Building Sustainable Value Research Centre



UPCOMING: Thursday March 26, 2015

Sustainability Certificate - The Old Welcomes The New

Event - Sustainability Certificate EndOn Thursday March 26, the current HBA Sustainability Certificate students end the year by welcoming the incoming group for 2015/2016. The students will have the opportunity to share insights, experiences and celebrate their collective interest in sustainability during this kick-off for the new academic year!


UPCOMING: Sunday March 22, 2015

World Water Day 2015 - Water and Sustainable Development

Event - World Water DaySince 1993, the United Nations have assigned March 22 as World Water Day and the theme for this year is "Water and Sustainable Development". Learn more about how water is affecting your life, the businesses in your area, and the world around you. Join the conversation with #WaterIs!


Week of March 16-20

LEED and "Green" Certified Buildings - Come on a Tour!

Event - Green Tours (1)What does it mean to be "Green" certified and how are LEED buildings leading the way in energy and environmental design? Students had to opportunity to join several tours throughout the week and find out, with the option to visit locations on campus and to tour the Ivey Building! For more information, email


March 3, 2015

6th Annual Social Innovation @ Ivey Conference

Event - Social Innovation @ IveyWith financial support from the RBC Foundation, Ivey’s Center for Building Sustainable Value hosted Social Innovation @ Ivey 2015. An annual event convened by Professor Oana Branzei, this year’s forum featured 10 social innovators spanning sectors and generations. The theme this year was CHANGE and the event ran from 1-6pm in Ivey's BMO Auditorium. For more information, visit SI@Ivey


March 2, 2015

Open Mic with Ivey Connects @ The Spoke

Event - Ivey Connects Open MicOn March 2, Ivey Connects organized amazing acts and fun features of talented HBA1s and HBA2s performances at The Spoke. The event highlighted the HBA1s' fundraising efforts and included an auction where all proceeds were donated to the HBA1 charities.



February 10, 2015

HBA Sustainability Certificate Information Session

Event - HBA Sustainability Certificate Info SessionAre you in HBA1 or Dual Degree and interested in sustainability opportunities at Ivey? Learn to balance people, planet and profit and join the Sustainability Certificate today! More information available here and now accepting HBA Sustainability Certificate Applications until February 27



February 6, 2015

Ivey Connects Hockey Party

Event - Ivey Connects Hockey PartyOn Friday, over two dozen children from the Boys and Girls Club of London and many hockey enthusiasts joined Ivey Connects' for a Western Charity Hockey Game. Ivey students bought tickets to support Ivey Connects' charitable partners and enjoyed an evening of excitement and fun!



February 6, 2015

MultiDisciplinary Sustainability Panel No. Three: Canadian Water Security

Event - Challenges In Sustainability WaterGraduate students and expert faculty once again come together to discuss Challenges in Sustainability, focusing on "Is Canada Water Secure"? Panelists and participants from academia, industry and government tackled the issues from various angles and brought up issues such as were encouraged to bring their own utensils and dishes for the luncheon and attendance is by registration only.


January 19, 2015

First Ever Across-Campus Social Enterprise Fair

Partnering IMG 1 Ivey hosted the first campus-wide Social Enterprise  Fair on January 19 in the Ivey Multipurpose Room. Featuring TED-style speakers from Cole & Parker, Fire Roasted Coffee, and Sojo, the event brought together students, faculty, and community members to discuss Social Enterprise. With career coaching moderated by Amanda Armstrong, student had the opportunity to explore, engage and re-imagine Social Enterprise across campus. View the event poster.


January 16, 2015

Panel Discussion Two: Focusing on Renewable Energy

Generic Images - Smoke Towers (Energy)The second interdisciplinary panel discussion and luncheon on "Challenges in Sustainability" was held on January 16. Built upon a course developed by Caroline Flammer and revised by the Centre for Environment & Sustainability at Western, students and faculty from across campus had the opportunity to discuss the topic: "Can Ontario Transition to Renewable Energy?" and ask critical questions relating to supply and demand.


December 4, 2014

ShowcaseE: Celebrating Social Entrepreneurs!

