Our mission is to strengthen environmental nonprofit leadership. The Sustainability Network works with environmental non-profits to make them more effective and efficient. By improving management and leadership skills and fostering organizational development, we help to strengthen the environmental community. We are about sustaining the organizations that work on sustainability.

Sustainability Network is Canada’s leading hub for convening, advising, and mobilizing the environmental not-for-profit community, its leaders, and partners.

Three key organizational goals guide our efforts:

1.     Serve and strengthen Canadian environmental not-for-profit leadership by:

  1. Delivering high-quality learning and training programs that address key needs of leaders in the sector;
  2. Convening partners and stakeholders around key issues to achieve collective impact;
  3. Serving as the trusted source for professional development opportunities and insights for Canadian ENGO leaders.

2.     Be Canada’s premier capacity-builder serving environmental not-for-profit organizations by:

  1. Facilitating collaborations with governments, foundations, or corporations, and their ENGO grantees and partners to launch and scale innovative programs and projects that strengthen the sector;
  2. Seeking international and cross-sectoral opportunities for Canadian ENGOs to learn from and collaborate with new and non-traditional partners to advance their shared goals.

3.   Ensure Sustainability Network is a well-managed, well-governed sustainable, and respected organization by:

  1. Planning for long-term operational resilience with a sustainable financing strategy and sound governance;
  2. Being the go-to organization for governments, foundations, corporations and others seeking to work with Canadian ENGOs to make a positive impact;
  3. Rigorously evaluating and enhancing partner and client relationships;
  4. Ensuring our events, communications, and daily operations demonstrate economic, social, and environmental sustainability.

Our Programs:

Learning Networks

Regional, provincial or subsector ENGO leaders meet in a series of multi-day retreats over a year or two. Participants receive advanced organizational training, learn from peers and explore broader issues facing the sector.
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Training Workshops

Sustainability Network organizes all-day, customized workshops to help leaders of environmental nonprofits develop their management skills. Session topics range from social enterprise, and evaluation to communications and collaboration.
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Our free monthly e-newsletter is distributed to environmental leaders across Canada. The digest announces Sustainability Network events and offerings, other NGO capacity building opportunities and links subscribers to the latest nonprofit management research.
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Public Forums

We host speakers at CSI-Spadina in Toronto or via webinar. These dialogues convene the ENGO community and provide environmental leaders with an opportunity to engage senior thought leaders. Speakers have included Justin Trudeau, Michael Adams, Robert F. Kennedy Jr., and Elizabeth May.
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