Special Events

MScSM is proud to host special events throughout the year, in partnership with both the campus and the local community, including the Sustainability Leaders' Series and annual Research Day.

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Past Events: 2018

 Research Day 2018

April 5 2018, 9:00 AM - 5:00 PM, CCT Building Atrium, University of Toronto Mississauga 

​View the presentations live at: https://zoom.us/j/105587993

Download the Research Day 2018 Abstract Booklet

MScSM is starting a new annual event - Research Day – this year (2018). The main objective of Research Day is to provide an opportunity for all Sustainability Management Family members (students, faculty, staff, professionals, and community members) to come together and discuss recent research on different aspects of sustainability management. In addition to our own students and faculty members, we will bring some top scholars working on sustainability management issues from different parts of the world for this annual event.   

This year, the day will begin with the talks of three research scholars focused on three very important areas of sustainability – meaning and purpose of life; institutional and scientific aspects of municipal wastewater management; and management of healthcare systems. During the lunch, 2nd year MScSM students will display their research posters. After lunch, every student will make “Three Minute Research Paper” presentation. The research areas of students’ papers vary from nudges and sustainability behavior, social values and innovations to technological innovations and digital communication platforms. The event concludes with a reception, where all participants will have an opportunity to discuss/share their interests, possibilities of cooperation, and potential projects.


Sara and poster


8:15 AM – 9:00 AM               Arrival and registration

9:00 AM  10:00 AM             Prof. Jacob Hirsh, Meaning and Uncertainty

10.00 AM – 11.00 AM           Prof. Jamie Benidickson, ​Toilet Training for the Twenty-First Century

11:00 am – 11:30 AM           Coffee Break and Poster Viewing by MScSM Students

11:30 PM – 12:30 PM           Prof. Mario Macis, Supervision, and Health Care: A Field Experiment

12:30 PM – 1:30 PM             Lunch and Poster Presentations by MScSM Students

1:30 PM 2:30 PM               Three Minute Research Paper presentations by MScSM Students

2:30 PM – 2:45 PM               Coffee Break

2:45 PM – 3:45 PM               Three Minute Research Paper Presentations by MScSM Students

3:45 PM – 5:00 PM               Reception


Featured Speakers

Professor Jacob Hirsh, University of Toronto

Jacob Hirsh is an Assistant Professor of Organizational Behaviour and Human Resource Management. His research focuses on understanding the role of personality processes in the workplace, especially as they relate to creativity, self-regulation, decision-making, and motivation. He has published on a diverse range of topics in journals including, the Psychological ReviewPsychological ScienceJournal of Applied Psychology, and Perspectives on Psychological Science. Jacob’s research has been featured in media outlets including, The New York TimesUSA TodayThe Wall Street Journal, and The Globe and Mail.

Title of Presentation: Managing Meaning and Uncertainty

Abstract: Who are we? Why are we here? What should we do? These fundamental questions about the meaning and purpose of life have been explored since the beginning of human civilization. In the present talk, I propose that the subjective answers that people provide to such questions have an important impact on their attempts to pursue value in a complex and changing world. In a series of experimental studies, I demonstrate that the subjective experience of meaning in life depends upon the pursuit of long-term goals. Uncertainty about such goals is in turn related to the experience of anxiety and a felt lack of meaning and purpose. In applying these ideas to professional life, I show that the experience of meaning at work is related to the perceived relevance of a job for an employee’s long-term goals. An intervention study in which employees were asked to elaborate upon the relevance of their job for their most deeply valued goals led to an increased experience of meaning at work, with concomitant improvements in job satisfaction and employee engagement. Implications are discussed for the management of meaning and uncertainty among individuals and organizations.


Professor Jamie Benidickson, University of Ottawa

Jamie Benidickson teaches Canadian and international environmental law at the Faculty of Law, University of Ottawa where he is a member of the Centre for Environmental Law and Global Sustainability. His publications include Environmental Law (Irwin Law, 2013) and The Culture of Flushing: A Social and Legal History of Sewage (UBC Press, 2007).

