Sauder MBA students host social change business expo; commemorates inaugural UBC MBA specialization in sustainability and business


VANCOUVER, BC – MBA students from the Sauder School of Business at the University of British Columbia are partnering with the Community Experience Initiative to present the 5th Annual Leadership & Social Change Career Fair on March 16 in Vancouver.

The students, members of the Sauder chapter of the sustainability focused-organization Net Impact, have invited Bob Elton, CEO of BC Hydro, to give the keynote address. This year, the event coincides with the Sauder School of Business celebrating the launch of its new MBA specialization in sustainability & business.

It will bring together over 100 MBA students from Sauder and other regional schools with organizations that are leaders in social and environmental practices for workshops, a career fair, and a networking reception.

The career fair will feature approximately 20 prominent organizations, and will be followed by a cocktail reception. Organizations confirmed for the event include: B.C. Hydro, Real Living Solutions, The Vancouver Aquarium, Volunteer Vancouver, The Community Experience Initiative, Coast Foundation, The UBC Sustainability Office, The Canadian Mental Health Association, Starworks, Charity Village, and many others.

Expo Celebrates First Year of Sustainability-focused MBA at Sauder School of Business

This year’s launch of a MBA program with a specialization in Sustainability and Business by the Sauder School of Business at the University of British Columbia underscores a fundamental change in today’s business and government environment: Businesses of all kinds now find their corporate ethics and their environmental impact held up to scrutiny by governments, consumers, and shareholders.

The inaugural program offers 2006-2007 MBA students a business education in the realms of environmental economics, sustainable development, and corporate social responsibility.

"Given that UBC is an international leader in research and practice in sustainability, and that Vancouver features a world-class concentration of research and development centers on sustainable energy, we think we have some unique advantages,” says Dale Griffin, Senior Associate Dean at the Sauder School of Business. "Students in this program benefit from the expertise within the Sauder School, across the university in related faculties such as engineering, forestry, and urban planning, and from local, national, and international partnerships”.

The specialization was created through an initial collaboration between the Sauder School of Business and the UBC Faculty of Forestry. Both faculties have seen increased demand from industry, alumni and prospective students for graduate education that recognizes the convergence of business management and leadership skills with environmentally and socially sustainable practices.

“The goal of achieving sustainable development is arguably the greatest challenge mankind has ever faced,” says Peter Nemetz, Sauder School of Business professor, coordinator for the MBA specialization in sustainability and business, and author of "Bringing Business On Board: Sustainable Development and the B-School Curriculum". “Only with the active engagement of the business community is there any realistic hope that our economic, social, and ecological systems can achieve sustainability.”

The specialization consists of nine required modules, ranging from cost-benefit analysis to business ethics to global environment issues. It also includes a number of elective modules, which allow the student to pursue selected issues such as nonprofit management, environmental marketing, and social entrepreneurship with greater depth.

Industry presenters to the inaugural MBA specialization play a pivotal role in delivering real-world focus to the program. They will include sustainability leaders from organizations such as Shell Canada, The Vancouver Organizing Committee for the 2010 Olympic and Paralympic Winter Games (VANOC), and Catalyst Paper Corporation - formerly NorskeCanada.

The Sauder School of Business at the University of British Columbia is Canada’s leading academic business school. Recognized globally for its contributions to management practice through innovative research and teaching, the school is dedicated to opening worlds of opportunities for its students, alumni and associated communities.

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For more information, contact:

Derek Moscato 
Communications Coordinator
Sauder School of Business

Leanna Yip 
Director, Marketing and Communications
Sauder School of Business