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Purpose-Driven Events to Attend in April – June, 2023

Looking to connect with like-minded professionals at purpose-driven events? Sparx has compiled a list of networking and learning opportunities taking place over the next three months. Read on to discover what’s happening in the purpose-driven space this April, May, and June.

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Participating in corporate social responsibility (CSR) and environmental, social, and governance (ESG) events can help your brand expand its reach and impact. That’s why Sparx has compiled a list of mission-aligned ESG events that provide valuable opportunities to increase education and discover unique perspectives, connect and collaborate with like-minded professionals, and learn innovative strategies. 

Keep scrolling to learn all about purpose-driven ESG and CSR events taking place both in Canada and internationally this April, May, and June.


The New Normal: How Adaptive Leaders are Supporting Mental Health at Work

Date: April 11, from 8:00 AM – 10:00 AM EDT

Location: Rotman School of Management, 105 St. George Street, Toronto, Ontario 

Description: Join this expert panel discussion about critical strategies, trends, and lessons in today’s shifting mental health landscape, and discover how businesses can ensure their teams are healthy and supported.

CAMSC Procurement Fair 2023

Date: April 18 – 19, from 8:00 AM – 5:00 PM EDT

Location: Beanfield Centre, Exhibition Place, Toronto, Ontario

Description: “Mission Possible – People, Planet, Profit” is the theme of this exciting two-day networking event. Participate in discussions and workshops, and connect with over 300 fellow attendees. 

Fifteenth International Conference on Climate Change: Impacts & Responses

Date: April 20 – 21

Location: Online & In-Person at The University of British Columbia, Robson Square, Vancouver, British Columbia

Description: “Responding to the Climate Emergency: Scalable Solutions for the Climate-Nature Intersect” is the special focus of this mission-aligned conference. Join leading thinkers, innovators, and researchers with the goal of building a cross-disciplinary community and discussing solutions to combat climate change. 

Rebuild Equity Conference

Date: April 21, from 9:00 AM – 4:00 PM EDT

Location: Ajax Convention Centre, 550 Beck Crescent, Ajax, Ontario

Description: Hosted by the Kujenga Family Wellness Project and in collaboration with community partners, this conference empowers professionals and workers from across disciplines to join forces and rebuild inclusive and equitable spaces in organizations that serve the community. Featuring keynote speaker, Joy DeGruy, expert professional on equity and diversity in supporting Black and racialized community members.


Date: April 21, from 9:00 AM – 4:30 PM ADT

Location: Joan Harriss Cruise Pavillion, 74 Esplanade, Sydney, Nova Scotia

Description: Celebrate the strength, resilience, and power of women at this empowering conference. Enjoy a line-up of guest speakers, including keynote speaker Julie Cole, award-winning entrepreneur, best-selling author, and mother of six.

Circular Economy Speaker Series: Reducing Single-Use Item Waste

Date: April 24, from  9:00 AM – 12:00 PM PDT

Location: Victoria City Hall, 1 Centennial Square, Victoria, British Columbia 

Description: Join purpose-driven businesses and nonprofits to discuss sustainability, learn from seven experts in the waste reduction space, and network over locally-made refreshments.


ClimateWest Forum: The benefits of early adaptation action

Date: May 3 – 4

Location: Online & In-Person at Inn at the Forks, 75 Forks Market Road, Winnipeg, Manitoba 

Description: Network, collaborate, and learn at this free event, which brings together ClimateWest’s expanding, multi-sector network across various communities in Alberta, Saskatchewan, and Manitoba to address the benefits of taking early action against climate impacts.

Benevity Live!

Date: May 9 – 12

Location: Limited Online Agenda; In-Person at the Omni La Costa Resort & Spa, 2100 Costa Del Mar Rd, Carlsbad, California

Description: At this four-day event, join over 500 purpose-driven companies for networking, keynote speeches, and impactful sessions with like-minded changemakers and inspiring brands.

Women of Diversity Summit & Awards 2023

Date: May 13, from 10:00 AM – 6:00 PM EDT

Location: The Centennial College Event Centre, 937 Progress Avenue, Toronto, Ontario

Description: Enjoy networking, expert discussions, and fireside chats, and celebrate the accomplishments of pioneering women of colour in a safe, diverse, and inclusive environment.

The Indigenous-led Economy

Date: May 16, from 8:30 AM – 3:00 PM EDT

Location: The Westin Ottawa Hotel, 11 Colonel By Dr, Ottawa, Ontario

Description: Join Indigenous leaders and Canada 2020 for solutions-focused conversations on economic reconciliation and best practices for building wealth and well-being for Indigenous communities.

CAMSC Supplier Forum & Supplier Networking Session

Date: May 17

Location: Online

Description: Stay tuned for more details! 

Developing Diversity, Empowering Equity, Inspiring Inclusion Summit

Date: May 25 – 26

Location: DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel Toronto Airport West, 5444 Dixie Road, Mississauga, Ontario

Description: Participate in speaker sessions that will provide mentorship, education, and inspiration to racialized, Indigenous, and marginalized employees and employers so they can succeed and build inclusive work environments.

The World Circular Economy Forum 2023

Date: May 30 – June 2

Location: Online participation open to all; In-person invite-only in Helsinki, Finland

Description: Get ready to explore circular economy solutions at this event, co-organized by Nordic Innovation and the Finnish Innovation Fund Sitra, which brings together thought leaders, innovators, and international game-changers in the space. 


Indigenous Partnerships Success Showcase 2023

Date: Jun 1 – 2

Location: Vancouver Convention Centre West Building, Canada Place, Vancouver, British Columbia

Description: Join business and Indigenous leaders for open and forthright dialogue on economic reconciliation, thought leadership, and storytelling, and learn how you can help build toward an inclusive vision of reconciliation.

Canadian Equity, Diversity & Inclusion Summit

Date: June 1, from 9:00 AM – 3:00 PM EDT

Location: The Westin Harbour Castle, Toronto 1, Harbour Square, Toronto, Ontario 

Description: Enjoy a full schedule packed with workshops, panels, and honest conversations that tackle the biggest questions and most pressing concerns in the diversity, equity, and inclusion space.

Circularity 23 

Date: June 5 – 7

Location: Hyatt Regency, Seattle, Washington 

Description: Connect with game-changers, participate in actionable break-out sessions, and get inspired by thought-provoking keynote speakers at this solutions-oriented expo all about accelerating the circular economy. 

2023 Canadian Circular Economy Summit

Date: June 19 – 20

Location: Toronto Board of Trade Offices, Toronto, Ontario

Description: Spend two days collaborating with circular economy champions, exploring and addressing urgent environmental issues and participating in outcome-focused workshops at this summit, presented by Circular Economy Leadership Canada (CELC) and the Circular Innovation Council (CIC).

B Corp Certification Readiness – Preparing for Your B Corp Journey

Date: June 22, from 10:00 AM – 11:00 AM PDT

Location: Online

Description: Learn all about what it takes to become a certified B Corporation, discover areas of positive impact where more work is needed, and determine your submission readiness at this free virtual session.

Summit on Responsible Investment

Date: June 27, from 9:00 AM – 7:00 PM PDT

Location: The Innovation Centre, 460 Doyle Avenue, Kelowna, British Columbia

Description: The Canadian Securities Exchange and Sparx Publishing Group are teaming up to host the first-ever Summit on Responsible Investment. Get the latest insights on socially responsible investing (SRI) and environmental, social, and governance (ESG) trends and regulations, and enjoy presentations from industry experts and a late-afternoon networking reception. Admission fees are by-donation only, with the proceeds collected going to support the Central Okanagan Food Bank.

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