About ECO Impact

The theme of ECO IMPACT 2021 is People | Planet | Profit - Finding the Balance . Canada is facing tough economic and environmental challenges. ECO IMPACT will explore how we can turn these challenges into opportunities, promoting innovation and technology to drive sustainable economic growth.

You're invited to join us for a full day conference featuring plenary sessions and panel discussions focused on current trends and opportunities in Canada’s environmental sector. We will also be celebrating the successes and innovation of environmental professionals and employers with the ECO IMPACT Awards.

If you work in the Canadian environmental sector and you want to meet your peers, recognize innovation and excellence and learn some new skills, then this event is for you! Make the most of ECO Impact 2021: we invite you to take part in our first-ever virtual Impact event, beginning with the Learning Sessions and followed by the Awards celebration where we crown the next ECO Impact winners.


The ECO Impact Awards highlight the work of Environmental Professionals and employers who demonstrate leadership, commitment, and innovation


Groups who made a environmental impact


Environmental Professional


Environmental Professional in-training


EP(CEA) and EP(EMSLA) – Compliance and Management System Auditors


Companies employing EP, EP Auditor and EPt members.


Time Activity Speakers
8:00 Event Opens
8:30 – 10:00 Event OpensOpening Panel Discussion: People | Planet | Profit – Finding the Balance
  • This is the theme of ECO Impact 2021 because we believe that only by balancing the needs of these 3 groups can we achieve truly sustainable economic growth. Our opening panelists will talk about how they are finding the balance in their industry.
  • Frances Edmonds,
    Head of Sustainable Impact, HP Canada
  • Bruce Passmore,
    Executive Director, CPAWS
  • Mike Blair,
    Vice President Exploration & New Ventures, Crescent Point Energy
10:00 – 10:15 Break Visit the exhibit hall or networking opportunities
10:15 – 10:45 Growing Canada’s Blue Economy
• Canada’s oceans have long influenced its economy, environment, and society. This session will explore how technology and innovation can help cement Canada as a Global leader in the blue economy.
  • Kendra McDonald,
    CEO, Canada’s Ocean Supercluster
  • Andrew Lafford,
    Dean of the School of Technology and Environment, Nova Scotia Community College
  • Eilsabeth Charmley,
    Co-founder, Vancouver Maritime Centre for Climate
Innovation in Canada’s Cleantech Sector 
By 2022 the cleantech sector is estimated to be a $2.5 trillion industry. Canada has what it takes to capture a big slice of the global Cleantech opportunity. Meet some of the innovators driving the development of Canada’s cleantech sector.
  • Robert Lacey,
    President, Delta Remediation
  • Ademola Adekunle,
    Project Manager & Research Officer, National Research Council Canada
  • Martin Yuli,
    Director, Cleantech Commons
Climate Change Adaptation Strategies 
Climate change adaptation and mitigation is going to require action and innovation across all sectors and industries. This session will explore ways in which Canada’s environmental sector is meeting the challenges posed by climate change.
  • Dr Xin Qiu,
    Principal & Technical Director - Climate Change and Air Quality, SLR Canada
  • Bryan Buggey,
    Director, Vancouver Economic Commission
  • Lauren Bortolotti,
    Research Scientist, Ducks Unlimited Canada
The Road to Recovery is Green - Economic Recovery in Canada  
2020 has been a challenging year for Canada’s environmental sector. As we all look to the future and start planning for recovery, there is an opportunity for the environmental sector. Our panelists will explore the economic impacts of COVID-19 and how employers have adapted.
  • Saïka Sarazin,
    Invest in Canada
  • Heather McAneney,
    HR Manager, SLR Canada
  • Faramarz Bogzaran,
    Managing Partner. F&M Ltd
11:45 – 12:45 Break Visit the exhibit hall/ networking
12:00 – 12:45 Speed Networking  
Looking for ways to make connections and build your network? We got you covered! Join our Speed Networking to meet your fellow attendees!
12:45– 14:15 Futureproofing the environmental workforce
While other markets face long recoveries ahead, forecasts for environmental employment demand are positive with job openings anticipated to approach a quarter million by 2029. Investing in human capital is vital to the success of Canada’s green economy and our panelists will be looking at how we can meet the hiring demand over the next decade.
  • Geni Peters,
    LMI Manager, ECO Canada
  • Amber Doney,
    Chair, Women in Mining/ Women in Nuclear SK
  • Kathy Abusow,
    President and CEO, Sustainable Forestry Initiative (SFI)
Digital Skills for Success – Workplace Preparedness
• In todays workplace digital skills are becoming increasingly important. New technology, process automations, innovative software and apps are becoming more common place, with many professionals and employers struggling to keep up. Our panelists will discuss how to address the digital skills gap and explore how technology is changing the environmental sector.
  • Vincent Lam,
    CEO, Matidor
  • Chris Pinkerton,
    President and CEO, Get in the Loop
  • Josh Kahan,
    Continual Energy
Canada’s Energy transition: Where tradition meets innovation 
• An energy transition is underway in Canada and is likely to continue over the next few decades. This transition represents a real opportunity for Canadians. Meet some of the leaders who are helping to redefine Canada’s energy sector.
  • David Isaac,
    Owner, WDusk Group
  • Kaella-Marie Earle,
    Project Manager, Enbridge
  • Gregory Caldwell,
    Director Energy Systems Innovation, ATCO
14:15 – 14:30 Break • Visit the exhibit hall /networking.
14:30 – 16:00 ECO Impact Awards  
• The ECO Impact Awards highlight the work of our certified community. Environmental Professionals (EPts, EPs, EP Auditors and Top Employers) who demonstrate leadership, commitment and innovation in the continuous advancements of the environmental sector.
  • Keynote Speaker – Alanna Mitchell,
    Award winning Canadian Science Journalist
  • Emcee
    – Michael Chiasson
  • Kevin Nilsen,
    CEO and President, ECO Canada
17:00 Event Closes



Over 25 Industry leading speakers talking about upcoming environmental trends


Connect with your peers and employers to increase your network


Join us in celebrating Canada’s outstanding environmental professionals and employers

Take a look at what a virtual event can offer


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Frequently Asked Questions

Virtual career fairs have surfaced as a dynamic solution to help employers in breaking free from all the limitations of the traditional hiring events. By providing a 3-D online platform, attendees can now connect in a virtual setting mimicking the feel of a physical event, but without the restricting attributes known to be a source of frustration for recruiters.
The deadline for sponsors to sign up for the Virtual Career Fair is January 14th.
When: January 28th, 9am – 5:30pm MST
Where: We are using the V-fairs platform
Cost: Early bird (until Dec 11th) = $79, Regular =$99
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We are using vFairs virtual career fair platform . vFairs is a virtual events platform that helps organizations of all sizes to take their events online and connect & engage audiences at scale using tools like live webinars, group chat, private 1:1 chat & digital content.
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ECO Impact 2021 is a full day event featuring over 25 industry leading speakers.
Tickets cost:
Regular (after Dec 11th) - $99
ECO Canada certified members get a 25% discount. The first 100 attendees will receive a free luxury goodie box mailed directly to them.
ECO Impact 2021 is more than just a webinar series. There will be over 25 speakers and 13 hours of high quality content. All sessions will be recorded and available to attendees on demand after the event ends. Check out our agenda above for more information on our program.
Yes! Networking is a really important part of our events and we wanted to make sure there were plenty of opportunities for our attendees to connect. The vFairs platform offers multiple ways to connect via text chat rooms, voice and video calls.