WaterlooSDG Team Heads to the Middle East – Builds Sustainable Development Partnerships

A Waterloo Sustainable Development Group (WaterlooSDG) team, which includes Chief Executive Officer Tarek AlFarra and Senior Sustainable Agriculture Consultant ‘Chief’ Ibrahim AlRashid, is on an extensive sustainable development technologies-promoting tour of several Middle Eastern countries including Jordan, Qatar and Kuwait. In Jordan, the first stop of the tour, the team met with community leaders and high-profile businessmen and secured a strategic sustainable agriculture and local economic development-focused agreement with Envision Consulting Group (EnConsult), one of the leading growth facilitating consulting companies in Jordan, headed and founded by Dr. Yusuf Mansur, Former Minister of State for Economic Affairs. The WaterlooSDG – EnConsult …

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WSDG Signs MOU with Slate Strategies for International Trade and Partnerships

  Within the mandate of engaging in sustainable local economic development through international trade, the Waterloo Sustainable Development Group’s (WSDG) Chief Strategic Officer, Ian Chow has signed a Memorandum of Understanding with Chris Fernando, Principal of Toronto based business developer and marketing specialist, Slate Strategies, setting the foundation for exploring collaboration in developing export capacity in the global south. The two sides agreed to explore collective work on promoting economic development in impoverished nations and communities around the world through developing their capacity to export products and services via direct trade facilitation, benefiting the livelihoods and welfare of those target …

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WSDG Meets with Ripple Farms to Explore Cooperation

Waterloo Sustainable Development Group (WSDG) Chief Strategic Officer, Ian Chow, and MoU partner Affecting Change Inc, CEO, Sandra Lester, visited Ripple Farms to explore further cooperation in strategic implementation of food security. Ripple Farms, an aquaponics social enterprise founded by Co-Owner Steven Bourne, focuses on enabling access and strengthening food security for low income families in the Global North and the Global South. The meeting took place on location at Ripple Farm’s aquaponics facility, at Evergreen Brickworks in Toronto. Chow and Lester were given a tour by Bourne, who underlined the importance of creating this self-sustainable food production system, which also …

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WSDG and Jordan’s ABCD Sign Strategic Cooperation Agreement

Waterloo Sustainable Development Group (WSDG) Chief Executive Officer Tarek AlFarra and Laith Al-Qassem, Chairman of Jordan’s Arabian Business Consultants for Development (ABCD) have signed a strategic Memorandum of Understanding that paves the way for cooperation in a multitude of sustainable development-related fields that include renewable energy, water management, agriculture, trade and economic development. The agreement, signed at ABCD’s headquarters in the Jordanian capital city, Amman, brings together two organizations with shared interests in the proliferation of modern and innovative sustainable technologies and practices and engaging in economic development. It also builds on the solid relations that exist between Canada and …

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The Prospects for an Effective Canadian Climate Change Strategy Op-Ed (2 of 2)

Who is Paying for Carbon Reduction? Most recently in October 2016, Trudeau imposed a carbon fee of 10$/tonne by 2018 and to go up to 50$/tonne by 2022 (if the provinces haven’t established a price on their own) in hopes it will result in carbon reduction. Revenues are to be returned to the province in which the federal price is imposed. The cost of this carbon fee is highly contentious as most consumers fear the cost will come from their own pockets. Some unknowns of these fees include: The basis on which provincial carbon price will be determined to be …

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WSDG Attends Toronto’s Green Business Forum, Meets with OSEA

WSDG’s CEO Tarek Alfarra and CSO Ian Chow took part in Toronto City Hall’s and GTAA Partners in Project Green’s “Green Business Forum” that was held at Toronto City Hall on Wednesday. The Forum, which saw the participation of a number of Ontario based sustainability-driven enterprises emphasized how adopting a green philosophy and approach benefits not only the environment, but is also good for business. Participants shared innovative ideas and success stories in sustainability projects and ventures across the province and Canada. At the event, Alfarra and Chow explored avenues of cooperation in best practice knowledge transfer and partnership development with …

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