Amy is the co-founder and head of communications for Carbon Conversations TO, a Toronto-based volunteer-led group founded to help individuals find hope in the climate crisis. Amy works with the team to develop and maintain CCTO’s online presence and execute communications. As a member of the leadership team, she also plays a key role in strategic decision-making of the organization.
Andy Wang is a Tzu Chi volunteer and passionate about promoting and educating about environmental issues through the lens of vegetarianism. Being a practising vegan, he is on a mission to share the benefits and misinformation of veganism.
Environment & Sustainability Expert, Stubborn Optimist
Emma has driven and developed Environmental and/or Sustainability programs for the major automotive supplier, Magna International, the retail mogul, Target and the iconic furnishings brand Knoll Inc. Wearing many hats, these roles have focused on compliance, risk management, sustainable design and supply chain transparency. In the past Emma has enjoyed teaching and inspiring local children and schools to rebuild the urban forest and is currently volunteering her expertise to support the circular economy and sustainable procurement initiatives in Canada. She has appeared as an expert speaker at the World Environmental Education Congress sharing her master’s research in environmental connection and stewardship. She has earned her undergraduate degree in Environmental Science from the University of Guelph and a Master of Art’s degree in Environmental Communications from Royal Roads University. Emma is an avid nature photographer and has recently unearthed a passion for portraiture. She loves spending time with her camera and interesting people!
Frances Edmonds BSc.(Hons), Dip. H&S, CRSP
Head of Sustainable Impact, HP Canada
In her role as head of Sustainable Impact, Frances Edmonds is responsible for driving business from sustainability leadership. Focusing on Canadian’s sustainable procurement practices Frances is working to change how Canada buys. She also oversees HP Canada’s full suite of corporate social responsibility programs including strategic partnerships with key nonprofit organizations and an industry leading volunteer program. Under Frances’s leadership, HP became the most sustainable technology company in Canada in 2018.
From being a founder of WWF’s Living Planet @ Work and Living Planet @ Campus programs to her TEDx talk demonstrating the power of collaboration, Frances seeks new and innovative ways to leverage the power of HP to create meaningful change across Canada. Hear more in her recent podcast.
Frances also has a passion for environmental education developing and implementing global environmental education and volunteer programs for HP. She is frequently featured in the news as an expert resource for media on sustainable impact. In 2020 Frances was invited to participate on the Council of Canadian Academies (CCA) expert panel on the Circular Economy with the report to be published in 2021.
Frances received her second Clean 50 award in 2017 recognizing her as one of Canada’s top sustainability professionals. She sits on the boards of Learning for a Sustainable Future and the Schulich Centre for Responsible Business advisory council.
Frances started her career with the UK Government as an enforcer of environmental health and safety requirements followed by her role as manager of environmental health and safety in Canada’s chemical and pharmaceutical industries. Frances has a degree in Environmental science from Bradford University (UK), a post graduate diploma in Occupational Health and Safety and is a Canadian Registered Safety Professional (CRSP).