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Achieving Competitive Advantage and Profitability Through Sustainability

The term “sustainability” has become so ubiquitous that it would be easy to believe that management teams have a good understanding of the term and are well underway in their efforts to build true sustainability into their organizational strategies, activities and cultures.  Many of us working in organizations know that image is far from the truth.

One dictionary definition of the term “sustainable” defines it as “being a method of harvesting or using a resource so that the resource is not depleted or permanently damaged over an extended period of time”. When we analyze the different parts of our organizations – or view our organizations as part of a larger, dynamic socio-economic system - through this lens, we might justifiably come to the conclusion that many of our resources are being managed in a very unsustainable manner.

For an organization to be successful over the long-term, this situation needs to change.

Dates: TBA
Time: 9:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
Location: 688 Sherbrooke Street West
Fee: $895 CAD plus applicable taxes


This workshop encourages participants to discuss and analyze the micro- and macro-environments of an organization through the “sustainability” lens in order to develop a sustainability mindset and a clear vision and plan for sustainability with clear measurable performance objectives and aligned rewards systems.


 At the end of this workshop the participants should be able to:

  • Gain a better understanding of the challenge of “sustainability”
  • Learn about the model of “360o organizational sustainability” and how its adoption influences how you might manage your department, business or organization
  • Understand the “trade-offs” required to achieve organizational sustainability
  • Apply specific frameworks for each aspect of “360o organizational sustainability”
  • Identify the business risks and problems facing your organization because of ‘un-sustainability’
  • Find business opportunities available to your organization from improved sustainability
  • Be able to better incorporate sustainability factors into all their decision-making

Topics Covered

  • Defining sustainability
  • How we got here: The challenges of sustainability
  • Diagnostic tools for sustainability
  • Systems thinking
  • Industry success stories
  • Business models/new opportunities
  • Corporations/NGOs/Government partnering
  • Sustainability: a source of innovation
  • The model of 360o organizational sustainability
  • The “Triple Bottom-Line”
  • Sustainable organizational governance systems
  • Sustainability as risk management
  • Turning vision into personal action


Mark Hollingworth is a faculty lecturer in the School of Continuing Studies and a program leader in the Executive Institute at the Desautels Faculty of Management at McGill University.

He has a Bachelor of Science from Birmingham University, U.K., an M.Eng in Mineral Processing from McGill University & an EMBA from the University of Quebec in Montreal (UQAM).

He is the president of 5i Strategic Affairs and has worked as a management consultant, workshop leader and facilitator, educator and ontological coach to the profit and not-for-profit sectors in Montreal, Canada for over 25 years. 

In the past five years, he has worked with companies such as Cogeco, Hydro-Quebec, Imperial Tobacco, Kruger Inc, Linamar, Metso Minerals, RioTintoAlcan, Richter and Standard Life, and has worked abroad with individuals and organizations in Abu Dhabi, Bhutan, Ghana, Nigeria, Saudi Arabia, Vietnam and Zimbabwe among others.

He is author of the book Growing People, Growing Companies: Achieving Individual and Organizational Success in the Knowledge Economy (2003) and, since then, has followed-up with a series of  articles published in the University of Western Ontario’s leading business publication, the  Ivey Business Journal.

Cancellation Policy

All cancellation & substitution requests must be made in writing to pd.conted [at]
Receive a full refund if your cancellation request is received up to 14 days prior to the start date of the workshop.
Receive a refund minus $100 cancellation fee if your cancellation request is received up to 7 days prior to the start date of the workshop.
No Refunds are issued if your cancellation request is received within 7 days of the start date of the workshop, however suitable participation substitution will be permitted.
Please note that if no notice is given prior to the start of the event(s) and you fail to attend, you will be liable for the full course fee.
McGill SCS reserves the right to cancel an event up to 5 days prior to its start.

Contact Information

Telephone: 514-398-5454
E-mail: pd.conted [at]

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