MP Justin Trudeau addresses Responsible Leadership Summit

Posted on October 26, 2011

Keynote speaker Justin Trudeau with CRL Summit students, Beau Sackey and Eileen Prasad
Keynote speaker Justin Trudeau with CRL Summit students, Beau Sackey and Eileen Prasad

The 7th Annual Responsible Leadership Summit drew a record crowd of Commerce and MBA students enrolled in QSB’s Certificate in Socially Responsible Leadership Program on Oct. 13 to 17.

Justin Trudeau, Member of Parliament for Papineau, QC, delivered an inspirational opening address calling on students to embrace the notion of creating shared values. This positive message for change and the need for strong, responsible leadership to address the needs of society were reinforced during plenary sessions on responsible leadership and social innovation. Concurrent panels addressed such topics as leveraging community partnerships, social entrepreneurship, socially responsible investing, consuming shared values, creating sustainable communities, and renewable energy and conservation.

“This year’s Summit was a tremendous success, thanks to the 31 wonderful speakers who came to share their ideas, experience and advice with students, and through the support of our many generous sponsors,” said Tina Dacin, Director of QSB’s Centre for Responsible Leadership.

The Summit provided the opportunity to announce a new partnership between the Centre for Responsible Leadership and Suncor Energy Foundation, which has granted the Centre $500,000 over the next five years. “Queen’s School of Business is pleased with the opportunity to partner with Suncor Energy Foundation,” said Dean David Saunders. “With this new funding, the Centre will be able to expand its programming to include new initiatives in the area of social innovation.”

The Summit ended with an inspirational talk by Ray Zahab, ultra-marathoner and Founder of impossible2Possible. Ray shared his story of how he went from a pack-a-day smoker to an ultra- marathoner, imparting the message that people can do anything that they put their minds to.

“Our goal was for delegates to leave the conference with new information, ideas and inspiration to fulfill their calling as responsible leaders–both at work and in their communities” says Dr. Dacin. “Based on feedback received from students, the Summit achieved this! We look forward to continuing to work with our students to build on this motivation and keep the discussion going.”

For details on speakers and conference events, please see the 7th Annual Responsible Leadership Program.