Jury Gualandris, Director for the Centre for Building Sustainable Value (BSV) at the Ivey Business School, has been named a Canada Clean50 award winner in the Education and Thought Leader category. The Clean50 awards, announced annually by Delta Management Group, recognizes 50 leaders or small groups from across Canada who have done the most to advance the cause of sustainability over the past two years.
Gualandris was chosen after a rigorous screening and research process led by Delta Management, with advice from internal researchers and external advisors. He was among honourees selected from an initial pool of well over 1,000 well-qualified nominees. Gualandris was also selected as a member of the Clean16, a distinction given to those identified as top leaders in their nomination category.
“The 2024 Clean16 are truly the leaders of the leaders in sustainability in Canada,” said Gavin Pitchford, CEO, Delta Management Group. “The competition for the top spot this year in every instance left us with a record number of great choices - and to be selected from amongst such a strong group of peers is truly a testament to the contribution Jury has made to helping make Canada more sustainable for all Canadians.”
Additionally, Pitchford added, “leveraging research and education to catalyze a just transition towards an ecologically resilient future, Jury has multiple leadership roles at Ivey’s Centre for Building Sustainable Value and its sister organization, the Network for Business Sustainability, driving impactful research, leadership programming and global outreach.”
“It is an honour to be recognized among such a distinguished group of Canadian leaders and champions of sustainability,” said Gualandris. “I believe we are at a pivotal crossroads where momentum around climate action must continue to accelerate. Researchers and educators, like myself, have a responsibility to reshape the beliefs and decision-making tools that underlie unsustainable business practices.”
In his work as an educator and thought leader, Gualandris has spearheaded research that examines the value of creating a more circular economy, where materials are never wasted, as resources discarded by one company become the raw materials for another. As BSV Director Gualandris is driving the Centre’s mission to shape pathways of systems change towards an ecologically sound, fair future, with a current emphasis on Canada’s agri-food sector. BSV also focuses its work through a series of impact labs whose research is exploring pivotal arenas such as conservation finance, Net Zero commitments, circular economy and systems innovation.
About Ivey Business School:
For 100 years the Ivey Business School (www.ivey.ca) at Western University is Canada’s leading provider of relevant, innovative and comprehensive business education. Drawing on extensive research and business experience, Ivey faculty provides the best classroom experience, equipping graduates with the skills and capabilities they need to tackle the leadership challenges in today’s complex business world. Ivey offers world-renowned undergraduate and graduate degree programs, as well as Executive Education at campuses in London (Ontario), Toronto and Hong Kong.
About Delta Management Group / Canada’s Clean50:
Leading ESG, sustainability and clean tech search firm Delta Management Group founded, and remains the steward of the Canada’s Clean50 awards, created in 2011 to annually identify, recognize and connect 50 sustainability leaders from every sector of Canadian endeavor, in order to facilitate understanding, collaboration and innovation in the fight to keep climate change impacts below 1.5 degrees C. Ancillary awards also recognize 20 Emerging Leaders and the 24 Top Sustainability Projects of the year, as well as bestow Lifetime Achievement designations.