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Sarah Stone

Master of ceremonies/ONE CAmpaign

Sarah Stone has been an active member of ONE, a global anti-poverty organization, from its inception and has participated extensively in various ONE Canada initiatives including social media campaigns, petition deliveries, tabling at music events and conferences and recruiting and training new ONE members. Sarah works as a Nurse in maternal/infant care as a local hospital and also holds a BA in Religious Education. Sarah is passionate about advocacy and engaging new ONE members to become active and use their voice in the fight against global extreme poverty and preventable diseases. She has a particular interest in HIV/AIDS and global maternal health. Sarah lives in Waterloo, Ontario with her husband who is a pastor of a local church and their three daughters.


Dr. Amelia Clarke

Sustainable Development Goals and Cities

Dr. Amelia Clarke is a faculty member in the School of Environment, Enterprise and Development at the University of Waterloo. She has been working on environment and sustainability issues since 1989, including as President of Sierra Club Canada from 2003-2006.

Dr. Clarke's main research focuses are related to strategies for sustainable development in local economies, campuses, and include a half-million dollar project on structuring cross-sector social partnerships to more effectively achieve local sustainability goals.


Dr. Olaf Weber

International Development and Finance

Dr. Weber is a professor and research chair in the School of Environment, Enterprise and Development at the University of Waterloo. He is also a Senior Fellow with the Centre for International Governance Innovation (CIGI).

His research focuses around sustainable finance and more specifically, the connections between the financial performance of enterprises and sustainability, as well as the connections between financial players, such as banks, and sustainable development. 


Dr. Sarah Burch

Workshop: Brainstorming Sustainable solutions for cities

Dr. Sarah Burch holds a Canada Research Chair in Sustainability Governance and Innovation, and is an Associate Professor in the Department of Geography and Environmental Management, University of Waterloo, Canada. Her research, writing and teaching focus on transformative responses to climate change at the community scale, innovative strategies for making progress on sustainability, the unique contributions that small businesses can make to this solving this complex challenge.

She is a Lead Author in the 6th Assessment Report of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, beginning in 2019. She was a Coordinating Lead Author of the Earth System Governance project’s New Directions Initiative, which created the Science and Implementation Plan that will inform the research of an international network of more than 500 environmental governance scholars over the next 10 years.


Dr. Derek Armitage

Workshop: Coastal communities and climate change

Dr. Derek Armitage is a Professor in the School of Environment, Resources and Sustainability. He studies how individuals and communities make decision about coasts and oceans in the context of rapid environmental and climate change. He is also the director of the Environmental Change and Governance Group (ECGG).


Ana Carolina Esteves Dias

Workshop: Coastal communities and climate change

Ana Carolina Esteves Dias is a PhD candidate in the School of Environment, Resources and Sustainability. She has a background in Biology and Human Ecology. Her research focuses on the effects of environmental changes on the wellbeing of coastal communities and implications on Marine Protected Area governance.


Teyotsihstokwáthe Dakota Brant

Indigenous Traditional Ecological Knowledge: Risk & Opportunity of Global Sustainability Through the Haudenosaunee Lens

Teyotsihstokwáthe Dakota Brant was raised in the community of Ohswé:ken - Six Nations of the Grand River. She has a Master's Degree in Indigenous Community Planning from the University of British Columbia and has been a cultural ambassador, advisor and commentator on the Indigenous experience in North America for over 12 years. 

Ms. Brant is the Founder & CEO of Sapling & Flint™, an Indigenous jewelry & apparel manufacturer that ships worldwide. She is also a volunteer firefighter with the Six Nations Fire & Emergency Services.

We are very excited to hear her speak at this year’s International Development Conference as our keynote speaker.