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ISID Executive Education - May 2018

Toward Meeting the Sustainable Development Goals: From Theory to Practice

May 2-4, 2018:  Montreal, Quebec



The Institute for the Study of International Development is pleased to announce the inaugural offering of our executive education certificate program, "Toward Meeting the Sustainable Development Goals: From Theory to Practice".  This program will provide an overview of the SDGs and the context in which they were negotiated. Furthermore, participants in this program will review the general merits of the SDGs, examine the means for integrating them into organizational plans and programming, and evaluate progress towards achieving results in implementing the SDGs.

 The sustainable development goals (SDGs) are a universal set of goals, targets and indicators that UN member states are expected to use to frame their agendas and political policies through to 2030. The SDGs consist of 17 goals that include targets on women’s empowerment, good governance, climate change, peace and security, extreme poverty and hunger, preventing deadly diseases, and expanding primary education to all children, and call upon state governments, the private sector and civil society organizations to work together in achieving inclusive sustainable development.

The program is intended for individuals with a basic knowledge of the SDGs. The program will take a hands on approach, which will consist of group work, advance reading, assignments for each module and a group presentation on the final day.


The fee for this intensive three-day program follows the following structure (before applicable taxes):

  • $1500 CAD – Regular registration fee through our online registration portal.

  • $800 CAD - Special rate for full time students.  Please patrick.brennan3 [at] (contact us) for details.

Upon completion of the program, participants will receive a Certificate of Completion from McGill University’s Institute for the Study of International Development.* Invoice billing options are available and payments by cheque can be made to McGill University and sent to the following address:

Institute for the Study of International Development
Attention: Executive Programs
Suite 240, 3460 McTavish Street
Montreal, Quebec H3A 1X9


Program brochure coming soon.

Please contact Patrick Brennan at patrick.brennan3 [at] for more information.

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

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

This program is intended to challenge participants’ thinking in relation to the SDGs. This innovative program will bring together individuals from diverse backgrounds and perspectives to work together and understand the fundamentals required to achieve progress in attaining the SDGs.  Together, and guided by a distinguished multi-disciplinary and multi-stakeholder teaching team, participants will explore the challenges and opportunities for measuring and implementing the SDGs.

Based on the Institute’s proven standards for multidisciplinary research and teaching, and with the vast array of practical development experience represented by our networks in the public, private and civil society realms, the program will examine the following thematics:

  • An introduction to the development of the SDGs, the merit of these goals and expectations around their achievement;
  • How to move forward in monitoring and implementing the SDGs;
  • The role of civil society, businesses, local authorities and national politicians in achieving the SDGs;
  • Examine how participants can integrate the SDGs in their organizational plans; 
  • The role of research and policy development in achieving the SDGs; and
  • Strengthening national reviews, development strategies and M and E systems in an effort to deliver on the SDGs .

Who Attends

This is an essential course for leaders, professionals and practitioners interested in the leading edge thinking and practical applications of reconciliation theories and strategies to their work in the private, public and civil society sectors


The educational modules will run each day from 9 AM - 12 PM and 1 PM - 4 PM and consist of the following:

Day 1 (May 2, 2018)

Module 1 – Unpacking the SDGs. – Dr. Sonia Laszlo

Module 2 – Implementing the SDGs in Programming. – Elissar Sarrouh

Day 2 (May 3, 2018)

Module 3 - Traditional Monitoring and Evaluation of the SDGs – Marie-Hélène Adrien and Lorenzo Daïeff

Module 4 – Impact Assessment for the SDGs – Dr. Franque Grimard


Guest Speaker – Mr. Justin Perrettson 

Day 3 (May 4, 2018)

Morning – Group Work

Afternoon – Presentation of Group Work and Certificates.

Marie-Hélène Adrien

Marie-Hélène Adrien is a senior consultant in international development and President of Universalia Management Group. She has 25 years of experience in the evaluation of programs and organizations, and in building/developing evaluation capacity. She has applied her expertise in Canada and in 45 countries, particularly in the Caribbean, Africa, and Central and Latin America. Her client roster includes international financial institutions (World Bank, Caribbean Development Bank, Inter-American Development Bank, Islamic Development Bank), UN agencies and the Canadian Government. Marie-Hélène has contributed to the field of evaluation through her publications, including Enhancing Organizational Performance: A Toolbox for Self-assessment (IDRC, 1999), Organizational Assessment: A Framework for Improving Performance (IDRC, IDB, 2002) and Guide to Conducting Reviews of Organizations Supplying M&E Training (World Bank, 2002). She is the past President of the International Development Evaluation Association (IDEAS) and a lecturer for the World Bank and Carleton University IPDET program. Marie-Hélène is fluent in French, English, Spanish and Créole.