Title of Presentation: Toilet Training for the Twenty-First Century

Abstract:  This presentation examines the law, policy and science of municipal wastewater arrangements in Europe and North America as background to a review of emerging developments oriented around resource recovery from sewage flows. The latter includes initiatives to re-use wastewater to restore supplies and efforts to recover nutrients and energy from wastewater streams. These developments must once again be imagined as involving scientific and technological innovation in combination with revisions to existing regulatory frameworks.


Professor Mario Macis, John Hopkins University

Mario Macis is an Associate Professor in the research track with expertise in the areas of prosocial behavior, morally controversial transactions, global health, experimental economics, development economics, and labor economics. He is also Associate Faculty at the Armstrong Institute for Patient Safety and Quality at the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine, Faculty Research Fellow in the National Bureau of Economic Research (NBER), and Research Fellow at the Institute for the Study of Labor (IZA). Dr. Macis has been a consultant for the World Bank, the International Labor Organization, the National Marrow Donor Program, and the United Nations Development Programme.

Title of Presentation: Management, Supervision, and Health Care: A Field Experiment

Abstract:  We study the adoption of organizational practices through a randomized controlled trial in 80 public primary health centers in Nigeria. Facilities that received a detailed improvement plan and nine months of implementation support showed large, significant short-term effects on the adoption of several practices under local staff control. Virtually no effects remained one year after the intervention. Facilities that received only general improvement advice but no implementation support showed no change in practices. Sustained supervision appears crucial for achieving persistent improvements in contexts with a lack of incentives for the adoption of effective managerial practices.


Past Events: 2017

Food Waste and Sustainable Technology Speaker Series

Friday March 2nd, 9:00 – 2:30 pm, University of Toronto Mississauga

Did you know approximately 1.3 billion tonnes of global food produced is wasted every year? That’s nearly 1/3 of all food produced! Food waste is becoming a global sustainability issue and organizations worldwide are implementing innovative technologies to help mitigate the problem. The event will consist of sharing three local initiatives that are taking place within the GTA area. Sign up here


A schedule of the event can be found here

Hosted by: The Master of Science in Sustainability Management (MScSM) Student Executive Council (MSEC)



Failed Sustainability: An Evening with Bruce Lourie

Read the write up by a current MScSM student here

November 20, 6:00 – 8:00 pm, University of Toronto Mississauga

The modern era of "sustainable development" was ushered in 30 years ago this year.  The idea was based on the need to balance ecological, social and economic outcomes.  How have we done?  Where are we at in 2017, what can we learn from the past 30 years? Moreover, how can we apply our learning to the next phase of sustainability 30 years ahead with the climate targets looming in 2050?   Join Bruce in a provocative conversation on whether or not we have failed in our sustainability goals.     

About Bruce Lourie

BruceBruce is president of the Ivey Foundation, a private charitable foundation in Canada and a Director of Philanthropic Foundations Canada and Canadians for Clean Prosperity.  Bruce is a former Director of the Independent Electricity System Operator and of the Ontario Power Authority.  He sits on the Advisory Board of Canada’s Ecofiscal Commission.

Bruce is well known for his work in convening collaborative efforts among businesses, NGOs and government.  Bruce played a pioneering role in connecting environmental issues to human health, most notably with his leadership in the effort to phase-out coal-fired power plants in Ontario, the single largest climate action in North America.   He also helped shepherd the Canadian Boreal Forest Agreement, one of the world’s largest conservation initiatives

Bruce is the co-author of two best-selling books, including the internationally acclaimed Slow Death by Rubber Duck, a Fellow of the Royal Geographical Society of Canada and an honorary director of the Canadian Association of Physicians for the Environment. In 2015 Bruce received the Bryden Award for Outstanding Achievement, York University's top alumni recognition. In 2014 Bruce received Earth Day Canada’s Outstanding Commitment to the Environment Award.

Bruce is a founder of a number of for profit and non-profit organizations including Summerhill Group, one of Canada’s leading energy efficiency consultancies, the Sustainability Network, and the Canadian Environmental Grantmakers’ Network.  He has acted on numerous international, federal, provincial and municipal bodies advising on environmental, energy and health policy issues. Bruce holds a B.Sc. in Geology and a Master’s Degree in Environmental Studies.

Hosted by The Riverwood Conservancy and the Master of Science in Sustainability Management Program, and part of celebrations for Canada150 and UTM’s 50th Anniversary.

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