Friday, 25 October
13:00 – 14:15
Meeting Room 208
Spotlight Symposium — Sustainability Leadership Luncheon
Sustainability Leadership: Courage Required
Despite urgent calls to action from the IPCC, the UN, the World Bank, multiple industry associations, banks, courts, and even the Pope regarding the urgent need to mitigate and reverse the effects of climate change, many businesses are continuing to “sleepwalk into catastrophe.” Instead, many of the world’s most pressing environmental and social issues such as rising carbon emissions, resource scarcity, plastic pollution, mass migration, poverty and conflict amongst others get relegated to the realm of business externalities. In a world dominated by the shareholder supremacy norm, deviating from purely profit maximizing goals is fraught with difficulty: COURAGEOUS LEADERSHIP IS REQUIRED.
In this spotlight symposium sponsored by the Sustainability Leadership Member Community, we’ll hear from several business leaders who have managed to challenge the status quo, break through traditional conventional commercial approaches and implement more sustainable solutions. We’ll tackle questions including:
- What is the role of leadership in driving more sustainable practices across all types of organizations?
- What are the best practices/lessons learned in pushing the sustainability agenda?
- How do we encourage today’s leaders to incorporate climate change considerations into current decision making processes?
- How do we train and teach the leaders of tomorrow to courageously embrace corporate sustainability for a better word?
- In your experience, does the pursuit of sustainability reshape the practice of leadership?
Join us over lunch for a moderated panel session, focused on interactive dialogue, featuring:
Mike Gerbis, CEO, GLOBE Series and The Delphi Group
Mike Gerbis oversees two leading Canadian organizations with a combined mission to “identify, connect and support the global community of change makers to accelerate society’s transformation to a sustainable, prosperous and socially just future for our children.”
As CEO of The Delphi Group and GLOBE Series, Mike spends a significant amount of his time developing partnerships and working closely with domestic and international leaders from all levels of government, private sectors across the economy, not-for-profit groups, youth organizations and clean tech solution providers and investors to advance the transition to a sustainable future, while enhancing Canada’s prosperity. He also provides strategic insight to Boards of Directors, federal and provincial ministers and senior executives on issues related to climate change risk management, corporate sustainability and clean tech/clean energy innovation, commercialization and deployment.
In addition to over 25 years of experience in strategic consultancy and event management, Mike also devotes personal time to advancing sustainability and clean technology. He is past Chair of Clean Air Champions and has co-founded two other not-for-profit organizations – Leading Change Canada (current Chair; www.leadingchangecanada.com) and The Climate Reality Project Canada (Founding Chair; www.climatereality.ca).
He also regularly engages and educates youth and business leaders across Canada through initiatives such as SHAD Valley International, TEC Canada and requested presentations and workshops for boards and senior executives on topics such as sustainability, clean tech/clean energy innovation and climate change risk mitigation.
Anie Rouleau, Founder and CEO, Baléco – The Unscented Company
Why not use a strong leadership to create inspiring, socially and environmentally innovative businesses? Proactive, Anie Rouleau didn’t have to ponder this question long.
As a Montrealer born to a business-oriented family, Baléco’s Founding CEO knows how to do business without compromising her values and convictions. That’s why she chose to redefine the notion of clean by creating a line of ecofriendly home and body care products designed for conscious living.
In 1992, Anie graduated from the University of Ottawa with a degree in Business, majoring in Finance. She joined Hydrocom International, the family business. Quickly made Vice-President, she left Quebec to start Hydrocom USA in Birmingham, Alabama. When the family business was sold, she was offered the role of President for Maclean Power Systems’ Canadian branch, before becoming President at Société de Gestion du Commensal.
Trilingual, open to the world, Anie runs on new challenges. Her values guide her choices. Fervent defender of local sourcing, she sits on different committees, including Made in Montreal. Women leadership and ethics being causes close to her heart, she is a mentor for young women in business. She is also part of Quebec entrepreneurship promotion groups.
Anie strongly believes that a business’ social values are no obstacles to its profitability and financial viability. That is why she is a BCorp ambassador, giving conferences on this new business model. HEC, UQAM, and ETS also invite her as a guest speaker to discuss the importance of including one’s values at the heart of one’s business management.
Mother of two, Anie is driven by her desire to protect future generations. By investing in innovation and eco-design within an industry which sets his sight far from sustainable development issues, she seeks with Baléco to define tomorrow’s business as a transparent entity, respectful of its employees, the community and the environment.
Stewart Elgie, Founder and Chair of the Smart Prosperity Institute
Stewart Elgie is the founder and chair of the Smart Prosperity Institute, Canada’s major environment-economy think tank and research network. He is the co-founder of Canada’s Ecofiscal Commission, which generates expert reports on market-based approaches to protect the environment.
Stewart started his career as a Bay Street lawyer. He left to do a Masters at Harvard, and then took a job in Alaska with a public interest environmental law firm, including litigating over the Valdez oil spill. He returned to Canada and founded Ecojustice, now Canada’s largest non-profit environmental law organization, where he was counsel on many precedent setting cases in the 1990s, including four wins in Supreme Court of Canada. In 2003, he left a successful legal career to go back to school at Yale for a doctorate in law and economics. Since then, he has focused his research on how to how to harness economic forces to solve environmental problems.
He has chaired or served on many government advisory bodies in the environment and sustainability area. In 2001, he was awarded the Law Society of Upper Canada medal for exceptional lifetime contributions to law – the youngest man to receive the profession’s highest honour. In 2015, he received Canada’s Clean 50 Award, for Thought Leadership. Since the birth of twin boys in 2012, he no longer has any hobbies.
Chair: Daina Mazutis, Co-chair ILA Global Conference and Associate Professor of Strategy at the University of Ottawa
Daina Mazutis is a tenured Associate Professor of Strategy at the University of Ottawa where she also holds the Endowed Professorship in Ethics, Responsibility and Sustainability (ERS).
Daina is a tenured Associate Professor of Strategy at the University of Ottawa where she also holds the Endowed Professorship in Ethics, Responsibility and Sustainability (ERS). Daina’s research on leadership, strategy and sustainability has been published in several edited books as well as peer-reviewed journals such as: Academy of Management Learning and Education, Business & Society, California Management Review, Journal of Business Ethics, Organizations & Environment amongst others.
Her work has also been honored with numerous prestigious awards and has been presented broadly at conferences internationally. Prior to joining the University of Ottawa, Daina was a Professor of Strategy, Leadership and Ethics at IMD in Lausanne, Switzerland and spent over ten years in various marketing, advertising, sales and consulting roles. She holds an MBA from the University of Ottawa, a PhD from the Richard Ivey School of Business, University of Western Ontario and is a graduate of the ICD Directors Education Program. Daina currently sits on the Board of Prime Ministers’ Row and Riga Business School.
Moderators: ILA Sustainability Leadership Member Community conveners
Kathy Allen, Allen and Associates
Rian Satterwhite, Director for Service Learning & Leadership, University of Las Vegas, Nevada