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CALL FOR ABSTRACTS for the Canadian Business Ethics Research Network

CIM 2014 Convention

May 11-14, 2014  |  Vancouver, BC

Abstract Requested Submission Date: November 28, 2013 (extended)
Abstracts submitted and accepted after this date will not be included in the preliminary program, but will be considered for inclusion in the final program as space permits until March 15. 

Authors Notified of Acceptance
: December 20, 2013  
Final Paper Submission Deadline: April 1, 2014 
Registration: A preferential registration fee for the Ethics in Mining Symposium has been set at $200.00

This is a call for abstracts for the Canadian Business Ethics Research Network (CBERN)
Ethics in Mining Symposium at the Canadian Institute of Mining, Metallurgy and Petroleum (CIM) 2014 Convention in Vancouver. Accepted abstracts will be scheduled for 20-minute presentations in one of 6 lively and informative sessions, and submitted papers will be considered for a potential CIM Journal Special Issue and other appropriate venues. 

Submission of papers and case studies that explore the ethical responsibilities of mining and the capacity of mining to contribute to sustainable development are invited. Relevant topics and themes include but are not restricted to: 
  • Mining, Ethics and the Challenge of Diverse Needs and Perspectives: Is it possible to have diverse objectives but shared values?
  • Building Equitable Partnerships: What constitutes an equitable partnership? What are the precipitating conditions, structural and process considerations, and outcomes that should be considered? This session will include topics such as:
    • Negotiated Agreements: Process, Objectives, Implementation and Outcomes: What are the key considerations in the process, objectives, implementation and outcomes of negotiated agreements?
    • Operationalizing Engagement: Key issues may include local employment, local procurement, capacity development and other education-related topics, building consensus among diverse partners.
    • Inclusive Impact Measurement and Reporting: Topics may include impact and social performance assessment, transparency, accountability, codes and standards, with a focus on how to foster inclusivity in these tools.
  • Indigenous and Non-Indigenous Host Communities: Topics may include human, cultural, and indigenous rights, poverty alleviation, alternative royalty regimes, and the principle of "Free, Prior and Informed Consent and its operationalization.
  • Where is the Market Value for Ethical Performance? Topics may include responsible investing, social and environmental risk, shareholder accountability, executive compensation tied to ethics, board involvement in ethical decision making, and competing views of fiduciary obligations.
  • Mining and Health: This session will include both community and environmental health. Community health topics may include identification of impacts of mining on community health, attempted interventions or mitigation strategies, and assessment of their effectiveness. Environmental health topics may include biodiversity, water, species at risk, ecosystem services, natural capital markets, and climate change. 
  • The Past, Present and Future: This session will focus on critical issues from the past that hold significant insights for present and future projects including past environmental/social performance, legacy projects, failed proposals, abandoned mines, and innovative approaches to ethical mining practices.
Submission Details 
  • In order to be included in the preliminary program, abstracts of a maximum of 200 words must be submitted online by
    November 28th, 2013
    (please note this is an extended deadline from previous October 31 deadline).
  • Authors will be notified of acceptance by December 20th, 2013.
  • Presenters must register on or before April 1st, 2014 in order to guarantee a place in the program schedule.
  • A preferential registration fee for the Ethics in Mining Symposium has been set at $200.00. This provides entry into all Ethics in Mining sessions, the CIM Plenary, the Expo!, all free networking events, all coffee breaks and 2 lunches, and the Tuesday evening SMS/Komatsu party. Entry to the Gala and all other ticketed events is not included.
  • Paper manuscripts or PowerPoint presentations must be submitted online before May 1st, 2014. PowerPoint presentations uploaded on the website will not be used for onsite presentation.
  • The format of the conference allows for a 20 minutes presentation and a 5 minutes question and answer period.
  • Further details, including the online abstract submission portal, are available on the CIM website.
For more information please contact Angelique Slade Shantz

Inclusion Day Conference

Inclusion Day Conference 
  EVERY_BODY: Rethinking the Bodies that Belong 
January 23, 2014, York University - Keele Campus

York University’s Centre for Human Rights is hosting its 5th annual Inclusion Day Conference. This one-day conference will include sessions where participants will have the opportunity to explore the concepts of inclusion and belonging through a human rights lens. 

