- Sustainable Innovation through Green Chemistry Workshop and Case Competition: On February 10-11, 2017, the Marcel Desautels Institute for Integrated Management (MDIIM), CREATE in Green Chemistry, and the Trottier Institute for Sustainability in Engineering and Design (TISED), jointly hosted the fifth annual workshop and case competition on Sustainable Innovation through Green Chemistry. The event included a public lecture on "Financing and Commercializing Sustainable Solutions" outlining the innovative potential sustainability has on guiding product design and investment decisions. Howie Honeyman, CEO Forward Water Technologies, holds over 20 years of experience commercializing advanced materials and new technologies in both start-up environments and at large multi-national corporations. Mr. Honeyman described from experience the challenges and opportunities which exist for commercializing green chemistry, materials, and engineering processes. Adrian Horotan is the General Partner at Safer Made - a venture fund investing in companies and technologies that create safer alternatives for people and the environment. His talk focused on the capital and investor attention required to bring safer product innovations to market. View full video from the public lecture
- Leadership During Economic Crisis: Insights from the Office of Management and Budget of the U.S. Government: On February 20, 2017, McGill welcomed Shaun Donovan, former Director of the Office of Management and Budget under President Barack Obama. Mr. Donovan spoke about his time as the Secretary of Housing and Urban Development following the U.S. financial crisis of 2007-2008 and provided insight into the role the federal government played in pulling the U.S. economy through the crisis. The discussion explored themes such as the role of public institutions during times of crisis, parallels between the U.S. and Canada’s economies, and the preparation for the current transition of leadership. Sebastien Betermier, Assistant Professor of Finance at Desautels, led the discussion with Mr. Donovan. This lecture was part of the Marcel Desautels Integrated Management Symposium Series. View full video from the event
- SIIL DataDive for Social Impact: On March 10-12, 2017, MDIIM's Social Innovators' Integration Lab (SIIL) hosted a hackathon-style event where participating student teams worked with data from a local social-purpose organization to provide insights to specific challenges and questions they face. For this first edition, participants worked on a challenge experienced by Share the Warmth, a community organization located in Pointe Saint-Charles that serves the surrounding community through its food security programs, youth activities, and employment training initiatives. Following a day and a half of data mining and analysis, the teams presented to staff and board members of the organization on their findings and recommendations.
- Authenticity and Deception in Communications and Advertising: With the explosion of unregulated social media and fake news, how can businesses effectively inform consumers and what are the benefits of authenticity? On April 4, 2017, McGill welcomed Brian Fetherstonhaugh (BCom'79), Chairman and CEO of OgilvyOne Worldwide to reflect with Prof. Saurabh Mishra from the Marketing Area at Desautels on communications and advertising in light of the massive technological disruption occurring in the world of media. This lecture was part of the Marcel Desautels Integrated Management Symposium Series. View full video from the event
- Sustainable Innovation through Green Chemistry Workshop and Case Competition: On January 22-23, 2016, the Marcel Desautels Institute for Integrated Management (MDIIM), CREATE in Green Chemistry, and the Trottier Institute for Sustainability in Engineering and Design (TISED), jointly hosted the fourth annual workshop and case competition on Sustainable Innovation through Green Chemistry. The 2016 event featured a public lecture on "Green Chemistry and Biomimicry: Towards More Sustainable Products through Inspiration from Nature and Innovation in the Laboratory" by Dr. Amy Cannon, Executive Director of the Beyond Benign Foundation. Read more about the event
- Sustainability Careers with Yalmaz Siddiqui, Senior Director of Sustainability for Office Depot: On March 17-18, 2016, Yalmaz Siddiquie, BCom '92 and Senior Director of Sustainability of Office Depot Inc., visited his alma mater to impart his knowledge and lessons learned through leading global sustainability efforts. He spoke in several Desautels classes, a special sustainability careers mentorship luncheon, and as a keynote speaker for the Desautels Business Conference on Sustainability. Read more about Mr. Siddiqui's visit and his advice to students for sustainability careers
- Artistic Integrity in Leadership - Going Beyond the Dehydrated Language of Management: On April 4, 2016, MDIIM hosted its first in a series of symposia events focused around the theme of integrity. The sold-out event featured a leadership dialogue between Maestro Kent Nagano, Music Director of the Orchestre Symphonique de Montréal, and Professor Nancy J Adler, S. Bronfman Chair in Management. The discussion touched on a variety of ways through which music and artistic leadership can influence society, from the social inclusion of Beethoven's Egmont Overture to the interfaith peace building of the Pontanima Choir in Sarajevo. View full video from the event
