Canadian Centre for Corporate Social Responsibility


2017 EFMD Case Writing Award in the Urban Transition Challenges Category

A case study, "Edmonton City Centre Airport: A Sustainability Challenge for a Growing City", won the 2017 EFMD Case Writing Award in the Urban Transition Challenges category. This case study and companion teaching note, published by Ivey Publishing in 2017, were co-authored by five of Joel Gehman's former MBA students: Neetu Sharma, Kristel Owens, Graham Graff, Trent Nabe, and Poonam Randhawa.

The Net Impact February 18 Career Trek

Net Impact members trekked to different sites to hear about sustainability careers during the Sustainability Career Crawl.

Academy of Management: The Organizations and the Natural Environment (ONE) Division 2017 Awards

The Organization and Natural Environment (ONE) Division recognized several individuals associated with the Canadian Centre for CSR including

  • Joel Gehman for the ONE Emerging Scholar Award
  • Tyler Wry and Eric Zhao for the ONE-NBS Impact on Practice Award (former SMORG students as co-authors on the Best Paper Award)
  • P. Devereaux Jennings for the ONE Outstanding Service Award (as Division Chair)

For more details, please visit the ONE Division 2017 Awards website.

The Glass Cliff... Women, Leadership, Life and Flow (September 27, 2017) 

After breaking through the proverbial glass ceiling, many women leaders suddenly find themselves in a precarious position, facing challenges not faced by their male counterparts. This phenomenon is known as the glass cliff. And while it is an expression generally used in relation to the workplace, the glass cliff can also be very real for women outside of their careers – in their day-to-day lives.

Join us for an evening of insightful and compelling conversation with Kirstine Stewart, author of Our Turn and CSO of Diply. Kirstine has also served as VP media for Twitter Canada and as head of English CBC-Canada.

Also joining the conversation with Kirstine is a panel of distinguished leaders, led by moderator Lesley MacDonald, founder/producer of Global News Woman of Vision:

  • The Rt. Hon. Kim Campbell – former Prime Minister and Founding Principal of Peter Lougheed Leadership College
  • Eveline Charles – President and CEO, EvelineCharles Salons and Spas
  • Dr. Shawna Pandya – physician, scientist, entrepreneur and citizen astronaut

For full details, visit the Global Woman of Vision website.

Francis Winspear Centre for Music
Wednesday, September 27, 2017
7:00 to 8:30 pm
Reception to follow

Tickets on sale now! )

$100 VIP tickets – including Kirstine Stewart’s book “Our Turn” and Gallery Level seating

$60 – General Admission



Cities and Climate Change Science Conference (March 5-7, 2018) and Call for Proposals

On March 5-7, 2018, Edmonton will be hosting the Cities and Climate Change Science Conference: “Fostering new scientific knowledge for cities based on science, practice and policy.”


This conference, whose many partners/organizers include UN Environment, UN Habitat, C40, Future Earth, Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, World Climate Research Programme, and many others, aims to inspire the next frontier of research focused on the science of cities and climate change. Its primary goal is to assess the state of academic and practice-based knowledge related to cities and climate change, as well as to establish a global research agenda based on the joint identification of key gaps by the academic, practitioner, and urban policy-making communities. Such aims are designed to improve scientific knowledge and to stimulate research underpinning effective and efficient urban responses to climate change, as well as to provide inputs to the products of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC).


The conference has now issued a call for proposals for sessions as well as for abstracts for oral session contributions and posters.

Conference Themes

  1. Cities & climate change (Imperatives for action)

  2. Urban emissions, impacts and vulnerabilities (Science and practice of cities)

  3. Solutions for the transition to low carbon and climate resilient cities (Science and practice for cities)

  4. Enabling transformative climate action in cities (advancing science and advancing cities)

Call for proposals for sessions

You are invited to submit a proposal for a complete 90-minute session.

Sessions with innovative formats that best foster the delivery of the unique conference objectives and expected outcomes identified above are especially welcome. In order to meet the conference objectives, all sessions must incorporate a clear and visible element of knowledge exchange or co-generation among the scientific community and the practitioner and/or policy-making communities. You are encouraged to focus session proposals on the themes identified in the conference outline, but sessions with foci that cut across several themes are also welcome. Sessions are encouraged to draw on contributors from various world regions, especially the Global South; and to involve early career scientists and consider gender balance among contributors. Proposed sessions will be assessed by the Scientific Steering Committee based on the Conference objectives.

Call for abstracts for oral session contributions and posters

In addition to complete sessions, proposals for individual contributions (oral presentations in sessions as well as posters) are also invited.

Accepted oral presentations will be organized into sessions by the Scientific Steering Committee to complement accepted sessions from the call above and in order to best meet the conference objectives. Posters will be presented in specific poster sessions during the conference. Contributions need to relate to the conference themes, and can take several forms in order to help achieve the conference objectives, including scientific presentations, oral elaboration of lessons learned from case studies/best practices, or posters. Posters may be shown through interactive electronic displays. Submit an abstract summarizing your proposed contribution under one or more of the conference themes (see above).

Full information regarding both can be found here.

Submission is via the conference website. Suggestions for sessions and submission of individual abstracts (described in the attached document) will be accepted until October 6, 2017.

Please email for more information.


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2017 Global B Corp Academic Community Roundtable
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Net Impact
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Outreach Program in Ethiopia
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Women as Employees, Entrepreneurs & Leaders (WEEL) Workshop
This CCCSR-ATB Social Sustainability Workshop, held on April 28th, showcased quality research on women in business done by recognized CCCSR members, developed stronger ties among researchers and practioners in the domain of women and work, and generated new initiatives in the area.

Women Leaders Key Communicators Luncheon
Back by popular demand, this luncheon held on May 12th offered ticketgoers to chat and have lunch with some of Edmonton's most influential women.