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The Centre for Corporate Sustainability was founded in order to disseminate knowledge and find balance in environmental, social and economic approaches in energy.

Our Mission
Our mission is to enable partnerships among researchers, industry experts, government officials and community representatives to jointly generate dialogue, create best practices and disseminate knowledge.

Our Vision
Our vision is to be a leader in knowledge translation, improving sustainable practices in the energy industry.

Disseminating Knowledge in Environmental, Social and Economic Approaches in Energy

The Centre for Corporate Sustainability is housed within the University of Calgary's Haskayne School of Business. In collaboration with academics, institutions and private sector organizations, the Centre provides a neutral ground for impactful and relevant research and education. The Centre is dedicated to the pursuit of finding balance in economic development, social well-being, and environmental stewardship.

Other Centre activities include:

  • Facilitating graduate student and faculty research
  • Funding post-doctoral fellows
  • Funding undergraduate awards
  • Funding PhD awards

Advancing the Centre

The Centre for Corporate Sustainability is dedicated to finding balance for the Triple Bottom Line: Economic Development, Social Well-Being and Environmental Protection. The development and dissemination of knowledge in sustainable approaches that have tangible planning and measurement metrics are at the core of the Centre’s activities. To this end, the Centre will endeavour to enable best practices that address the key business challenges faced by the Canadian energy sector, with special attention given to social and environmental issues.

Some of the challenges that will be explored through the Centre’s activities include:

  • Effective Aboriginal engagement
  • Establishing and maintaining a strong social license to operate
  • Developing effective policies on issues impacting the environment, society and economy
  • Delimiting financial and accounting structures related to measurement and disclosure of land, water, and air impact
  • Measuring and maintaining progress on carbon emissions and footprint
  • Effective development of corporate social responsibility

Achieving Our Goals


David L. Milia, Associate Director

David Milia has over 14 years of oil and gas experience within multiple disciplines. He began his career in surveying and exploration, transitioned to engineering procurement and construction management and progressed into project management. David Milia’s career included time at EnCana, later Cenovus, handling their engineering procurement and construction management coordination, documentation controls, and GIS special projects. David has also served as the Academic Chair for the BSc in construction project management at SAIT and sat on the Board of Directors for aceBIM. David holds a dual undergraduate degree, a technical diploma and a dual MBA focused in global energy management and sustainability, and project management. He is also a Certified Engineering Technologist under ASET.

Chanelle McLeod, Administrative Assistant

Chanelle McLeod has over ten years of progressive administration experience in the telecommunications, health services, and oilfield services industries with a strong focus on stakeholder relations. Chanelle comes with a degree in Economics and Business.

External Advisory Board

The purpose of the External Advisory Board to the Centre for Corporate Sustainability is to support its continued commitment to the development of a world-class centre of excellence for corporate sustainability, as it relates to community outreach, student engagement and the Centre’s continuous improvement.

  • Joule Bergerson, Assistant Professor Schulich School of Engineering, University of Calgary
  • Linda Coady, Chief Sustainability Officer, Enbridge
  • Loren Falkenberg, Associate Dean – Research, Director, Haskayne School of Business
  • Amir Radnejad, PhD student, Haskayne School of Business
  • Neil Symington, Senior Advisor – Sustainable Integration, Suncor Energy
  • John Van Ham, Manager, Environment & Sustainable Development Oil Sands, ConocoPhillips Canada

Academic Advisory Group

The purpose of the Academic Advisory Group (AAG) to the Centre for Corporate Sustainability (CCS) is to assure the CCS’s academic integrity and excellence as they relate to the research, potential curriculum development, teaching, and student engagement activities it supports.

Dr. Loren Falkenberg
Associate Dean - Research, Director -Ph.D Programs
Haskayne School of Business

Dr. Allan Ingelson
Academic Director of the Haskayne Energy Management Program and
associate professor in the Faculty of Law
University of Calgary

Dr. Anne Kleffner
Associate Professor – Risk Management and Insurance
Haskayne School of Business

Dr. Abu Shiraz Rahaman
Associate Professor/Director – Centre for Public Accounting
Haskayne School of Business

Dr. J. Ari Pandes
Assistant Professor - Finance
Haskayne School of Business

Dr. Birgitte Grogaard
Assistant Professor – Strategy and Global Management
Haskayne School of Business


Thank you

We are grateful to all of our donors for their generous support of the Centre for Corporate Sustainability. Thank you for your commitment to finding balance among economic development, social well-being and environmental protection. Your contributions elevate the student experience by helping hard-working students pursue their dreams.

Student awards attract the best and brightest
Thanks to generous donor support, scholarships have been established to fund talented undergraduate and graduate student achievements in areas related to sustainability.


Community outreach connects students, researchers and industry professionals
The Centre for Corporate Sustainability fosters relationships between academia and industry leaders. The Enbridge Research-In-Action Seminar Series brings together influential researchers, practitioners and industry experts to discuss leading-edge sustainability research. The ConocoPhillips IRIS Seminar Series features perspectives from government, academics, non-profit and industry on key sustainability topics.

Research discoveries relevant to industry and academia
The Suncor Energy Chair in Competitive Strategy and Sustainable Development and the Suncor Energy Postdoctoral Fellowship help the University of Calgary expand research capacity related to energy and sustainability. Harrie Vredenberg, the Suncor Chair in Competitive Strategy and Sustainable Development continues to make important strides in research, teaching, and community outreach. Xiaoyu (Kellie) Liu was appointed as the first Suncor Postdoctoral Fellow in July 2015.