Using nature to inspire design
Nature Conservancy of Canada to host Ontario NatureTalks speaker series in Cambridge. Support for the series being provided by OLG
The Nature Conservancy of Canada (NCC) is pleased to present Ontario NatureTalks, generously supported by the Ontario Lottery and Gaming Corporation (OLG), taking place this Thursday in Cambridge, Ontario.
At 7 p.m., on October 19, at the rare Charitable Research Reserve, Jamie Miller will present on biomimicry, an approach to innovation that seeks sustainable solutions to human challenges by emulating nature’s time-tested patterns and strategies. Visit the events page for more details.
Living organisms have evolved well-adapted structures and materials over time through natural selection. Biomimetics have given rise to new technologies inspired by biological solutions. Humans have looked at nature for answers to problems throughout our existence. Nature has solved engineering problems such as self-healing abilities, environmental exposure tolerance and resistance, and harnessing solar energy.
Jamie Miller is a biomimicry consultant and lecturer based out of Guelph, Ontario. His company, Biomimicry Frontiers, works with industry leaders, communities and individuals to co-create better habitats, communities and landscapes through the practical philosophy of biomimicry. Miller is also currently leading the development of multiple Biomimicry Centres of Excellence, which are innovation and research incubators that focus on bridging industry, academia and entrepreneurship.
The Ontario NatureTalks speaker series is about building connections to nature and each other. Through this series, NCC shares stories of conservation to inspire and motivate others to be champions for nature. Several NatureTalks events are scheduled to take place across Ontario thanks to OLG’s generosity.
“We are pleased that OLG has committed to supporting NCC by sponsoring our Ontario NatureTalks events. Connecting Canadians to nature, whether it be through Conservation Volunteers events, property hikes or educational series like NatureTalks, is important to the future of conservation in Canada.” Dana Kleniewski, Director of Development and Communications, Nature Conservancy of Canada, Ontario Region.
“As part of our Sustainability (Bet on Green) Program, we are pleased to continue supporting Nature Conservancy of Canada’s conservation efforts, this time through their NatureTalks events. This is an excellent follow-up to our support of last year’s successful Conservation Volunteers events at 10 NCC conservation sites.” Paul Pellizzari, Executive Director, Policy and Social Responsibility, OLG.
The Nature Conservancy of Canada is the nation's leading not-for-profit, private land conservation organization, working to protect our most important natural areas and the species they sustain. Since 1962, NCC and its partners have helped protect 2.8 million acres (more than 1.1 million hectares), coast to coast, with more than 184,000 acres (74,000 hectares) in Ontario.
OLG is the Ontario government agency that delivers gaming entertainment in a socially responsible manner. OLG conducts and manages gaming facilities, the sale of province-wide lottery games, PlayOLG Internet gaming, the delivery of bingo and other electronic gaming products at Charitable Gaming Centres and is helping to build a more sustainable horse racing industry in Ontario. Since 1975, OLG has provided nearly $47 billion to the Province and the people of Ontario. These payments to the province support the operation of hospitals, amateur sport through the Quest for Gold program, local and provincial charities and problem gambling prevention, treatment and research. 100 per cent of OLG’s proceeds are invested in Ontario.
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