Coalition for a Green Economy

Previous Events

Tuesday, May 22

Toronto City Hall,

100 Queen Street West (Queen & Bay)


Stepping Up the 
Environmental Agenda

                       in Food, Housing and Lifestyles



Join the Coalition for a Green Economy as we present a panel discussion on key sectors of the green economy.

FOOD--Mike Schreiner

Mike is an award-winning social entrepreneur who has recently joined Local Flavour Plus as Vice President after 10 years as the co-founder of WOW Foods, a Toronto-based home delivery service for organic food that aims to build a healthy food system by linking consumers with local organic farmers. Mike was also the founder of the LETS Community Shared Agriculture project which worked to link a local organic farm with members in Toronto using a local currency and work share arrangements, as well as the co-founder of Earthdance Organics, an organic food service kitchen and bakery.

HOUSING--Mark Salerno, MRAIC

Mark Salerno is the District Manager, GTA for Canada Mortgage and Housing Corp. (CMHC).  He is responsible for building relationships with housing industry stakeholders and sharing CMHC's varied housing expertise in an effort to foster the creation of sustainable housing and communities.  Prior to joining CMHC, Mr. Salerno taught building science at Seneca College in Toronto and had worked for over ten years as a designer, consultant and project manager on sustainable design projects.  

LIFESTYLES--Cameron Smith

Cameron Smith is the environmental columnist for the Toronto Star. He is a best-selling author, a former managing director of the Globe and Mail, a former lawyer, and for 17 years was an associate member of the International Club of Rome.


Tuesday, March 13

Toronto City Hall, Committee Room 2
100 Queen Street West (Queen & Bay)


A Live Presentation of the slideshow that is changing the world’s mind

An Inconvenient Truth

The planetary emergency of global warming

and what we can do about it


This is a live presentation of Al Gore’s famous slideshow about global warming.  There will be a question and answer session following the presentation.  See why the movie is the 3rd highest grossing documentary ever. 


This live slideshow presentation of An Inconvenient Truth will be narrated by Jim Harris.  Jim Harris is one of North America’s foremost authors and thinkers on leadership and change, working with Fortune 500 companies, associations and government departments. Association magazine ranked him as one of North America’s top speakers. Jim speaks internationally at over 40 conferences a year on leadership, change, CRM, eLearning, future trends, innovation, and creating learning organizations. He also works with executive teams leading strategic planning sessions.  Jim recently completed the Inconvenient Truth training program, as developed by Al Gore, and he will be presenting the slideshow at events across Canada.


An Inconvenient Truth has been raising awareness of the most important scientific and technical issue of our time.  Film critics Roger Ebert and Richard Roeper gave the film “two thumbs up”. Ebert wrote: “In 39 years, I have never written these words in a movie review, but here they are: You owe it to yourself to see this film. If you do not, and you have grandchildren, you should explain to them why you decided not to.”


A presentation of the Coalition for a Green Economy, Grassroots, Sustainable Alternatives Consulting, Today’s Environmental Solutions, and York FES Business and Environment Program.


For details about this showing contact:

Rob Grand, Grassroots –

Michael Berger, Today’s Environmental Solutions –

Or check out


Articles & Links:

An Inconvenient Truth

Stephen Colbert, Special Report: The Convenientest Truth, powerpoint presentation, The Colbert Report,  July 19, 2006 

David Morris, “What Al Gore hasn’t told you about global warming,” AlterNet, Jan. 7, 2007

James Howard Kunstler, Ten Ways to Prepare for a Post-Oil Society,  AlterNet, Feb. 10, 2007

Eco-file Radio Show:  Interview with Guy Dauncey, author Stormy Weather: 101 Solutions to Global Climate Change


Monday, January 29, 2007

Toronto City Hall, Committee Room 2
100 Queen Street West (Queen & Bay)


‘Current’ Affairs and Human Health Impacts:


Cleaning up dirty electricity & running stray current to ground


Barry Fraser, P.Ag. CAC CAFA, a consultant to agri- and rural businesses, speaks to the plight of dairy farmer Lee Montgomery, the youngest ever “Master Breeder” in Canada in 1971. Montgomery, who saw the destruction of his Holstein dairy herd, his farm livelihood and Family Century Farm, is the first farmer in Ontario to have documented issues with stray ground current in both his dairy barn and home. These issues are now being increasingly recognized by professionals like veterinarians, professors, government officials, and electrical engineers as linked with consistent patterns of illnesses and ailments.