Keynote speakers, session presenters and workshop facilitators will have the opportunity to engage attendees in critically analyzing notions of space and the bodies that are/are not included. We are inviting submissions that focus on human rights related areas, including but not limited to: 

·        Indigenous knowledge 
·        Intersectional identities 
·        Race and racialization 
·        Gender expression/expectations/performance 
·        (dis)Abilities
·        Religion/Spirituality 
·        Knowledge production and pedagogy 
·        Athletics as a culture 
·        Politics of Space 
·        Sexual orientation


Presenters may submit proposals for a 60 minute session in one of the following formats:  

·        Roundtable discussion 
·        Do-it-Yourself  (DIY) workshop 
·        Individual or panel presentation 
·        Interactive workshop 
·        Dialogue process 
·        Artistic/Creative presentation & discussion 

Proposals must be submitted no later than Thursday, November 29, 2013, either by: 
online submission: or email submission to: or  as a .doc or .pdf 

For more information or to request the proposal in an alternate format contact: 

Josephine Tcheng ( Advisor, Education & Communications, Centre for Human Rights | S327 Ross Building | York University | T: 416-736-5682 | TTY: 


Please see file below for registration. 

Call for Proposals 2014

Call for Papers: Environmental Conservation Themed Issue on Tradable Rights in Conservation

Call for Papers

Environmental Conservation Themed Issue on

Tradable Rights in Conservation

Market-based mechanisms such as biodiversity credits, offsets, tradable harvest quotas and environmental water traders, are increasingly being applied in conservation policy. Designing, implementing and evaluating such markets requires insights from across a range of disciplines, such as ecology, geography, economics and the social sciences. There is a clear need for interdisciplinary research to support such markets, but most of the academic literature remains within disciplinary boundaries. There are also opportunities to share insights between domains, such as between terrestrial biodiversity offset schemes and tradable fishery quotas.

The aim of this thematic issue is to provide a forum for papers which can inform the design of conservation trading policy mechanisms. The focus is on markets in which conservation-related rights (e.g. harvest quotas, biodiversity offsets, etc., but not carbon, pollution, etc.) are traded among different users, rather than purchased by a single buyer (as is the case in most “payment for ecosystem service”-type schemes). Papers drawing lessons from past and present schemes which are relevant to other issues and regions are of particular interest, as are papers which cross disciplinary boundaries.

Potential topics include, but are certainly not limited to:

  • What evidence is there on the effectiveness of offset schemes – do they conserve biodiversity or simply streamline development?
  • How can equivalence be established in offset schemes? How to deal with time lags, uncertainty and spatial interdependencies? How is the baseline, above which offsets are awarded, determined?
  • How can multiple species be incorporated? What are the pros and cons of broad vs narrow coverage?
  • How can conservation requirements be addressed in existing markets? For example, how effective are ‘environmental water’ traders within irrigation water markets?
  • How can harvest quota markets work across jurisdictional boundaries? Can other environmental impacts be incorporated?
  • What evidence is there of the applicability of tradable quotas beyond fisheries?
  • How do resource users view tradable rights? What proves necessary to secure the support of users? What are the similarities, and differences, between users of different resources?
  • How can conservation markets incorporate new scientific information or social preferences, and respond to environmental disturbances?

Priority for the special issue will be given to empirical papers, but theoretical work will also be considered. Environmental Conservation always welcomes the submission of novel and rigorous science relevant to environmental policy issues, so any submissions which do not fit within the special issue will (with the authors’ permission) be considered for publication in a regular issue.

Managing Editor: Andrew Reeson, CSIRO, Australia ( )


Submission Guidelines

Only original and unpublished high-quality papers are considered and manuscripts must be in English. Instructions for Authors can be found at and papers must be submitted via the journal web submission route ( You must provide a cover letter to indicate that the submission is for the “Tradable Rights in Conservation” theme. If this is not supplied, the submission is late, or if too many/insufficient papers are accepted for a particular theme, they may be published by the journal as regular submissions. All papers will be submitted to a rigorous peer-review process and the fact that they submitted to a themed issue (solicited or not) does not guarantee acceptance.


