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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AlFarra at the What Can YOUth Do? Conference: “Solid Networks and Partnerships are Key to Achieving the SDG’s”

Waterloo Sustainable Development Group CEO Tarek AlFarra emphasized the importance of solid partnerships and networks when pursuing the UN Sustainable Development Goals at the opening session of the 2017 edition of the annual “What Can YOUth Do?” Conference (WCYD17), which was held at the Centre for International Governance Innovation in Waterloo on Wednesday. “A large part of what WSDG does is grow and strengthen its sustainable development network. In the span of less than a year since its inception, WSDG has successfully developed globally spanning solid partnerships and links with leaders in renewable energy, sustainable agriculture, water management, economic development, …

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WSDG Participates in Toronto’s Inclusive Cities Summit

Waterloo Sustainable Development Group’s (WSDG) Chief Strategic Officer, Ian Chow, took part in the “Inclusive Cities Summit”, which explored the UN Habitat’s New Urban Agenda at the University of Toronto. During the two day event, discussions centered on themes such as governance, accessibility, affordability and healthy communities and creating resilient cities that can withstand future stresses and shocks. The summit helped put into context the New Urban Agenda – which falls under the umbrella initiatives of the UN Sustainable Development Goals (UN SDG’S) – into a Toronto and Canadian context. This was the first such large scale event to be held in Canada in …

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WSDG to Explore Sustainable Agriculture Collaboration with Toronto-Based Ripple Farms

Within the framework of its goal to disseminate best practices and technologies in sustainable agriculture, the Waterloo Sustainable Development Group has signed a memorandum of understanding with Toronto based aquaponics developer Ripple Farms, setting in place the foundation for exploring collaboration in providing aquaponics agricultural solutions to international clients through WSDG’s global network. Aquaponics is a system of agriculture in which conventional aquaculture (raising aquatic animals in controlled tanks) is combined with hydroponics (the cultivation of plants in water without soil) in a symbiotic relationship whereby the aquatic animal waste provides the nutrients for the plants to grow. With its …

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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 Takes Part in Integrating Sustainability Co-Design

WSDG Chief Operating Officer, Laura Hartwell and Chief Strategic Officer, Ian Chow took part in a co-design discussing integrating sustainability in post-secondary institutions. The workshop, which was hosted by Sustainability Ontario Community Energy Co-op (SOSEC) brought together social innovation experts from post secondary institutions, researchers and sustainable energy champions. Through a systems approach, the workshop was led by Howard Tam from ThinkFresh Group to explore ideas and cultivate the momentum to carry these ideas back into post-secondary institutions. A guest speaker, Bernie McIntyre of the Toronto and Region Conservation Association (TRCA), addressed the importance of not only innovation but collaboration with …

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WSDG and the Ontario Sustainable Energy Association Sign Cooperation Agreement on the Sidelines of the 2017 Powering Prosperity Awards

The Waterloo Sustainable Development Group (WSDG) and the Ontario Sustainable Energy Association (OSEA) have signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) that sets into motion collaboration in the areas of promoting sustainable energy advocacy and proliferation in Canada and abroad. The agreement, formally signed by WSDG’s CEO Tarek Alfarra and OSEA’s Executive Director Nicole Risse on the sidelines of the 2017 Powering Prosperity Awards, which honor the achievements of Ontario’s leaders in sustainable energy, aims to explore cooperation in promoting Ontario’s highly innovative sustainable energy industry. WSDG’s CSO Ian Chow, COO Laura Hartwell and CCDO Nicole Maynard-Li were also present to witness the …

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WSDG Discusses Economic Development with Jordan’s Minister of State for Economic Affairs

Waterloo Sustainable Development Group CEO Tarek Alfarra met in Jordan with Minister of State for Economic Affairs Dr. Yusuf Mansur and discussed economic development opportunities and steps taken by the Jordanian government to overcome challenges and achieve growth in a number of sectors. During the meeting, which took place at the Prime Ministry in the capital city of Amman, Minister Mansur discussed The Jordan Compact (signed between the EU and Jordan in February – effective since July 2016) which is a recent “holistic approach” reached between Jordan and the International Community to overcome the challenges posed by the Syrian Refugee Crisis. …

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WSDG, The Paragon Group, Explore Cooperation in Renewable Energy Services

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Within its ongoing efforts to provide its clients with comprehensive, reliable and affordable services, the Waterloo Sustainable Development Group (WSDG) has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with The Paragon Group, a renewable energy services engineering firm to explore various avenues of cooperation and exchange of expertise in the field of renewable energy engineering. The MoU, which paves the way for both companies to officially explore cooperation in sustainable renewable energy services and projects in Canada and Internationally, was formally signed on Tuesday at Kitchener’s Treehaus Collaborative Workspace in the presence of WSDG’s CEO, Tarek Alfarra, CSO Ian Chow, and …

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