Guest Speakers

Domonique Souris, Co-Founder and Executive Director, Youth Climate Lab

A tireless climate activist and youth advocate, Dominique is a recent graduate of the Balsillie School of International Affairs (BSIA) whose research and work is driven by her passion for innovative climate action.

As Co-Founder and Executive Director of the Youth Climate Lab, Dominique works with a global team of youth and partners to design, pilot and scale initiatives that engage youth in developing new approaches to climate policy and entrepreneurship. While a student at BSIA as well as in her role as a Graduate Fellow at the Centre for International Governance Innovation (CIGI), Dominique’s research explored innovation in global climate finance governance as well as innovative financial mechanisms for refugee responsibility sharing..

Dominique is also a World Economic Forum (WEF) Global Shaper and a Board Member for the Foundation for Environmental Stewardship. She also sits on the Leadership Council for the Sustainable Development Solutions Network (SDSN)-Canada. This year, Dominique was named among the Top 25 under 25 Environmentalists in Canada and Top 100 Visionary Leaders as well as received the Young Alumni Award by the University of Waterloo, Canada.

Dominique is an avid traveller, having visited and worked in more than 36 countries.

David A. Klar, M.Sc., Founder & Executive Director, Global SDG Awards

David A. Klar is an award-winning sustainability leader with deep industry ties, active values and an advanced knowledge of corporate responsibility best practices. With more than eight years of experience in sustainability, David has worked for large Canadian retailers and recently was the Manager of Programs & Membership at Canadian Business for Social Responsibility (CBSR). David founded The Global SDG Awards in 2018 to increase private sector engagement with the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) framework through competition. The Global SDG Awards’ mission is to create a race to the top and to inspire others with examples of next generation sustainability leadership. David holds a Bachelor or Environmental Studies from York University and a Master of Science in Industrial Ecology from the Norwegian University of Science and Technology (NTNU).


Sophia is currently pursuing a PhD in Social and Ecological Sustainability at the University of Waterloo and is the Vice President of Programs for the Canadian Society for Ecological Economics (CANSEE). She holds a Bachelor’s in Environment and Business studies from the University of Waterloo where she acquired one year of co-op work experience with Environment Canada monitoring the Canadian Environmental Sustainability Indicators (CESI) program, and eight months working in the private sector with an environmental consulting firm. After a year of skiing in the Canadian Rockies, Sophia completed a Masters in Environmental Studies at York University in partnership with the international research and training program Economics for the Anthropocene (E4A). Sophia’s current research investigates the radical and disruptive potential of household sustainability in cultivating post-growth and post-carbon political economies. She is Co-Chair of CANSEE’s 12th biennial conference entitled Engaging Economies of Change which will take place this May 22-25, 2019 at the Balsillie School of International Affairs in Waterloo.