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.
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.
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.
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...
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.