Fraser then updates us on the Private Members Bill "Ground Current Pollution Act" proposed by MPP Maria Van Bommel, now past second reading, to address consumer complaints related to stray ground current, and the problems they create for the health of humans and livestock.



Ralph Frederick’s Electronic Shop at Trent University’s provides Technical Support to Professor Magda Havas and her colleagues in the Science department. He demonstrates current flows through soil, to ‘show and tell’ audience members how stray ground current works.


Professor Magda Havas, BSc., Ph.D. is Associate Professor of Environmental & Resource Studies at Trent University. Dr. Havas highlights her research on the biological effects of electromagnetic pollution - including radio frequency radiation, electromagnetic fields, dirty electricity and ground current. Examples will be drawn from her research on sick building syndrome as it relates to dirty electricity in schools, and her work with diabetics and with individuals with multiple sclerosis, tinnitus, chronic fatigue, fibromyalgia and those who are electrically hypersensitive. Dr. Havas served as Member of the CBC (Canadian Broadcasting Corporation) Science and Technology Advisory Committee; a Member of the Ontario Environmental Appeal Board; and is an expert witness in matters dealing with electrical pollution in both Canada and the United States


Essays and Links:

Dirty Electricity and Electrical Hypersensitivity: Five Case Studies

Pure Power Solutions

Dirty Electricity. ca

EMF Safety Superstore: What are EMFs?

Blake Levitt, research



Monday October 23, 2006

BIOGAS Opportunities & Challenges for Ontario


Highlights of the Canadian Biogas Association’s
“Farming for the Future” 2006 Conference at
Trent University
Moderator: Greg Allen

7:30 - 10pm
Toronto City Hall (100 Queen Street West at Bay Street)
Committee Room 1

Dr. Tom C. Hutchinson
Professor of Ecological Agriculture and Pollution Ecology in the Environmental & Resource Studies Program, Trent University. Tom talks about biogas as a farm income augmentation, the viability of various sources, & challenges & opportunities for farmers

Jan Buijk
Sales Manager with GE Energy – Jenbacher Gas Engines, Jan presents info on the European experience and economic performance of biogas fuelled cogeneration technologies, & Ontario market potential

Sponsored by:
Coalition for a Green Economy
Business & the Environment Program, Faculty of Environmental Studies, York University
Grassroots Environmental Products
Today’s Environmental Solutions
Sustainable Alternatives Consulting
Green Enterprise Toronto

For more information, contact:
Michael Berger
(416) 782-4589

Farming for the Future Conference & Workshops
Trent University-Peterborough,
September 15-17, 2006

The Coalition for a Green Economy and our co-sponsors would like to make you aware of the upcoming Farming for the Future 2006 conference & workshops hosted by the Canadian Biogas Association. The conference will include information about: biogas technology, agricultural resources, renewable energy, farm income, rural development, and sustainable communities, and it will be held at Trent University in Peterborough September 15-17, 2006.


The Coalition for a Green Economy has obtained a discounted fee for members: $162 for the entire conference (regular price is $325). The conference’s student rate is $50.  To receive the discounted pricing, please contact the Canadian Biogas Association directly to register and ensure they are aware that you are a member of the Coalition for a Green Economy. The registration form is on For conference questions, email or call 613-845-0329.


The Coalition will do our best to arrange carpooling - for Saturday Sept. 16 only.  Please contact Michael Berger 416-782-4589 if you need transportation (first called, first served) or if you are driving, to advise the numbers of folks you can provide transportation for. Deadline to signup for carpooling is Monday September 4.

