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Real Development, a Good Business Strategy? Closing the Gap

McGill University, the Inter-American Development Bank, and Google join forces to help leaders from the private, public and non-profit sectors learn to apply cutting-edge thinking on public-private partnerships to today’s development challenges.


We live in a transformative time in which the world of development practitioners needs private sector participation to make interventions sustainable, and in which the private sector must engage in development to thrive. For this reason, McGill University’s Institute for the Study of International Development (ISID), the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB), and Google have teamed up to offer an innovative executive education course, which strives to give today’s professionals the collaborative, 360° approach they need to effectively bring these worlds together.

Reaping the benefits of a team-taught curriculum that taps into the expertise of private sector leaders, McGill’s faculty, and IDB specialists, this course will empower participants to approach their work in a more innovative, more effective, and more collaborative way.


The fee for this intensive five-day program is $5000 CAD (plus applicable taxes), although significant support will be made available to select high-level representatives or executives from the public and non-profit sectors. All course-related material, breakfast, lunch, accommodation and healthy break refreshments are included. Upon completion of the program, participants will receive a Certificate of Completion from McGill University’s Institute for the Study of International Development.*

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*ISID's Executive Education courses do not count for credit towards a degree at McGill University.

**All course-related material, breakfast, lunch and health break refreshments are included. Upon completion of the program, participants will receive a Certificate of Completion from McGill University’s Institute for the Study of International Development.

Cancellation Policy: Cancellations must be received in writing 15 days prior to the course start date and will be subject to a 20 percent cancellation fee.  No refunds will be issued if cancelled after the 15 day notice period.

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Why Attend?


A private sector leader renowned for its innovative edge, Google's participation is essential to bringing to the table the private sector perspective. Contributing concrete examples, Google's participation is essential to bringing this 360° approach to life.

Ranked #1 in Canada and #24 in the world, McGill allows this course to tap into its unrivaled learning model, premier course management, and global capacity to train leaders.

The IDB’s close ties with governments and companies has given it unique insights into the development challenges faced by the region, as well as the strengths and interests both types of actors have in overcoming them.


Top universities around the world currently offer courses on such topics as Corporate Social Responsibility, Innovation for Economic Development, and Non-Profit Management. Yet the common characteristic these courses share is that they offer only a partial view of development challenges and of the obstacles faced by executives in the international arena today. They fall short of providing the integrated, systemic approach needed to address these issues effectively—what we refer to as the 360° approach to development and business alike. This fundamental difference means that Real Development, a Good Business Strategy? Closing the Gap? stands apart because:

  • Only this course can merge the experiences of a major development financing institution, academia, and business to provide a 360° approach to development;
  • This same collaborative approach to designing and delivering the program will provide course participants a unique opportunity to engage in development collaboratively, reconciling the priorities and values of diverse sectors and actors so that we may tap into the strengths each one brings to the table. 360° thinking will be applied to actors (bringing together all the right players from each sector), and to concepts (approaching development with a view to scalable impact, sustainability, and innovation);
  • The IDB and Google are pioneers in institutionalizing partnerships, innovation, and development into their operations. As a result, they have learned by doing and achieved a unique level of expertise. Through their involvement, they can teach participants how to establish the institutional infrastructure needed for this 360° approach to development to thrive.

Who Attends

This is a practical program intended for professionals who work in the private and public sectors, including those who work for international organizations and consulting companies, nongovernmental organizations, and community organizations. Participants are expected to come from throughout North America.

Teaching Team July 2016

The teaching team will comprise leading experts, practitioners and innovators across a variety of disciplines and sectors. This year's Development program includes leaders of world class organizations and prominent scholars. The instructors will not only share their experiences and knowledge, but also actively engage with participants to facilitate their understanding and develop their unique interests.

*Special Lunch presentations to be announced.

Paola Perez AlemanFrancesco AmodioJoelle AdlerDiego Durazo CerecerAndrew Dunckelman | Verena Gruber | Sonia LaszloPhilip Oxhorn | Justin PerrettsonOlga ReyesDiego RuizTara SheaTa-Ming ShihHeiko Spitzeck


Dr.Paola Perez-Aleman is Associate Professor of Strategy and Organization at McGill University.  Her research focuses on enterprise development and its links to wider socio-economic processes in emerging and developing economies.  Her current projects investigate how clusters and networks of firms emerge and grow; how enterprises in developing countries build technological capabilities; and how firms implement sustainable production practices. Her recent article “Collective Learning in Global Diffusion: Spreading Quality Standards in a Developing Country Cluster,” published in Organization Science, was selected by the Industries Studies Association and INFORMS as one of the five best articles published in all the 11 INFORMS journals (800 articles) in 2011.

