Panel discussion about food systems

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SDG Training at ITHCT2017

July 9, 2017 by  
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SDGs Training & Community Engagement

The Sustainable Development Goals, adopted in September 2015 by 193 countries, gives us a 15 year way forward to create actions and collaborations to preserve our planet, design social programs to increase equity, food for all, build safe and healthy communities and reduce the effects of climate change. These universal SDGs goals is part of the Agenda 2030 framework, to guide UN nation members work during the next 15 years when implementing actions. To accomplish the SDGs, the first step is to learn what they are and create ways to implement them.

Date Friday July 21, 2017

Time 9:00 AM to 5:00 PM

Venue Ryerson University Room LIB 72, 245 Church ST, ON M5B 1H2 Toronto

Event organized for IEEE ITHC2017 in collaboration with

The training event is co-located in collaboration with the International Humanitarian Technology Conference (IHTC), sponsored by the Institute for Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE) is hosted by the Toronto Section.

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The Agenda —

  • Coffee, Registration 9:00 AM to 10:00 AM

    • Coffee, Registration 9:00 AM to 10:00 AM

    • Opening remarks & Introductions

      • Melinda Rooke & Joan Kerr

     Ravi Karkara, Main Guest Speaker

      • Morgan Solar – A Canadian Case History, Nicolaus Morgan


    Local Leaders’ Presentations & Discussions

  • Melinda Rooke, SDGs Champion, UN-NYC Policy Strategy Group Committee

      • Joan Kerr, Founder, Foundation for Building Sustainable Communities (fbsc),

      • IEEE Humanitarian Initiatives Committee (HIC), IHTC2017 Organizing Committee

      • Sawsan Abdul-Majid, Advancing New Canadian Women in Technology (ANCWT)

      • Aparna Venkatachalam, CDN Business Compact Network

      • Khairoon Abbas, Development/Communications Specialist

      • Kaileigh Nicols/Faith, Climate Smart Agriculture Youth Network (CSAYN)

    • Final Q/A with Panel of Speakers Conclusion, Thanks, Photo Opportunities, and Networking



WOWEM: Rises

March 12, 2015 by  
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In 2004, the WOWEM Project envisioned a civil society that cared about how Information, Communication Technologies (ICTs) could be used to promote equity, entrepreneurship and sustainable development.  A way to gage the specific struggles of women and how the community could respond through tecnological collaboration, empowerment and support with practical experience and hence woman’s intuitiveness and exceptional wisdom.

It gives us great pleasure in viewing this video, take a look.

It started in 2004 with a challenge!  How do we 1) find out how women faired in the IT world, and 2) what supports are needed to develop any skills, networks or marketplace to excel.  A simple ‘fact finding’ initiative.

The WOWEM Impact

Over 60 organizations across the globe shared, supported and offer wisdom to the members, resulting in achieving the United Nations Civil Society Award for the World Summit Awards Program.  The recognition for the ‘best in e-content & Creativity’

WSIS 2014

WSA Team

WSA Team

WSIS in Paris

Joan Kerr with Fadi Chehadi at WSIS 2014

Joan Kerr with Dorothy Gordon, Kofi Annan Centre of Excellence in ICT


Glenn McKnight appointed to PIR Advisory Committee

February 23, 2015 by  
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Glenn has been choosen as one on the advisory committee for Public Interest Registry who owns .ORG and the new .NGO gTld’s. This is a volunteer posting to assist PIR in their planning and implementation
PIR is located in Reston, Virginia

Durham DIY Showcase

February 23, 2015 by  
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Durham DIY Showcase
The Annual Durham DIY Showcase 2015 held on the 15th of February in Oshawa at UOIT commenced on one of the coldest days of the year , but it quickly heated up through the spirited interaction of thirty-six exhibitors sharing their passion to share their knowledge and excitement of all things STEM to young children.
The event sponsored by IEEE Toronto Section and the IEEE Canada Foundation was coordinated by the Foundation for Building Sustainable Communities and the University of Ontario . Sponsorship for the event came from the IEEE Toronto section IEEE and the special grants from the IEEE Canadian Foundation. The prime objective of the day long event was to ignite and inspire children to take interest in topics such as Wearable Technology, Open Hardware, Humanitarian DIY and much much more.
The vision of the free event started with a journey of discovery after participating in various Maker Faires and Maker Spaces and realizing that these events failed to connect the engineering professional to the excitement of the maker/hacker community. The culture shift from nerdism to educating the public on the importance of the engineering profession became a major core goal of the event . We have succeed making the event fun, engaging and educational All done as a free event to the public and the exhibitors. If your student branch or section is interested in learning more contact Glenn McKnight. Email

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Make a Change

January 27, 2014 by  
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There are so many ways we can make a difference. Choose soemthing, or support someone who is already doing something.

Sustainabilty is about the environment, social and economic issues of our time. Whatever your cause, food, social justice, democracy, health, the environment, YOU can make a change. The issues can be addressed if we all just do something that is positive.

Let’s make a change.

4th Annual Harvest Dinner 2013

September 17, 2013 by  
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October 3, 2013
5:00 pmto7:00 pm



Join us for the 4th Annual Harest Dinner at the Royal Canadian Legion, Branch #43.  The event is being hosted by the Ladies Auxiliary.  


Victory Gardens provided food for over 40% of the population during the First & Second World Wars.  Women played an instrumental role in feed children soldiers and the community by growing food, canning and preserving and taking care of the homefront.

The Canadian Victory Garden Project continues this tradition by creating a modern day food garden using a established model to grow vegetable.  Tasting the harvest with our friends and families is pivotal to the Victory Garden Model.

The Canadian Victory Garden donates the produce to Feed The Need, Durham and to the Royal Canadian Legion, Branch #43.





Seedy Saturday: harlem shake

February 19, 2013 by  
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The Foundation for Building Sustainable Communities was a vendor at Seedy Saturday held on February 16th, 2013.  The focus of our display was the Canadian Victory Garden Project, a component of the Foundation’s local food strategy.  The Project will be launched on April 22nd, 2013.

This is an exciting project that include: Seeding A New Generation Project; Plant a Row Grow A Row; Community Greenhousing; Community Teaching Gardens; Grow to Give and a Halloween Fall Festival.

The Harlem Shake was prompted by Jason Dasti as a way to have fun and engage the youth at the event.  Many adults (after much encouragement) also participated.  What fun.

The Media called us the Purple Cow at the Show.  Yeah!


Commemorative Dinner

November 27, 2012 by  
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A joint event by Simcoe United Church, held on November 24th, 2012 was a big success.  We agreed to provide 150 tickets and to raise $3000.00.  With 41 donations and tickets sold, the goal was easily achieved.  The evening’s MC, Mr. Thomas Henry, (Glenn McKnight), welcomed everyone, followed by the Kentucky Militia bursting in the doors, demanding the buried treasure. Mr Colin Carrie toast to the Queen, and Doug Wylie played God Save the Queen.  Partners, in addition to Simcoe United Church included:

*Mr. Robert Bell

*Pickering Museum

*The Revellers

*Melissa McKnight and Jason Dasti

A fashion show presented by Ms Julie Oakes was awesome.  The evening was enjoy by all.

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Kentucky militia demanding the treasure

Step in Tyme Dancers

Sustainable Times

March 30, 2012 by  
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Read the new edition of Sustainable Times which is filled with lots of what’s happening in the environment, society and finances.

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