Introduction

Upbeat and Motivating Speaker Encourages Others to Take Personal Action

Cam Mather has been reducing his impact on the planet for 25 years and taking steps to make his home more self-sufficient for the last 15 years. He not only talks the talk but he walks the walk! For the last ten years he has been providing workshops at colleges and events throughout the province sharing his expertise and experience. Audiences have ranged from small groups to large auditoriums with hundreds in attendance.

OSCA-keynoteCam has been the keynote speaker at a number of larger events and the relevance of his message is more important than ever. Using renewable energy has always made sense from an environmental perspective but now in many jurisdictions the payback or Return on Investment (ROI) for renewable energy is better than standard financial instruments. Cam enjoys showing others that the best thing for the planet is now the best thing for your bank account. As a solar and wind pioneer in the province of Ontario he speaks from a perspective of authority. He has powered his home and business with solar and wind power, so he gets it.

Since the release of his book “Thriving During Challenging Times” his presentations have evolved to look at the converging challenges of peak oil, climate change and the financial crisis and the best ways for individuals and businesses to deal with them.

With no technical background Cam moved his family off the electricity grid and since then has upgraded his solar panels four times, built two solar trackers, put up two wind turbines, replaced his batteries, upgraded his inverter, continued to increase the size of his vegetable garden, sold organic vegetables, heated his home sustainably with wood he cut from his property, installed a solar domestic hot water heating system and started and maintained a publishing company that is dedicated to selling books and DVDs about sustainable living. In an increasingly complex and competitive world, having the confidence to learn new skills and embrace change is critical to personal and organizational success. Cam’s off-grid move to the woods exemplifies his belief in life-long learning.

Some of Cam’s recent speaking engagements include:

  • EcoFest Barrie, June, 2010
  • Sir Sanford Fleming College Sustainability Professional Development Day, November 2009
  • Art of Being Green Festival, Lanark, Ontario –  Keynote,  July 2009
  • Quinte Sustainability Symposium, Belleville, Ontario –  Keynote, March 2009 to 350 people
  • Grenville Land Stewardship Council Greener Lifestyle Fair, Kemptville – Keynote, Feb 2006 and Feb 2007
  • Ontario Association of Community Futures Development Corporations AGM, Cornwall, Ontario – Keynote, 2006, 250 people
  • Ontario Forestry Association Provincial Envirothon, Cornwall – Keynote, May 2007, to 250 Students
  • Ontario Student Cooperative Association Conference, Picton, Ontario –  Keynote, April 2006, to 100 students
  • Halton Eco Fest, Oakville –  Keynote April 2006