Calgary Evening Pubinar Series – November 12: UN Sustainable Development Goals

Title: The UN Sustainable Development Goals: What Every Sustainability Practitioner Needs to Know

Speaker: Mel Wilson - MJ Wilson & Associates Inc.

Where: The Metropolitan - Private Dining Room (150, 318 – 8 Avenue S.W., Calgary)

When: Tuesday, November 12, 2019 from 5:30-7:00 pm

Cost: Free for IAIA-WNC members; $10 for non-members ($5 for students)

The International Association for Impact Assessment - Western and Northern Canada Affiliate (IAIA-WNC) is pleased to announce the return of our “Pubinar” series of talks for another season. Come on out to The Metropolitan in downtown Calgary to hear great speakers and get involved in some lively discussion. Drinks and food are available for purchase from The Metropolitan’s excellent menu (happy-hour pricing before 6pm). Admission is free for IAIA-WNC members, or $10 for non-members ($5 for students). Yearly memberships can be purchased at the door, or on the IAIA-WNC website (

The Talk: On 25 September 2015, Canada, along with 192 other countries of the UN General Assembly, adopted the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development and its 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). The world, it seemed, was united in its commitment to tackle the most pressing social, environmental, and economic challenges by 2030.

Now it is the fall of 2019. Over the past four years there has been a lot of talk and many reports urging action on the SDGs, but has anything really changed? If not, why not? Have sustainability practitioners - the professionals on the front lines of sustainable development - embraced the SDGs? And with just over 10 years left to achieve the goals, what should their role be?

About The Speaker: Mel Wilson has been an active sustainability consultant in Calgary since the early 1990s. He has worked with dozens of private and public sector clients on projects ranging from implementation and audits of EHS management systems to providing assurance on corporate sustainability reports and, most recently, integrating the SDGs into corporate sustainability programs. Mel is President of both MJ Wilson & Associates Inc. and nGens Sustainability Inc., and founder of the Alberta SDG Network. Previously he was a partner and national leader of the Sustainable Business Solutions practice at PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP. Mel has a BSc in Biology and a Masters and PhD in Environmental Design from the University of Calgary.