The Coalition for a Green Economy Meeting-October, 2006

For those that are unable to attend the Farming for the Future Conference & Workshops, the October meeting for the Coalition for a Green Economy will feature highlights from the conference.


Coalition for a Green Economy-
Business & Environment Program, Faculty of Environmental Studies, York University-
Grassroots Environmental Products-
Today’s Environmental Solutions

Sustainable Alternatives Consulting
Green Enterprise Toronto-

Wednesday June 21, 2006
Toronto City Hall, Committee Room 2
100 Queen Street West (Queen & Bay)

Ontario Farmers Produce Energy and Fuel

How to make the shit hit the fan, produce farm- and enviro-friendly energy, and fuel a controversy at the same time


Moderator:  Jeff Berg
Writer and co-founder Post Carbon
Sustainability issues concerning the depleting oil and natural gas supply


Philip Lynn
Lynn Cattle Farms
12,000 cattle; manure into biogas; supplies farm electricity and surplus to the grid


George Alkalay
Northfield Ventures
Agri and rural cooperative & Community
Enterprise Consulting


Doug Fyfe
General Manager, Lakewind Power Co-op & Countryside Energy Co-op
First Community-based wind farm in North America – 10MW Windshare Project


Rebecca Black
Marketing, Windshare Co-op
Membership Development, Lakewind Power Co-op


Sponsored by:

§         The Coalition for A Green Economy

§         Grassroots Environmental Products

§         Business and Environment Program, York U. FES

§         Green Enterprise Toronto (GET)






Tuesday, May 9, 2006

7:30 – 10 pm

Toronto City Hall, Committee Rm. 2

100 Queen St. West (at Bay St.)



The Coalition, along with Green Enterprise Toronto, Grassroots Environmental Products, & York FES Business & Environment program, presents:

What City Folks Can do to Help Local Farmers



 Wayne Roberts




§   C4GE chair Wayne Roberts, co-author Real Food for a Change

§   Janis Etter, Community Chair, Food Policy Council:

             Local Food & Local Culture

§   Natalie Helferty, Terrestial Ecologist, Natural Heritage Consulting; & Element Village:

            Local Food & Local Ecology

§   Mike Schreiner, VP, Local Flavour Plus;  & Green Enterprise Toronto (GET):

           Supply Chain Strategies for Local Sustainable Food Systems

§   Karen Hutchinson, Caledon Countryside Alliance

          Pro-local Food and Anti-sprawl




7 pm, Thursday, March 30, 2006

OISE Auditorium

Ontario Institute for Studies in Education / U of Toronto

252 Bloor St. W. , Toronto


The Coalition…along with

The Transformative Learning Centre of OISE-UT

Women’s Healthy Environments Network (WHEN)

Business and Environment Program, York University FES

Green Enterprise Toronto (GET)

Toronto Food Policy Council

Grassroots Environmental Products


A Book Launch for ... 


A SAFE AND SUSTAINABLE WORLD:  The Promise of Ecological Design

by Nancy Jack Todd


featuring both Nancy and famous eco-designer/ partner John Todd


The Todds are icons of the green alternatives movement, co-founders of the New Alchemy Institute on Cape Cod in the seventies and the famous “Arkbioshelter on Prince Edward Island.  They went on to found Ocean Arks International and gain worldwide repute for their pioneering efforts in “living machine” (natural wastewater treatment) technology and ecological restoration. 


The Todds’ previous books have been major influences on multiple generations of designers, planners, and activists.  They include  From Eco-Cities to Living Machines: Principles of Ecological Design (1994)  and The Village as Solar Ecology (1980).  They have also published the influential journal Annals of Earth.   


In her new book, Nancy Jack Todd traces their life journey, sharing anecdotes of people who influenced their thinking and work, like Buckminster Fuller and Margaret Mead. In terms of living a ‘green’ life, the Todds have done it all: they’ve grappled with the realities to grow their food, sourced the sun and wind for energy, and created green buildings.


