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Past MDIIM events

Our past events have attracted positive media interest and were successful in promoting the MDIIM and the Desautels Faculty of Management

2014

  • SEI Homecoming Event: In October, the Social Economy Initiative hosted its 3rd Annual Homecoming Keynote Address. Entitled "Sacred Space: How a benefit corporation is repurposing a church; fusing business and community development", the event featured keynote speaker Ms. Natalie Voland (BA’95 and BSW’99). Ms. Voland explained how her Benefit Corporation (B Corp), Gestion immobilière Quo Vadis, takes a design-centred approach to real estate development and property management. As a concrete example, she presented on how her company is working with community organizations, social enterprises, government, and McGill University to transform l’Église St-Joseph into a hub for social innovation and entrepreneurship within Montreal's south-west Quartier de l’innovation (QI). Learn more about the event here.

2013

  • Innovation through Cooperation: In February, the Social Economy Initiative collaborated with the Public Policy Forum of Canada for an interdisciplinary discussion panel on cooperative, featuring a keynote by Monique Leroux, President and CEO of the Desjardins Group. Learn more about the event here.
  • Sacred Economics: In February, the Social Economy Initiative and the Faculty of Agriculture and Environmental Sciences welcomed Charles Eisenstein, author of Sacred Economics and the Ascent of Humanity. Charles Eisenstein shared a meal with ISESI students and spoke before a maximum-capacity audience at the Desautels Faculty of Management. Learn more about the event here.
  • Beyond Business as Usual: In March, the MDIIM, its 2012-2013 Student Associates and the Management Consulting Association (MCA) welcomed students and faculty members to the inaugural Beyond Business as Usual Symposium. This free event brought together 11 renowned practitioners from a variety of industries and sectors to challenge longstanding managerial paradigms and explore novel ways of creating and protecting economic, social and environmental value. Attendees were encouraged to join one (or all) of the 3 panels: Reinventing Consulting, Reinventing Finance and Reinventing Business. After the final panel, attendees were invited to attend a cocktail with some guest speakers. Learn more about the details of the event here.
  • Ten Stories (and more): In April, the Institute for the Public Life of Arts and Ideas (IPLAI) and the Marcel Desautels Institute for Integrated Management (MDIIM) hosted an evening of discussion around the relationship between creativity and the markets. This event brought McGill faculty members from the Desautels Faculty of Management, the Faculty of Arts, and the Schulich School of Music together with industry pioneers in the fields of creativity and commerce. The presenters were joined by faculty members, staff, students, artists, people in business and government, and members of the public. An evening of narrative play, intellectual work, and collective thinking (and food!), Ten Stories (and more) was anchored by the stories told by the ten invited presenters. The stories have not propound general theories about markets and social creativity, but crossed boundaries, sparked ideas, raised questions, and initiated original thinking. Learn more about the event here.
  • Strengths of the Social Economy: In April, the Social Economy Initiative welcomed close to 400 guests at its inaugural flagship event, which featured a lively panel discussion with The Right Honourable Paul Martin, Dr. Henry Mintzberg, Nancy Neamtan and Stephen Huddart. ISESI alumni and 2013 Hultz Prize winners also participated, and 8 Centraide organizations were honoured for their contributions to the local social economy. Learn more about the event here.
  • Interdisciplinary Teaching Initiatives Workshop: In May, the MDIIM, the McGill Faculty of Law, the McGill Teaching and Learning Services and the McGill Chemistry Department hosted a McGill-wide workshop on innovative curricular design and experiential learning initiatives. This event brought together academic leaders and students from a variety of fields, as well as Professor Josh Cohen (Stanford University) and Professor Julie Haack (University of Oregon) who presented on designing liberation technologies and green product design curriculum, respectively. The workshop was open to all members of the McGill community.
  • Presentation on the sciences of endocrine disruption and TiPED: In May, the MDIIM and the McGill Chemistry Department welcomed Dr. Pete Myers (CEO of Environmental Health Sciences) and Dr. Karen Peabody O'Brien (Executive Director of Advancing Green Chemistry) to discuss EDCs and to spark interdisciplinary conversations around green chemistry. This event was open to the McGill community. Learn more about it here.
  • Sustainable Innovation through Green Chemistry Workshop and Case Competition: In September, the MDIIM held a 2-day event in partnership with the McGill Chemistry Department (NSERC CREATE). The 2nd Sustainable Innovation event brought together 10 MBA students from the Desautels Faculty of Management and 10 chemistry students from McGill and Queen's University. Public lectures by David Constable (Director, ACS-GCI), who presented on "Innovating Towards Sustainability in Chemistry: It's a Business Imperative" and Lynn Leger (Director, ALCERECO), who presented on "Sustainable Innovation: The Most Frustrating and Rewarding Experience You Will Hopefully Ever Have", were open to all and followed by participant-only presentations by green chemistry experts from both McGill and Queen's. This case competition provided opportunities for MBAs and chemistry students to build a network of potential collaborators in business and chemistry and the chance to win a cash prize. For more details on the public lectures, click here.
  • SEI Speaker Series: In September, the Social Economy Initiative launched its Student and Faculty Speaker Series, providing a forum for academic exchange on topics related to the social economy, while offering students and faculty members a unique opportunity to engage with recognized leaders in social innovation and social business. Learn more here.
  • Championing Social Entrepreneurship: For the Desautels Faculty of Management 2013 Homecoming, the Social Economy Initiative welcomed Aspire (2013 Hult Prize Team, comprised of Desautels MBA students), four past winners of McGill's Dobson Cup Social Enterprise Track and SEI Impact Interns to hear their experiences in social entrepreneurship. For more details, click here.
  • The Emergence of Green Chemistry as an Occupational Change Project: In November, the MDIIM and the David O'Brien Centre for Sustainable Entreprise (John Molson School of Business, Concordia University) welcomed Jennifer Howard-Grenville, Associate Professor of Management at Lundquist College of Business, University of Oregon. Professor Howard-Grenville presented "The Emergence of Green Chemistry as an Occupational Change Project" before an audience composed of students, staff, faculty and the general public. This event was open to the McGill and Concordia communities. Learn more about the event here.
  • Empathy in the Creative Process: Leveraging Human-centered Design for Social Innovation: In November, the SEI collaborated with the Institute for the Public Life of Arts and Ideas for Seung Chan (Slim) Lim's talk on empathy and empathetic action. For more details, click here.

