EcoSummit 2017

EcoSummit logo 2017

This year’s event has concluded. Check out our Photo Gallery for highlights!


On March 7, 2017, Ontario EcoSchools, in partnership with the Toronto and Region Conservation Authority, hosted our second annual Youth EcoSummit. The Conference brought together 200+ environmental leaders from school boards across the province- from Windsor to Thunder Bay to Ottawa.

Welcome from Garry Sault, Ojibway Elder, Mississaugas of the New Credit First Nation, and The Honourable Catherine McKenna, Minister of Environment and Climate Change (via video).

See the Conference Package and full day’s schedule (click to view full-size):

2017 EcoSummit Schedule

Panelists: My path to a green career

In the afternoon, students got to hear from four environmental leaders who have followed different pathways to a fulfilling green career:

Rob Shirkey (Our Horizon)
Rob Shirkey is a lawyer and recognized authority on the subject of climate change warning labels for gas pumps. He has given lectures on the topic across North America and has been featured in media all over the world. Rob is a recipient of Canada’s 2017 Clean50 Award and was also named a 2017 Agent of Change by the Centre for Social Innovation. He also once rode his bicycle across Canada!

Hanna Jacobs (Matchbox Garden & Seed Co.)
Hanna Jacobs is the founder of Matchbox Garden & Seed co. She is a self-taught organic farmer and seed producer. During her late 20’s, Hanna made the transition out of the restaurant industry and into farming. Creating the farm business allowed Hanna to create a career for herself while contributing towards environmental education and responsibility.

Cassandra Alves (KARCASS)
Cassandra Alves’ design career commenced at OCADU, where she studied Environmental Design in 2012. Shortly after graduating, she worked with several design firms such as Janet Rosenberg and Studio and Carroll Street Woodworkers. After two years working in Toronto and building the KARCASS brand with Kara Logan, Cassandra decided to pursue her interest in urban design studying in Sweden for two years completing her Masters of Architectural Science at Lund University in 2015.

Daniela MacLeod (Toronto and Region Conservation Authority)
Daniela MacLeod graduated from York University in 2003 with an Honours BSc in Environmental Science and a GIS/Remote Sensing Certificate, and continued her studies completing a Masters in Spatial Analysis, which was a joint program between Ryerson and U of T. Daniela fulfilled her practicum requirements with the Toronto and Region Conservation Authority where she was hired full-time as a GIS professional in 2005.

EcoSummit VideoCheck out our video of highlights from last year’s event at the Kortright Centre. 




A big thank you to our generous event sponsors:

2017 EcoSummit Sponsors