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IRIS director search: One-hour sessions with two short-listed candidates

All members of the Institute for Research & Innovation in Sustainability (IRIS) community are invited and encouraged to attend a one-hour session with each of two short-listed candidates for the position of IRIS Director. At each session, the candidate will speak for up to 20 minutes about his or her vision for IRIS, followed by a Q&A period. Those attending will have an opportunity to provide confidential feedback for the Search Committee’s consideration.

Session No. 1 (Professor Jose Etcheverry): Jan 27, 9 to 10am at 956 Kaneff Tower, Keele campus.
Session No. 2 (Professor Irene Henriques): Jan 29, 2:30 to 3:30pm at 956 Kaneff Tower, Keele campus.

The posting for the position of IRIS Director is available for viewing.

Film festival features documentaries about oil, environment

The following appeared in the Monday, January 27th edition of YFile.

The upcoming third annual Focus on Sustainability Film Festival will feature domestic and foreign documentaries about oil, a display of York film Professor Brenda Longfellow’s interactive web documentary Offshore, a film by environmental studies Master’s degree student Bart Danko, as well as a panel discussion with filmmakers, activists and academics.

Brenda Longfellow

This year’s topic is timely considering the recent spate of rail, pipeline and climate disasters, which are all symptoms of fossil, fuel addiction.

The event will take place Friday, Jan. 31, from noon until 9pm, in the Nat Taylor Cinema, N102 Ross Building, Keele campus. The cost of admission is $7 for all-day access; early bird price is $5. It is presented and organized by the Institute for Research & Innovation in Sustainability (IRIS), the Osgoode Environmental Law Society and many other student clubs (see below), in collaboration with Planet in Focus.

Several films will be shown, followed by a panel discussion at 6pm and the final film at 7:30pm. In addition, Longfellow will be on hand to answer questions during all of the breaks in N120 Ross where Offshore will be on display.

The panel will include:

  • Dayna Nadine Scott, Osgoode Hall Law School and Faculty of Environmental Studies professor, as moderator;
  • Irene Henriques, IRIS core faculty and Schulich School of Business professor of sustainability and economics;
  • Greg Francis, director of the film Tar; and
  • Dawn Bazely, director of IRIS and a biology professor.

The films will include:

Screen shot from movie StandSTAND at 12pm
STAND is an environmental film that rallies against the potential harmful effects that business ventures evoke on natural habitats.Showcasing the west coast of BC and what’s at stake with the proposed Enbridge Northern Gateway pipeline – tanker route.  Taking place in Haida Gwaii, Great Bear Rainforest, Bella Bella and Vancouver Island; STAND takes the viewers on a journey through the coast showcasing the rich First Nations culture and the incredible terrestrial and oceanic environments of the coast.

Screen shot from film TarTar at 2pm
Featuring breathtaking imagery of Western Canada in the heart of winter and music from 2013 Polaris Prize winners, Godspeed You! Black Emperor, Tar offers a firsthand look at the pristine ecology put at risk by the Northern Gateway Project; a highly controversial project to transport Oilsands crude oil to Asian markets.

Screen shot from film OffshoreOffshore ( at 2:15pm
Offshore is a interactive documentary created by Brenda Longfellow, Glenn Richards and Helios Design Labs that explores the dark waters of the global offshore oil industry in the wake of the 2010 Deepwater Horizon explosion. Offshore offers a vision of what happens when need and greed push this industry past a level of competence into a new world inhabited by questions we might not want the answers to. How far is too far? How deep is too deep? How dangerous is too dangerous?

Bart DankoTerra Communis at 2:30pm
Terra Communis is a film by Master of Environmental Studies/Juris Doctor Bart Danko of York’s Faculty of Environmental Studies and Osgoode Hall Law School, which explores green roofs and green roof policy in the Greater Toronto Area. Through interviews with academics, green roof installers, green roof manufacturers, municipal policymakers, green roof owners, and others, this film explores green roofing as a tool to mitigate local and global environmental problems.

Poster for Bidder 70 filmBidder70 at 4pm
Bidder 70 centers on an extraordinary, ingenious and effective act of civil disobedience demanding government and industry accountability. In 2008, University of Utah economics student Tim DeChristopher committed an act which would redefine patriotism in our time, igniting a spirit of civil disobedience in the name of climate justice. Follow DeChristopher, Bidder 70, from college student to incarcerated felon. Redefine justice for yourself. Choose your side.