A presentation by the Todds in Toronto is always a major event for the environmental movement.  Don’t miss it. 


More info:

Dorothy Goldin Rosenberg (WHEN)  416-960-4944    <>                

Michael Berger,  Coalition for a Green Economy, 416-782-4589   <>



Tuesday, November 29, 2005

7:30 – 10 pm

Toronto City Hall, Committee Rm. 2

100 Queen St. West (at Bay St.)


The Corporate Sustainability Tipping Point:  How close are we?

We keep hearing about businesses that are changing their ways when it comes to the environment.

Are these stories exceptions, or signs that we’re close to the tipping point?


Few people are as well-qualified to give us a reality check on business trends than Bob Willard, retired IBM Senior Manager.   In the last three years, he has been a speaker at over 160 Sustainability Conferences and Workshops (in Canada, the United States, Brazil, Chile, New Zealand, Belgium, England and India), and is a keen observer of global sustainability momentum trends. Bob is author of: “The Sustainability Advantage” on the business case for sustainability, and “The Next Sustainability Wave” on the drivers of sustainability.


Join Bob and the Coalition for a Green Economy for an open and in-depth discussion on whether Corporate Greening is the coming thing and/or the real thing.



Sponsored by: The Coalition for a Green Economy,

Grassroots Environmental Products

& the Toronto Business Alliance for a Local Living Economy (To BALLE)



Friday, October 28, 2005, 8 pm

The Underground, lower level, York U. Student Centre, York University (next to bus stop)

Free Admission

The Canadian Society for Ecological Economics (CANSEE)

The Coalition for a Green Economy

The Toronto Business Alliance for Local Living Economies (BALLE) &

the York U. FES Business & Environment Program



David Korten,

author, When Corporations Rule the World &

The Post-Corporate World

founding member, BALLE, speaking on


The Great Turning:

From Empire to Earth Community


The global suicide economy is a legacy of 5,000 years of organizing human relationships on the dominator model of Empire. A pathological self-destructive system dynamic is inherent in the defining cultural values and institutional structures of an economic system designed to concentrate economic wealth and power in the hands of the few to the exclusion of the many. Environmental sustainability is impossible without economic justice, which in turn depends on equitable, local ownership that shifts the power of decision from global financial markets to people, families, and communities of place. This shift is possible, but depends on growing a new planetary system of local living economies from the bottom up to bring about economic transformation through a process of displacement and succession. Facilitating factors include the gathering forces of a perfect economic storm of rapidly increasing oil prices, climate change, and global financial imbalance that will result in a dramatic shift in economic incentives from global to local production. As this shift takes place, neoliberal economics will suffer a growing credibility gap. Ecological Economics must be ready to step into the breach.


§         David Korten, “Economies for Life”, Yes! magazine, #23, Fall, 2002

§         Corporate Futures: Sarah Van Gelder interviews Paul Hawken and David Korten, Yes! magazine, Summer 1999

§         People-Centered Development Forum

§         Business Alliance for Local Living Economies (BALLE)



  Plan to attend the entire CANSEE conference:

Canadian Society for Ecological Economics,

October 27-29, 2005, York University, Toronto

Information & Registration at the conference website

(note: the rest of the conference isn’t free)



Wednesday, September 28, 2005

7:30 – 9:30 P.M.

Toronto City Hall  (Committee Rm. 4)

(Queen & Bay) 100 Queen St. W.


