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MaRS Global Leadership: Greening Cities, Healthy Planet

MaRS Discovery District

Monday, September 14, 2015 from 5:30 PM to 7:00 PM (EDT)

MaRS Global Leadership: Greening Cities, Healthy Planet

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Greening Cities, Healthy Planet: Strategies that work, opportunities for change

Evergreen has evolved dramatically over the past 25 years with a series of projects and programs that have enabled strategic leaps—more often than not—forward.

It has been a wild ride for Evergreen, growing from a simple idea into an institutional leader on subjects ranging from restoration ecology and the design of children's learning environments, to transit planning and lane way housing.

Evergreen focuses on innovations related to sustainability and cities and a series of complex problems that involve multiple stakeholders. They don't look for the hardest problems to solve, they look for ideas that are stuck—but ready to move. Over the years Evergreen has defined itself a convener and a change agent. 

With a focus on the future, Geoff Cape, CEO of Evergreen, will present a reflection on the past 25 years of work led by Evergreen and a look to the future on where the organization may go in the years ahead. 


Speaker: Geoff Cape, CEO, Evergreen 

As the founder of Evergreen, Geoff has been its CEO since 1990. Evergreen has grown to include over 150 staff and offices in Toronto and Vancouver, with a collection of programs focused on action and sustainable cities. With a focus on strategy, campaign building and cross-sector collaboration, Geoff is a team player who enjoys new ideas and working on complex problem solving exercises that involve sustainability and the revitalization of urban landscapes.

Across Canada, Evergreen has enabled over 7,100 action projects. The largest is Evergreen Brick Works—a unique collection of 16 buildings on a 41-acre campus with exhibit space, community programming, conference facilities, offices, demonstration facilities and a spectacular park setting. More recent projects include work in Hamilton, a lane way housing project, and a strategy to help revitalize the ravines of Toronto. 

Geoff is a founding member of the World Entrepreneurship Forum, and a regular participant at the World Economic Forum, Davos. Geoff is founding Chair of the Sustainability Network, and has been recognized as one of Canada’s “Top 40 under 40,” an Ashoka Fellow, winner of the Peter F. Drucker Award, and the Governor General’s Golden Jubilee Medal. In 2007, Geoff was awarded the Canadian Social Entrepreneur of the Year award by the Schwab Foundation. In 2010, Geoff was awarded a Lifetime Achievement Award from Sustainable Buildings Canada.

Geoff lives in Toronto with his wife Valerie and three boys Toma, Ben and Sebastien, and cycles to work every day—even in blinding Canadian snowstorms.


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When & Where

MaRS Discovery District (Auditorium)
101 College Street
Toronto, Ontario M5G 1L7

Monday, September 14, 2015 from 5:30 PM to 7:00 PM (EDT)

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MaRS Discovery District

MaRS Discovery District (@MaRSDD) in Toronto is North America’s largest urban innovation hub. Our purpose is to help innovators change the world. MaRS supports promising ventures tackling key challenges in the health, cleantech, fintech and enterprise sectors as they start, grow and scale. In addition, the MaRS community fosters cross-disciplinary collaboration to drive breakthrough discoveries and new solutions to be adopted in Canada and beyond, growing our economy and delivering societal impact at scale.

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