- Integrity in Governance - Global Capitalism in the Long Run: On May 19, 2016, Dominic Barton, Global Managing Director of McKinsey & Co., and Christopher Ragan, Associate Professor in Economics at McGill and Chair of Canada's Ecofiscal Commission took part in a leadership dialogue as part of the Integrated Management Symposium Series. The two highly-regarded thought leaders discussed integrity in governance and global capitalism in the long-run. The discussion touched on a wide range of topics, including industry's role in climate change, Canada's business relationship with Asia, opportunities in infrastructure investment and ethical challenges in regulating the sharing economy. View full video from the event
- Social Innovators' Integration Lab (SIIL) Launch Event: On May 30, 2016, members of the McGill and Montreal community gathered for the launch of the Social Innovators' Integration Lab (SIIL). The SIIL research project, located at Le Salon 1861 in the heart of Montreal's Quartier de l’Innovation, is dedicated to develop scientific and practical knowledge around the social economy, social entrepreneurship and social innovation in urban environments. The bilingual launch gathered over 80 researchers, students, and local field actors with a threefold objective: to meet each other, to present the SIIL project and the SIIL map, and to collect expectations and needs from the field that could nurture SIIL's future direction. Read more about the launch event
- Innovating with Impact - Building Successful Businesses through Science-based Discovery: On September 14, 2016, McGill welcomed David Elmaleh, Associate Professor of Radiology at Harvard Medical School and Co-Founder of PureTech to speak about his personal journey balancing a career as an academic and successful entrepreneur in the healthcare space. He was joined by Jui Ramaprasad, Associate Professor in Information Systems at the Desautels Faculty of Management. The dialogue touched on Dr. Elmaleh's extensive experience building and bringing new ideas to market, as well as the moral and ethical dimensions associated with innovative technologies. View full video from the event
- Social Innovators' Integration Lab Virtual Tour: On September 29, 2016, the Social Innovators' Integration Lab (SIIL) hosted a dynamic panel discussion as part of McGill's Community Engagement Day. The panel of social economy representatives was complemented by a virtual walking tour of the SIIL Atlas - an interactive and virtual map geographically displaying qualitative and quantitative information on social economy, social entrepreneurship, and social innovation initiatives. Representatives of Equitas, Tyndale St-Georges Community Centre, and World Wide Hearing – who work closely with SIIL and McGill’s Social Economy Initiative’s Impact Internship Program (SEI-IIP) - shared and discussed what the social economy means for them and how they are making positive impacts through their work.
- An Integrated Care Model to Support a Culture of Global Performance: On September 30, 2016, Dr. Marie-Andrée Fortin, Head of Department in Radiation Oncology at Centre intégré de cancérologie de Laval (CICL), and Fadi Hobeila, Head of Medical Physics at Centre intégré de cancérologie de Laval (CICL), shared their findings on integrated health models and the implementation of Oncology Electronic Medical Record (OEMR). The OEMR enhances communication and facilitates the flow of information throughout the care continuum resulting in increased patient safety and superior patient experience. The radiation oncology department of CISSS de Laval's approach includes an extensive and ongoing review of all processes, procedures and policies, and incorporates the standardization, optimization and automation of care through evidence-based guidelines. These evidence-based guidelines are detailed in 175 comprehensive and standardized care plans currently being used in the radiation oncology department. The context of this model in a culture of measurement was presented.
- From Ebola to Imbalance: 5th Annual SEI Homecoming Keynote: On October 28, 2016, MDIIM hosted a special Homecoming presentation with Dr. Joanne Liu (MDCM'91, MMGMT'14), International President of Doctors Without Borders / Médecins Sans Frontières, and renowned McGill Desautels Professor, Henry Mintzberg. Together they discussed the need for strong NGOs, especially in the health sector, and the important role that plural sector organizations can play in re-balancing society. View video from the event
- Creating Social Impact through Technological Innovation: On November 7, 2016, Desautels MBA and BCom students learned about, and discussed, how technological innovation can be leveraged for social good. The session was led by Angelique Mannella, McGill University’s first Associate Vice-Principal of Innovation. Ms. Mannella shared her experiences in the fields of social entrepreneurship and technology and described the foundation on which social innovation can be built utilizing technological know-how. Read more about the event
- Celebrating Social Innovation and Impact Interns in the Quartier de l'innovation: On November 15, 2016, the Social Economy Initiative and Social Innovators’ Integration Lab (SIIL) celebrated the 4th cohort of the SEI Impact Internship Program - a unique internship program that pairs McGill's top undergraduate students with local social-purpose organizations. Attendees heard from past interns about their experiences from the field as well as the latest news from the SIIL project.
