Date: June 22, 2010
WATERLOO – Geoff Cape, award-winning social entrepreneur and Executive Director and co-founder of Evergreen, will be the featured speaker at Capacity Waterloo Region’s third Change Agent Series event June 22 in Waterloo. Cape will talk about Evergreen’s expansion into social enterprise with the new Brick Works development, a centre for innovation and fresh thinking that will inspire future generations to rethink their place in the world.
“We’re delighted to feature Geoff in our Change Agent series,” said Cathy Brothers, Executive Director in Residence at Capacity Waterloo Region. “The series highlights the stories and strategies of social entrepreneurs whose ideas are making change and Geoff is a fantastic example of a leader who is doing just that. He and Evergreen are pushing boundaries and exploring new territory for non-profits, including new ways to fund great work.”
Cape has headed up Evergreen since he co-founded it in 1991. In 1999, he was selected as one of Canada’s “Top 40 Under 40” by The Globe and Mail Report on Business magazine. In 2005, Cape was inducted into an International Fellowship by Ashoka: Innovators for the Public and two years later he won the prestigious Schwab Foundation’s “Canadian Social Entrepreneur of the Year” Award, Canada’s top social entrepreneurship honour.
Evergreen engages Canadians in creating and sustaining dynamic outdoor spaces—in schools, communities and homes. By deepening the connection between people and nature, and empowering Canadians to take a hands-on approach to their urban environments, Evergreen is improving the health of our cities. Evergreen’s Brick Works is a unique environmental community centre and green cities centre for urban sustainability currently under construction in the heart of Toronto’s Don River Valley. This natural and industrial heritage site and its ongoing engaging programming, from Farmers’ Markets to seminars and plantings, is already inspiring and educating the community to embrace a sustainable future.
The Change Agent series is part of Capacity Waterloo Region’s efforts to develop an enabling environment for non-profits and social ventures that brings together resources from all sectors to support the people and ideas that build lasting social change.
The evening will also feature a major announcement from The Cowan Foundation and Capacity Waterloo Region. Cowan is also the sponsor for this event.