Sustainable Innovation: The Most Frustrating and Rewarding Experience You Will Hopefully Ever Have


Lynn Leger

The Marcel Desautels Institute for Integrated Management (MDIIM), in collaboration with the McGill Department of Chemistry, is pleased to invite you to:

Sustainable Innovation: The Most Frustrating and Rewarding Experience You Will Hopefully Ever Have
A lecture by Lynn Leger

Director, ALCERECO

Date: Friday, September 13, 2013
Time: 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm
Location: Bronfman Building, Room 423
1001 Sherbrooke St. West

There is little disagreement that sustainable innovation is the right approach for companies, for researchers, and for society. The real challenge lies in how to make sustainable innovation happen at a faster pace. For sustainable innovation to be successful, entrepreneurs and intrapreneurs need an interdisciplinary range of skills and capabilities ranging from technical & scientific knowledge to life cycle analysis to financial savvy. It will always require persistence, creativity, and openness to learning new things. And it is completely worth it. Successful sustainable innovations impact lives. There are ways to understand the value of opportunities and to increase the likelihood of success. This lecture focuses on perceptions about sustainable innovation, success stories, and some tools and approaches to increase your chances of success in sustainable innovation.

After completing a degree in Chemistry and an MBA, Lynn joined DuPont’s Automotive Coatings business where she held a variety of business, marketing and technical positions. She then changed market focus and led new initiatives in Food Safety for DuPont including responsibility for leading major R&D initiatives in breakthrough disinfection technology. Lynn joined GreenCentre Canada in 2010 as a Director of Commercial Development and worked with universities across Canada to commercialize greener technologies. Lynn is a named inventor on 13 patent applications in technologies representing each of the different businesses with which she has been associated. She is a frequent speaker on innovation and green chemistry and chaired a session on commercialization of Green Chemistry at the ACS-GCI’s 2013 meeting. Lynn is currently starting a new business, ALCERECO, which will develop and commercialize new Advanced Materials in a number of markets.

This event is free of charge and open to the McGill community and the general public.

Please RSVP to ariane.guay-jadah [at]

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