Thank you for inspiring thousands Dr. Suzuki!

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on 01 December 2017

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BurlingtonGreen was thrilled and honoured to partner with the David Suzuki Foundation to present three spectacular and meaningful events on November 21st, 2017, at the Burlington Performing Arts Centre.

Approximately 700 Halton youth from grades 7 to 12 , and 1000 more across Canada (via live streaming), were treated to a full day of captivating presentations by local eco-heros( see profiles further below), an inspirational musical performance by Cameron Brown, and an unforgettable keynote address by the one and only Dr. David Suzuki.

Later that same day, a limited number of guests enjoyed a "VIP" reception with Dr. Suzuki, before gathering in the main theatre for a sold out experience featuring three time JUNO Award nominees and Billboard charting band Sultans of String.  Dr. Suzuki then took the stage again, sharing stories and calls to action resulting in a standing ovation by an inspired crowd.  International speaker & storyteller Cameron Brown  shared insights on how each of us can make a greater impact and he performed his latest song 'There's Still Time'.  The event wrapped up with some fun as three winning names were drawn for the fundraising prize raffle!

Dr. David Suzuki shared personal stories of inspiration and a message of hope as he revealed the profound ways that Canadians are coming together for the goal of breathing fresh air, drinking clean water, eating safe food and the legal right to enjoy a stable climate as part of the Suzuki Foundation's Blue Dot Movement.

Further information below including event supporters:



Julia Barnes

Julia Barnes attended Nelson High School in Burlington and is the award-winning filmmaker behind ‘Sea of Life’. For as long as Julia can remember she has been passionate about the natural world, but it wasn't until Julia was 16 that she realized the world she loved was in serious jeopardy. After watching Rob Stewart's empowering and eye-opening documentary ‘Revolution’ and learning that the world's coral reefs, rain forests, and fisheries are expected to be gone by the middle of this century, Julia was compelled to take action to protect the world she loves from human destruction, and she knew that film was the most powerful tool she could use to help spread the word.

So at the age of 16, with no prior film experience, Julia picked up a video camera and set out to make a documentary to raise awareness about the biggest threats facing the planet and inspire audiences to turn things around. ‘Sea of Life’ is a call to action for today's youth, presenting the challenges we face as an opportunity for young people to rise up and become the heroes the world needs.

Andrew Wong

A graduate of Nelson High School, Andrew Wong is a National Geographic Young Explorer, photographer, filmmaker, and artist whose work focuses on understanding the sustainable livelihoods of peoples of the world, particularly indigenous cultures.

With food, water, and natural resources increasingly becoming in need on the planet in this 21st century, Andrew's work seeks to learn how different cultures have found their own ways to live, eat, and consume resources sustainably. If the 7,000 cultures of the world are unique answers to the fundamental question: What does it mean to be human and alive? Then, Andrew believes, the 7,000 cultures of the world also provide unique answers to the vital question: How do we, as humans, live sustainably on this planet Earth?

In recent years, Andrew's work has taken him to the Canadian Arctic, South America, Eastern Europe, and Southern Asia, from living in the Nepal Himalaya to learn about Sherpa life-ways in 2014, to Nunavut, Canada where he lives today learning about Inuit knowledge of the land and hunting ways.

An award winning storyteller, Andrew received a coveted research and exploration grant by National Geographic Society naming him a Young Explorer, and he also received the Toyota Earth Day National Award and was named Canada’s Next Green Journalist by Environmental Defence.

Jackie Prime

Growing up in Burlington, Jackie became interested in animals and nature at a young age. A graduate of MM Robinson High School, Jackie went on to earn her PhD in Anthropology studying gibbons in South East Asia, where she lived for two years as the only foreign researcher in Thailand’s most celebrated protected rainforests: UNESCO World Heritage Site, Khao Yai National Park.

Armed with some research equipment, a video camera, and a solid pair of hiking boots, Jackie left Burlington knowing only one thing for sure: living alone on the other side of the world would be no walk in the park. Relying on the kindness of strangers, she would need to learn the local language fast and make new friends in order to survive life in the jungle – a task that put her strength and psyche to the ultimate test – leading her to discover a lot about the animals she studies, but even more about the intrinsic value of life and what it means to be human.

Now with over a decade of teaching and research experience, Jackie is one of the few dedicated gibbon specialists in the world and the founder of Prime Earth, sharing her story and knowledge with others to empower people to become active participants in a global society that respects nature, human diversity, and our planet to create a more compassionate world.

Kale Black     

Kale Black is passionate about being a catalyst for positive change in the world. At only 28 years old, Kale has accumulated over a decade of experience working in the environmental movement, helping to create a better world for people, the environment, and all forms of life on earth.

An award winning environmentalist and community organizer, Kale’s interest and enthusiasm for environmental sustainability was first sparked at Aldershot High School while taking eco-studies, where he served as their first eco-club president and worked a split co-op position with the City of Burlington’s Environment Department and BurlingtonGreen.

Kale was then hired as BurlingtonGreen’s first Youth Program Coordinator and became a key figure in community environmentalism developing Burlington’s first environmental Youth Network, teaching more than 7000 children in Kids Go Green workshops, and managing BurlingtonGreen’s event greening and habitat restoration work.Ultimately, Kale’s leadership has resulted in a whopping 61+ tons of organics and recyclables diverted from landfills and the planting of over 10,000 native plants and trees in Burlington.

Over the years, Kale’s investment in numerous local eco-projects and his inspiring workshops and keynote talks at the Ontario Nature Youth Summit, have motivated and mobilized hundreds of youth and community volunteers to take action for the planet and become the positive force of change this world needs to live sustainably on our planet.

The event concluded with International Speaker & Storyteller Cameron Brown, sharing insights on how we can make a greater impact and performed his latest song 'There's Still Time' live on stage on a grand piano.

Born and raised in outback Australia, Cameron has turned his dream and passion for helping others into a socially conscious company that empowers people across the globe to make a greater impact.

In 2016, he sold or donated 99% of the things he used to own and embarked on a global quest to show first hand, that how we run our companies, live our lives and utilise our unique talents & strengths, determines our future as a species.

Through the talks he gives, people he coaches, and music & short films he creates that have an audience in 195 countries, Cameron discusses important topics including human potential, creative thinking, sustainability and relationship development.

Thank You to Our Sponsors:

             Earth (Platinum) Sponsor


          Forest (Gold) & Media Sponsors



    Tree (Silver) Sponsors


Leaf (Bronze) Sponsors

City of Burlington


Burlington Hydro

Impressive Printing

Emma's Backporch

Black River Juice

    Seedling (Copper) Sponsors

          Conservation Halton

               Bullfrog Power

Smith's Funeral Homes

Southbrook Vineyards

Beau's Brewery

More Sponsors & Supporters

VIP reception musician: Tim Park

We are grateful to the Burlington Foundation for their grant gift to support education at the Youth Eco-Summit

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