Poster from film RevolutionRevolution at 7:30pm
Revolution is a film about changing the world. It is the true-life adventure of Rob Stewart. In this follow-up to his acclaimed Sharkwater documentary, he continues his remarkable journey through 15 countries over four years. It is on this journey that he’ll discover that it’s not only sharks that are in grave danger – it’s humanity itself. In an effort to uncover the truth and find the secret to saving the ecosystems humans depend on for survival, Stewart embarks on a life-threatening adventure.

There will also be door prizes, including:

The film festival is sponsored by York’s Centre for Human Rights and the York University Bookstore. The following groups were partners in organizing the festival:

For more information, visit the Focus on Sustainability Film Festival: Oil website.


Call for Abstracts: CBERN PhD Winter Research Meeting 2014

Friday, March 21 - Sunday, March 24, 2014

York University, Toronto, ON


Download the Call for Papers (PDF 120KB)

Abstract Submission Deadline: Sunday, November 10, 2013

Results Announced: Thursday, November 14, 2013  

Paper Submission Deadline: Monday, February 24, 2014 

This is a call for abstracts for the 5th Annual Canadian Business Ethics Research Network (CBERN) PhD Winter Research Meeting in Toronto from

Friday, March 21 - Sunday, March 23, 2014.

The PhD Winter Research Meeting will bring members of the PhD Cluster working in different disciplines together at York University, along with faculty and non-faculty discussants, to develop works-in-progress. CBERN aims to promote knowledge-sharing and partnerships within the field of business ethics and across private, governmental, voluntary and academic sectors. An important aim of CBERN is to support the next generation of researchers and practitioner-scholars from across Canada. This annual meeting features professional development workshops, networking, and opportunities for research development post event. Accommodations will be provided at the Executive Learning Centre Hotel at the Schulich School of Business, York University.


Participants must be registered in a PhD program at a Canadian institution, and working on a dissertation or substantial research project in business ethics, broadly defined*.

Membership in the Cluster is free, and requires only that students join the Network. If you are not yet a member, please join here.

Workshop Format

All participants will present and discuss a work-in-progress, which could include a paper they intend to send for publication, a paper they are preparing for a conference, or a chapter of their PhD dissertation.

Papers will be made available to all participants for comment and pre-event discussion three weeks before the workshop, in a secure area on the CBERN website.

During the weekend meeting, each paper will be discussed during a one-hour session. This will include a 10 minute review of the paper, followed by a 40 minute critical discussion aimed at exploring and developing this work from different disciplinary and cross-sector perspectives, leading off with responses from senior faculty and professionals working in sectors relevant to the topic. To focus time on discussion, presenters are encouraged to limit PowerPoint presentations (if used) to 5 slides.


Each discussion session will involve at least one faculty and one government, industry or NGO advisor. Advisors will review papers in advance and provide critical feedback to the students at the workshop. In past meetings, we have involved up to 12 faculty and over 20 non-faculty advisors in this meeting, providing a valuable range of expertise in discussing and developing PhD research questions and projects.


Submission Details
  • Abstracts from PhDs at all stages of the degree process are welcomed.
  • The deadline for submitting an abstract is Sunday, November 10, 2013.
  • Abstracts should be no more than 400 words.
  • Please include author, title, overview of argument or approach to the research problem, and potential contribution to theory and practice.
  • You will also need to provide the following information with your abstract. This information will be used for a CBERN application to the SSHRC Connection grant program (see submission form for details):
    • Information from your academic CV
    • A shortened version of your abstract (150 words)
    • A paragraph explaining how you will contribute value to the meeting through your presentation and participation in this cross-disciplinary and cross-sectoral program.  
  • The deadline for submitting a complete paper is Monday, February 24, 2014. 
  • Complete papers should be no more than 20 pages double-spaced.

We aim to include as many participants as possible. However, space will be limited to 14-16 participants. Those accepted to present at the Winter Research Meeting will be contacted by Thursday, November 14, 2013, and asked to submit a full paper, at which time you must confirm your registration for the meeting.