2012

  • Highlights from Canada's 2011 December Report of the Commissioner of the Environment and Sustainable Development: In February, the MDIIM welcomed Scott Vaughan, Commissioner of the Environment and Sustainable Development, Office of the Auditor General of Canada. This event was co-organized with McGill School of Environment. For more information, click here.
  • World Wide Hearing (WWH) event: In February, the MDIIM co-organized a World Wide Hearing (WWH) information session with Net Impact and the Sustainability Network. The session featured Claudio Bussandri, Chairman of World Wide Hearing Foundation International, and Audra Renyi, with the purpose of connecting Desautels Faculty of Management students with a locally headquartered international NGO. For more information, click here.
  • Meeting with Jeff Jarvis: In February, the MDIIM collaborated with the Institute for the Public Life of Arts and Ideas (IPLAI) for a speaking event featuring Jeff Jarvis, author of Public Parts: How Sharing the Digital Age Improves the Way We Work and Live.
  • Sustainable Innovation through Green Chemistry Workshop and Case Competition: In September, the MDIIM held a 2-day event in partnership with the McGill Chemistry Department. The 1st Sustainable Innovation through Green Chemistry: An Interdisciplinary Workshop and Case Competition brought together 20 students from the Desautels Faculty of Management and the McGill Chemistry Department, professors from both disciplines as well as guest speakers Phil Dell'Orco (GlaxoSmithKline) and Lynn Leger (GreenCentre Canada). For more information, click here.
  • "Silent Spring" event series: In September, the MDIIM collaborated with both the McGill Chemistry Department and the McGill School of Environment for a series of events celebrating the 50th anniversary of "Silent Spring". First, an interdisciplinary discussion panel titled Reflecting on Silent Spring: Insights for Contemporary Organizations lead by guest speaker Dr. Linda Lear (historian and Rachel Carson biographer) featured students and professors from the Desautels Faculty of Management and the McGill Chemistry Department. For more information, click here. This was followed by a public lecture, Rachel Carson: Witness for Nature, also featuring historian and biographer Dr. Lear. For more information, click here. To view lecture, click MSE podcast here.
  • Empathy Trumps Bullying: For the Desautels Faculty of Management 2012 Homecoming, the Social Economy Initiative welcomed social entrepreneur Mary Gordon, founder of Roots of Empathy. For more details, click here.
  • The End of Growth Tour, An evening with David Suzuki and Jeff Rubin: In October, the MDIIM co-sponsored The End of Growth Tour, An evening with David Suzuki and Jeff Rubin, with the McGill Bookstore, the Institute for Sustainability in Engineering and Design (ISEAD) and the McGill Alumni Association. Learn more about the details of this event here.
  • Interdisciplinary Panel on Green Innovation: In November, in collaboration with the MUS Sustainability Network, the MDIIM held an interdisciplinary professor panel on green innovation, featuring McGill management, chemistry and engineering professors. For more information, click here.

2011

  • Exploring the Intersection of Business, Sustainability and Green Chemistry: In June, the MDIIM Director, Professor Steve Maguire, co-organized with R. Peoples (American Chemical Society's Green Chemistry Institute) a workshop bringing together a mix of 16 participants (social science scholars and green chemistry practitioners) to identify academic priorities as well as concrete mechanisms for promoting the commercialization of green chemistry innovations. [Washington, DC]
  • Business Sustainability and Green Chemistry: In October, the MDIIM organized and hosted an international interdisciplinary workshop on Business Sustainability and Green Chemistry.
  • Exploring the Intersection of Business, Sustainability and Green Chemistry: Towards Actionable Research and Teaching Agendas: In October, the MDIIM Director, Steve Maguire, co-organized with R. Peoples (American Chemical Society's Green Chemistry Institute) a workshop bringing together 26 participants representing a mix of social science scholars and green chemistry practitioners to identify academic priorities as well as concrete mechanisms for promoting the commercialization of green chemistry innovations. [Montreal, QC]

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