Event - (Group) ShowcaseE with Social Enterprise ClassWhat is a Social Enterprise and how is it different from other businesses? On December 4, guests and students had the opportunity to find out and meet the entrepreneurs, hear their stories and learn how crises could become opportunities for innovation. Along with the 12 Social Enterprise (BUS4553) teams, the entrepreneurs came together to celebrate the differences they were making in the community and discover how to amplify their impact.


November 30, 2014

A Visit From Santa: Ivey Connects Annual Holiday Party

Event - (Group Photo) Ivey Connects Holiday Party'Twas the day before December, when Ivey   Connects hosted their Annual Holiday Party! With about 40 children from the Boys and Girls Club of London, HBA students had the opportunity to give back and build community while enjoying an afternoon of festivities, games and amazing balloon creations. There was even a surprise visit from Santa Claus! It was not only a great experience for the children, but also the Ivey students.


November 21, 2014

Another Successful Year: Ivey Connects' Community Consulting Project

Event - (Group Photo) ICC Community Consulting ProjectOn November 21, Ivey Connects celebrated the end of its Community Consulting Project (CCP). With support from Accenture Management Consultants, HBA students spent the past six weeks dedicating their business expertise to supporting one of 11 community non-profit organizations in achieving long-term positive impact. Organizations included the Canadian Cancer Society and Mother Reach London and Middlesex. Learn more about the difference these initiatives made in the community.


November 17, 2014

Ivey Corporate Sustainability Club hosts Sustainability Summit

Event - Sustainability Summit. 2014The Ivey Corporate Sustainability Club hosts events thoughout the year and launched the first Ivey Corporate Sustainability Summit on November 17, 2014. With speakers and representatives from Sustainalytics, Textbooks for Change, Impakt, Dillon Consulting and NBS, students were given the opportunity to talk to leaders in the community and learn about different business opportunities in sustainability.


November 14, 2014

Ivey & Western debate: "Is a Zero-Waste London possible?" 

Event - Challenges in Sustainability Discussion 1. Current (2014)Students from Ivey and the Centre for Environment and Sustainability at Western gathered on Friday, November 14 for the first of four “Challenges in Sustainability” panel and lunch discussions. Students and panelists - including Tima Bansal, Yvonne Rollins, Andrew Sancton, David Shoesmith and Paul van der Werf - discussed the viability of a zero-waste London. With zero-waste in mind, participants enjoyed lunch with dishes and utensils from home.


November 7, 2014

HBA Sustainability Certificate Students visit Salthaven, Habitual Chocolate

Field Trip: Salthaven - Brian SaltOn Friday November 7th, students in the HBA Sustainability Certificate, led by Dr. Oana Branzei, embarked on a field trip to Salthaven Wildlife and Education Centre, reconnecting with nature and learning lessons in leadership from Brian Salt. In the afternoon, the students participated in a Q&A discussion with Dr. Tima Bansal, learning more about the biggest sustainability challenges facing today's world. The field trip ended with a cup of coffee at FireRoasted Coffee, while sampling deliciously unique “bean to bar” chocolate from Habitual Chocolate. Read more here.


October 23, 2014

NBS and the Ivey-ARCS PhD Sustainability Academy Best Paper Award

Steffen and Omar - smallerEach year at the PhD Academy, a Best Paper Award is presented to the student or students whose paper shows the greatest (1) rigour, (2) potential for impact and (3) quality writing. 

Congratulations to the two students who received this year’s award: Omar Asensio, Best Paper (University of California, Los Angeles) and Steffen Farny, Runner-Up (Aalto University School of Business).


October 16-19, 2014

The 7th Annual Ivey-ARCS PhD Sustainability Academy 

Ivey BuildingIn October 2014, Dr. Oana Branzei hosted the 7th annual Ivey-ARCS PhD Sustainability Academy. This year the academy received a record 40 submissions from PhD students around the globe. The 15 final participants shared their work and received intensive feedback from six leading academics, including Magali Delmas, Andy Hargadon, Susan Jackson, Dev Jennings, and Dean Shepherd.

Find out more about the research that was discussed.


September 18, 2014

Congratulation to Asad Shafiq, recipient of the PhD Research Stipend 

FootprintCongratulations to Asad Shafiq, recipient of the PhD Research Stipend for sustainability-related research. The paper, co-authored with Ivey Professors Rob Klassan and Fraser Johnson, is titled Socially Responsible Practices: An Exploratory Study on Scale Development Using Stakeholder TheoryRead the abstract. Asad's research uses stakeholder theory to develop new measurement systems that help assess the socially responsible practices of a firm and identify patterns in the way that groups of stakeholders are engaged. 


