The Enbridge Research-in-Action Seminar Series

Centre for Corporate Sustainability (CCS)

The Enbridge Research-in-Action Seminar Series Held at least four times each year, the Enbridge Research-in-Action Seminar Series brings together influential researchers, practitioners and industry experts to discuss and disseminate leading-edge sustainability research in Canada and abroad. The timing of these seminars will coincide with the academic year at the University of Calgary, with seminars occurring in the autumn and winter terms.

Upcoming seminar series

Adjusting to Post-COVID-19 Reality: Finding Your Pathway to Recovery and Growth

The ongoing COVID-19 pandemic is causing a major economic crisis and threatening the survival and longevity of almost every business across the Western World. Firms find themselves unprepared and unable to adjust to this global disruption while managers, boards, investors and policymakers face challenging questions about the next steps. They must develop effective strategies to stimulate the innovation-fueled recovery from this crisis to get the national economies and their firms on sustainable growth trajectories. The post-COVID-19 reality will create major growth opportunities for the Western World economies, breaking the established manufacturing system (of mass production in Southeast Asia) and instead establishing a localized, mass-customization manufacturing model worldwide. How can your company find its place in this new world?

Join us on Wednesday, May 20, 2020for an Enbridge Research in Action (ERIA) Webinar featuring Oleksiy (Oleks) Osiyevskyy, Assistant Professor of Entrepreneurship & Innovation at the Haskayne School of Business. This webinar will provide evidence-based insights on managing the post-crisis recovery and growth for business owners and managers drawing from rigorous research and global best management practices. Oleks will discuss the practical insights that the complexity theory teaches us about thriving on major environmental jolts, as well as lessons of the Chinese business adaptation to the post-COVID-19 reality.

The practical management methods discussed in the webinar will help you to notice, analyze and reflect on the COVID-19-induced changes in your industry, and to turn these crisis threats into value-creating opportunities. The webinar will be divided into six topics and will have time for audience Q&A:

1. Prevention and recovery from COVID-19 crisis: practical lessons from complexity theory

2.  Strategic flexibility in practice: The Effectuation Mindset

3.  Chasing the future opportunities: preparing for the fast recovery

4.  Key lessons from Chinese business recovery

5.  Leadership support of grassroots innovation

6.  New world after COVID-19: Industry 4.0 and localization of production

Registration is open to everyone. Free or by donation to the Haskayne Strategic Plan Fund or the COVID-19 Student Relief Fund.

Wednesday, May 20, 2020
12:00 p.m. – 1:00 p.m.: Presentation and Q&A

Webinar link will be sent via email by Tuesday, May 19, 2020

Past seminar series

Using sustainability practices to attract and retain talent in the Canadian energy sector

Speaker: David A. Jones, PhD, John L. Beckley Professor of Management, Grossman School of Business, University of Vermont

Innovation, fear and path to deployment: Thoughts for heavy oil and oil sands

Speaker: Dr.Ian D. Gates, PhD

De-mystifying price differentials: A return to market fundamentals


  • Christoffer Mylde: Vice President, Corporate Development, Sproule
  • Liam O’Brien, Petroleum Engineer and Market Analyst, Sproule

Canadian Energy Leadership

Speaker: Chris Slubicki, President, CEO and Directo, Modern Resources Inc.

BlockChain: A Non-Technical Presentation for the Rest of Us!

Speaker: Dan Giurescu, Founder, TerraHub

Read Student Interview

The future of energy, the path to de-carbonization and the implications for Canada

Speaker: Ethan Zindler, head of Americas, Bloomberg NEF

Read Student Perspective