The Coalition for a Green Economy, Ontario Sustainable Energy Association,

Conservation Council of Ontario, EnerACT & Grassroots Environmental Products



An Offer We Can’t Refuse:

How Ontario’s “Standard Offer Contract” works & What it will do for

Farmers, the Steel Industry, Energy Security & the Environment


Dr. Keith Stewart               

Toronto Environmental Alliance (TEA) Smog & Climate Change Campaigner

Author of

Hydro: The Decline and Fall of Ontario's Electric Empire


This is your chance to hear about the new contract style pioneered in Europe that will let renewable energy supporters and entrepreneurs play leading roles in the development of new energy sources for Ontario, and that will produce distributed benefits to create employment as well as energy and environmental security.  With a doctorate in the field of environmental policy, Keith Stewart has been at the forefront of promoting new energy policies that are about to be introduced by the Ontario government.   Learn what the breakthrough will mean and how it was won.



For more information, contact:

Rob Grand, Grassroots  (416) 466-2841

or Michael Berger  (416) 782-4589



Thursday, June 16, 2005

7:30 – 10 P.M.

Toronto City Hall, 100 Queen St. W. (at Bay)    FREE !


The Tipping Point:

The business case against nuclear and the business case

for Renewables and Conservation


Ralph Torrie,  President, Torrie Smith Associates


David Martin, Energy Coordinator, Greenpeace Canada


As the Provincial Liberals continue to debate the future of energy production, Ontario businesses and residents are increasingly suspect of the integrity of the electrical supply grid, concerned about the pollution associated with energy production, and anxious about the costs of energy in the future.  Despite a commitment to eliminate coal-fired power production in Ontario, the government has not presented a comprehensive action plan to provide Ontario with a reliable supply of clean power.  The John Manley Report (2004) has recommended that Ontario Power Generation (OPG) should attempt to re-start its Pickering A Unit #1 nuclear reactor as a cost-effective source of base load generation, to bridge the energy supply gap left by a coal phase-out, and to give Ontario more predictable future energy prices.  Is nuclear the answer??


Join the Coalition for a Green Economy and Grassroots as they present creative solutions for the future of energy supply in Ontario. David Martin of Greenpeace and Ralph Torrie of Torrie Smith and Associates will present business cases that outline a sustainable, predictable plan for energy production in Ontario.


Ralph Torrie is the President of Torrie Smith Associates and an internationally recognized expert in the field of energy and sustainable development. The methods and conventions he has developed for the strategic analysis of air emission reduction strategies at the local government level are used throughout the world. He is the co-inventor of software for strategic planning of air pollution and greenhouse gas reduction that has been translated into several languages and is used in more than 300 cities on all five continents. He has been engaged as both a research and advocate for soft energy paths since the late 1970’s, and several of his articles on safe energy futures have been published in Alternatives, dating back to 1977. He works and lectures throughout the world, has numerous publications, and in 2002 was a recipient of the Canadian Environment Silver Award for his work on climate change.


David Martin has 25 years of experience working in the Canadian non-profit sector on environmental and disarmament issues. In particular, he has focused on energy issues, including conservation, renewable technologies, nuclear power and climate change.  He is a graduate of the University of Toronto and has acted as a researcher and policy analyst for environmental groups intervening on energy issues in regulatory hearings before the Ontario Environmental Assessment Board and the Ontario Energy Board.  He served as Research Director for the former Nuclear Awareness Project from 1996 to 2000. He was a policy advisor on energy issues for the Sierra Club of Canada from 2000 to 2004. Since July 2004, Mr. Martin has been Energy Coordinator for Greenpeace Canada.



Thursday April 28, 7:30-10 pm

Toronto City Hall, 100 Queen St. (at Bay), committee room 2

Twin Peaks: Oil Production and Prices (and the implications for pollution, power and soft energy alternatives)

Up-to-date discussion with two of the region’s cutting-edge energy analysts and innovators

§         Dr. Wally Seccombe: Chair of the board of the Everdale Environmental Learning Centre, and an internationally recognized economic analyst of the Canadian and global power elite since the 1960s

§         Greg Allen:  Senior partner with Sustainable Edge, a leading Canadian solar engineer, and winner of a major United Nations and other design awards


Heard the talk about “peak oil” and the massive impact of declining oil reserves on the global economy?  Wondered  what’s behind spreading oil wars, rapidly rising energy prices, and the 2003 Blackout?  Interested to know about ecological alternatives to our brittle (and expensive) fossil-fuel-based energy system?  Does the government’s Kyoto plan measure up to our climate problems? Wally Seccombe and Greg Allen can provide both Big Picture context and green energy solutions.   Don’t miss this opportunity to hear their perspectives and offer your own. 


