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SDGs Localization: From Recovery to Resilience

August 24, 2021 @ 8:00 am - 11:30 am PDT

The Sustainable Development Goals offer a unique vision for our world. This workshop will explore how communities can localize the SDGs.

About this event

The Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) provide a framework for communities to become more inclusive, sustainable, and resilient. This workshop is designed for anyone looking to advance sustainable development in their community, from local government, academia, and the community sectors.

Sessions will explore how Agenda 2030 supports efforts to ‘build forward better’ in the wake of COVID-19, the role of cities and municipalities in advancing the SDGs including through Voluntary Local Reviews, and inspiring examples of Canadian community partnerships.


Opening Remarks (11:00 AM – 11.10 AM)

Session – In Conversation With… (11:10 AM – 11:30 AM)

Setting the stage on the principles of the SDGs and the opportunity Covid-19 presents to ‘build forward better’ under a new social contract for our communities.


  • S. S. Ahmad, Founder & CEO, Green Beacon
  • Shaelyn Wabegijig, Algonquin Anishinaabe youth

Session #1 – City Implementation of the SDGs (11:30 AM – 12:15 PM)

Learning from leading cities around the world how the SDGs can be localized and integrated into city processes, including creating reporting structures called Voluntary Local Reviews.


  • Angela Kim, SDG Program and Data Manager, City of Los Angeles (USA)
  • Allan Macleod, Operations and Stakeholder Engagement Manager, SDG Coordinator, Bristol City Office, City of Bristol (UK)
  • Jon Beale, Manager, SDSN Canada (moderator)

Networking Breakout Session #1 (12:15 PM – 12.40 PM)

Break (12:40 PM – 1:00 PM)

Session #2 – Developing Community Partnerships for the SDGs (1:00 PM – 1:45 PM)

Exploring Canadian approaches to mobilize community partnerships through storytelling and leaving no one behind.


  • Shaelyn Wabegijig, Algonquin Anishinaabe youth, Program and Outreach Coordinator for the Kawartha World Issues Centre
  • Tasha Lackman, Vice President of Philanthropy and Community, Foundation of Greater Montreal
  • Amy Collis, Former Lead Policy Researcher on Kelowna’s VLR (working with BC Council for International Cooperation)
  • Laura Schnurr, Director of Community Climate Transitions, Tamarack Institute (moderator)

Networking Breakout Session #2 (1:45 PM – 2.15 PM)

Closing Thoughts (2:15 PM – 2:25 PM)


This event will be recorded and presented in English


August 24, 2021
8:00 am - 11:30 am PDT
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Tamarack Institute
140 Westmount Road North
Waterloo, Ontario N2L 3G6 Canada
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