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MARCH 18TH 2017

WHY BBT?

It used to be that in the world of sustainable business, performance seldom matched promise. But, that’s quickly changing. Those that seek to be tomorrow’s leaders of business realize the competitive value knowing a thing or two about sustainability can bring them in their endeavors.

This year’s Business Beyond Tomorrow Conference will inspire you to do exactly that. Students and professionals from both Concordia University’s John Molson School of Business, and McGill University’s Desautels School of Business are proud to present the 11th annual Business Beyond Tomorrow Conference on Saturday, 18 March 2017.

The key focus of this conference is on how individuals can leverage sustainability to become their professional competitive advantage by teaching the benefits of sustainable business strategy, as well as providing a strategic analysis on how sustainability can benefit them to become top business leaders.

The conference will commence with a keynote speaker and follow 9 distinct sessions of 75 mins each throughout the day. These sessions are categorized into three distinct streams:

1) Human Skills: Leadership and Management in Sustainability;
2) Transforming the Value Chain;
3) Sustainable Innovation and Entrepreneurship.

Each stream will vary in content as well as level of interaction with the participants. Participants have the flexibility of attending sessions from different streams through the course of the day. BBT has always brought together the Montreal University Community, Corporate leaders as well as Sustainable pioneers and always will continue to expand its sustainability oriented network.

1. Management & Leadership

The management and leadership session aims to provide participants with contemporary approaches in sustainable marketing. This workshop or panel will focus on strategies to develop and promote products or services that meet consumers and business needs in an ethical and resource-responsible manner.

1.1 Filling the Industry Leadership Gap in Sustainability

Learn about the different types of sustainability based jobs that are available in the market place by attending this workshop. Which industries are hiring? What do companies look for? What are the trends in sustainability related hiring across industries?

1.2 Understanding Yourself: Pathfinding a Career in Sustainability

Discovering your “possibility space” and navigating the unforeseen choice-points that will lead you to a career in sustainability.

1.3 Building the Right Team to Engage in Sustainability

In an organization, sustainability issues can be too complex for one person to solve. A diverse set of skills are needed from different types of people to solve sustainability based problems. Participants will learn how to build effective teams which enable a company to solve these sustainability issues.

2. Transforming the Value Chain

Did you ever want to learn how a company manages and aligns its diverse activities in its value chain to increase sustainable performance? Who are the people involved at various points in the value chain and what do they look to improve? These sessions look to provide a new perspective on one of the most important aspects for companies.

2.1 Trends and Competitive Advantage in the Value Chain

This workshop will show you how a company manages and aligns its diverse activities throughout its value chain in order to increase its sustainability performance, who are the people involved at different points in the value chain and what do they look to improve.

2.2 Developing your Skills in the Value Chain

You will receive insight on what specific departments do in their day to day job in order to help their companies become more sustainable and which tools, frameworks, or best practices are utilized by such personnel to seek additional value in their supply chain.

2.3 Reinventing the Supply Chain

Witness a live case of a company ‘reinventing’ its supply chain in order to secure a strategic advantage over its competitors, and what this company did differently that not only made them more sustainable but also, helped it generate superior economic returns.

3. Innovation & Entrepreneurship

Do you have a need to know how some of the most pressing socio-economic problems ailing our world today are being solved? We’ve got you covered, through innovative and sustainable solutions, we look to create an interactive session on how innovation happens and what it takes to make an impact.

3.1 Sustainability as a Key Driver of Innovation

By attending this workshop, you will learn how some of the most pressing socio-economic problems ailing our world today are being solved through innovative and sustainable solutions. e.g. Design-thinking, Biomimicry and Social Entrepreneurship.

3.2 How to Manage Sustainable Innovation

Learn about sustainable entrepreneurship by receiving concrete examples of companies that have succeeded through sustainable innovations and how their core value propositions emanate from sustainability oriented innovations.

3.3 Profiting from Purpose: A Panel on Sustainable Entrepreneurship

Participate in a session that will focus on how to develop innovative solutions to address socio-economic and/or environmental problems facing your community. Whether you choose to work in a large company or a startup, these tools will help you develop a new perspective to examine and solve the ‘bigger issues’.

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Quotes of the Day

'Climate change is destroying our path to sustainability. Ours is a world of looming challenges and increasingly limited resources. Sustainable development offers the best chance to adjust our course.'- Ban Ki-moon
'Sustainability can't be like some sort of a moral sacrifice or political dilemma or a philanthropical cause. It has to be a design challenge.'- Bjarke Ingels
'More businesses should be following Apple's stance in encouraging more investment in sustainability.'- Richard Branson

Location

 Centre Mont Royal
2200 Mansfield Street
Montreal, QC H3A 3R8

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