News Archive



June 18, 2019 - Congratulations to the U of T Sustainability Innovation Prize winners Paulina Szlachta, Samantha DiIorio, and Tom Chen! 

March 29, 2019 - Congratulations to the newly elected MScSM Student Executive Members for the 2019-2020 academic year: Vice President Internal - Amine Mikati; Vice President External - Ana Gutierrez; Vice President Social - Yosua Husodo; Vice President Finance - Joelle Pang.

March 20, 2019 - Rylan Urban, member of Class 2020, has been voted the new incoming President of the MScSM Student Executive Council (MSEC) for the 2019-2020 academic year. Congratulations Rylan!

March 16, 2019 - Our application system for the MScSM program that begins in September 2019 is now closed. We look forward to reviewing all the applications from many outstanding applicants!

March 16, 2019 - Congratulations to Gurdeep Kang, Julia Shen, Amy Yang, and Ru Yap, Class of 2019, for winning the WWF Designing Change for a Living Planet competition!

January 15, 2019 - Congratulations to Chris Ford, Class of 2019, for winning the Partners in Project Green Youth Environmental Award!


October 31, 2018 - The Institute for Management & Innovation - the institute that MScSM Program is a part of - is hosting their 5th Annual IMI Grad Open House on Saturday, November 17th 2018. Please join us!

October 18, 2018 - MScSM 4th Annual Sustainability Leaders' Series features The Honourable Elizabeth Dowdeswell, Lieutenant Governor of Ontario

June 14, 2018 - MScSM Class 2018 convocates - congratulations to all our students!

February 27, 2018 - MScSM Program Director award Order of Ontario!

February 20, 2018 - Want to learn more about our MScSM Program Director, Prof Shashi Kant? Please refer to his interview for Day Out with a Star

February 20, 2018 - MScSM Program Director, Prof Shashi Kant awarded Order of Ontario

February 20, 2018 - MScSM Student Executive Council (MSEC) organizes their Speaker Series, Food Waste and Sustainability Technology

January 5, 2018 - MScSM alumna Fatima Fasih works as Program Manager for Sustainable Development at the Centre of Excellence for Responsible Business (CERB) and drafted and published her first report entitled CERB Report Decoupling Growth from Impact on the Environment. Great job Fatima!


November 20, 2017 - Thanks to Bruce Lourie for his special presentation on "Failed Sustainability". This event was co-sponsored with partner Riverwood Conservancy.

November 18, 2017 - IMI Grad Open House Day was very successful - the program staff, current students and alumni met with many prospective students. This is an annual event that is usually held on the third Saturday of November every year and is sponsored and organized by the Institute of Management & Innovation Grad Programs, of which MScSM is a part of.

November 16, 2017 - Great turnout for our alumni event at Faculty Club - current students, alumni, faculty, and staff enjoyed a reception and the opportunity to catch up and network.

October 28, 2017 - MScSM Program alumnus Nate van Beilen reading the book Flourishing: A Frank Conversation about Sustainability, by John Ehrenfeld - guest speaker of our Leader Speaker Series on Monday, October 30, 2017.

October 27, 2017 - MScSM Program alumnus Rahim Khanani takes on the business of information sharing

September 28, 2017 - MScSM Program wins Global Compact Network Canada Sustainability Development Goals Award 2017. Professor and MScSM Program Director thanked everyone in his acceptance speech.

September 14, 2017 - MScSM Class 2016 alumnus Rahim Khanani is now business partner in Flarian, a startup company he has been working in. Flarian has been ranked no. 24 on the 2017 STARTUP 50 ranking of Canada's Top New Growth Companies.

September 13, 2017 - MScSM Program is part of the Institue for Management & Innovation (IMI) at UofT. We are having an IMI Grad Open House on Saturday November 18th 2017 from 10:30am to 1:30pm. Plan to attend!  Your chance to meet and talk with admission officers, Directors, current students and alumni. The event is free but registration is required.

September 11, 2017 - Welcome to MScSM Class 2019. First day of formal classes. Have a great semester!

September 7, 2017 - MScSM Program is one of the organizations in the running for Global Compact Network Canada SDG Awards 2017. This award is for Canadian organizations who are putting Canada and the world on a more sustainable path by advancing action towards the 17 UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). Today is the Twitter Campaign - noon to 3pm Toronto time - Join us!

July 28, 2017 - Article in The Toronto Star about the Crystal Serenity cruise liner that sails  in the Northwest Passage. Class 2017 alum Andrew Orawiec's Research Paper was on this subject. Andrew spent time in Nunavut and the north researching this very topic. The article also mentions the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration in the USA, where alum David Harary spent his summer of 2016 internship placement.

July 26, 2017 - Article on the TSSS website about Class 2017 alumni Kevin Jakiela and Conner Tidd and their startup company: The Uber of Urban Farming: Just Vertical may become the biggest farmer while owning no land.

