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University of St. Michael's College President's Capstone Award Winners Celebrated

Winning projects focused on an innovative lifecycle perspective in mining, youth employment during COVID 19, and purpose enablement in responsible investing.

Published 11-18-20

Submitted by University of St. Michael's College

University of St. Michael's College President’s Capstone Award Winners Celebrated

TORONTO, November 18, 2020 /CSRwire/ - This week the University of St. Michael’s College is celebrating Student Capstone Projects, the summative exercise in the Diploma in Social Responsibility and Sustainability Program. These projects are designed to create positive social and environmental impact. This year’s winning projects focused on an innovative lifecycle perspective in mining, youth employment during COVID 19, and purpose enablement in responsible investing. 

“These projects are an excellent reflection of the important work taking place in this program, and speaks to many of St. Michael’s, core values, whether it’s a question of environmental sustainability, social justice, or simply the need to care for one another,” says University  President David Sylvester. “We are proud to see our students produce such outstanding work.”

The winners of the President’s Capstone Project Award are:

  • Break with Tradition by Sahin Hirji, a groundbreaking exploration of incorporating sustainability holistically throughout the life cycle of a mining project (Social/Environmental Impact Category)
  • Developing a Theory of Change: Pathways to Employability Initiative, by Shawna Peddle, which activates social purpose in business by addressing youth employment during a global pandemic (Advancing Sustainability/ESG in an Organization Category)
  • Purpose Enablement, by David Rutherford, which offers a compelling and elegant presentation of the case for—and practice of—responsible investment (Innovative Practices in Sustainability/ESG Category)

Celebrated nominated projects also include:

  • Sowing the Seeds of Sustainable Cities by Gina Castillo, a decision support framework for cities around the world for uses and outcomes for urban agriculture
  • Sphere – Reimaging New Ways of Living and Working Together, by Paula Murphy Ives, which has created a philosophy and tool to bridge the gap from “one” to “oneness”

Projects considered for the President’s Capstone Award must be distinguished in what they achieve or propose in one or more of the categories.

Nominated projects were judged by a panel which included Wendy Mitchell, 2016 Graduate of the Diploma in Social Responsibility and Sustainability, past member of the CSR Education Council and Founder of a Social Purpose Consultancy; Yvonne Jeffery, 2013 Graduate of the Certificate in Corporate Social Responsibility, current member of the CSR Education Council and Director of Sustainability, Vermilion Energy; and Jennifer Niece, 2017 Graduate of the Certificate in Corporate Social Responsibility, Mentor for the 2020/21 Cohort and Director, Sustainability and Services, 360 Energy.

About the Graduate Diploma in Social Responsibility & Sustainability

Thirty-five participants are accepted annually to the St. Michael’s program, which attracts students from across Canada and around the world from sectors as diverse as banking and manufacturing to education and NGOs. 

This “work as you learn” program enables participants to take their career in Social Responsibility and Sustainability to the next level. Participants tackle and resolve a Sustainability/ESG challenge in their company in a major Action Project under the mentorship of faculty and co-learners; learn from global thought leaders; experience practical “real world” change management through the ExperienceChange™ Simulation, and join a prestigious community of St. Michael's Alumni in continuing education, sharing and networking.

Graduates receive the post-nominal letters G.Dipl.SR&S for the Graduate Diploma in Social Responsibility and Sustainability.

The Diploma is now taking applications for 2021/2022.  Only 35 applicants are accepted.  To apply, go to the Diploma in Social Responsibility and Sustainability Website.  First Intake Deadline is April 30, 2021.

About the University of St. Michaels College

The University of St. Michael’s College (USMC) is a Catholic institution of higher learning federated with the University of Toronto. USMC strives to offer students a transformative educational experience in a diverse and engaged community, encouraging and supporting students and graduates to share their gifts in the cause of the greater good.

A Business Advisory Committee ensures the Diploma program is relevant and experiential. Sustainability/ESG Leaders representing a broad range of business sectors provide advice and input.

 For More Information Contact

Kathryn A. Cooper, Program Manager, Diploma in Social Responsibility & Sustainability

Phone: (519) 855-9491

Website: https://www.csr-stmikes.ca/

CONTACT
Kathryn Cooper
+1 (519) 855-9491
kathryncooper@csr-stmikes.ca
University of St. Michael's College in the University of Toronto
https://www.csr-stmikes.ca/

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St. Michael’s is a recognized leader in undergraduate, graduate and lifelong education. Its highly acclaimed Certificate in Corporate Social Responsibility is a unique executive education program developed in collaboration with the Conference Board of Canada. Founded over 150 years ago, the University of St. Michael's College is federated with the University of Toronto. Its faculty bring to current CSR issues the understandings that they have gained not only from the perspective of business but also from a tradition that includes the study of literature, philosophy and ethics. The goal of the program is to engage participants in a process of weaving together the major strands of CSR in a way that provides a time out from customary corporate activity. Alumni have called the result "transformational". Since 2003 St. Michael's has collaborated with an innovative technology company, ExperiencePoint to produce and distribute ExperienceCSR, a web based business simulation . In the simulation, which is offered as part of the Certificate program, participants advise a multinational technology firm on revising its corporate strategy to meet a myriad of critical environmental, community, employee relations, human rights and financial objectives. Through the application of sound CSR principles, participants help the corporation align its operations to its articulated values and, consequently, satisfy stakeholder interests and ensure long-term profitability. (www.experiencepoint.com)

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