Dayle Laing

The ‘coolest shade of green’ is the sustainable choice. Dayle Laing is a Professional Speaker and Author who uses her experience and training as an educator, a designer and a LEED Accredited Professional to empower Conscious Consumers to make practical yet beautiful choices for sustainable living, reducing their carbon footprint while enhancing their body, mind & spirit.

david_laing_don_quixote_sculpture_300Some of friends call me DonX; short for Don Quixote. That’s because they say I exhibit characteristics similar to this mythical figure.

Like Don Quixote I, David Laing, am tall, relatively slim, no longer young and have spent much time recently reading information that has disturbed me. As a result I believe that humanity is facing its greatest challenge and I feel it is my duty, nay it is my privilege to fight what some believe to be the unbeatable foe. 

Distinctive from the real Don Quixote, rather than tilting at windmills, I instead tilt in support of them, as well as any other activities and programs that will help move our society towards living sustainably!  The unbeatable foe I have chosen to take on and thump is Climate Change. Yet I take on this challenge willingly, enthusiastically and with the help of many others!

I have chosen this path because, for 35 years I worked in the corporate world, rising to Senior Vice President, eventually becoming a Management Consultant. Much of my career was spent helping organizations become more efficient and effective. I became pretty experienced at designing and implementing change management programs that dramatically affected the daily working lives of employees and altered the organizations’ relationships with their customers and suppliers. 

Through this experience,

I learned that fundamental structural change is a difficult yet virtually inevitable part of business sustainability. When an organization faces one of these change points, it often represents a watershed moment - those that step-up and make the transition are likely to continue prospering, those that don’t are unlikely to survive. The good news is that there are many examples of companies that are successful in making these transitions often despite strong internal opposition, aggressive competition, insufficient financing and/or questionable leadership.

david_laing_wind_turbines_costa_rica_300In 2009, I moved out of corporate life, studied for and received my LEED® Accredited Professional certification and became an environmental consultant, combining my passion and experience to write, speak, educate and motivate around the subject of sustainability, in short, to become an Environmental Consultant.

My motivation is simple; humanity is currently at a watershed moment in its relationship with the environment. The evidence is consistent and clear that collectively, we are living beyond the earth’s ability to sustain us. If we don’t choose how we alter the way in which we interact with it, the environment will force change upon us, in ways that could be very unpleasant.  Those changes are not forecasted to be in some distant century. They will happen in this one; to some degree, they have already started.

My I hope is that, by raising my voice and providing clear concise information about the issues, I can contribute to a groundswell of support for proactive change led by people, governments and businesses working together. To contact David Laing, B.A.Sc., LEED AP, email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or phone 905-846-3221.

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