July 24, 2017 - Class 2017 alumni Kevin Jakiela and Conner Tid, with their startup company Just Vertical have joined forces with a Ryerson University startup to bring the stratospheric cost of fresh fruit and vegetables in Canada's North. Congrats!

June 22, 2017 - Faizan Ahmed, Rahim Khanani and Tarun Koshy's Senior Capstone Project, entitled, "Recycling labels increase campus waste diversion rate by 164%" is posted on employer partner CleanRiver's website

June 20, 2017 - David Harary - Class 2018 - publishes an article in Zondits titled Carbon Tax Decision in Massachusetts is Underway

June 8, 2017 - Reception for Class 2017 - at Faculty Club Upper Dining Hall

June 8, 2017 - Convocation ceremony and reception for MScSM Class 2017: Director Prof Shashi Kant addresses new graduands

June 5, 2017 - David Harary named one of Green Biz 30 Under 30 - congratulations David!

May 23, 2017 - David Harary - Class 2017 graduating student - writes an article for Cornell International Affairs Review: "Remote Sensing Satellites as a Solution Towards Anticipating Food and Water Wars"

May 16, 2017 - David Harary - Class 2017 graduating student - writes an article for Harvard Kennedy School Review: "The Key for Liberals on Climate: Pushing Harder for National Security"

April 5, 2017 - Kristen Schaper - Class 2018 student - wins UTM Principal's Involvement Award!

April 4, 2017 - Ayman Chowdhury - Class 2017 student - moderated a high-profile panel discussion at the UN Global Compact Gender Equality Forum in Toronto.

April 1, 2017 - Our admissions for entry into MScSM Program that begins in September 2017 is now closed. We have had a record number of applications this year from all over Canada and the world! We look forward to reviewing all the completed applications.

March 28, 2017 - Conner Tidd - class 2017 student - recipient of IMI's IMIvator Award for his cross-disciplinary collaboration in the creation of a new project.

March 23, 2017 - Congratulations to Class 2018 on winning the UTM Volleyball Championship!

March 9, 2017 - Class 2017 students Kevin Jakiela and Conner Tidd are featured in UofT News with their Capstone Project - indoor farming wall. It is a beautiful addition to our IMI 2nd floor reception area. And we are beneficiaries of the bi-weekly harvests!

February 23, 2017 - Congratulations to our IMI Interim Director, Pierre Desrochers on receiving the prestigious Julian L. Simon Memorial Award.


November 29, 2016 - MScSM student David Harary, Class 2017, a World-Class Change Maker

October 20, 2016 - MScSM Sustainability Leadership Series features Bruce PoonTip, founder of G Adventures

September 19, 2016 - Second-year student Tyler Maksymiw writes a Five Top FAQ's by students.

August 18, 2016 - MScSM Student Mayur Mukati visits Vietnam to discuss communities in need.

August 16, 2016 - MScSM student Nate Van Beilen posts article to Toronto Sustainability Speaker Series website entitled What Makes Sustainability Reports Shine? Vision, Culture and Leadership.

June 6, 2016 - Admission standards and information for applying to Class 2019 (that will begin in September 2017), will be posted on our website by late July 2016.

June 1, 2016 - Inaugural MScSM Program Class 2016 convocates! Congratulations to MScSM Program Class 2016 - the first cohort to graduate from the MScSM Program. After the convocation ceremony at Convocation Hall, St George campus, we all enjoyed lunch at Massey College Dining Hall. Thank you to Arielle and Bipin for their wonderful Valedictorian speech.

May 27, 2016 - MScSM Students attend Global Compact Network Canada (GCNC) Event - thanks Lulu, Sabina and Ayman. Read Aymans' first blog article for GCNC entitled "Why Canadian Business Should Shift Gear Towards Gender Equality".

May 10, 2016 - First MScSM cohort Class 2016 to convocation on June 1. Congratulations everyone!  We look forward to meeting your families.

May 10, 2016- Great article on the use of cell phones, texting, and emailing in class. Civility is always important.

April 7, 2016 - UTM and MScSM instructor Professor Laurel Besco is featured on UTM's website for her research on how corporations might change the world!

April 6, 2016 - Fatima Fasih, MScSM Program student about to graduate, was honoured at UTM Awards night on April 5, 2016. The Cressy Award Night is April 20, 2016 at St George campus. Congratulations Fatima!

January 14, 2016 - Two MScSM students featured in the UofT news: Warming up to Canadian Arctic

January, 2016 - Please note that an MScSM program representative will be attending University of Winnipeg's Career Fair on Thursday, January 21, 2016 from 10am to 3pm, in the Duckworth Centre. Plan to stop by our table!


December 1, 2015 - UofT students attend Paris Talks 2015 - COP21; read their blog!

October 15, 2015 - MScSM online application system opens today. We look forward to receiving your application!

