CIBC Office of Sustainable Finance

Chancellor John McCall MacBain, Emilie Bissonnette, Dean Yolande Chan, Maryse Bertrand.

CIBC donates $1.25M to the Sustainable Growth Initiative (SGI) at McGill Desautels

“We are proud to be a founding member of the Sustainable Growth Initiative at McGill University. With new and intensifying environmental challenges, this partnership will help drive solutions to enable a more sustainable and inclusive economy.” Susan Rimmer, Managing Director & Head, Global Corporate and Investment Banking, CIBC.

How the Era of Energy Transition Is Changing Business Leadership

The McGill Desautels Faculty of Management Integrated Management SymposiumBusiness Leadership in the Era of Energy Transition, held on March 22, 2023, co-presented by the Institute of Corporate Directors (Québec Chapter), the McGill Sustainable Growth Initiative, and Delve.


The CIBC Office of Sustainable Finance recently completed the first ever Transformative Business Law Summer Academy.

From 28 May through 1 June, McGill’s Faculty of Law, in collaboration with the McGill Desautels Faculty of Management and the Sustainable Growth Initiative (SGI), hosted 35 Student-Fellows from eleven countries for the inaugural Transformative Business Law Summer Academy. The Academy came together in Montreal in May 2023 to address the multifaceted challenges that confront governments, business, and civil society actors in a context for which the clock has been ticking. The participating Fellows came from Brazil, Colombia, China, the U.S., Canada, France, Germany, the UK and the Netherlands, to name just a few. They came to spend 12-14 hours a day to explore, to question, and to analyze the existing conditions and obstacles in the way of transformative change, bringing their expertise in law, business, management, anthropology, environmental studies, economics, accounting, and political theory. They were accompanied and advised by an equally interdisciplinary and international cohort of Academy Faculty. The Academy has been geared towards the elaboration of concise and to-the-point analysis pieces on a range of the most pressing contemporary political, economic, legal, and cultural challenges.

The Academy’s research findings and concrete recommendations are documented in the 2023 Academy Impact Paper, which was launched on June 1st, 2023, on the Academy website. The paper can also be downloaded via the Social Science Research Network for free. Simultaneously, the Academy posted a video documentary trailer on the work of the Academy on its website and on Youtube.

The Academy is an annually recurring event and is convened in the hope to foster constructive and inclusive collaboration towards the elaboration of useable, pragmatic, and critical insights into the challenges of our time.


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