Important Dates

Manuscript submission deadline: 31st January 2014, Publication of themed issue: Late 2014 (TBC)

Call for Papers: Polar Geography and Cryosphere


The Polar Geography and Cryosphere Specialty Groups of the Association of
American Geographers call for papers for the 2014 Annual Meeting of the AAG under the following areas: Polar Geography Sessions: Sustainable Development in the Arctic Issues pertaining to sustainable Arctic environments, cultures and
economies amid climate change and globalization Urbanization and Transportation in the Arctic Examinations of development trends in and between Arctic communities Impacts of Climate Change on Arctic Communities and the Environment Observed and anticipated impacts of a warming climate on natural and human systems in high latitude regions Northern Resource Geographies and Extractive Industries Exploring the past, present and future of resource extraction in the Arctic and sub-Arctic regions and its role in local and global economies Polar Geopolitics Recent developments in the political landscape and governance of polar regions Send abstract and PIN to ** * * Cryosphere Sessions: Advances in Cryosphere Research Recent developments in remote sensing and modeling methodologies for any aspect of the cryosphere High Latitude Environments in a Changing Climate Impacts of climate change on high latitude hydrologic, atmospheric, and terrestrial systems, including polar ice sheets Mountain Ice and Snow Glacier environmental change and impacts on water resources Send abstract and PIN to ** Other sessions will be considered if there are sufficient submissions. Graduate students and young scholars are encouraged to apply. Please contact the organizers if you have any questions. If you wish to be included in one of these sessions, please register on the AAG website, and then submit your abstract and PIN to Scott Stephenson (**) or Vena Chu (**) The deadline for submitting abstracts with a discounted registration fee is October 23, 2013. An extended deadline will be available through December 3. Poster Session: R.S. Tarr Award for Student Research The Polar Geography and Cryosphere Specialty Groups are pleased to sponsor the annual R.S. Tarr Award for student research on any aspect of cryospheric science. The R.S. Tarr award is given to the undergraduate or graduate student presenting the illustrated paper judged best in the special R.S. Tarr Illustrated Paper Session held during the 2014 Annual Meeting. The recipient of the R.S. Tarr award will receive a cash prize. The illustrated paper must be completed and presented by the student; however, the paper can be coauthored by the student's advisor. Illustrated papers will be judged on their originality and contribution to cryospheric science. This competition is in honor of Ralph Stockman Tarr who was an accomplished glacial geologist and geographer. He studied under W.M. Davis at Harvard. While teaching at Cornell he led numerous scientific expeditions to Greenland and Alaska. To participate in the R.S. Tarr session please submit your abstract for an illustrated paper through and send your PIN to


Call for Participants – International Research Roundtable

Book: "The Economic Shift: Finding Our Balance in a Sustainable Marketplace"
Author: Andrew Bowerbank

Call for Participants
International Research Roundtable
hosted by York University’s Institute for Research and Innovation in Sustainability

Open to all universities, students will be selected to work independently on specific research topics to deliver this highly anticipated international publication.


  • Work at your own pace.
  • Conduct focused research.
  • Develop short, concise essays in response to specific topics.
  • Only take on the work your schedule will permit.
  • Assistance from the production team is available online or over the phone.
  • One group meeting (in person or remotely) with the author will be made available each month to review developments and support your efforts.


  •  Gain real-world research experience!
  •  Receive a reference letter and a free copy of the book to support your resume!
  •  Your work will be acknowledged in this high-profile publication!
  •  Gain access to professional networks!

How to Apply:
Submit your name, university, program, year of study, and interests to: Mitra Alizadeh, YorkU Institute for Research and Innovation in Sustainability. by email:

Strategic Objective
Andrew Bowerbank and his team are developing a comprehensive reference book for international distribution to support the projects,
workshops, market reports and keynote addresses he conducts around the world. The book will be developed in collaboration with industry
leaders and used as an engagement tool to communicate across interest groups, leverage new market opportunities, and support

Book Premise
Since the dawn of the first Industrial Revolution, our social and economic condition has been defined by the technologies, materials and processes that comprise our built environment. Today, global leaders across sectors are now confronted by the limitations of our energy dependence, and we are witnessing an attempt to shift technology development towards cleaner fuel sources and high-performance systems to meet the demands of our rising populations.
This book will explore the technological advancements being implemented by industry leaders around the world in response to our environmental condition and review new market strategies that will support our economic priorities over the coming century.



