Students: apply now to make an IMPACT! The Co-operators announces third youth sustainability leadership conference

Students: apply now to make an IMPACT! The Co-operators announces third youth 
sustainability leadership conference 
GUELPH, ON, Oct. 7, 2013 /CNW/ - Applications are open for the third IMPACT! 
Youth Conference for Sustainability Leadership. Canadian university and 
college students with a passion for sustainability and social change are 
encouraged to apply to attend and work toward sustainable solutions for their 
campuses, communities and workplaces. The conference, which will be held May 
23 to 26, 2014, at the University of Guelph, will feature a keynote address by 
recently retired Canadian astronaut, Chris Hadfield. Applications close 
October 20. 
IMPACT! Youth Conference for Sustainability Leadership encourages and supports 
future sustainability leaders in their common quest to build a healthier, more 
sustainable future. It will feature speakers from a variety of backgrounds, 
small group work and networking opportunities with executives working in 
various industries, all designed to give students the opportunity to create 
positive change. The conference provides a forum where the voices of the 
leaders of tomorrow are heard, and encouraged. 
"I learned about so many facts and ideas of sustainability that I had never 
really heard before, but I think that the biggest take-home message for me is 
that I can make change," said Katie Brady, an International Development 
student from the University of Guelph who attended the 2011 conference. "I was 
given the ability to look at an issue, and instead of being overwhelmed, I can 
now look at it and see solutions... [and] that is the most worthwhile and 
valuable lesson that I have ever taken home from a conference." 
"The conference brings young minds from across the country together to 
collaborate on vital sustainability solutions," said Kathy Bardswick, 
president and CEO of The Co-operators. "These students are the leaders of 
tomorrow and we're so pleased to be able to support and encourage them in 
every way possible." 
Current university and college students at the time of the conference, between 
19 and 25, are eligible to apply. 175 successful applicants will be selected 
to attend the conference from a variety of Canadian schools and a myriad of 
academic programs. All their expenses will be covered. 
For more information and to apply, please visit 
About The Co-operators:
The Co-operators Group Limited is a Canadian-owned co-operative with more than 
$33 billion in assets under administration. Through its group of companies it 
offers home, auto, life, group, travel, commercial and farm insurance, as well 
as investment products. The Co-operators is well known for its community 
involvement and its commitment to sustainability. The Co-operators is listed 
among the 50 Best Employers in Canada by Aon Hewitt; Corporate Knights' Best 
50 Corporate Citizens in Canada; and the Top 50 Socially Responsible 
Corporations in Canada by Sustainalytics and Maclean's magazine. For more 
information, visit

SOURCE  The Co-operators 
Leonard Sharman The Co-operators 519-767-3937 
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