September 17, 2014

Sustainability Panel with Alexis Morgan, WWF & Nelson Switzer, PwC

Alexis MorganOn September 17, 2014, from 7-9 PM in the Leenders Lounge (Rm. 2110), Ivey hosted a Sustainability Panel as part of an event organized for the HBA Sustainability Certificate. This panel discussion -  which was open to all - featured Alexis Morgan, Lead Advisor Water Stewardship & Standards at the World Wildlife Fund and Nelson Switzer, Director, Sustainable Business Solutions at PwC. The two spoke on key topics and themes in sustainability today.

View an interview with Nelson here.


August 15, 2014

Dr. Tima Bansal and Mark DesJardine write for the Huffington Post

Tima Photo.jpgWant your business to grow? Learn more about sustainabilty. That's the idea behind the Huffington blog post written by Dr. Tima Bansal and PhD candidate Mark DesJardine. The article articulates the difference between corporate sustainability and corporate responsibility, and argues that by focusing on the "sustaining" part of sustainability, businesses can build long-term relationships, innovate enduring designs, and invest in long-lasting infrastructure. Read the full article here.


August 8, 2014

Ivey BSV Post-Doc Anna Kim Receives Emerald Best Dissertation Award

Anna -kimCongratulations to post-doc Anna Kim Hyun Seung, whose dissertation “Market-Based Approaches to Development: Fair Trade and Corporate Responsibility in East Africa” won the Emerald Best International Dissertation Award at the 2014 Academy of Management Conference. Anna's paper was also a finalist in the Best Dissertation Award, Social Issues in Management Division at the AOM, and a finalist for the Best Dissertation Award, Society for Business Ethics.  Bravo Anna!


July 7, 2014

MBA Ivey Impact Day - Ivey's MBA Students Give Back to the Community

Ivey Impact Day 2014On Monday July 7, 2014, the Ivey MBA Class of 2015 and the Ivey Impact Club held their annual MBA Ivey Impact Day. Wearing T-shirts funded by the RBC Foundation, the students donated more than 300 volunteer hours to five non-profit organizations in London, including ReForest London and the Habitat for Humanity ReStore. Through this event, students support and partner with the community, and create lasting impact in the city. Read the full story here.


June 4, 2014

Ivey Idea Forum - Partnering for Sustainability: The Secret to Extraordinary Impact

Partnering IMG 1 On June 4, join Ivey Associate Professor Oana Branzei, Network for Business Sustainability (NBS) researcher Barbara Gray, and Living Planet @Work’s two key champions, HP’s Frances Edmonds and the WWF’s Adrienne Lo, as they discuss what it takes to create a truly sustainable partnership. This interactive session will offer advice and tools for creating successful collaborative partnerships that create extraordinary impact. For details, click here. For a video of the event, click here.



May 13, 2014

Jeff Golfman (HBA '90) awarded 2013 3M Environmental Innovation Award

Rsz 1Golfman Straw SmJeff Golfman (HBA '90), CEO and co-founder of Prairie Paper Ventures, was awarded the 2013 3M Environmental Innovation Award for his work in developing 'tree-free' paper. Co-founded with environmentalist and actor Woody Harrelson, Prairie Paper Ventures manufactures and markets paper made of 80% wheat straw. For the complete story, including a video about Jeff Golfman and the paper-making process, click here.



March 17-20, 2014

Starbucks Sustainability Contest

Coffee MugsThe Ivey Sustainability Club is hosting a contest for all students and faculty to participate in. From March 17-20 students are encouraged to purchase coffee from Starbucks using a reusable mug. For every coffee purchased with a reusable mug a ticket will be given to put in the draw. The grand prize is a large black Ivey duffle bag, with smaller prizes such as gift cards included as well. The draw will be held Friday March 21 at 1pm. 



March 12, 2014

Social Spark Year End Event

Social Spark Logo Sept18_2013Social Spark will be holding their end of year event on March 12 at 7:30pm in the UCC, Room 66. Greg Overholt, the founder of multinational student-led charity Student Offering Support (SOS), will give a keynote on his journey in social entrepreneurship - how his idea became one of the most innovative student-driven social enterprises in North America.