Winter 2013 IDS Opportunity! York University Secondary Plan Critical Analysis!

Regenesis @ York is a grassroots environmental and social justice organization that operates on both Keele and Glendon campuses.  We focus on effecting real-world change through action projects and providing resources to those wishing to take individual or collective action.

At this time, we are looking to have a masters student conduct an IDS in the winter term on the currently being finalized
 York University Secondary Plan, which will guide the university's growth over the next 40 years. The supervisor for this is Prof Laura Taylor.

York University Secondary Plan Critical Analysis:

The York University Development Corporation (YUDC) has just finished the Secondary Plan Update for the Keele Campus. As we work with YUDC and Campus Services on multiple projects (farmers market/forest restoration/cycling project), and almost all our projects will be affected by the plan, we would like to have a masters student critically analyze the plan this term through the environmental and social justice lenses that we employ. We will then be able to give meaningful feedback as the plan that will determine York's development future over the next several decades is finalized.

If you are interested in doing this IDS, please email as soon as possible.

Call for Papers: Encounters in Canada: Contrasting Indigenous and Immigrant Perspectives

Encounters in Canada: Contrasting Indigenous and Immigrant Perspectives

York University, Keele Campus, Toronto, Canada
May 15–17, 2013

Call for Papers

Indigenous peoples are the original caretakers of Canada, but their encounters with settlers have been marred by assimilation and territorial dispossession over hundreds of years. The result has been significant alienation between Indigenous peoples and Canadian governments. Conversely, immigrants to Canada, which for the purposes of this conference include early colonists, recent immigrants, refugees and displaced persons, have often viewed the country as a haven or land of opportunity. However, many are sorely unaware of Indigenous history, rights and contributions to Canada’s development. No people or community can speak for another; individual and group knowledge is intrinsic and internal. However, in keeping with the ideal of “mutual sharing” emphasized in the Royal Commission on Aboriginal Peoples, respect and trust can be fostered through shared difference. While the specific experiences of Indigenous peoples, immigrant communities, refugees and Canadian-born citizens are very different on many levels, connections can be developed through dialogue and reciprocity. Indigenous peoples as well as immigrant and refugee communities experience discrimination, racism, stigmatization and marginalization. These encounters represent a wider systemic problem in Canadian political, legal, sociocultural and historical contexts. Efforts to overcome exclusion can be built through increased awareness and knowledge-building, with support from allies.

This conference aims to fill this gap in knowledge and will bring together leaders from government and the judiciary, legal scholars, academics and practitioners to formulate practical solutions. The primary objective is to build bridges – cultural, political, intellectual and social connections – between those who share the lands of what is now Canada. The underlying rationale of the conference stems from the fact that Canada is now shared by Indigenous peoples, descendants of early settlers and more recent immigrant and refugee communities. These communities encounter Canada in very different ways based on racial identity, ancestral heritage, cultural background, community belonging, language and spiritual practice. Bridging the chasm that exists between Indigenous peoples and all newcomers, whether early or contemporary immigrants or refugees, is urgently needed in order to end discrimination and achieve equitable quality of life for all who live in this country. To this end, the objective is to understand how Indigenous peoples and various immigrant groups experience their lives in Canada. How are the challenges they face different? Are there shared goals and experiences upon which to build future alliances to achieve improved quality of life in Canada?

Conference papers are expected to be published subsequently in an edited volume, and acceptable topics will relate to the following broad themes:

(1) “Colonialism versus Consent”: Indigenous peoples have been and continue to be negatively impacted by colonialism. They did not consent to assimilation or territorial dispossession. Early settlers and contemporary immigrants and refugees generally have chosen to make Canada their home; this choice was not imposed on them. In the context of colonialism and consent, what have been the contrasting experiences of Indigenous peoples versus settler/immigrant/refugee communities?

(2) “Exclusion and Identity”: Indigenous peoples have faced centuries of exclusion and assimilation on their own lands. Early settlers did not face these forms of discrimination, but new immigrants and refugees often experience life on the perimeters of Canadian society. How are these experiences of race and identity different or similar? Are there similarities in how Indigenous peoples and immigrant communities maintain or revitalize their cultures and languages? Could encounters with exclusion and discrimination become points of “shared difference” between Indigenous peoples and immigrant communities? If so, is there the potential for building alliances?

