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Charles Eisenstein Presents and Discusses New Book “Sacred Economics”

On Thursday, the Marcel Desautels Institute for Integrated Management and the Faculty of Agriculture and Environmental Science welcomed Charles Eisenstein for a discussion regarding his book “Sacred Economics– Money, Gift & and Society in the Age of Transition.” The presentation included a Q&A session, which was followed by a cocktail reception. … Anita Nowak, Integrating Director of Desautels’ Social Economy Initiative, welcomed the audience to the presentation and invited student Mike Lepperd to introduce Charles Eisenstein.

Published on : 07 Mar 2013

Chemistry and Business that are Benign by Design: Leveraging the Canadian Chemistry Industry’s Leadership in Sustainability

Fifty years ago, Rachel Carson published her bestseller, Silent Spring, and the chemical industry was changed forever. An indictment of inattention to the flow and negative consequences of synthetic chemicals in the environment, Carson’s book catalyzed the environmental movement in North America. It also undermined the public’s confidence in simple assertions of “better living through chemistry” which, while not untrue, did not represent a full accounting of the risks and benefits of chemical technologies. The industry has been challenged to regain the public’s confidence ever since.

Published on : 19 Feb 2013

Is environmental protection keeping pace with economic development?

Natural resources and international trade have always been at the heart of the Canadian economy and will very likely remain so into the future. Like other export-intensive countries, Canada faces critical challenges ahead. The global economy is undergoing fundamental changes as a result of the global economic downturn and the emergence of new consumer economies such as Brazil, Russia, India, and China.

Published on : 05 Feb 2013

YPDaily: Anita Nowak

One look at Anita Nowak's advice to other young professionals and you'll see exactly what makes her notable. As the founding Integrating Director for the Social Economy Initiative (SEI) at McGill University’s Desautels Faculty of Management, here's how she's looking to make a difference in today's world... Elevator Pitch: Describe your job in a nutshell.

Published on : 15 Jan 2013

Anita Nowak and Jeff Baikowitz receive Quebec Notable Awards

Anita Nowak (BCom’97, PhD’11), Integrating Director, Social Economy Initiative (SEI), and Jeff Baikowitz, Chairman, SEI Leadership Council, are winners of the inaugural Quebec Notable Awards in the Education and Social Good categories, respectively. The winners were honoured at the Awards gala on December 6, 2012 at the Montreal Science Centre.

Published on : 10 Dec 2012

Fixing the other health care issue

Despite high per-capita spending, health care in Canada consistently underperforms, according to the Commonwealth Fund, which tracks indicators for accessibility, timeliness and outcomes across a number of developed countries. The system that is straining to meet demand today will face an even higher burden in the years ahead, as the population ages. A number of Canadian business schools are looking to meet this challenge by educating future health care managers to bring new perspectives to old problems.

Published on : 25 Sep 2012

Professor Steve Maguire receives Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal

Professor Steve Maguire, Director of Marcel Desautels Institute for Integrated Management at the Desautels Faculty of Management, has been awarded a 2012 Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal on October 19, 2012 for his dedication to his peers, his community, and to Canada. This commemorative medal was created to mark the 2012 celebrations of the 60th anniversary of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II's accession to the Throne as Queen of Canada. The Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal is a tangible way for Canada to honour Her Majesty for her service to this country.

Published on : 24 Oct 2012

Student-Centered, Interdisciplinary Approach to Learning Leads to Education Innovation

The Marcel Desautels Institute for Integrated Management (MDIIM) at McGill University views students as critical stakeholders in university education, according to Adam Halpert, Managing Director of MDIIM. MDIIM staff and faculty engage and partner with students wherever possible. For example:

Published on : 24 Oct 2012

With Mary Gordon, Founder of Roots of Empathy

Mary Gordon is an award-winning social entrepreneur, educator, best-selling author, child advocate and parenting expert. In 1996, Gordon founded Roots of Empathy, a pioneering, evidence-based classroom program that helps to reduce levels of aggression among schoolchildren, while raising social/emotional competence and increasing empathy. To date, the program has reached 450,000 children worldwide.

Published on : 18 Oct 2012

Learning the legal and corporate realities of sustainability

For many people, sustainability in business is an afterthought. Not for me. Over the last two years, I have spent my time at McGill University’s law faculty where my passion for sustainability has grown tremendously. Taking courses on environmental law and business law was an eye-opening experience. Often enough, the law responded too slowly to sustainability issues yet business had the capacity and resources to act immediately.

Published on : 17 Oct 2012

2012-2013 MDIIM Student Associates Program

The Marcel Desautels Institute for Integrated Management (MDIIM) is pleased to announce its selections for the 2012-2013 MDIIM Student Associates Program: Shobhita Soor (3rd-year MBA/Law) and Shaonan Zhou (U3 Finance) will work with the Institute over the coming academic year to assist with the implementation of innovative teaching, research and outreach initiatives related to integrated management. The MDIIM would like to thank all of this year's applicants for their interest in the Student Associates Program.

Published on : 17 Oct 2012

Social and Environmental Ethics Integrated into Management Curricula

Throughout the last two decades, a wave of studies criticizing current curricula have swept through the field of management, leading to the discussion of widespread reforms throughout educational institutions. Specifically, many criticized the lack of “functionally integrated curricula in higher education,” one that is inclusive of social and ecological factors in business practices.

Published on : 02 Oct 2012

Silent Spring: The Birth of the Environmental Movement

On September 19th, the Marcel Desautels Institute for Integrated Management (MDIIM), in collaboration with The Bull & Bear and the Management Sustainability Network, held a panel reflecting on the relevance of Silent Spring, Rachel Carson’s 1962 bestseller that exposed the public to the hazards of synthetic materials in the environment.

Published on : 02 Oct 2012

The right chemistry: workshop brings together grad students from different faculties for one common goal

If women are from Venus and men are from Mars, as asserted in the 1992 best-selling book by American author and relationship counselor John Gray, then it might also hold true that chemists are from Saturn, engineers are from Mercury and business people are from Jupiter, so different are their respective worlds.

Published on : 25 Sep 2012