Co-sponsored by Grassroot Environmental Products and

the Energy Action Council of Toronto (EnerACT)

      (Eneract’s Annual General Meeting is to be held one-hour prior to the presentations at 6:30 pm; and is open to the public and new members)


Associated Links:  

§   Post-Carbon Institute

§   Energy Action Council of Toronto  (Eneract)

§   Sustainable Edge engineering

§   The End of Suburbia documentary film

§    The Long Emergency: What's going to happen as we start running out of cheap gas to guzzle?”, Rolling Stone magazine, March 25, 2005




Thursday March 17, 7 pm

a special St. Patrick’s Day double green event, co-sponsored by the Labour Education Centre, the Coalition for a Green Economy, the OISE-UT Transformative Learning Centre, and the York U. FES Business & Environment program. 

Ontario Institute for Studies in Education (OISE-UT), 252 Bloor St. W.     [above St. George subway]

Rm. 2-211  (211 on 2nd floor)

Green Work, the Labour Movement & the Future of Toronto

with John Cartwright, president, Labour Council of Toronto and York Region.

Though born in Ireland, John Cartwright has more on his mind than green beer this St. Patrick’s Day.  He’s concerned with green work and new possibilities for community enrichment from eco-development.  In his second term as Labour Council president, John hails from the Carpenters union and is a former head of the Building Trades Council, where he was instrumental in advancing green building initiatives.  One of Canada’s most visionary labour leaders, he has a keen understanding of both the job-creation and quality-of-life potentials of eco-development.  A staunch defender of labour and human rights, he is also an outspoken advocate of community development, municipal  democracy and healthy cities.   John will speak on the potential of green alternatives for empowering communities and workers, and challenges for labour in green development. 

Thursday February 24, 2005   7:30pm
Toronto City Hall (Queen & Bay)

Doing Well by Doing Good:

Demonstrating Business Sustainability & Social Responsibility


Bob Willard, author of The Sustainability Advantage,

Kathrin Bohr, Canadian Business for Social Responsibility


Rob Grand, Grassroots Environmental Products

Join the Coalition for a Green Economy as it presents insightful and inspiring examples of how Canada’s business community is embracing the ethics of environmental sustainability & social responsibility.  Speakers will give practical and academic background on the benefits of adopting corporate policies and goals for environmental sustainability and social responsibility.  There will be focus on all levels of business, from the Grassroots to the Ivory Towers. 


Grassroots Environmental Products founder Rob Grand will address the challenges and victories he has encountered in his 10 years as a socially responsible ecopreneur.  Grassroots has been a bellwether business in the City of Toronto, creating a market for innovative, environmentally-responsible goods, services, and information.


Bob Willard is the author of The Sustainability Advantage: Seven Business Case Benefits of a Triple Bottom Line (New Society Publishers, 2002). He is a leading expert on the business value of corporate sustainability strategies and in the last two years has given over 100 keynote presentations to corporations, consultants, academics, and nongovernmental organizations. Bob applies business and leadership development experience from his 34-year career at IBM Canada to engage the business community in proactively avoiding risks and capturing opportunities associated with sustainability issues.

Kathrin Bohr manages the Central and Eastern Canada offices of Canadian Business for Social Responsibility.  Kathrin holds an MBA with a specialization in Sustainability from the Schulich School of Business as well as a BA in History and Political Science from the University of Toronto. She also brings to her position an extensive background in sales and marketing within both the private and public sectors. Kathrin has worked as a consultant for Pannell Kerr Forster and The Economic Planning Group of Canada. In addition, Kathrin has worked in and traveled to over 40 countries around the world and speaks five languages.