Event postponed. New date to be announced.

A conversation exploring environmental sustainability and philanthropy for businesses both large and small.


(Postponed) Earth Day
April 22, 2020 // 5pm – 7:30pm

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Richardson College for the Environment and Science Complex, U of W

Richardson College

Keynote Speaker

Prairie Climate Centre

Dr. Ian Mauro is the Principal of the Richardson College for the Environment and the Executive Director of the Prairie Climate Centre at the University of Winnipeg. He is an environmental and social scientist, a filmmaker, and Fellow of the Royal Society of Canada’s College of New Scholars, Artists and Scientists. He has worked on climate change, food security and resource development issues across Canada.



Ken Berg is the manager of Mountain Equipment Co-op, an outdoor goods retailer that is a proud supporter of sustainability and wilderness conservation projects and has led the way in green building construction for decades. Beyond the day to day operations of its stores MEC strives to lessen its impact on the environment in all aspects of its business.

In addition to holding a degree in Recreation Studies, Ken has held several positions in outdoor recreation including Executive Director of the Manitoba Camping Association and Sunshine Fund, Manager of the Prime Meridian Trail, and Outdoor Education Coordinator for the University of Manitoba Recreation Services.



Natassia Bezoplenko-Brazeau owns and operates Northlore, a plant-based body care company that focuses on ethical and sustainable sourcing. Her interest in wildcrafting, herbalism, and folk traditions, as well as her background in political and women’s and gender studies, inform Northlore’s product development and business practices. She believes that businesses can lead a shift toward a new economy that values our connectivity with the earth, plants, animals, and each other. Northlore products can be found in spas, galleries, and independently owned boutiques across North America, as well as online and in her studio shop in Winnipeg's Exchange District.



Louise May is Environmental Ethics and Brand Consultant for Telpay, a Manitoba company that has championed environmental initiatives throughout its 35 year history, and is currently enhancing their efforts internally towards more environmental action. In her own business, she is owner/operator of Aurora Farm, a 160 acre mixed livestock and crop farming operation in St. Norbert, Manitoba. The farm utilizes large-scale composting, rainwater collection, marshland reconstruction and is 100% solar powered.


The Winnipeg Foundation

Megan Tate is Director of Community Grants at The Winnipeg Foundation. During her 20 year career at The Foundation, Megan has held a variety of roles in grants, communications and youth engagement. She holds a Master’s Degree in Philanthropy and Nonprofit Leadership and currently serves on the Board of Environmental Funders Canada.



Andrew is a designer, studio founder, artist and educator. He manages Manoverboard, a studio in Winnipeg with the mission of creating a better world by design. Manoverboard is a Certified B Corporation — the first in the province. Andrew also teaches design, theory and visual research methods at the School of Art at the University of Manitoba. He served as president of the Manitoba chapter of Graphic Designers of Canada for three years. Before moving to Canada, he lived and worked in New York. Andrew believes that design will get us one quarter of the way through our climate crisis. He holds a BA from Brown, a MFA from SUNY Albany and received Fulbright and NYFA fellowships.


World Trade Centre Winnipeg

Derek is the Vice-President of the World Trade Centre Winnipeg, which is the strategic partner organization to Manitoba for trade, helping Manitoba companies to grow and diversify in international markets. It provides information, support, and expertise to companies looking to grow their business beyond Manitoba. He leads a variety of strategic initiatives, one of which focuses on working with the business community to understand climate change as a key strategic issue affecting growth and competitiveness. A senior executive with over 15 years experience in business and international trade, Derek has advised and assisted hundreds of companies with their international business development.