Date: November 5 and 6
Location: University of Alberta, Edmonton, Alberta
Register for Together 2018 at www.together2018.ca
Building on the foundation of partnership, innovation, and cross-sector collaboration, Together 2018 calls on delegates to explore their role in advancing the SDGs in Canada and around the world. This symposium will examine Canada’s progress on achieving the SDGs, acknowledge new leaders that have joined the movement, and identify innovative ways to tackle the 2030 Agenda.
Together 2018 Keynotes
Add ‘How to Change the World’ to your Together experience
Are you a post-secondary student, or a young to mid-career professional? Deepen your understanding of the UN SDGs by participating in the How to Change the World (#HtCtW) program at Together 2018. HtCtW is an experiential professional education programme started at the University College of London, UK, designed to equip participants with the skills, tools and understanding needed to develop innovative and robust solutions to our global societies’ grand challenges.
Participants in the How to Change the World (HtCtW) programme at Together 2018 will begin with an immersive, full-day experiential education programme on Sunday 4 November 2018. Assembled into small diverse teams with new colleagues from different disciplines and sectors, participants will be guided by an internationally experienced teaching team through a design studio tackling broad, open-ended (aka ‘Wicked’) societal challenges built around one of the UN Sustainable Development Goals. Supported by expert coaches and mentors, participants will discover how the distinctive interests and expertise of their diverse team could be innovatively deployed to create positive change on their challenge.
About the Together Symposium
Together 2018 is the second annual multi-stakeholder symposium on the UN Sustainable Development Goals. The first symposium, Together 2017, took place in October 2017 at the University of Calgary.
In 2015 and 2016, Mel Wilson from M.J. Wilson and Associates Inc. led a series of SDG roundtables in the province which resulted in the idea of holding a national symposium. Recognizing the critical importance of the 2030 Agenda for Canada and the world, the Alberta Council for Global Cooperation hosted Together 2017 on October 23–24th, 2017 in Calgary.
Together 2017 was the first-ever multi-stakeholder symposium in Canada dedicated to the 2030 Agenda and the SDGs. The Symposium provided an opportunity for representatives from across civil society, different levels of government, Indigenous communities, the private sector, academia and youth to showcase their work, celebrate accomplishments towards realizing the SDGs, and identify where there is more work to be done. The Symposium set a foundation for how all stakeholders can work together to use the 2030 Agenda as a framework and common language, creating better organizations in a better world. In total, 270 attendees, representing 150 organizations attended. Attendees also included 50 youth.
Due to the tremendous success of the symposium, Together 2017 was a finalist, out of 700 entries, for the UN SDG Action Award in 2018.