Mel Wilson has been an active sustainability consultant in Calgary for over 25 years, specializing in environmental / sustainability reporting and assurance. Over this time he have led or participated in countless types of sustainability projects, although he is mostly known for conducting third-party audits of sustainability reports, sustainability management systems, and helping clients work integrate the United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goals into their programs. He has has worked with clients from the energy, telecommunications, mining, transportation, and agriculture industries as well as all three levels of government. His career includes 22 years at PwC, one of the world’s largest professional services firms, culminating as Partner and National Leader of the Sustainable Business Solutions practice. While at PwC he led the interdisciplinary teams that conducted the very first dozen independent audits of corporate sustainability reports and greenhouse gas emission reports in Canada. Many of the services they developed at PwC in Calgary have since become mainstream sustainability consulting services across the country. Mel left PwC in 2017 and now runs his own consulting firm called MJ Wilson Inc.

Mel has a B.Sc in Biology (1988) from University of Prince Edward Island, and a Masters (1992) and a PhD (2003) in Environmental Design from the University of Calgary. He completed his doctoral research on the principles and methodologies for providing independent assurance on corporate sustainability reports.

 

Presentation

The Sustainable Development Goals: An Opportunity for Business

Companies have taken stock of the SDGs, recognizing the potential to support them in enhancing their license to operate, innovate and grow. Few companies have conducted a detailed examination of the SDGs at target-level, and relatively few companies seem to be considering how they can contribute to the SDGs through addressing negative impacts, or through engaging with their value chain.

This presentation is co-hosted with Patti Dolan, Portfolio Manager with Mission Wealth Advisors of Raymond James Ltd; Kris Frederickson, Manager Sustainability Disclosure & Stakeholder Engagement with Suncor Energy; and, Yvonne Jeffery, Manager Sustainability, Community Investment and Communications with Vermillion Energy.

 

Look for this presentation in the Friday Morning program at 11:00 am. If you haven’t already, get your tickets to the 2019 Environmental Gathering!

 

Explore this environmental solution through the lens of these United Nations Sustainable Development Goals:

Alberta Ecotrust 2019 Environmental Gathering United Nations Sustainable Development Goal 8 Decent Work Economic GrowthAlberta Ecotrust 2019 Environmental Gathering United Nations Sustainable Development Goal 9 Industry Innovation Infrastructure   Alberta Ecotrust 2019 Environmental Gathering United Nations Sustainable Development Goal 12 Responsible Consumption ProductionAlberta Ecotrust 2019 Environmental Gathering United Nations Sustainable Development Goal 17 Partnerships for Goals