ONLINE COURSE: Economic Literacy for a Green Economy
Mar 1 all-day

Beginning March 1, 2017, the program consists of a series of six modules that will build organizational capacity by increasing the knowledge and understanding of economic concepts and their role in supporting a green economy. The training stream takes a case-based approach to address key economic concepts, their assumptions, key measures and gaps, and their strengths and limitations.

In particular, participants will learn about the latest innovations in economics that are relevant to

  • Assessing the strengths and limits of markets
  • Valuing unpriced environmental benefits and damages
  • Rewarding pro-environmental behaviour
  • Reconciling trade-offs to inform public decisions
  • (Re)defining economic progress and sustainability
  • Reorienting the economy for the 21st Century.

Learn at your own pace, in your preferred setting, with specially developed video tutorials and quizzes plus live one-on-one coaching from a professional economist. No prior knowledge or experience in economics is necessary.

Who should participate?

  • Urban planners
  • Banking and Financial Services personnel
  • Government
  • NGOs
  • University/college students and professors
  • Forestry professionals.

Benefits of participating:

  • Learn of the latest innovations in economic theory and how they can evolve the economy
  • Regular one-on-one coaching with the course instructor
  • Certificate upon completion.
OPA’s 61st Annual Education Forum @ Holiday Inn Burlington Hotel and Conference Centre
Mar 1 all-day

Our full day education forum starts with a mini trade show, providing you the opportunity to meet and chat with the people who spend their careers coming up with solutions to the problems that you face on a daily basis. Talk to industry experts about the issues you are trying to tackle. If they don’t have an immediate tried and true solution their experience will no doubt enable them to come up with some brilliant suggestions for you to try! Free consultation and advice sessions – can’t miss that opportunity!

WEBINAR: New solutions for sustainable stormwater management in Canada
Mar 2 @ 1:00 pm – 2:00 pm

New solutions for sustainable stormwater management in Canada

March 2, 2017, Thursday,1-2pm (EST)

Struggling with costly infrastructure deficits, the impacts of increasing urbanization, and changing weather patterns, how are today’s local governments going to address the challenges of urban stormwater management?

Based on information contained in the report, New Solutions for Sustainable Stormwater Management in Canada, this webinar will give an overview of stormwater user fees and incentives for green infrastructure, highlighting successes and challenges in both U.S. and Canadian communities.


Sara Jane O'Neill, Senior Research Associate, Smart ProsperityAbout the speaker:

Sara Jane O’Neill is a Senior Research Associate for Smart Prosperity Institute, a national green economy think tank based at the University of Ottawa. Sara’s research focuses on sustainable communities and in finding economic ways to make our cities a better place to live for everyone.

LEAF York Region Volunteer Orientation @ Elgin West Community Centre, Richmond Hill
Mar 2 @ 6:30 pm – 8:30 pm

Our volunteers play a critical role in helping improve the urban forest. There are various ways in which you can get involved depending on your skills, interests and availability. Please note that volunteers must be at least 18 years of age.

6:30pm – 7:30pm In the first hour, participants will get an introduction on the urban forest and the programs LEAF offers. We’ll share information on a variety of volunteer roles such as tree planting leader, stewardship assistant, tree tour assistant, registration assistant, photographer, blog writer, and more.

7:30pm – 8:30pm In the second hour, additional training will be provided for participants interested in joining our community outreach team. Members of this team attend community events across York Region, hosting a LEAF table and sharing information about the urban forest and our programs.

WEBINAR: Green Infrastructure in Parks Playbook: featuring Robert Goo from the US EPA
Mar 9 @ 2:00 pm
Floods and Droughts: Eliciting Customer Willingness-to-Pay @ Mike & Ophelia Lazaridis Quantum-Nano Centre University of Waterloo
Mar 16 @ 2:30 pm – 3:30 pm

Diane Dupont, a professor in the Department of Economics and of the Environmental Sustainability Research Centre at Brock University presents, “Floods and Droughts: Eliciting Customer Willingness-to-Pay and Adverse Event Likelihood Priors for Public Utility Pricing and Infrastructure Decisions.”\r\n

Key Topics Covered

\r\nDevastating floods in Calgary and Toronto and ongoing droughts in parts of Canada highlight the infrastructure and management challenges facing North American water and wastewater utilities. While increasing variability in climate has been the immediate culprit, the severity of events has been exacerbated by years of underinvestment in infrastructure improvements due to inadequate pricing of services provided. The American Water Resources Association (2015) notes that water utility managers need to identify clearly what communities’ priorities may be with respect to water and wastewater management, both of which provide public or community-level goods and services.\r\n\r\nThis talk describes a method to elicit public preferences for improved water and wastewater management, specifically examining the relative desirability of engineering versus green infrastructure approaches to having more reliable water supplies and to mitigating the likelihood of rainfall-caused flooding events. Results indicate a great deal of heterogeneity about prior beliefs on the likelihood of adverse events and that green infrastructure elicits a higher willingness-to-pay to deal with unreliable water supplies but not to support flooding infrastructure.

TRIECA Conference @ Pearson Convention Centre, Brampton
Mar 22 – Mar 23 all-day

TRIECA is Canada’s premier stormwater and erosion and sediment control conference, bringing together leading experts, influencers and distinguished research partners. Together, these participants play a defining role in shaping the future direction of the stormwater, erosion and sediment control and natural channel design industries.


The conference format includes two full days of concurrent speaker sessions. Renowned speakers from across North America will present the latest technological innovations, case study findings and academic research. TRIECA also features an industry tradeshow, offering delegates the opportunity to speak directly with representatives from a wide variety of leading solutions providers.

WEBINAR: Weather Variability and Its Impacts on Forest Health
May 17 @ 1:00 pm – 3:30 pm

This webinar will discuss the impact weather and climate have on forest health and productivity. We will discuss short- and long-term impacts of droughts, floods, winds, and ice on insect and fungal populations and damage in southern forests.

Great Lakes and St. Lawrence Green Infrastructure Conference @ Cobo Center, Detroit
May 31 – Jun 2 all-day
Great Lakes and St. Lawrence Green Infrastructure Conference @ Cobo Center, Detroit | Detroit | Michigan | United States

Save the date for the first ever Great Lakes and St. Lawrence Green Infrastructure Conference. This gathering will bring together engineers, landscape architects, water quality professionals, government officials, developers, planners, academics, conservation and non-profit organizations and interest groups from around the Great Lakes basin in Canada and the U.S.\r\n\r\nThis is the first conference to focus on using green infrastructure across the landscape with a primary goal to benefit the Great Lakes. The time is right for a comprehensive look at this important topic.\r\n\r\nGet More Information

WEBINAR: Innovation Lab, Austin: New Ideas for Connecting Kids of All Ages to Nature
Jun 8 @ 2:00 pm

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