Empowering the next generation of sustainable leaders
The HBA Sustainability Certificate is directed by Dr. Oana Branzei and is generously funded by RBC and the Chisholm Family Foundation. The Certificate empowers Ivey HBA students to build and lead more sustainable organizations. It includes a coordinated set of courses and experiences designed to provide a strong grounding in the principles and best practices of sustainability. The program positions students to begin their journeys as responsible C-Suite decision-makers, entrepreneurs, non-profit leaders and policymakers.
Learn more about past certificate events in our student written blogs:
- Knowledge gained and hearts changed at the HBA Sustainability Certificate field trip (October 2019)
- A Closing Ceremony that opened new doors (March 2019)
- HBA reflect on Sustainability Certificate kick-off (September 2018)
- Sustainability is a new design for the fashion industry (October 2017)
- Overview and Requirements 2021/2022 (view 2020/2021 requirements here)
- Application 2021/2022
- Current Students
- Current Mentors
Applications for the 2021/2022 cohort of the HBA Sustainability Certificate are now open. Please fill out the Application Form above and email it to email@example.com and firstname.lastname@example.org by Sunday, February 28th, 2021.
- Committed to starting their personal social or sustainable ventures.
- Interested in sustainability consulting.
- Having a personal calling to make a difference, wanting to blend this calling with a successful career in traditional organizations.
- Interested in pursuing sustainable opportunities after gaining insights through traditional job placements.
- February 9th, 2021, 5:00 - 6:30 PM: Recruitment info session. Includes an overview of the program requirements, testimonials from program alumni, and introductions to faculty teaching sustainability electives.
- February 28th, 2021: Applications for the 2021/22 cohort are due.
- March 12th, 2021, 1:00 PM – 5:00 PM: Worldchangers – a half-day alumni reunion, followed by small group mentorship, networking, and recruiting opportunities.
- March 22nd, 2021, 6:00 - 9:00 PM: New beginnings: inspirational keynotes, big picture panels, closing ceremony for the 2020-21 and welcoming the incoming 2021-22 cohort.
The Certificate in Sustainability has both credit and non-credit requirements, as outlined below. View requirements for the 2019-20 cohort here.
0.5 required courses: To complete the Certificate you must successfully complete HBA1 and the following HBA2 course:
- 4620 Impact Assessment (0.5 course)
1.0 electives: You must also complete a minimum of 1.0 credits from the following:
- 4458 Leading Change (0.5 course)
- 4525 International Business Environment Studies: Service Learning in Africa (0.5 course)
- 4564 Design-Driven Innovation (0.5 course)
- 4580 Reputation Management (0.5 course)
- 4495 Building Consumer Brands (0.5 course)
- 4619 The Performing Leader (0.5 course)
- 4596 Power & Politics (0.5 course)
- 4553 Social Enterprise (0.5 course)
- 4499 Case Writing or Research Project (0.5 course)
* Students selecting Building Consumer Brands as a certificate elective must opt to do their final course project on a sustainability-oriented brand/organization.
Sustainability certificate students are expected to engage in 4 exclusive, events in September and March. Events are mandatory for all students with the exception of students with class conflicts. Students will also get exclusive access to optional speaker events throughout the year (not currently listed).
- Difference-makers: a live case with real-time dilemmas presented by the executive team (September)
- Impact Day: on-site hands-on activities hosted by multiple leaders & organizations (September)
- Worldchangers: a showcase of “Sustainability by Ivey” featuring Ivey alumni who have started sustainable start-ups or are leading sustainability strategies (March)
- Closing Ceremony: a keynote presentation and networking with Ivey faculty, alumni and the incoming 2021-22 certificate cohort (March)
Students will be asked to write and submit two one-page reflections. The first will be a personal sustainability statement written in the beginning of the year. The second will be a professional sustainability statement written at the end of the year. Students will have the opportunity to seek guidance and discuss their statements with certificate alumni currently working in the field they wish to enter. Statements will be shared with other certificate students to encourage community and accountability on goals (opt-out available for students that want their statements to remain private). Templates and required readings will be available in September.
Students going on exchange in the second term must complete all core courses at Ivey but can substitute 0.5 electives with sustainability-related courses offered by your host institution. Students must obtain pre-approval from the Sustainability Certificate Program and the HBA Program Office for these substitutions before leaving on exchange.
Certificate students will each be paired with a sustainability mentor in the summer before their certificate year. Sustainability mentors are Ivey alumni working in sustainability-related fields or roles. Many are also alumni of the certificate program. Mentors will support students throughout the year and provide feedback on the professional reflections that students will write. Mentors will also be invited to attend major certificate events (i.e. Worldchangers, Closing Ceremonies).
Certificate students receive the first invitations to exclusive events, including conferences, dinners, guest speakers and other networking events. These events are not required, but are excellent opportunities to learn and network. Each student is also paired with an individual mentor during the certificate.
The program has limited enrolment. The application for admission consists of a standard 'fill-in-the-blanks' form with three written-answer questions, plus a biography, photo, and resume.
Applications for the 2021/22 academic year are now open. Please see the Application Form above for more details.
HBA Sustainability Certificate Alumni
This program is generously supported by the Chisholm-Thomson Family Foundation.