In the third installment of our Careers in Sustainability webinar series, Connecting Environmental Professionals Toronto hosted a panel of successful senior leaders in Toronto's sustainability sector.
Watch our first webinar in the series here: How to Land a Job in Sustainability
Then watch the second, here: Cultivating a Career in Sustainability
No career is ever linear, least of all a career in the complex world of 'sustainability'. In this webinar, we explore the career paths of these three senior leaders, how they ended up where they are, their journey into sustainability, and what motivates them. Get your notebook out, you'll want to jot down some of this insightful advice.
We at CEP Toronto are especially proud of this event because it was our most well-attended event in the history of CEPT! Thank you to all of the attendees who donated to help support our organization, and an extra big thank you to our event sponsor Fresh Restaurants, who provided the yummiest plant-powered gifts for our speakers.
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Finally, the biggest thank you to our all-star lineup of speakers. Thank you for sharing your invaluable wisdom and advice with our community.
1. Wesley Gee, Director of Sustainability, The Works Design Communications Ltd.
Combining academic expertise with extensive professional experience, Wesley leads Works Design’s sustainability practice. He provides guidance in stakeholder engagement, materiality, and performance measurement, as well as CSR/sustainability communications and reporting. Wesley contributed to the development of the GRI Guidelines and served on sector working groups with the Sustainability Accounting Standards Board (SASB). He is a judge for CPA Canada’s Corporate Reporting Awards and is a frequent speaker at industry conferences and events. He also lectures for the Sustainability diploma and MScSM programs at the University of Toronto. Before joining Works Design, Wesley was a senior sustainability consultant at Stantec and senior CSR advisor at the Canadian Business for Social Responsibility. He holds a Master’s in Sustainable Business from the University of Leeds.
2. Rachel Guthrie, Head of ESG Reporting and Impact Measurement, TD Bank Group
Rachel Guthrie is the Head of ESG Reporting and Impact Measurement at TD Bank Group. Rachel has overseen the annual production of TD's Corporate Responsibility report since 2009, helping navigate TD's disclosure through GRI standards and materiality assessments. Rachel's team is also responsible for ESG stakeholder engagement, the development of ESG policies and position statements, and impact measurement. Originally from the U.K., Rachel completed her undergrad at St. Andrews University in Scotland and returned to school mid-career for a Certificate in Corporate Responsibility from St. Michael's College in Toronto. She volunteers with Ski Patrol Canada during the winter months and enjoys backcountry camping and canoeing in the summer.
3. Kim Rapagna, Director of Corporate Sustainability & Environmental Policy, Canada Post
Kim Rapagna has over 15 years of experience in corporate responsibility and sustainability having worked for major multinational companies such as Target Canada, TD Bank, Mondelez International, and Kraft Foods. Prior to joining the corporate sector, Kim worked in the non-profit sector with the leading organization's World Wildlife Fund, the Canadian Human Rights Foundation. A strong proponent of collaborative impact and cross-sectoral solutions, Kim has served as Co-Chair of PACNext, the National Zero Waste Council’s Food Working Group, and the Retail Council of Canada’s Sustainability Working Group. Kim is an active volunteer, having served on the board of several not-for-profit organizations, most recently the Redwood and the Hope Foundation. She serves as a volunteer mentor for Woodgreen and a member of the selection committee for the Merit Award Bursary program.
Shawna Weisberg, Executive Director, Ceridian Cares & Advisor, CEP Toronto
Shawna is the Executive Director of Ceridian Cares, the corporate charitable foundation of Ceridian HCM. Ceridian Cares bridges the gaps for individuals when public and private support systems are not enough to meet their basic needs or quality of life. Previously, Shawna managed a corporate grantmaking portfolio with the Community Investment team at CIBC, and spent several years leading a national employee donation campaign for TD Bank, raising over $11 million annually for charities across Canada.
In her spare time, Shawna has been an artist and illustrator for over 20 years.
This event was generously sponsored by several incredible community individuals, including Fresh Restaurants.
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