Registration is a condition for travel subsidization, meals and accommodations during the event.   Confirming registration for the meeting includes agreeing to substantial participation in online discussion of the papers to be presented (your own and those of other students) in advance of the event.


Please submit your abstract online at:   


CBERN will reimburse the cost of travel based on a rate card indexed to the most economical fares to Toronto by region, and will arrange and pay for all meals and accommodations during the workshop.


Please note that adherence to the submission guidelines is a condition of eligibility for reimbursement from CBERN. This includes submitting your completed paper to the PhD Research Meeting workspace by the deadline of Monday, February 24, 2014, and online discussion in advance of the event.


To confirm your eligibility for reimbursement and for complete travel reimbursement policies, please contact Judy Patla, Project Coordinator:


Knowledge Mobilization & Networking

Canadian Business for Social Responsibility (CBSR) will host a series of followup webinars featuring selected papers. This unique opportunity will facilitate discussion of works in progress by participants with the CBSR membership and wider community online. Information about the 2013 Research Directions Webinar series is available here:  


Canadian Centre for Ethics & Corporate Policy ( will help to identify advisors in the public, non-profit and private sectors for PhD works-in-progress.


*Research in Business Ethics

CBERN's mandate is to support and raise the profile of Canadian multi-disciplinary and cross-sectoral research in business and economic ethics, broadly defined. This includes, but is not limited to, research in business (management, leadership, finance, governance, public administration, entrepreneurship, consumer behaviour), economics, law, philosophy, geography, environmental studies, political science, sociology, religious studies, history, and organizational psychology. Some broad themes include corporate social responsibility, socially responsible investing, stakeholder engagement, accountability, corporate governance, community economic development, meaningful work and sustainability.


For more information, please contact Hilary Martin, PhD Program Coordinator  


Support by:

Call for Expressions of Interest The World Guide to Sustainable Enterprise: A country-by-country analysis of responsible business and social entrepreneurship

Sustainable enterprise – including social responsibility, environmental management,
corporate citizenship, business ethics, social enterprise and green entrepreneurship – has, over the past decade, moved from the fringes to the mainstream. Sustainable enterprise has also evolved from being a largely Western, developed country phenomenon to being a diverse, ‘glocal’ practice, with rapid take-up and many exciting innovations coming from developing countries and economies in transition.Building on the foundation that was laid by The World Guide to CSR (2010), this new edited collection will bring together powerful summaries of the best academic research and practical
cases on sustainable enterprise from countries around the world. However, unlike The World Guide to CSR, the emphasis of the new volume will be on sustainable business and social entrepreneurship, rather than traditional corporate social responsibility (CSR) and
philanthropic approaches. There will also be a stronger focus on case studies.

The book will select up to 100 country chapters (2,000 words each) and also have chapters for
8 regions (4,000 words each), including:
• Central, Eastern & Southern Asia
• Eastern & Southern Europe
• Northern & Central America & Caribbean
• Northern & Western Europe
• Northern Africa & Western Asia (Middle East)
• Oceania & South-Eastern Asia
• South America
• Sub-Saharan Africa

Each chapter of the book will include the following sections:

Section Description Word count
Word count
Regional or national context Introductory facts to provide an
500 250
Priority issues Data on economic, social and
environmental challenges
500 250
State and trends Research on sustainable
enterprise in the region/country
750 250
Policies Relevant regional or national
legislation and voluntary codes
750 250
Case studies or projects Up to five best practice cases
(national) or projects (regional)
1,000 750
Further resources Up to five business associations
active in sustainable enterprise
300 150
References Up to five recommended reports
or articles
200 100

The full timetable is as follows:
• Autumn 2013 – Submission of expressions of interest (by 31 October 2013)
• Winter 2013 – Selection of contributors (by 15 December 2013)
• Spring 2014 – Submission of first draft chapters (by 31 April 2014)
• Summer 2014 – Editors comments and requested revisions (by 31 August 2014)
• Autumn 2014 – Submission of revised chapters (by 31 October 2014)
• Winter 2014 – Finalisation of manuscript (by 15 December 2014)
• Spring 2015 – Publication and launch of book (by 31 April 2015)

Next Steps
If you believe that you are well placed to write a 4,000 word regional chapter or a 2,000 word country chapter, please send a short motivation statement (max. 250 words), one sample of your writing (chapter or article) and a CV (including a list of publications) to: