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SEI mailing address:

Marcel Desautels Institute for Integrated Management - The Social Economy Initiative
Desautels Faculty of Management
Bronfman Building, Room 104, 1001 Sherbrooke Street West
Montreal, QC, Canada | H3A 1G5
Tel.: 514-398-6061


The SEI's research-related goal is to conduct leading-edge research into the social economy for the purpose of actionable knowledge.

Over one third of our professors' research topics relevant to the social economy, including:


Introduction to Social Entrepreneurship and Social InnovationThe SEI's teaching-related goal is to prepare a dynamic workforce to lead and serve organizations within the social economy by providing a world-class education.

SEI Leadership Council

The SEI Leadership Council (SEI-LC) was formed in 2012 to ensure that its teaching, research and outreach activities are closely tied to the real issues facing the world. The following members are actively involved in leading social economy initiatives and provide valuable insight for the SEI.

About us

What is the social economy?

The social economy is the part of the economy that is neither privately nor publicly controlled. It is sometimes referred to as the third, citizen, or plural sector. In seeking to leverage the efficiencies of the private sector in pursuit of traditionally public goals such as improving social wellbeing, the social economy is a pragmatic response to the economic and social challenges of globalization.  

Did you know?

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: 7Mar2013

SEI Inaugural Flagship Event


The Social Economy Initiative (SEI) is proud to host its inaugural flagship event Strengths of the Social Economy on Tuesday, April 16, 2013, at the Centre Mont-Royal (2200 Mansfield Street).

Sacred Economics: Money, Gift and Society in the Age of Transition - An evening with Charles Eisenstein

Bronfman Building 1001 rue Sherbrooke Ouest, Montreal, QC, H3A 1G5, CA

This event is co-sponsored by the Faculty of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences and the Social Economy Initiative of the Marcel Desautel Institute for Integrated Management.