Mel Wilson
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Partner and National Leader, Sustainable Business Solutions practice, PwC Canada. Over 25 years experience working in the environmental and sustainability field in Canada and internationally. BSc in Biology, Masters and PhD in environmental management.

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The UN Sustainable Development Goals (Translated Into Trumpese)

(0) Comments | Posted March 17, 2017 | 12:46 PM

Note this is a parody. Do NOT take it seriously (just watch, someone will take it seriously.) To see the original Sustainable Development Goals, go to the real UN website. This is a short summary guide to the SDGs as if they were written by POTUS Trump himself.

SDG 1....

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The Difference Between Uncertainty And Chaos

(0) Comments | Posted January 30, 2017 | 1:46 PM

Not long ago I was talking with my friend Paul about the changes occurring globally within the the energy industries. We talked about what was causing the stubbornly low oil and gas prices, changing government policies regarding fossil fuels and the rise of renewable and alternative energy, the changes in...

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What The Great One Can Teach Us About The Future Of Sustainability

(0) Comments | Posted January 23, 2017 | 1:41 PM

wayne gretzky puck
Wayne Gretzky #99 of Team Canada skates with the puck during a 1987 Canada Cup game against the Soviet Union in Sept., 1987. (Photo: B Bennett/Bruce Bennett Studios/Getty Images)

By Mel Wilson, PhD

I write this article at the beginning of 2017....

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What Driving Across Canada Will Look Like In 2047

(1) Comments | Posted January 3, 2017 | 11:48 AM

Imagine it is the year 2047 and you are driving from Toronto to Vancouver. What will the experience be like? How will it be different than today? Here are some possible ways.

The vehicle

First of all, you don't own your car. You have rented it for the weekend from...

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Our Most Valuable Non-Renewable Resource Is Time

(0) Comments | Posted December 12, 2016 | 9:27 AM

"Time is our most valuable nonrenewable resource, and if we want to treat it with respect, we need to set priorities" wrote physicist Albert-László Barabási. When I first read this it struck me that amongst the world's many resources, the one we take most for granted is time.

We...

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How To Be A Wealthy Environmentalist

(0) Comments | Posted November 23, 2016 | 7:08 AM

If there is one myth that needs to be busted, it is that one must live a minimalist, ascetic lifestyle in order to be an environmentalist. You know what I mean: the stereotypical vegan naturalist who only travels by bicycle, makes her own clothes from handpicked wild cotton, and washes...

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5 Things You Need To Know About The Sustainable Development Goals

(2) Comments | Posted October 27, 2016 | 11:13 AM

By Mel Wilson and Elise Bieche

On 25 September 2015, 193 countries including Canada adopted the United Nations' 2030 Development Agenda entitled Transforming Our World: the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development. This agenda contains 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs, also sometimes referred to as the Global Goals) and...

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Why Sustainability Leaders Are Supporting The SDGs

(0) Comments | Posted October 14, 2016 | 9:23 AM

Whether we are talking about a company, a nonprofit, or a government, when it comes to sustainability management, an organization must focus on two things:

  • sustainability performance, and
  • sustainability communications

To be a leading sustainability organization you need to excel at both performance and communications. Both require strategy, planning, resources,...

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Are We Simply Rearranging The Deck Chairs On The Titanic?

(0) Comments | Posted October 12, 2016 | 4:04 PM

One night many years ago, while out for a few beers, a good friend of mine leaned in and, with a serious look on his face, said, "Does all this sustainability stuff really make a difference, or are we just rearranging the deckchairs on the Titanic?"

I seem to recall...

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10 Things I Learned During My 25 Years Working In Sustainability

(0) Comments | Posted October 11, 2016 | 5:31 PM

You know, I just realized I have been working in the Sustainability field (first environment, then environment and health & safety and now corporate sustainability) for basically 25 years now. I have worked as a consultant for close to 100 clients and I have also worked on the client side...

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Alberta Should Make The Sustainable Development Goals Their Own

(1) Comments | Posted September 29, 2016 | 11:11 AM

In the summer of 2015, an idea struck me: What if Alberta, as a province -- government, industry, not-for-profits, and everybody -- were to actively support the (then to be released) UN's Sustainable Development Goals? Or, more specifically: Would adopting/endorsing the SDGs help Alberta improve its sustainability performance...

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The Difference Between Stakeholders And Protesters

(0) Comments | Posted September 20, 2016 | 10:04 AM

We live in a world teeming with stakeholders. At some point in time every citizen, whether they know it or not, will be a stakeholder for something. You the reader are a stakeholder. And so am I.

Now occasionally stakeholders get so fired up they become protesters. But are stakeholders...

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Diagnosing Why You Feel Overwhelmed At Work

(0) Comments | Posted September 13, 2016 | 6:40 AM

Author's note: I am neither a medical doctor nor a psychologist, so take this diagnostic tool for what it's worth. I first developed it twenty years ago when a client was expressing dissatisfaction with her job but couldn't articulate what the problem was. Through discussion and some doodles on a...

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