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October 28, 2016
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Integrating Sustainability into Business Education

A Workshop for Canadian Business Faculty - May 4th, 2010

Integrating Sustainability into Business Education: A Workshop for Canadian Business Faculty was held on May 4th, 2010, at the University of Guelph Arboretum. The event was hosted by Dr. Elizabeth Kurucz of the University of Guelph and Dr. Barry Colbert of Wilfrid Laurier University and facilitated by Dr. Asaf Zohar of Trent University as part of an inter-university research initiative on business school interaction with stakeholders on sustainability issues. The purpose of this event was to provide a forum for academics in business schools across the country to dialogue with their peers about the opportunities to advance sustainability focused education in the design and delivery of elective and core courses in the curriculum. A total of 80 participants (including faculty, administrators, industry representatives, and students) gathered from 16 different universities and colleges to discuss the complex global issues that our business students will increasingly face in their personal and professional lives. Outcomes of the day are summarized in this report.

Integrating Sustainability into Business Education
Less Carbon Offsets

Join us in our efforts to reduce the adverse environmental impact of our workshop as much as possible. Please fill out the Less Carbon Offset Form to provide us with the information required to calculate your carbon emissions and offset those emissions accordingly.

Dialogue Leaders

Dr. David Bell, Chair, Learning for a Sustainable Future

Frances Edmonds, Director of Environmental Programs, Hewlett-Packard (Canada) Co.

Toby Heaps, Editor, Corporate Knights Magazine

Mike Morrice, Executive Director, Sustainable Waterloo

Annika Tamlyn, Senior Policy Analyst, Council of Ontario Universities

Dr. Asaf Zohar, Director, Business Program, Trent University

Dr. Elizabeth Kurucz, Assistant Professor, Department of Business, University of Guelph

Dr. Barry Colbert, Director, CMA Centre for Business and Sustainability, Wilfrid Laurier University

Dialogue Leaders Speak

In partnership with the Network for Business and Sustainability, we asked the dialogue leaders of our workshop to share their thoughts on what Canadian business schools should emphasize in order to help the next generation of organizational leaders address global sustainability issues:

How can business faculty best integrate sustainability issues into business education? What works? What doesn't? What are the biggest obstacles?

Read what our Dialogue Leaders have to say here, and send the Network for Business and Sustainability your thoughts (500 words or less) to inform the workshop dialogue.

Learn more about our Dialogue Leaders here!

The Arboretum

The Arboretum is 408 acres of spectacular green space, formal natural gardens, wandering nature trails, and 35 diverse plant collections that enclose serene meeting and banquet facilities. We encourage all faculty members to enjoy the beautiful surroundings of The Arboretum during the workshop, and we hope that the inspired setting of The Arboretum brings about a meaningful, engaging, and insightful dialogue.

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