In recognition for exceptional leadership in integrating social and environmental issues into her research and teaching in management, Professor Perez-Aleman was named a Faculty Pioneer Award Finalist by the Aspen Institute in 2010. She has expanded international management teaching at McGill University, creating courses such as Strategic Management in Developing Countries (MBA) and Strategies for Developing Countries (undergraduate) that prepare students to manage the challenges facing enterprises operating in developing and emerging economies.  She also created a PhD seminar on International Business and Government and an undergraduate course on Business-Government Relations that examine business-government-NGO interactions in a complex global environment.

Professor Perez-Aleman earned her Ph.D. from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and her B.Sc. degree from the University of California at Berkeley.


Dr. Francesco Amodio is Assistant Professor at McGill University in Montreal, jointly appointed by the Department of Economics and the Institute for the Study of International Development. He earned his Ph.D. in Economics from Universitat Pompeu Fabra in Barcelona in 2015. He is an applied microeconomist with a strong interest in labor economics and its intersection with development and political economy. His current research focuses on the empirical analysis of externalities and social interaction mechanisms among economic agents, with theory-based applications to personnel economics and the economics of conflict and crime. Specifically, his research agenda addresses: (i) management practices and accessibility of markets for firms in developing countries, (ii) the political economy of conflict and labor markets, and (iii) the role of investment in protection technologies in explaining the incidence of crime.


Ms. Joelle Adler is an innovative entrepreneur and humanitarian seeking to reinvent the business of philanthropy through groundbreaking sustainable models. 

In 1986, driven by a vision to launch and develop another cutting-edge fashion brand in Canada, Joey and her future husband Louis Adler secured Canadian exclusivity for the Italian-based Diesel fashion label. As former President and CEO of Diesel Canada Inc., Joey’s keen understanding of the Canadian marketplace and her entrepreneurial savvy helped grow the brand into one of the most recognizable and sought after fashion labels in the country.

Her own success in business has always been just one aspect of her life’s work. A long time philanthropist, Joey felt the entire apparel manufacturing industry needed a paradigm shift, a shared business model that would raise the standard of living for the industry’s workers and their communities. “We derive benefit from manufacturing in the developing world. So, obviously, we should be putting something back in,” she explains. As the founder of Industrial Revolution II (IRII), a new environmentally and socially responsible business model for apparel manufacturing, she has made her dream a reality. With the collaboration of business innovator, co-founder and managing partner, Rob Broggi and their Haitian partner and co-founder Richard Coles as well as the buy-in of other socially conscious entrepreneurs and longtime social activist Matt Damon, IRII recently launched a state-of-the-art garment factory designed to manufacture high-end clothing and improve the lives of its employees in Port-au-Prince, Haiti. The hope is that this first project will be a model for the entire industry and take root globally.

Always passionate about service to the community, Joey also founded, in 2005, the ONEXONE Foundation in memory of her husband Lou who had passed away after a long illness. ONEXONE’s philosophy is that every life is precious and that individuals can make profound difference in the lives of others, one by one. ONEXONE’s mission is to improve the lives of children in Canada, the US, and around the world with programs dedicated to the fundamental pillars: food/nutrition, health, water, education, play.


Diego Durazo is an expert in developing businesses with global vision and local implementation. He is a specialist in new sustainable and replicable business models, transforming internal practices in order to achieve the objectives of the Group’s companies and those of social businesses together. Mr. Durazo oversees the Danone Ecosystem Fund for The Americas’ recycling projects worldwide, and manages their activities throughout the Americas. He has more than 15 years of experience in multinational businesses like Unilever and General Mills, working in global positions in US and Latin American markets.


Mr. Andrew Dunckelman is a Portfolio Manager at Google.org, Google's corporate philanthropy. There he invests in social entrepreneurs around the world using technology and innovation to tackle tough social problems. His portfolio focuses on building digital job skills for marginalized populations and on seeding technology for social good. Prior to Google, Dunckelman worked at the Bridgespan Group in Boston, a strategy consultancy for not-for-profits and foundations. Dunckelman received a bachelor’s degree from Louisiana State University; an MPA from Indiana University, where he serves on the Distinguished Alumni Council; and an MBA, with honors, from Harvard Business School. In 2003 he served as the National Beef Ambassador, traveling the United States to promote consumable beef products.


Dr. Verena Gruber is an Assistant Professor at the Marketing Department of HEC Montreal. She has a Master Degree in International Business Administration from WU Vienna University of Economics and Business with majors in Marketing Management and Environmental Economics, and a PhD in Marketing from the same institution. Prior to her doctoral studies, Verena worked with the Environment and Development Division of the United Nations ESCAP and the Austrian Trade Commission. Her research has been published in journals such as the Journal of Business Ethics, Journal of Public Policy and Marketing or Psychology & Marketing and focuses on Sustainability and Consumer Behavior, as well as Corporate Social Responsibility. In addition, Verena has been involved in consulting projects for governments, nonprofit organizations and multinational companies, and taught in several countries across three continents.


