Niagara College Student Chosen to Attend Sustainability Conference

This spring, students from across Canada competed to participate in the 2014 IMPACT! The Co-operators Youth Program for Sustainability Leadership. One of those students, Meaghan Langille will be a graduate from the Environmental Management and Assessment Program this April. She is among 175 college and university students chosen from more than 730 applicants across Canada to participate in the conference. The opportunity involves a full conference with workshops, mentoring and networking opportunities and information about funding for student projects. 

When asked about the opportunity Langille stated that she is “thrilled to be given such an amazing opportunity to connect with such a high calibre and passionate group of people through IMPACT!” The conference will bring together youth from across Canada and Langille believes that this convening provides a unique opportunity to both learn from each other and identify ways to collaborate and work together on driving sustainability at both local and national scales.

Niagara College is thrilled that a student will be represented at this unique opportunity. This conference is an impressive opportunity to meet like-minded individuals collaborating and learning about new ways to drive sustainability initiatives locally and nationally. Specifically, students will be working closely with attendees focusing on sustainable food ideas and practices. At the moment, initiatives are underway to develop support and new initiatives for food systems knowledge.

Meaghan Langille   

Langille will join her colleagues at the University of Guelph campus from May 23 to 26, 2014 where they will team up with experts to develop real sustainability solutions to take back to their campuses, communities, and current or future workplaces. The participants are students, aged 19 to 25, from 68 Canadian colleges and universities. They come from a variety of fields of study but share a passion for bringing about positive change. The multi-disciplinary approach is intended to spark creativity and create broad-based networks.

“When The Co-operators launched the IMPACT! Program in 2009, sustainability was an issue that we felt deserved attention, but was not necessarily at the forefront of the minds of most Canadians,” said Kathy Bardswick, President and CEO of The Co-operators. “Since then, awareness of the need for sustainable practices, products and systems has grown, and it is young people who are often the leaders, taking action to create a more sustainable society.”

In advance of the event, participants will complete an online sustainability course created by The Natural Step Canada, connect online with their fellow conference participants, and learn about certain sustainability challenges. During the conference, participants will apply this knowledge and work with various experts from academia, industry, government and civil society. Following the conference, they will go on to lead community initiatives, some with the help of grants from The Co-operators Foundation – IMPACT! Fund.

IMPACT! The Co-operators Youth Program for Sustainability Leadership is a partnership with The Natural Step Canada, the University of Guelph, the University of Saskatchewan Centre for the Study of Co-operatives, Wilfrid Laurier University, Lambton College, the Canadian Co-operative Association, the international student organization AIESEC, and the David Suzuki Foundation.

About The Co-operators

The Co-operators Group Limited is a Canadian-owned co-operative with more than $34 billion in assets under administration. Through its group of companies it offers home, auto, life, group, travel, commercial and farm insurance, as well as investment products. The Co-operators is well known for its community involvement and its commitment to sustainability. The Co-operators is listed among the 50 Best Employers in Canada by Aon Hewitt; Corporate Knights’ Best 50 Corporate Citizens in Canada; and the Top 50 Socially Responsible Corporations in Canada by Sustainalytics and Maclean’s magazine. For more information visit

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