What we do
The Sustainability Ecosystem fosters constructive interactions and strengthens multi-sectoral and multi-stakeholder collaboration in Montreal and beyond. The group creates opportunities to meet and exchange information, experiences, and ideas for collaboration.
Experts from around the world provide fast-paced, participative experiences that challenge us to consider some of today’s most important sustainability issues.
Educational Exchange Forum
Bringing educators and students across the world together to share practices, content and catalyze the adoption of sustainability topics into the academic curriculum.
An aggregator and centralizer of the sustainability research that will bridge the gap between research and business.
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Fast-paced, hands-on, participative experiences that bring the knowledge on key pressing sustainability issues to the forefront in webinars delivered by experts from around the world. Each learning lab will have brainstorming sessions and opportunities for building awareness and knowledge-sharing.
Nine Learning Lab series per year are developed and delivered to members of the CFA Institute community, PRI-Quebec, CPA Canada, RIA, PRMIA, SASB, FRM, FSI, universities, investment firms, and government and non-government initiatives. Task forces, providers or frameworks and processes, and authoritative bodies are invited to present their content in order to educate stakeholders.
Sustainability Learning Lab 1 — Impact Investing Series
Educational Exchange Forum
An informal monthly discussion and information exchange group that focuses on the advancement of responsible education.
The main objective of the EEF is to create an inclusive space where educators, students and other related actors can exchange ideas, present their sustainability-related initiatives and programs, discuss recent developments in the space and expand their network.
In these monthly discussions we aim to:
- Break the silos by creating conversation among individuals from various universities and disciplines around the world
- Expand participants' networks and identify potential synergies for further collaboration
- Identify possibilities to cross-fertilize by promoting events, initiatives and content
- Allow participants to remain up-to-date with work that is being done on the integration of sustainability into educational programs
Meetings are based on mutual respect and inclusivity, and are oriented towards the advancement of responsible education across disciplines and organizations.
This discussion forum is for educational purposes. Shared knowledge helps us all to learn and advance. Educational Exchange forum members now represent over 24 academic institutions in 18 cities.
The program offers a theoretical approach to fundamentals on sustainable investing. It’s a rapidly evolving area of expertise, requiring finance and corporate professionals to have a new set of investment and risk management skills. This program is offered online and in class. The SIPC gave an opportunity to over 150 individuals to obtain formal education on sustainable investing.
This program was created in 2012, by the John Molson School of Business (JMSB) in cooperation with the Finance and Sustainability Initiative (FSI).
This program is designed to teach the basics about, and encourage the advancement of, sustainable finance. Throughout the course, the underlying environment, social and governance (ESG) principles will be explored in a financial context. You will understand how Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) contribute to challenges for corporations, the transition risks and opportunities for businesses, and the transformation of finance into a vehicle for the betterment of society and the environment. You will have the opportunity to apply academic material to practical, real-life situations in sessions taught by real industry experts with years of knowledge and experience to share.
This course is designed to provide participants with knowledge about the management of digital privacy in today’s society, from the dual perspectives of the suppliers and consumers of online personal information (PI). Individual users of internet-based systems and platforms are today’s suppliers of the basic raw material that the Internet supply chain delivers – their PI. The consumers of this PI are commercial organizations of all types as well as governmental and non-profit organizations, who collect, aggregate, analyze and leverage PI for the legitimate pursuit of their commercial, economic, social and other goals. This certification responds to the growing demand for privacy-aware professionals in many types of roles and organizations – public, private or governmental, large, medium or small.
In 2012, the John Molson School of Business (JMSB) in cooperation with the Finance and Sustainability Initiative (FSI) Montreal created the Sustainable Investment Professional Certification (SIPC). The program offers a theoretical approach to fundamentals on sustainable investing. It’s a rapidly evolving area of expertise, requiring finance and corporate professionals to have a new set of investment and risk management skills. This program is offered online and in class. The SIPC gave an opportunity to over 150 individuals to obtain formal education on sustainable investing.
In 2015, JMSB received a generous donation from Sam and Diane Scalia to establish the Sam and Diana Scalia Sustainable Built Environment and Real Estate Program which promotes feasibility research, cost-benefit analyses and policy recommendations for sustainable material usage in residential real estate development.
The University launched a first-ever Sustainability Action Plan in collaboration with the wider Concordia community in 2016. Overarching goals include helping the university reach carbon neutrality and elaborating a roadmap for sustainability in the areas of food, waste, climate, research and curriculum. Learn more about the Concordia Sustainability Hub.
In December 2019, JMSB signed a partnership agreement with Manulife Investment Management that established the first sustainable investing practicum at a Canadian university. Learn more about the Sustainable Investing Practicum.