hey there! welcome to "The Sustainable Events Forum".
Our goal is to bring people together on the important topic of climate change, educate each other and create networks - we hope you can attend one of our events and join us in creating a more sustainable events industry.
TSEF was created to spark ideas and motivate people to action on environmental and sustainable initiatives for events.
We align our efforts around four pillars:
We are committed to learning from experts and each other.
We aim to work with many people as we can as we all work toward a healthy planet
We are inspired by others and in turn, we try to uplift and inspire others
To quote Paulo Coelho, "the world is changed by your example, not by your opinion." We must act in order to change things
Who we are and what we hope to accomplish, together!
Educational and networking events and resources for event professionals to spark ideas and create action plans on the climate crisis as it affects the events industry
Join industry leaders and subject experts as we create action plans to address climate change at our events and in our businesses
From certification to leading suppliers, learn what you need to know to make your business and promotional events more sustainable
Candice Tulsieram, DES
Candice has been planning events for over 12 years and her passion for the events industry is evident. She believes that we should all strive to leave this world a little better than you found it. That sentiment is the driving force behind all she does as the co-founder of The Sustainable Events Forum. Candice champions sustainability because the future of her two little boys and her extended family depend on the actions we take today. While she has executed many events competently and in an environmentally friendly way and is an active volunteer in her industry, Candice has a very real superpower working with suppliers. Her sense of fairness, openness to new ideas and collegial attitude make her one of those planners that suppliers just love to go the extra mile for. In addition to the Sustainable Events Forum, Candice is Chief Event Strategist at her company, 360 Events Inc. and she is on a mission to plan and execute events which are a force for good in our environment and communities.
Natalie Lowe, CMM, CRL
Natalie never thought about the environment until her hometown of Slave Lake Alberta was consumed in a forest fire in May of 2011. After 8 years waiting for somebody to do something about climate change, she got to work. She created a course, started speaking to industry groups and drawing attention to the issue of waste and climate action in the events industry. (She is really sorry about those 8 years!) A colleague happened to casually mention that someone should do a sustainable event, and Natalie accepted that as a personal challenge – why hadn’t she? Her first call was to Candice and The Sustainable Events Forum was born. A hospitality and tourism business professional for over 30 years, Natalie runs her DMC, Celebrate Niagara. Natalie has sat on lots of boards and done lots of stuff, but she is more interested in what she is going to do next and how that is going to help you and the planet. Natalie thinks you are going to be the answer to the climate crisis, not the UN, not the government. You, taking action in your home, your work, your community will change the world. She’d love to talk to you about that!
TSEF also has a rockstar line up of founding committee members who have graciously volunteered their time, energy and passion.
Cameron Tulloch, COO, ecoRIDES Inc.
Caroline Aston, Principal, Aston Events & Communications
Emily Agro, Catering Manager, Eatertainment Events & Catering
Gary Graham, Director of operations, Green Key Global
Lisa Zivontsis, Project Manager, The Event Partner
Melissa Deslauriers, Professor, Hospitality & Culinary Arts, Conestoga College & Director of Marketing, bb Blanc
Melissa Radu, Sustainability Manager at Edmonton Economic Development Corporation
Robert Thompson, VP of Sales, Av Canada Inc.