(3) “Place and Displacement”: The role of “place” is a vital component of identity. Spiritual and cultural attachment to the land is a predominant component of most Indigenous identities. Similarly, displacement and attachment to home significantly impact life experience, sense of security and the physical and mental well-being of immigrants and refugees who come to Canada. Are there similarities between the territorial dispossession experienced by Indigenous peoples in Canada and refugee communities? What are the impacts of forced migration, especially for those communities who seek to revitalize, recreate or reinvent their identities after losing a sense of “place”? How is “place” experienced by immigrant groups who voluntarily or actively choose to reside in Canada?

(4) “Nationalism and Alienation”: Any form of exclusion or discrimination is apt to result in alienation. While experienced differently and in different contexts, Indigenous peoples and immigrant/refugee communities are often alienated from the Canadian mainstream. This perpetuates disadvantage, erects barriers between communities and highlights the differences between “others”. How should the myriad of different national identities be respected in Canada? How should the original contributions of Indigenous peoples be recognized?

(5) “Recognition and Respect”: Recognition of difference – historical, cultural, political and social – is a vital sign of respect for a people or nation. Many who live in Canada are unaware of the distinctive histories and contributions of Indigenous peoples. Many are also unaware of the cultures and values of immigrant and refugee communities. What should be done to promote awareness and appreciation of the different groups that share what is now Canada? What might recognition of difference look like in legal, political and cultural contexts, and how would recognition differ for Indigenous peoples versus immigrant/refugee communities in practice? How should the differing cultural practices, histories and identities of Indigenous peoples be promoted and respected? In contrast, what should Canadians learn about immigrant and refugee communities?

(6) “Relationship-Building and Community Engagement”: Indigenous peoples face an alarming array of dire problems, akin to third-world conditions in an otherwise prosperous country. Immigrant and refugee communities also often contend with poorer quality of life than the “average” Canadian. How are these experiences different? What needs to be done to remedy these problems? Is relationship-building and reconciliation the answer for Indigenous peoples, and if so, what should approaches look like? Can and should alliances be forged between Indigenous peoples and settler/immigrant communities, both early and recent? How and in what contexts (i.e. legal, political, cultural, social) should all communities be actively involved in the creation of their futures?

Interested participants are requested to submit abstracts as soon as possible, and no later than December 1, 2012, after which time they will be reviewed by the Conference Program Committee. Proposals for paper presentations and/or panels are welcomed from academics, practitioners and advanced graduate students from across Canada and internationally. Submissions should include a title, an abstract of no more than 250-350 words demonstrating the relevance of the topic to the conference themes as well as brief biographical and contact information along with institutional affiliation (100 words) for each presenter. The conference is actively sourcing funding to support travel and accommodation. If successful, we will be able to provide modest support to selected participants based on financial need. If applying for travel support, please email a brief one-page budget outlining financial need for travel and accommodation to Michele Millard at

Abstract submissions should be submitted online here. Any technical questions about online submission process should be directed to Michele Millard, Centre Coordinator and Conference Administrator, Centre for Refugee Studies at York University ( All other questions concerning the conference should be directed to the principal academic organizer, Dr. Jennifer Dalton, Assistant Professor, School of Public Policy & Administration, Faculty of Liberal Arts & Professional Studies, and Centre for Refugee Studies Scholar ( Interested participants may also contact the members of the Conference Organizing Committee: Dr. David McNab, Associate Professor of Indigenous Thought and Canadian Studies, Departments of Equity Studies/Humanities, Faculty of Liberal Arts & Professional Studies (; Dr. James Simeon, Acting Director, Centre for Refugee Studies, and Associate Professor, School of Public Policy and Administration, Faculty of Liberal Arts & Professional Studies (; Dr. H. Tom Wilson, Professor, Faculties of Graduate Studies, Law and Liberal Arts & Professional Studies, and Senior Fellow of McLaughlin College (

Call for Papers: Mining, Ethics and Sustainability

Call for Papers: Mining, Ethics and Sustainability
World Mining Congress 2013
August 12-14, 2013
Montreal, QC

EXTENDED Abstract Submission Deadline: November 1, 2012
Registration Opens: November 30, 2012
Paper Submission Deadline: March 30, 2013

The purpose of the "Mining, Ethics and Sustainability" program stream of the World Mining Congress is to identify and discuss the ethical values that should define the boundaries of the emerging economic, social and environmental responsibilities of mining in the 21st century and the dimensions of mining's social license to operate.

