Posted February 5, 2009

David Suzuki to make an Impact! on Students

GUELPH - One of Canada's pre-eminent scientists and leaders in environmental sustainability will share his insights and inspire 180 students who represent the next generation of Canadian leaders in sustainability. Impact!: The Co-operators Youth Conference for Sustainability Leadership today announced that Dr. David Suzuki will be the keynote speaker at its inaugural event next fall.

Dr. Suzuki, co-founder of the David Suzuki Foundation, is an award-winning scientist, environmentalist and broadcaster. He is renowned for his radio and television programs exploring a range of natural science topics, and has written 42 books. The David Suzuki Foundation is one of the partners behind the conference which will be held in Guelph, Ontario from September 24 to 27, 2009.

"Canadians and people around the world will be addressing sustainability challenges for many decades, and that will require a new generations of leaders," Dr. Suzuki said. "This conference will not only help those young emerging leaders connect, develop and mobilize, it will also harness their energy and ideas to generate real solutions today."

Students who will be 19-25 and enrolled in any discipline at a Canadian college or university in September 2009 may apply to participate at until February 27. Participants will be selected from a variety of fields of study, perspectives and geography to ensure a diverse and multi-disciplinary approach. They will come together on the University of Guelph campus in September where they will work with a variety of experts from business, academia and non-governmental organizations to address economic, social and environmental challenges facing this and future generations.

"Dr. Suzuki is a world leader in sustainable ecology, and he's also a very gifted communicator," commented Kathy Bardswick, president and CEO of The Co-operators, the event's initiator. "His participation will be a great source of enlightenment and inspiration for these young people, just as his work is for millions of people around the world."

Partnering with The Co-operators are: the Research Network for Business Sustainability, the University of Guelph, the David Suzuki Foundation, the Natural Step Canada, Wilfrid Laurier University, the Centre for the Study of Co-operatives at the University of Saskatchewan, AIESEC, Coopsco and the Richard Ivey School of Business.

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