Dr. Sonia Laszlo is Associate Professor of Economics and Director of the Institute for the Study of International Development. Her main research areas cover many aspects of applied microeconomic analysis in economic development: rural development, access to markets, and the relationship between income, health and education in economic development. In addition to using traditional analytic tools to understand some of the micro‐economic dimensions of economic development at the individual and household level, she has been increasingly using experimental and behavioral methods to shed light on important questions about economic decision‐making in these settings. Prof. Laszlo has focused most of her research on Latin America and the Caribbean, especially Peru and Mexico. She is also a member of the Centre Interuniversitaire de Recherche en Organizations (CIRANO) and the Grupo de Analysis para el Desarrollo (GRADE). In 2005 she co‐founded and has since been an executive member of the Canadian Development Economics Study Group (CDESG), which groups both academic and policy development economists in Canada.


Dr. Philip Oxhorn (PhD, Harvard) is a Professor of Political Science at McGill University and the Founding Director of McGill’s Institute for the Study of International Development, as well as the Editor-in-Chief of the international journal Latin American Research Review. A former Associate Dean (Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies) at McGill, his research focuses on the comparative study of civil society and its role in supporting democratic regimes, particularly in Latin America. Professor Oxhorn’s publications include Sustaining Civil Society: Economic Change, Democracy and the Social Construction of Citizenship in Latin America (Penn State University Press, 2011) and Organizing Civil Society: The Popular Sectors and the Struggle for Democracy in Chile (Penn State University Press, 1995), as well as numerous articles and four co-edited volumes: What Kind of Democracy? What Kind of Market? Latin America in the Age of Neoliberlism (with Graciela Ducatenzeiler, Penn State University Press, 1998), The Market and Democracy In Latin America: Convergence or Divergence? (with Pamela Starr, Lynne Rienner Publishers, 1999), Decentralization, Civil Society, and Democratic Governance: Comparative Perspectives from Latin America, Africa, and Asia (with Joseph Tulchin and Andrew Selee Woodrow Wilson Center Press/the Johns Hopkins University Press, 2004), and Beyond Neoliberalism? Patterns, Responses, and New Directions in Latin America and the Caribbean (with Kenneth Roberts and John Burdick, Palgrave Macmillan, 2009). Professor Oxhorn has lectured extensively in North and South America, Africa,Western Europe, Asia and Australia. He has also worked as a consultant to the Inter-American Development Bank, the United Nations Development Program, the United Nations Population Fund, the Canadian International Development Agency (CIDA), the International Development Research Centre (IDRC), the Department of Foreign Affairs and International Trade, Canada, the MasterCard Foundation, Department for Aboriginal Affairs and Northern Development, Canada, the Ford Foundation, The Carter Center, the Woodrow Wilson Center for International Scholars, and the Mining Association of Canada. He has a PhD in Political Science from Harvard University.


Mr. Justin Perrettson is a Senior Advisor for Sustainability Public Affairs at Novozymes, the world leader in biological solutions. Novozymes works with customers, partners and the global community to improve industrial performance while preserving the planet’s resources and helping build better lives. By deploying its enzymes and microbial based technologies it enables over 30 different industries to become more sustainable - from agriculture to consumer products, industrial processes to renewable energy. Justin has nearly 2 decades of experience in working at the interface between public policy and business. Within Novozymes, he helps build longer term strategic success by catalyzing collaborations with partners as part of the company’s Sustainable Business Agenda.

Working with colleagues in the public and private sectors, international agencies and civil society, Justin helps to drive climate and sustainability focused partnerships. He was instrumental in developing Novozymes Multi Stakeholder Partnership model for its UN Sustainable Energy for All (SE4ALL) engagements and was a driving force in establishing relations between Novozymes and the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB).Justin also works to support Novozymes partnership with DIVA, an innovative corporate impact venturing platform for sustainable business opportunities in emerging and developing markets, where he focuses on stakeholder outreach support and partnership development. 

In addition to his role at Novozymes, Justin is also active in a number of international business fora. He is a Vice Chairman of the Environment Committee for the United States Council for International Business (USCIB); Member of the International Chamber of Commerce (ICC) Environment and Energy Commission and a G20 CEO Advisory Group Sherpa, as well as a member of the OECD-BIAC Environment and Energy Committee.

Immediately prior to joining Novozymes, Justin was Head of Public and Regulatory Affairs at Invest Europe, an Industry Association for the Private Equity and Venture Capital Industry and its Institutional Investors and supporting partners. His responsibilities included financial sector legislation and advocacy as well as governance and structuring issues for a multinational client base. 