As a participant and organizational partner in the World Mining Congress, CBERN has been invited to organize a program stream for the theme of "Mining, Ethics and Sustainability". The program will extend over three days, from August 12-14, 2013 in Montreal, QC. It will include:
Three key note addresses by thought leaders whose ideas are helping to describe the nature and character of the social, economic and environmental responsibilities of mining companies in the 21st century;
Three cross sector panels that will explore the themes of "mining and sustainability", "women and mining", and "First Nation perspectives on the ethical values that define responsible mining";
Peer reviewed papers and presentations on "Mining, Ethics and Sustainability" submitted in response to the program stream Call for Papers. For a list of relevant topics and themes, and for submission details, please click here.
Call for Papers
Abstract Submission Deadline: November 1, 2012
Submission of papers and case studies that explore the ethical responsibilities of mining and the capacity of mining to contribute to sustainable development are invited. For a list of relevant topics and themes and for submission details please click here.

Contact Information
For further information on the World Mining Congress "Mining, Ethics and Sustainability" program stream please contact Hilary Martin at

Kevin McKague defends his PhD – Making Markets Work for the Poor

Congratulations to long-time IRIS Senior Research Fellow, now Dr. Kevin McKague, on a successful defence of his dissertation last week.

Kevin's research has focused on micro finance and farmers in Bangladesh. Some of Kevin's research will be published in the journal, California Management Review (McKague and Oliver, 2012 vol 55 no 1. pp. 98-129. Enhanced Market Practices: Poverty Alleviation for Poor Producers in Developing Countries)

Over the years, Kevin has been active in the IRIS community and has brought in excellent seminar speakers including a wonderful talk on microfinance by speakers from MEDA, the Mennonite Economic Development Association.

Here is his dissertation title and abstract.

Kevin's PhD. is titled, Making Markets Work for the Poor: Market-Based Approaches to Poverty Alleviation as Institutional Leveraging and Redistribution of Social Control

Interest in market-based approaches to reduce poverty has grown substantially in the last decade. To date, however, explanations in the management literature of how this can be achieved have focused on viewing the poor as consumers at the base of the economic pyramid, as microentrepreneurs in need of microfinance loans, and as potential employees of local small and medium-sized enterprises. Missing from the core of the management conversation has been an adequate understanding of the poor as primary producers and an explanation that situates them within their broader market and institutional context. Drawing on an in-depth study of market-based poverty alleviation initiatives for smallholder farmers by a non-governmental organization in a least developed economy, this dissertation offers the first theoretical model to explain the process by which a non-state organization can strategically enhance market practices in ways that reduce poverty for poor producers and improve overall market functioning. Findings suggest that meaningful improvements in income can be explained by the enhancement of market practices that redistribute social control toward poor producers in ways that reduce market and government failures. In addition, data revealed that the effectiveness of market development and poverty alleviation strategies is moderated by the extent of institutional leveraging to incentivize market changes in alignment with existing norms and logics. The model offers an integrated explanation of how market-based approaches can alleviate poverty and grow inclusive markets for poor producers. Findings suggest a number of business implications, including the importance of rebalancing power relations and enhancing productivity throughout an entire value chain. In addition, findings contribute to the literatures on business and poverty alleviation and the literatures on institutional change.

The Town of Huntsville Bursary Program (Health and Environmental Research)

Town of Huntsville has funded two bursaries for students in the field of environmental and/or health research.  Each bursary is in the amount of $1250.00 annually, and applicants may be eligible for up to three years.  Detailed information can be found online at

Preference will be given to applications which link to the Town of Huntsville’s Unity Plan


The deadline for applications is April 16th at 12 midnight, 2012.
Applications may be submitted by e?mail to or submitted to Rebecca Francis, Town of
Huntsville Sustainability Coordinator, 37 Main St. E. 2nd flr. between the hours of 8:30 am and 4:30 pm.



For more info please contact:

Rebecca Francis | Sustainability Coordinator
(705) 789-1751 ext 2366