The City of Kitchener, in collaboration with the Waterloo Region Small Business Centre (WRSBC), hosts a monthly speaker series, called SDG Talks, to explore the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals and how we, as individuals, can help create a more socially and environmentally sustainable planet.  

Join us for the next talk in the SDG Talks series on Thursday, Sept. 21 from 5:30 - 8:30 p.m. at the SDG Idea Factory, 2 King St. W. as we look at goal #16 - peace, justice and strong institutions. We will explore what different organizations are doing to ensure the safety and security of our community and local businesses.  

The panel discussion, facilitated by Paul Heidebrecht, Director, Kindred Credit Union Centre for Peace Advancement will take place between 6-7:30 p.m. and will feature: 

  • Kamil Ahmed, Sulah Service Coordinator, Community Justice Initiatives 
  • Jessica Burman, CEO/Founder, Cocoon Apothecary Skincare 
  • Scott Williams, Executive Director, SPECTRUM 
  • Colin Russell, Managing Director, Cybersecurity and Privacy Institute, University of Waterloo 

After the panel discussion, we will be joining Take Back the Night from 7:30 – 8:30 p.m. in Downtown Kitchener hosted by the Sexual Assault Support Centre of Waterloo Region.

To register for the SDG Talks event, visit  

All are welcome to attend. This event is supported by the Waterloo Region Community Foundation.

Over the next year, the City of Kitchener and community partners will invite speakers to present topics related to the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals as part of a series of seventeen sessions to raise awareness and accountability for the sustainable development goals. The theme of the series is Business as a Force for Good and future sessions and topics will be announced closer to the event dates.