The Commission for Environmental Cooperation (CEC) has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with the Faculty of Environment of the University of Waterloo to formalize the long-standing relationship and collaboration on sustainable solutions for complex environmental challenges.

“We are very proud of this partnership that represents a major step to empower young students to become tomorrow’s leaders of environmental change,” said Georgina O’Farrill, outreach and partnerships officer at the CEC. “The signature of the memorandum showcases the value of collaborative work with those paving the way to ensure a sustainable environment for the future. We are happy that our partners at the University of Waterloo share our vision of the positive outcomes when connecting sustainability, entrepreneurship and innovation.”

The objective of the MoU is to recognize the need to share the mutual benefits that may be derived from coordinated actions and highlight the leading role of the Faculty of Environment of the University of Waterloo for the transition of the EcoInnovation Network (EIN) to become self sustained. Launched in 2019, the EIN brings together innovation centers from academic institutions from Canada, Mexico, and the United States to enhance education and to provide tools for students and communities while encouraging innovation, entrepreneurship and sustainable design for green growth. The University of Waterloo is a founding member and one of the Canadian institutions involved in the network. The University of Waterloo will host the Network until December 2023.

“For several years now, our students have already been benefitting from close collaboration between UW’s Faculty of Environment and the CEC on efforts related to environmental innovation,” said Brock Dickinson, the faculty’s entrepreneur-in-residence. “From pitch competitions to training workshops to opportunities to participate in international environmental meetings and discussions, our students are involved with the CEC in many ways.”

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The signing of the MoU represents a success for the CEC in its objective to implement its projects in collaboration with different sectors, such as academic institutions bringing their own experts to the table to strengthen their success and impacts.

The University of Waterloo’s Faculty of Environment has grown to become Canada’s largest environment program with approximately 3,000 students.

Featured image: The CEC partnered with the University of Waterloo Faculty of Environment to strengthen their commitment to support sustainability, green innovation and entrepreneurship, knowledge exchange and capacity building for youth. Credit: CEC.

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