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Purpose-Driven Events to Attend in July – September, 2023

Make this summer purpose-driven by connecting with like-minded professionals at mission-aligned events. Sparx has compiled a list of networking and learning opportunities you won’t want to miss. Read on to discover what’s happening in the purpose-driven space this July, August, and September.

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If you’re looking for a great way to expand your brand’s reach and impact, look no further than attending corporate social responsibility (CSR) and environmental, social, and governance (ESG) events. To help give your summer plans a purpose-driven boost, Sparx has compiled a list of mission-aligned ESG events that provide valuable opportunities to deepen education and uncover unique perspectives, connect and collaborate with values-aligned professionals, and explore innovative strategies.

Keep scrolling to learn all about purpose-driven ESG and CSR events taking place both virtually and in person across Canada this July, August, and September.


CAMSC Supplier Forum & Supplier Networking Session

Date: July 13

Location: Online

Description: More details to be released on CAMSC’s website.

Annual African Descent Summit 2023

Date: July 21–23

Location: Toronto Pavilion, 190 Railside Road, Toronto, Ontario

Description: Hosted by the African Descent Ontario in partnership with the University of Toronto African Alumni Association, this summit seeks to advocate for and inspire people of African descent in Canada, celebrating African Canadian heritage, contributions, and culture through presentations and discussions, networking, and showcases.

Disability Justice Month – Accessible Workplaces

Date: July 27, from 9:00 AM – 10:00 AM PDT

Location: Online

Description: Share ideas and learn how to increase accessibility in the workplace for people with visible and invisible disabilities at this purpose-driven webinar.

FACTS/PIMS Public Panel on Climate Change
July 27, from 2:30 PM – 8:30 PM PDT

Location: The University of British Columbia, 800 Robson Street, Vancouver, British Columbia

Description: Enjoy an afternoon of workshop and panel discussions focused on tackling climate change and the just transition to renewable energy. This event, which is sponsored by PIMS and the French Embassy of Canada, features a diverse group of leaders across Indigenous affairs, climate science, renewable energy, public policy, and economics.


International Summit on Mental Health and Disability 2023

Date: August 4–6

Location: 237 Sackville Street, Toronto, Ontario

Description: “Inclusion and Resilience for Everyone” is the theme of this three-day event, organized by Mulongo Diaspora Foundation. Join over 100 mental health and disability experts for presentations, networking, and problem solving that aims to improve disability services and mental well-being in Canada and beyond.

B Corp Certification Readiness

Date: August 24, from 10:00 AM – 11:00 AM PDT

Location: Online

Description: Learn about the processes and requirements of becoming a certified B Corporation, discover areas of positive impact where more work is needed, and determine your submission readiness at this free virtual session.

Inclusive Leadership – The Impact of Unconscious Bias in Hiring

Date: August 24, from 9:00 AM – 10:00 AM PDT

Location: Online

Description: Participate in Canadian Equality Consulting’s inclusive leadership best practices session to better understand the impacts of unconscious biases and the benefits of addressing biases in hiring practices.

CAMSC Supplier Knowledge Xchange

Date: August 30, from 1:00 – 2:00 PM EDT

Location: Online

Description: More details to be released on CAMSC’s website.


Stronger Together Conference

Date: September 10, from 9:30 AM – 4:00 PM EDT

Location: the BAYT, 613 Clark Avenue West, Vaughan, Ontario

Description: Collaborate with business professionals, students, teachers, and parents to help counter antisemitism, and participate in workshops and presentations from prominent Jewish organizations and industry leaders.

Pioneers for Change

Date: September 14, from 6:30 PM – 11:00 PM EDT

Location: Design Exchange, 234 Bay Street Toronto, Ontario

Description: Celebrate the contributions immigrants and newcomers make to Canada and network with diversity champions at this annual fundraising gala.

2023 SDG Summit

Date: September 18–19

Location: UN Headquarters, New York City, New York

Description: Kick off a new phase of Sustainable Development Goals progress with the 2023 SDG Summit. Marking the half-way point of the implementation of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, the event will provide policy guidance, review implementation progress and recent challenges, address the impacts of crises facing the world, and focus on ways to meet everyone’s basic needs.

Indigenomics SHE

Date: September 18–19

Location: Fairmont Winnipeg, 2 Lombard Place, Winnipeg, Manitoba

Description: Join Indigenous women entrepreneurs and allies at this event that aims to uplift the voices of Indigenous women in business against the background of the emerging $100 billion Indigenous economy.

2023 Social Impact World Summit

Date: September 20–21, from 9:00 AM – 5:30 PM PDT

Location: Online

Description: “Building Impact from Scratch” is the theme of this purpose-driven virtual summit. Get the guidance you need to further your impact and turn your business into a force for good, and enjoy talks from a line-up of purpose-driven leaders.

Indigenous Ways of Knowing

Date: September 21, from 9:00 AM – 10:00 AM PDT

Location: Online

Description: In honour of the National Day for Truth and Reconciliation, attendees of this webinar will learn about the seven Indigenous ways of knowing and how to cultivate workplaces that encourage this framework.

Sustainable Production Forum

Date: September 25

Location: CBC Toronto Broadcast Centre, Toronto, Ontario

Description: This hybrid purpose-driven event unites sustainability-minded film and television professionals from around the world to collaborate toward accelerating sustainability in the motion picture industry.

Elevate Festival

Date: September 26–28

Location: Multiple locations in Toronto, including Meridian Hall, St. Lawrence Centre for Arts, and the Design Exchange

Description: With a mission to connect innovators using technology to build an equitable and sustainable future for everyone, attendees will enjoy an extensive line-up of world-class speakers, including astronaut Chris Hadfield, television journalist Lisa LaFlamme, and Knix Founder Joanna Griffiths, as well as networking and evening socials.

CAMSC’s 2023 Annual Business Achievement Awards Gala

Date: September 29, from 5:00 PM – 10:00 PM EDT

Location: Liberty Grand Entertainment Complex at Exhibition Place, Toronto, Ontario

Description: Celebrate supplier diversity in Canada with CAMSC’s Business Achievement Awards Gala. Enjoy a keynote presentation, authentic food, and entertainment while honouring diverse-owned organizations that are driving positive change.

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