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Environmental Leadership in a Culturally Diverse Region: A Canada/US Workshop, Sustainability Network

Woodview, Ontario
November 2-3, 2017

Viamede Resort (two hours north of Toronto)

There is a growing awareness in the Great Lakes region about the need to create success on clean water quality, policy and community health by linking our strategies and approaches to engagement and action with the full range people of our communities.  Across the Great Lakes region, there is a growing interest in deepening a conversation about water that includes communities of color, indigenous communities and white communities.
Economic Literacy for a Green Economy

Water requires collaboration across difference of identity and interests. Our inability to work effectively across these differences gets in the way of our goals of clean and abundant water for all.

To support leadership and new organizational strategies for water, ICL and Sustainability Network have organized a two-day workshop that will weave together leadership skills and facilitate learning together on diversity, equity and inclusion.
The workshop will seek to:

  • Create a community of leaders to support our awareness of each other’s stories of successes and challenges with community engagement and diversity, equity and inclusion,
  • Provide opportunities to share examples that illustrate and help build understanding about helpful frameworks and tools,
  • Strengthen individual’s leadership skills and practices to incorporate diversity, equity and inclusion within strategy, and,
  • Help participating leaders create personal action steps, and inform ICL and Sustainability Network’s emerging program.

The gathering will be facilitated by:

  • Dianne Russell, President, Institute for Conservation Leadership
  • Shakil Choudhury, Founding Partner Anima Leadership
  • Heather Berthoud, Owner Berthoud Consulting and ICL Associate
  • Paul Bubelis, Executive Director, Sustainability Network

One of the highlights of the gathering will be an evening with Dr. Shirley Williams, Professor Emeritus and Elder and key participant in the Great Lakes Water Walk and Sacred Water Circle.

This workshop will also allow us to begin a conversation and get feedback on plans for a long-term learning process with leaders and organizations in the region. By participating, you will also be able to inform us on Everybody’s Business: Engaging All Voices in the Great Lakes for Clean Water -- a new collaborative program Sustainability Network and ICL are developing to achieve organizational transformation on strategy, community engagement and diversity, equity and inclusion. We want to work with a set of 8-10 organizations’ board and staff teams, and equip and empower them to create deep organizational change through Everybody’s Business.


  • $150 (includes accommodation, double occupancy)
  • Single occupancy is $250

For more information or to register, please visit