Lorenzo Daïeff

Lorenzo Daïeff is a Consultant at Universalia Management Group and a member of the Organizations and Partnership Performance Practice. He provides advisory and evaluation services for governments, not-for-profits, foundations and private sector organisations across the world, most recently with the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, the MasterCard Foundation, Siemens AG, UNICEF, the Global Partnership for Education, Global Affairs Canada, and the Quebec Community Groups Network. An avid supporter of the sustainable development agenda, he is a member of EvalSDGs, and in 2017 contributed to the United Nations Development Programme’s Guidance Note on Country-Led evaluation in the era of the SDGs. Lorenzo has also written and published on matters of social policy, governance, and organizational partnerships. He holds an MA from McGill University, a BA from Oxford University, and works in English, French, German and Portuguese.

Franque Grimard

Franque Grimard is Associate Professor of Economics and member of the Centre on Population Dynamics. His research interests span a broad range of topics across economic development, health economics and environment economics. His work on economic development has included labor markets, integration of women in labor force, credit markets and bank failures, trade and growth, and tax reform. His work has spanned many countries including Côte d'Ivoire, Pakistan, Argentina, Mexico, Panama, and Peru.


Sonia Laszlo

Sonia Laszlo is Associate Professor of Economics and Director of the Institute for the Study of International Development. Her research expertise covers many aspects of applied microeconomic analysis in economic development.  Specifically, she is currently working in two broad research areas: decision-making under uncertainty (namely concerning technology adoption among subsistence farmers) and the micro-economic effects of social policies and conditions (in the area of education, health and labour markets), with a focus on women. Prof. Laszlo has conducted her research in Peru, Kenya and in the Caribbean, using laboratory experiments, surveys or randomized controlled trials. 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.

Justin Perrettson

Justin Perrettson is a Senior Advisor (Corporate Sustainability & Public Affairs) for Novozymes, the world`s leading bioinnovation company. He is engaged in a number of areas that address the interface between business and public policy. He works on a number of issues related to Sustainability, Climate and the Environment, and is also engaged in the development of innovative Public-Private-Partnership PPP approaches. In addition to his role at Novozymes, Justin is a vice-chair of the United States Council for International Business (USCIB) Environment Committee: He is also a member of the International Chamber of Commerce (ICC) Env

ironment and Energy Commission as well as the OECD-BIAC Environment and Energy Committee. He has previously acted as B20 Sherpa to Novozymes CEO as part of the ICC G20 CEO Advisory Group. Prior to his current position, Justin held a number of roles in Consulting, Policy and the Financial Services sectors.

Elissar Sarrouh

Elissar Sarrouh is a former UN Diplomat, a Professor of Practice at ISID/McGill and founding CEO of Expert Consulting on Governance and an experienced Board Director who serve(d) on a wide range of Canadian and International Boards, Committees, Panels and Networks.

In August 2015, Elissar completed a most rewarding and thriving career with the United Nations. She served and represented the United Nations/United Nations Development Program/UN Women in various developed and developing countries, including conflict and stable contexts. She served as Resident and non-Resident Representative of the United Nations Development Program, as well as global and regional organizations such as the OECD/DAC, the World Bank and various global funds, as well as regional and national commissions such as UNESCWA, the UN/Spanish MDGs Fund and the UNDP/OECD Partnership for Democratic Governance (DGP). Elissar represented UNIFEM/UN Women at the EU in Brussels and led the UN Country Team in developing the EU gender policy. She is a highly skillful negotiator with a track record of building consensus around sensitive political reforms and unlocking stagnant processes and decisions. Elissar led UN/UNDP teams, NGOs, think tanks and academic institutions in developing the United Nations Agencies Development Frameworks, UNDP Country Programs and Emergency Response Plans, human development reports, and funding instruments and institutional frameworks.

In September 2015, she was appointed at the Institute for the Study of International Development (ISID) at McGill University, as a Professor of Practice and engages in academic events, as a Guest Lecturer and Speaker in International Development conferences and Executive Educational Programs. Elissar provides consulting services on international and corporate governance, women empowerment, the 2030 Agenda and peace building.

Elissar serves on a number of Boards including the Canadian Association for International Development Professionals, the Women Business Network, and the Canadian Federation University Women (CFUW) Governance Steering Committee and will represent CFUW at the UNCSW 62 session in New York in March 2018.

Elissar Hold a M.A. in Political Science from Carleton University and her Ph.D studies remain at ABD status since 2002.