October 9, 2015 -  Join us for the Sustainability Leaders' Series scheduled for Thursday, October 29, 2015, 5-8pm. David Miller will be our presenter with his lecture topic, "Go Wild! Engaging Canadians in Acts of Nature". In addition, it is an opportunity to view displays of sustainability initiatives undertaken as partnerships between industry corporations and our MScSM graduate students.

October 9, 2015 - Plan to attend the IMI Grad Campus on Saturday, November 21, 2015, 10:30 am to 1:30 pm. A chance to meet and speak to MScMS Program current students, staff and faculty; tour the Institute and the campus. This is a free event but registration is required.

September 28, 2015 - Debut of our short video highlighting why you should apply to our MScSM program. We also have the script available for this video.

September 1, 2015 - Orientation for incoming MScSM Class 2017 - Opening Remarks

MScSM Program Director, Prof Shashi Kant, provided the opening remarks for the first day of Orientation for incoming Class of 2017. Students were welcomed to the sustainability family and encouraged to love the subject.

September 1, 2015 - MScSM Home Page offered in different languages

In an effort to acknowledge the global interest in our MScSM Program, our Home Page is now offered in all five UN languages: English, French, Spanish Arabic, and Chinese. To view, click on the drop-down arrow beside the Home button.

August 20, 2015 - What 3 MScSM Program students learned in their summer work terms

MScSM Class 2016 Bipin, Izak and Jeff are featured on the Toronto Sustainability Speaker Series website outlining their summer work term experiences and how the theories they learned in MScSM translated into 'action' on the job.

August 19 2015 - Fatima Fasih featured in InkCanda

In addition to being a great student at MScSM, Fatima is also an accomplished artist and recently was featured in the online publication InkCanada.

August 18 2015 - Bipin Tiwari contributes a chapter to UTM professor's book

MScSM Program Student Bipin Tiwari has written a chapter - entitled "An Opportune Year" - for Dr. Laura Taylor's Smashwords book - Success in First-Year University: A Survival Guide for International and ESL Students.

August 18 2015 - Jeff Chan nominated for RBC Student of the Term

MScSM program student Jeff Chan is spending his summer work term as an Analyst for the RBC Corporate Sustainability Group (RBC's registered co-op program). Jeff has done an outstanding job and has been nominated by his direct supervisors and colleagues for the RBC Student of the Term Award. Congratulations to Jeff on the nomination!

July 8 2015 - Fatima goes to Guatemala!

MScSM Class 2016 student Fatima Fasih recently returned from her UTM-sponsored trip to Guatemala as part of the "Coffee on the Curriculum" project. Fatima and other UTM students spent eight days with a farmers' collective learning about fair trade, ethical consumerism, and sustainability practices.

July 7, 2015 - Shaniece participates in Build-a-Bike Event

MScSM Class 2016 student Shaniece Mitchell is spending her summer and her work term placement at Bayer Crop Science in Calgary. True to her enduring and caring spirit to be involved in her community, no matter where she lives, Shaniece participated in a Build-a-Bike event that gives underprivileged kids a chance to 'push pedals'. As always, we are proud of Shaniece and thrilled that she takes opportunities to give back.

June 3, 2015  - Director's List Recipients for Class 2016

A Dean's List is a category of students who achieve the highest grades in their program cohort during an academic year: traditionally, it is the top 20% of students. GPA is calculated from the grades in both the fall and winter semesters, and from both core and elective courses.

We are thrilled to announce the Dean's List for MScSM Class 2016:

Izak Weinstein (with distinction), Lulu Li, Brad Allen, Max Goodman-Coop, and Arielle Navarra.

Please join us in congratulating our students in their academic achievement!

May 2015 - One of our MScSM Class 2016 students featured in a UofT IMI article on global students:

May 2015 - One of our MscSM Class 2016 students - Bipin Tiwari - has started a blog. Great insights!

May 2015 - All our MScSM Class 2016 students are now placed in their summer work terms. The range of positions are from Crop Science in Alberta, to Clean Tech work in Thailand, to Corporate Social Responsibility officer at a large bank on Bay Street in Toronto.

The MScSM Program Director, and all our students, extend appreciation to Claire Westgate, our MScSM Placement Officer, for all her hard work.

May 2015 - MScSM Class 2016 student Jeff Chan wrote an article for the Toronto Speaker Series website on how his MScSM degree at UofT prepared him for the business world. Jeff has started his summer co-op term and is sharing his words of advice:

April 2015 - Industry giants McDonald's and Apple announce new sustainable policies! McDonald's pledges to end deforestration across it's entire supply chain. Apple is purchasing up to 36,000 acres of forest to conserve it.

April 2015 - In celebration of the 20th anniversary of Ontario's Environmental Bill of Rigths, the Envrionmental Commissioner of Ontario has released an Audio Archive of Ontario's Environmental History - the Genesis of Environmental Protection in Ontario.

February 2015 - New combined degree programs for UTM students: Master of Science in Sustainability Management (MScSM) & Honours Bachelor of Science and Honours Bachelor of Arts, UTM Geography.