Earlier I wrote about giving birth to my daughter. At the same time that was occurring, our colleagues at the John Molson School of Business (JMSB) at Concordia University in Montreal were also giving birth — in their case, they were giving birth to an innovative new business education program called the “Sustainable Investment Professional Certification”.
The program is designed to meet the needs of professionals in finance, investment or other functional areas in business through a rigorous training curriculum in the field of sustainability. The program offers 70 to 80 hours of self-study, online study guidance and certification testing, culminating in the certificate. Topics covered include sustainability, governance, ethics, corporate social responsibility and environmental sustainability. The program is modeled on other professional certification programs such as the Chartered Financial Analysts (CFA) designations.
As noted by Jim MacDonald, Senior Vice-President and Co-Chief Investment Officer at Addenda Capital
Addenda Capital is pleased to actively support the creation of the Sustainable Investment Professional Certification Program, a first of its kind in Canada. As sustainable investing continues to gain prominence, so does the value of academic training and professional certification in this area. This innovative and forward-looking program will not only benefit its graduates, it will ultimately strengthen the Canadian finance and investment community as a whole.
Paul Shrivistava, a JMSB Management Professor and the Director of the David O’Brien Center for Sustainable Enterprise also notes:
The SIPC program is designed for practitioners, guided by a Business Advisory Council, thereby representing a fruitful collaboration between academics and practitioners. It teaches investment professionals practical ways of incorporating sustainability, environmental and social and governance issues into investment decisions.
The Business Advisory Council is represented by the financial partners who made this program possible and they include:
- Addenda Capital
- Caisse de dépôt et placement du Québec
- Desjardins Group
- Finance and Sustainability Initiative
- Groupe Investissement Responsable Inc.
- Osisko Mining Corporation
For those who are interested in participating in the certification program, it officially launches in September 2011, and you can find further information at the link below:
In full disclosure, as part of the executive of the Finance and Sustainability Initiative (FSI) based here in Montreal, we are proud to be partners and to have collaborated with the JMSB on this program. We believe this program will fill many of the needs of both our business and finance communities and if you’re interested in being a leader in either of these fields, you must take this program!