How the Era of Energy Transition Is Changing Business Leadership

The global transition to net-zero requires significant changes in the way businesses operate and grow. How can business leaders successfully manage this energy transition? What are its opportunities and risks for businesses? And what role do corporate boards and investors play in overseeing and encouraging the transition? In the current era of energy transition, these difficult and critical questions must be tackled at the highest levels to redefine and implement effective business leadership for a net-zero world. At a recent Desautels Faculty of Management Integrated Management Symposium that melded leadership with academic research, several strategies and opportunities for change proved that major institutions play a vital role in both setting and meeting stronger targets for sustainability.

AI-griculture, A High-Tech Approach to Decarbonizing Agricultural Food Supply Chains

One of the largest contributors to climate change worldwide, the agricultural food supply chain crosses international borders and reaches across industries and sectors. Reducing its environmental impact requires complex, high-tech solutions like artificial intelligence—and the people to implement them at the right time, in the right places. The Desautels Faculty of Management Sustainable Growth Initiative (SGI) and the McGill Centre for the Convergence of Health and Economics (MCCHE) recently welcomed scholars and business representatives to discuss the role of artificial intelligence technologies and collaborative digital ecosystems in transforming the agri-food sector. How can the food supply chain industry act as an entry point to reach decarbonization and net-zero emissions by 2050?

How Banks and Institutional Investment Funds Are Driving the Road to Net-Zero

One of the biggest challenges today for financial institutions is how to meet net-zero climate targets while achieving high returns on investment and satisfying the needs of various stakeholders. What does the road to net-zero look like in the realm of long-term investment, who are the players, and how should the inevitable roadblocks be overcome? At the recent Desautels and Delve McGill International Portfolio Challenge symposium, institutional investment experts Fanny Doucet, CFA, Managing Director & Head of Sustainable Finance at Scotiabank, and Lori Kerr, CEO of FinDev Canada, Canada’s development finance institution, shared their insights on how to achieve net-zero with moderator Desautels Professor Sebastien Betermier.

Why Ultra-Low Yields Don’t Mean the End of Sustainable Pension Funds

Retirement systems around the world, from public pension plans to private funds, are weathering a storm of ultra-low bond yields that threaten not only adequate returns for pensioners but the sustainability of the systems themselves. Designing retirement systems that are resilient to low yields requires balancing risk with resilience and innovative approaches. At McGill Desautels Faculty of Management’s recent McGill International Portfolio Challenge 2021 symposium event, pension plan experts Barbara Zvan and Eduard van Gelderen shared their insights on the future of retirement systems with moderator and Desautels Professor Sebastien Betermier.

Investing in a Changing World: Transitioning from Traditional to Sustainable Investments

With Josée Guibord, CEO at Evolugen by Brookfield Renewable, and Patrick Odier, Senior Managing Partner at Lombard Odier Group

Lifelong Wellness: Product Innovation and Multisystemic Approaches to Aging

With Mehmood Khan, CEO of Life Biosciences Inc. and Laurette Dubé, Professor of Marketing at McGill University and Director of the McGill Centre for the Convergence of Health and Economics

Securing Good Development Outcomes: Global Growth Challenges and Opportunities

A policy-signaling address from David Malpass, President of the World Bank Group

Introducing Delve, Desautels’ Thought Leadership Initiative

How do we bridge academia and organizations around the globe for a positive impact? Part of the answer lies in conversations.

Facing the Climate Challenge: Taking Significant Actions in Business and Government

With Mike Gerbis, CEO of The Delphi Group & GLOBE Series and Professor Paola Perez-Aleman