A Night of Inspiration: An Environmental and a Social Visionary Share Their Stories

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A Night of Inspiration: An Environmental and a Social Visionary Share Their Stories

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At the next TSSS event on February 4th you will learn how two relentless visionaries made their dreams a reality.

Robert Shirkey, founder of Our Horizon, is an eco-visionary who saw gasoline pumps as an opportunity to change the conversation about how each of us contributes to climate change; “What if we added a message right on the gas pump like the way we do with cigarettes”?

Paul Klein, founder at Impakt is a social visionary who passionately chose to tackle the nagging social problem of youth homelessness and unemployment. In November 2015 Paul and his team at Impakt launched HireUp – the world’s first national job portal for youth who have experienced homelessness.

DATE: Thursday, February 4, 2016 (registration closes Feb. 2nd)
TIME: 4:30-7:30 EST (snacks & networking from 6:35-7:30)
LOCATION: Loyalty One, 438 University Ave., 12th Floor, Toronto (use elevators on the left in the lobby)
Free LIVE WEBCAST and twitterchat #tssschat from 5:00 – 6:00 PM EST
(Tickets for both the live event and the webcast must be purchased in advance)


During the event we will explore some of the following:

  • What prompted both Robert and Paul to tackle these issues
  • What were their strategies for addressing such large challenges
  • What were the biggest surprises that they encountered along the way
  • Whether they ever felt like it wasn’t going to happen and what kept them going
  • What was the the key to their project’s success

Also joining us to launch his new book, “Can the World be Wrong?” will be Doug Miller, Founder of GlobeScan. The book lays out a compelling case for looking to long-term trends in global public opinion to help predict the future. It goes on to outline the future these trends suggest. Doug will be sharing insights from his book and signing copies for audience members.

“We are living in uncertain times. My radical proposition in the book is that when humans are involved and given voice, everything is possible, including achieving our highest aspirations and best intentions.”

4:30 – 5:00 pm: Registration, snacks and networking
5:00 – 5:15 pm: Introductions and Presentation by Doug Miller
5:15 – 5:45 pm: Robert Shirkey and Paul Klein
5:45 – 6:05 pm: Small group breakout session
6:05 – 6:35 pm: Groups report back to main audience and general Q and A
6:35 – 7:30 pm: Networking and snacks


Robert Shirkey is a recognized global authority on the subject of climate change labels on gas pump nozzles. He has given lectures on the topic across North America and has been featured in media all over the world. His proposal has been endorsed by over a hundred academics and leaders in various disciplines from universities across North America. City and town councils across Canada have voted in favour of the concept and several U.S. cities are also pursuing the idea too. The idea is now being implemented in several communities on Canada’s west coast. Media outlets across North America are calling these historic global firsts. Rob is currently building a massive database of politicians’ emails to share these examples of leadership with the world.

Rob is a lawyer from Toronto, Canada. Prior to founding Our Horizon and launching its unique approach to addressing climate change, Rob operated a private practice in downtown Toronto. He also has experience as an Assistant City Solicitor and Prosecutor. Before completing his law degree, Rob studied business, economics, and psychology at the undergraduate level. He graduated with distinction and was the university valedictorian. He also once rode his bicycle across Canada!

Paul Klein founded Impakt in 2001 to create opportunities to create opportunities for leadership at the intersection of business and social change.

Paul has helped corporations including Baytex Energy, De Beers, Home Depot Canada Foundation, John Deere, McKesson, Nestlé-Purina, National Bank, Petro-Canada, Pfizer, RONA, Shoppers Drug Mart, SNC-Lavalin, Starbucks, Telus International, Sanofi, and 3M to increase the value of their investments in social change. Paul has also helped many leading non-profit organizations to understand their social purpose and build shared value partnerships with corporations.

Paul has written extensively about the intersection of business and social change for publications including Advertising Age, Canadian Business, Forbes, The Financial Post, The Globe and Mail, The Guardian and Stanford Social Innovation Review. Paul was included in the Globe and Mail’s 2011 Leading Thinkers Series, serves on the Advisory Council of the Centre of Excellence in Responsible Business at the Schulich School of Business, and was recognized as one of Trust Across America’s Top 100 Thought Leaders in Trustworthy Business Behavior.

Most recently, Paul and the team at Impakt launched HireUp – the world’s first national job portal for youth who have experienced homelessness. HireUp was launched in November and is the first time that employers across Canada can help end youth homelessness and address their hiring needs at the same time.

Doug Miller founded GlobeScan in 1987, and has led its expansive growth and its transition to an evidence-based consultancy and engagement firm. A pioneer of global polling, Doug is also a respected practitioner of stakeholder engagement and collaborative action. Recognized as a leading public affairs specialist, he briefs corporate boardrooms and government leaders around the world. He is also President of the newly launched GlobeScan Foundation. He is the author of Can the World Be Wrong? (Greenleaf Publishing, 2015).