading strategies for optimizing the value of natural capital, and will spotlight how business decisions impact natural capital assets and, in turn, organizations and stakeholders. Emerge with a compelling, up-to-date understanding of the links between natural capital protection and the bottom line. 

Food Security and Innovation: Scaling up to Meet the Challenge

By 2050, the world’s population will crest nine billion—a 34 percent increase over today’s total. Five years ago, the UN Food and Agriculture Organization predicted that humans will by then need to produce 70 percent more food than we do today. This past year alone, investors moved some USD $2.06 billion into agricultural technology start-ups. These numbers will continue to grow. This session will explore the role of emerging agricultural technologies and small scale start-ups in scaling up food solutions to feed the world.

Water Integrity: Infrastructure & Innovation

This session brings a solutions-oriented outlook on water security trends to ensure access to water and catalyze economic growth. Join leading experts to learn how investment, emerging models of delegated water governance, innovation and technology deployment are scaling solutions and addressing water scarcity.  Take away key insights on how cross sector partnerships create opportunities for sustainable business and effectively conserve, manage, and distribute this vital resource. 

Industrial Revolution 4.0: How Waste Prevention Can Boost the Bottom Line and Drive Circular Economy Innovation

Preventing waste is one of humanity’s most urgent issues, but also a powerful lever for change – with significant benefits for businesses, governments and citizens striving to boost sustainability and achieve ambitious climate goals.  By convening coalitions of problem-solvers – policy-makers, business leaders, entrepreneurs, inventors and designers –  and rethinking our products and processes with waste prevention in mind, we can scale up innovative solutions in pursuit of a circular economy where materials and resources are kept in use for as long as possible and concepts such as durability, disassembly and sharing really count.
Join Canada's National Zero Waste Council to hear how waste prevention can power innovation and a reinvigorated economy in Canada and beyond.