Ms. Olga Reyes is Public Affairs and Communications Vice President of the Latin Center Business Unit for The Coca-Cola Company. Olga is a 16 year veteran of Coca-Cola’s Public Affairs function in Latin Center. During her tenure Olga has occupied positions of increasing responsibility within the Public Affairs function, all related to external engagement, community involvement, sustainability commitments and health and wellness issues. Olga is currently in charge of leading The Company’s Public Affairs strategy for Ecuador, Colombia, Venezuela, Central America and the Caribbean. Prior to joining The Coca-Cola Company, Olga was Deputy Director of the Colombia Trade Mission in Washington. Before transferring to Washington, Olga was Advisor to the Colombia Deputy Minister at the Colombian Ministry of Foreign Trade. Olga is a Lawyer from the Pontificia Universidad Javeriana in Colombia and holds a Master in International Relations from Florida State University in Tahallassee, Florida. Olga is a Colombian-Costa Rican national and currently resides in San José, Costa Rica.


Mr. Diego T. Ruiz is Vice President, Global Public Policy and Government Affairs for PepsiCo, the global food and beverage leader. 

Mr. Ruiz was Executive Director of the Securities and Exchange Commission from 2006 to 2011, serving as chief operating officer of the principal law enforcement and regulatory agency for the U.S. securities industry.  Prior to joining the SEC, he was Deputy Chief for Strategy and Policy at the Federal Communications Commission.

Prior to serving in the U.S. government, Mr. Ruiz was an executive with Univision Communications Inc., the country’s premier Spanish-language media company.  While at Univision, he ran its Northern California TV station group based in Sacramento, then the fastest-growing Hispanic market in the country.  Mr. Ruiz also launched and served as VP/General Manager of Univision Online, leading its portal to become the number-one Spanish-language web site within six months of launching.  Prior to this, he served as Station Manager of KMEX-34, Univision’s flagship station in Los Angeles. 

Mr. Ruiz served as a senior advisor in the U.S. House of Representatives.  He was also a political campaign consultant in several national and foreign races, including the 1990 Nicaraguan presidential campaign, which became the first election ever to topple a communist regime at the ballot box.

 Mr. Ruiz received an MBA degree from Harvard Business School and a BA degree from the University of Virginia.  


Ms. Tara Shea is Director of MAC’s Towards Sustainable Mining (TSM) initiative. As Director, she is responsible for the day-to-day management of the program. Specifically, her responsibilities include producing MAC’s annual TSM Progress Reports detailing member performance in all areas of the program, coordinating and delivering training workshops, and promoting TSM across the industry. Tara previously worked for a municipality where she was responsible for delivering economic and community development initiatives.  Tara graduated from the University of Windsor with a Bachelor of Arts in International Relations and Development Studies. 


Dr. Ta-Ming Shih is part of the Strategy & Operations group in Google’s Access division. His focus is on thinking strategically about how to provide broadband to areas where internet is currently not available or of low quality. At Google, he has worked on a number of initiatives, including airborne high-altitude broadband platforms, satellite-based connectivity, and Wi-Fi in India and other developing markets. Prior to Google, Ta-Ming was a management consultant with McKinsey & Company in NYC, working at the intersection of technology and business on topics ranging from product strategy to lean operations. He has a PhD from MIT, where his dissertation and 5 scientific publications focus on integrated semiconductor devices & materials with photonics applications. He has also conducted research at Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory, Palo Alto Research Center, and undertook a brief lecturing position at MIT. He has a B.S. from UC, Berkeley in electrical engineering and computer science.


Dr. Heiko Spitzeck is professor at Fundação Dom Cabral in Brazil and heads the Sustainability Management Research Center. His teaching experience includes courses on Social Intrapreneurship as well as Sustainable Business for MSc, MBA, Executive MBA students, and Senior Executives. Heiko worked with senior executives, directors and board members aligning sustainability and strategy at companies such as Nestlé, Michelin, Andre Maggi Group, BNDES, Grupo Pão de Açúcar, Coca-Cola, Tigre, BASF and Braskem among others. Reviews of his latest book on “Social Intrapreneurism and All That Jazz”, co-authored with David Grayson and Melody McLaren, have appeared in the Financial Times, Forbes and the Guardian. His teaching is informed by more than 10 years of consulting experience as well as academic research. His publications have appeared in numerous international journals as well as in several books published among others by Cambridge University Press. Heiko previously lectured at Cranfield University in the UK and held visiting positions at the University of California at Berkeley, Fordham University in New York (both U.S.) as well as the University of Extremadura (Spain). Heiko was educated in Germany, Spain and Switzerland. He received his PhD from the University of St. Gallen (Switzerland).

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