Mayors' Dinner

The Working Centre Mayors' Dinner

The Working Centre is pleased to announce that

Frances Westley

will be our special Host for the  33rd Annual Mayors’ Dinner on Saturday March 28th, Marshall Hall, Bingemans, Kitchener, Ontario

Climate Change and Sustainability

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Growing our Own Food

Frances Westley, J.W. McConnell Emeritus Professor of Social Innovation, University of Waterloo, will host the 33rd Mayors’ Dinner focusing on the work of developing sustainable practices in the midst of rapid acceleration of climate change.

As host, Frances brings four decades of research and community organizing around social innovation, sustainable development, strategic change, visionary leadership and inter-organizational collaboration.

In 2019, she was recognized with 40 others from around the world by the Schwab Foundation for Social Entrepreneurship for their commitment to social innovation by driving change and shifting organizations and systems towards a more just, inclusive, sustainable future. Frances was recently given a Honourary Doctorate from Stockholm University for her work on the transformation to sustainable development and the importance of institutional entrepreneurs in resilience and socio-economic systems. She has collaborated for decades with natural scientists in order to improve how we relate to  ecosystems, natural resources and biological diversity.

As Host of The 33rd Mayors’ Dinner, Frances will share a message of challenge and hope, highlighting the work being done at the grassroots in Waterloo Region. What is the role of civil society to meet the challenge of climate change?

Cocktails & Auction Preview 5:30pm

Dinner 6:45pm

Program to Follow

Tickets available online using the ticket button on this page, or by phone 519-743-1151 x154. For more information please call, or email

Click here to read about past Mayors' Dinner Guests of Honour.