In attendance will be 4 other social businesses from London for students and faculty to network with.


To view the speaker video visit:


March 6, 2014

Sustainability Capital Award

Living WallIvey is pleased to announce that two HBA students Jackie Michie and Divya Mehan won the Sustainability Capital Award. The contest had 44 applicants from the MBA program, HBA program, and Ivey faculty. The winning idea is to build a living wall within the new Ivey building. The wall will demonstrate Ivey's dedication to sustainability, will be a natural air filter, and cancel noise within the building. 



March 6, 2014

MBA Sustainability Conference: A Cross-Sector Perspective

Ivey SustainabilityIvey was honoured to welcome three global leaders in Sustainability: Judy Fairburn (Cenovus Energy Inc.), Peter Johnson (TD Bank Group), and Siamak Hariri (Hariri Pontarini Architects). Speakers addressed the challenges, risks, and collaboration associated with implementing global sustainability initiatives. From learning about the LEED scorecard to the Sustainability Pillars at TD, the audience was able to learn how sustainability is shaping our future in every industry. 


March 5, 2014

Social Innovation at Ivey Forum

Oana BranzeiIvey was pleased to welcome over 30 global sustainability leaders at the 2014 Social Innovation at Ivey Forum. The event was a huge success with over 150 students, faculty, and members of the London community attending the event. The day long event consisted of speakers Andrew Steele, Kelsey Ramsden and Ashley Good teaching the importance of failing forward and playing forward. Organizations represented at the event include: London Community Foundation, You Cafe, Women’s Community House, Marry Mount, My Sisters Place, Fail Forward, and Loyalty One. 


February 4, 2014

Ivey Sustainability Certificate Information Session

Ivey SustainabilityIvey will be hosting an information session for HBA students on the Ivey Sustainability Certificate Program. The event will consist of lunch, application information, and alumni and current Sustainability Certificate student speakers. Speakers will share their experience with the Sustainability Certificate and the role sustainability now plays in their lives and careers.  The event will take place in room 2120 from 1-2. 


Venture Consulting Clinic

January 29, 2014

Social Spark Venture Clinic: Textbooks for ChangeSocial Spark is organizing it's first Venture Clinic of the year. In a Venture Clinic, students will learn about a social venture (Textbooks for Change). Afterwards, the social entrepreneur presents a problem the venture is currently facing. Participants engage in an informal and intimate discussion with each other and the entrepreneur on potential solutions. The event starts at 5 PM on January 29th and is free!


January 26, 2014

Sustainability Capital Award

Ivey Sustainability Capital Award Logo SquareLeaving their legacy: The Ivey community is pulling together to improve the Ivey Building and community.

Ivey has set aside $25,000 to implement ideas from students, faculty and staff to make our building a more sustainable, vibrant space.  The Ivey community shared nearly 40 ideas, which will be evaluated by the Ivey Sustainability Council.  The best ideas will be implemented and a permanent plaque will be erected to recognize the owner's contribution.  For more information on the award, visit:


Tima Bansal 2014

Dr. Tima Bansal
Director, Building Sustainable Value Research Centre

Tackling Wicked Problems

Ivey's Building Sustainable Value Research Centre provides practitioners, students and researchers with the knowledge, tools and capabilities to tackle some of the world’s most complex, challenging, and important problems – also known as “wicked problems.”

Centre activities

The Centre for Building Sustainable Value offers activities focused on teaching, outreach, and research.

The Centre is host to creative and dynamic thinkers and academic visitors, and offers educational experiences for students, including a Sustainability Certificate.

In addition, the Centre is home to a Research Seminar series, the annual PhD Academy, the Sustainability Capital Award, and a variety of other opportunities for engaging with sustainability-focused speakers, actors, and thinkers.

The BSV Centre is also the founder of the Network for Business Sustainability, a dynamic and diverse network of academics and executives. NBS seeks to connect research with practice. 



For the Ivey Business School to be recognized as a global leader in sustainability research, teaching, and outreach, and through its activities, to be a force for positive change and an active participant in the goal to mitigate some of the world’s most complex sustainability issues.