- Illuminating Impact - Renewable Energy and Emerging Markets with Rustam Sengupta: On November 21, 2016, the McGill NetImpact Chapter in collaboration with MDIIM and Innovation@Mcgill hosted a public presentation with social entrepreneur Rustam Sengupta, Founder and CEO of Boond. Mr. Sengupta presented his experience building a company promoting alternative energy in Rajasthan, Uttar Pradesh, Delhi NCR and other northern states of India. He then opened the floor up to a discussion related to geopolitical issues affecting emerging markets, entrepreneurship, energy demand, and development economics
- Sustainable Innovation through Green Chemistry Workshop and Case Competition: On January 16-17, 2015, the Marcel Desautels Institute for Integrated Management (MDIIM), CREATE in Green Chemistry, and the Trottier Institute for Sustainability in Engineering and Design (TISED), jointly hosted a workshop and case competition on Sustainable Innovation through Green Chemistry. Now in its third installment, the event featured public lectures by McGill’s own Canada Excellence Research Chair in Green Chemistry and Green Chemicals, Dr. Robin Rogers, as well as Dr. Eric Beckman, Co-Director of the Mascaro Center for Sustainable Innovation at the University of Pittsburgh. For more information on the event, please visit here.
- Risks and Responsible Care in the Chemistry Industry: On January 21, 2016, Desautels welcomed Bob Masterson, Vice President Responsible Care with the Chemistry Industry Association of Canada. Developed in Canada in 1985 at a time the chemistry industry’s social licence to operate was in serious question, Responsible Care is now practiced in 62 countries around the world. The lecture focused on chemical risks and their impacts on the bottom-line, more sustainable alternatives, and the positive impacts which can made through the chemical industry.
- Presentation on Risk Management and the Game-Changing Role It Can Play for Green Chemistry: On March 25, 2015, Professor Timothy Malloy, Professor of Law and Faculty Director of the UCLA Sustainable Technology and Policy Program, visited McGill for a special lecture series to McGill MBA, MBA-Law, and Chemistry students. Malloy lectured on the limitations and caveats of the risk management premium and brought his legal perspective to the role that regulatory measures can play on firm decisions. Highly engaging, the visit offered McGill students and faculty the opportunity to gain a cross-border perspective on the opportunities and challenges faced by the chemical industry and companies wishing to transition towards more sustainable alternatives. For more information on the lectures, please visit here.
- Mentorship Luncheon with John Woods: On September 29, 2015, select students and social entrepreneurs attended a special mentorship luncheon with John Woods, founder of Room to Read. Mr. Woods spoke provided insight on his own career path and lessons learned in establishing a successful social impact organization with global reach. Mr. Woods was in Montreal as part of McGill's Beatty Memorial Lecture.
- 4th Annual SEI Homecoming Event: On October 23, 2015, the McGill community welcomed David Bornstein to speak to a captive audience on social entrepreneurship, social innovation, and the power of solutions based journalism. Part of McGill's Homecoming events, this 4th installment of the SEI Keynote was entitled "The Possible Nation: Social Innovation and the Art of Unleashing Human Potential". For more information on the event, please visit here.
- Multidisciplinary Pre-COP21 Gathering: On November 12, 2015, researchers from across McGill campuses convened to promote connection and collaboration on the topic of climate change in advance of the Conference of Parties (COP) 21 in Paris, France. The informal gathering was supported by the McGill School of Environment, Marcel Desautels Institute for Integrated Management (MDIIM), Trottier Institute for Sustainability in Engineering and Design (TISED), and McGill Faculty of Law.
- Social Entrepreneurship Workshop: Designing your career, your enterprise, and your impact: On November 13, 2015, the Marcel Desautels Institute for Integrated Management (MDIIM) and the Dobson Centre for Entrepreneurship co-sponsored a half-day workshop on social entrepreneurship. Entitled “Social Entrepreneurship: Designing your career, your enterprise, and your impact”, the event featured a broad range of attendees – from those new to the concept of entrepreneurship to established entrepreneurs. For more information on the event, please visit here.
- 3rd Annual 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).
- 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.
- 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.
- 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]