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January 29 ~ 31 

2009 McGill Business Conference on Sustainability

( AWAKE )  Delegate Information 

( What is MBCS? )  • McGill Business Conference on Sustainability • A completely student-run and independently led initiative, hosted by McGill University's Desautels Faculty of Management. • One of the largest and most prestigious conferences on sustainability in North America. • An inspiring three-day conference packed with guest speakers, seminars, workshops, fair, social and corporate events.

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( Mission )  MBCS targets some of the brightest students from universities across North America in hopes to gather a multilateral perspective on issues related to sustainability. The conference invites leading experts from corporations, non-government organizations and academia to speak to students and provide them with the tools and knowledge they need to help ensure a sustainable future. The conference focuses on the three realms of sustainability: social, economic and environmental that affect and are affected by business practices.




( Achievements ) Highly-anticipated among post-secondary students, MBCS has the reputation of gathering a large and inspiring forum of individuals each year. For instance, last year MBCS’s ‘Looking Backward to Move Forward’ brought forth Dr. David Suzuki to speak to over 700 students, parents, professors and business professionals. The conference was responded to with strong interest from the Montreal community, which stirred up both national and local media coverage.





Dr. David Suzuki dazzles his audience during his MBCS ‘Looking Backward to Move Forward’ keynote speech in 2008.


( Theme ) ‘Awake’------this year’s conference title------symbolizes how the general public has become increasingly aware of the green revolution and its precedence. As such, this year’s conference will challenge its speakers and delegates to critically and creatively analyze alternative business models and solutions that prove to be economically, socially and environmentally sound, and that will drive current awareness towards a long-term development of sustainable habits.

          January 29 to January 31, 2009 McGill University, Montreal, Quebec Join us…  Have the most sustainable conversations of your life. 


The delegates consist of students from major universities across North America who share a genuine interest in sustainable development and lifestyle. While most delegates are in business programs, students from other fields of study such as engineering, science and environment also attend. The largest contingent of students matriculates at McGill University, although in the past students all across Canada------from the University of British Columbia in the west to Dalhousie University in the east------have attended in great numbers as well. Several prominent universities from the United States are also invited.


( Delegates )

( Conference Schedule ) Thursday, January 29, 2009 10:00 - 4:00 4:00 - 5:00 5:30 - 7:00 7:15 - 8:00 8:00 - 8:15 8:15 - 9:30 10:00 - 12:00

Delegate Registration Orientation Keynote Address Cocktail Titanium Sponsor Dinner Address Dinner Networking Social Event

Friday, January 30, 2009 9:00 - 9:45 10:00 - 11:00 11:00 - 11:15 11:15 - 12:15 12:15 - 1:15 1:15 - 2:15 2:30 - 4:30 5:30 - 7:00 8:00 - 8:15 8:15 - 9:30 10:00 - 12:00

Breakfast Workshop Section 1 Snack Break Discussion Lunch Workshop Section 2 Sustainability Fair Keynote Address Platinum Sponsor Diner Address Dinner Networking Social Event

Saturday, January 31, 2009


Breakfast Workshop Section 3 Break Discussion Lunch Group activities Group activities Group activities Closing Ceremonies and Awards Dinner Networking Social Event


9:00 - 9:45 10:00 - 11:00 11:00 - 11:15 11:15 - 12:15 12:15 - 1:15 1:15 - 2:15 2:30 - 4:30 5:30 - 6:30 7:00 - 7:30 8:15 - 9:30 10:00 - 12:00

( Details of Events ) KEYNOTE ADDRESS MBCS strives to bring the most prominent speakers each year in order to keep its delegates up to date with the current events in the field of sustainability. Our keynote speeches are held at Leacock auditorium, McGill’s largest auditorium with a capacity of 650 people. This event is covered by local and national media. The demographics of this event are within the age range of 18---45 years of age, with higher than average disposable income.

COCKTAILS & NETWORKING EVENTS MBCS will provide plenty of opportunities to network with Montreal’s niche of sustainability of small business to large corporations. Most our speakers and sponsors attend these events in order to meet like-minded people and form new relationships in the growing field of sustainability. In addition, companies see these events a great recruiting event and they will inform and answer questions regarding their organizations.

WORKSHOPS & SEMINARS This intimate affair divides our delegates into groups of thirty and gives them a chance to hear entrepreneurs or representatives from non-government organizations and corporations speak about their current projects and best practices in sustainability. This gives the students the opportunity to learn outside of the classroom about the experiences of working life.


Engage in discussion with peers regarding issues of sustainability in various business fields. Discuss ways to encourage corporations to adopt sustainable business practices. Learn how businesses can pursue sustainable goals and still generate handsome profits. Educate themselves about the new realities of the global environment.


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SUSTAINABILITY FAIR This event is open to the entire McGill community as well as the public community of Montreal. It gives organizations a chance to meet potential clients or employees by exhibiting their projects or products at our fair. It places all organizations that are associated with sustainability underneath one umbrella and gives them the chance to network with likeminded people and meet the greater McGill and Montreal community.



* Please note that delegates must be over the age of 18 to be able to participate in the evening social events.

Montreal is one of most vibrant and happening cities in North America and what better time to explore the many cultural sights, museums, restaurants, bars and night clubs in the city. MBCS will feature a tourist event on the last day and a social event* every night of the conference.

( How to Register ) Registration is open to all undergraduate students in North America: Registration will be open to all on our website beginning November 15. Go to Æ Get Involved Æ Delegates . For early registrations or for any questions and/or comments, please feel free to contact us at  

( Contact Us ) MAIL Attn: MBCS 2009 Management Undergraduate Society 1001 Sherbrooke St. W., Suite 476 Montreal, Quebec, H3A 1G5 FAX (514) 398-8362 EMAIL



Don’t miss out on what promises to be one of the most stimulating  student events of 2009!    Join us and have the most sustainable conversations of your life!    See you in Montreal this coming January!     —2009 MBCS Committee 

MBCS Delegate Package  

The Offical Mcgill Business Conference on Sustainabilty Delegate Information Booklet