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GOVERNANCE & SUSTAINABILITY

Within today’s emerging global ethic, good governance is becoming an entrenched value as well as a critical necessity. Courageous initiatives as well as everyday business must be managed with a careful eye—ensuring objectives are realized, resources are managed, and stakeholder interests are protected. At the same time, new boundary-spanning models, such as fast-emerging cross-sector partnerships, are raising multi-level governance issues for managing this shifting collaborative landscape.

No matter the complexities, governance and management processes are being held accountable to global, social, and environmental values. We know this is right—as professionals and as citizens. However, we are still looking for the skills and strategies to make it actionable within organizations. We must transform our businesses, and ourselves in the process, to fill the gap between bold ideas and real solutions.

Beedie brings long-held expertise and research commitments in governance and sustainability—designing programs that move beyond rhetoric to real action.

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DIRECTORS EDUCATION PROGRAM (DEP)

The Directors Education Program—jointly developed by the Institute of Corporate Directors and the Rotman School of Management, University of Toronto—is the most definitive course of study for board directors in Canada. Offered at five of the leading business schools in Canada, we are proud to be one of the partner schools for this outstanding program. You can expect a highly interactive 12‐day program of roundtable discussions, real‐time case studies, and on‐point insights from leading governance experts. In your quest to be a better director, it will help you clarify your mission and fully exercise your director potential.

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THE CENTRE FOR COPORATE GOVERNANCE AND RISK MANAGEMENT (CCGRM)

At Beedie, we believe that good governance requires an enterprise-wide view of risk management. CCGRM is a partner in our governance programs and pursues and sponsors research in corporate governance and risk management, including the strategic, social/ethical, and international dimensions.

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GLOBALLY RESPONSIBLE LEADERSHIP INITIATIVE (GRLI)

The GRLI is a worldwide network of companies and learning institutions dedicated to responsible leadership. Beedie School of Business, in partnership with Canada’s largest diversified mining company, Teck, is a GRLI member, uncovering new insights into how companies can develop sustainability cultures.

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RESOURCE GOVERNANCE AND RESPONSIBLE DEVELOPMENT

SFU, University of British Columbia, and École Polytechnique de Montréal have partnered and been selected by the Canadian International Development Agency (CIDA) to set up the Canadian International Institute for Extractive Industries and Development.

The Institute harnesses Canadian and world-class expertise in strengthening resource governance in developing countries, so that resource extraction (minerals, oil and gas) contributes to sustainable and equitable socio-economic development, and in particular to poverty reduction.

Through collaboration with in-country partners or participants, we engage in capacity building in policy, legislation, regulatory development and implementation, learning and engagement, technical assistance, and applied research on leading practices for managing natural resources to advance economic and social development.

“[The Institute] highlights Simon Fraser University’s commitment to enhancing the social, economic, and environmental well-being of communities both locally and around the globe. Drawing upon our strengths in international governance, dialogue, and management, this new Institute will support the development of extractive resource governance processes that advance sustainable economic growth and poverty reduction in developing countries.”

—Andrew Petter, SFU President

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