Carolinian Canada Members & Friends Tour / Annual General Meeting 2019
Tuesday, June 25 / Stoneridge Inn, London, Ontario
Connect, explore & tour green ideas for a healthy economy, environment & culture with Carolinian Canada. How can we efficiently invest in healthy, climate-smart landscapes as a path to a green future? How can we build leadership together across sectors for a resilient ecoregion? Join the leaders on the ground growing healthy landscapes. Join the discussion.
Lina Bowden & Andre Vashist, VERGE Capital
Tours featuring Landowner Leaders:
Chippewas of the Thames First Nation
The Living Centre, Eco-Spiritual Educational Sanctuary
Talk - Tours - Brunch - AGM – Elections – Big Picture update
All Welcome $50 - FREE for members & friend. - Join Now
Annual General Business Meeting
Big Picture Update
Carolinian Canada Director Elections
Investing in Biodiversity for a Green Future
Lina Bowden and Andre Vashist, VERGE Capital
Indigenous and environmental sectors have been underestimated and overlooked in our capital markets. VERGE Capital will share how we plan to complement, accelerate and amplify the conservation sector's impact in Southwestern Ontario through innovative finance partnerships. Lina Bowden, FCPA, FCMA, MA is the catalyst behind VERGE Capital, a community-led collaborative that creates local investment for local impact in London and Southwestern Ontario. André Vashist is a serial social entrepreneur passionate about inclusive, sustainable and resilient communities. As Director of Social Innovation at Pillar Nonprofit Network, he supports the team managing initiatives that facilitate complex collaborations between government, academic, business, finance and nonprofit sectors, such as: Libro Social Enterprise Incubator, VERGE Capital and CityStudio London.
Tour includes uneven and wet ground – dress for weather – bring water, tick and bug protection
At each site, the tour may be split into groups.
Chippewas of the Thames First Nation
320 Chippewa Rd, Muncey ON, N0L 1Y0
SAVE: Saving nature as the backbone for healthy communities & planning for 7 generations
The Chippewas of the Thames First Nations is a community supporting hundreds of acres of wildlife habitat, consisting of mature woodlands including wet woods and swamps, open savannas, and significant prairie remnants with much riparian habitat along the relatively shallow Antler River (Thames) which snakes through the community. Several species of rare reptiles including the Map, Blanding's and E. Spiny Softshell Turtles, the Milk Snake, and the E. Hog-nosed Snake are found in pockets of suitable habitat at COTTFN. Rare birds also abound, including the Prothonotary, Hooded, and Cerulean Warblers, Acadian Flycatcher, Bobolink, E. Meadowlark and in recent years, a small number of Henlow's Sparrows have been recorded. Plants of note include the Great Plains Ladies Tresses (Orchid), Stiff Goldenrod, and Big Bluestem.
The Living Centre
5871 Bells Road, London, ON
SEED: Seeding a native plant EcoTrail & exploring innovative ways to generate revenue
The Living Centre is a small business operated by Lorenna and Shantree Kacera, leading the way in combining the principles of permaculture with high quality ecological restoration. They protect a 25 ac mature Black Cherry woodland and are in the early stages of converting 25 acres to climate-smart natural landscapes including wetland, woodland, wet meadow and tallgrass prairie. They are also integrating native plants into extensive gardens for beauty, wildlife, sustainable food, foraging and ceremony. This eco-spiritual educational sanctuary promotes biodiversity best practices through events, mentorship, demonstration, research and low impact buildings including an earthship. https://www.thelivingcentre.com/