David O'Brien Centre for Sustainable Enterprise

David O'Brien Centre for Sustainable Enterprise

This sustainability centre is part of NBS's Sustainability Centres Community, representing business schools from around the world. Find out more.

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David O'Brien Centre for Sustainable Enterprise

Montreal, Canada

John Molson School of Business 
 Concordia University


The mission of DOCSE is to become the leader in developing sustainable practices through academic research, programs and initiatives.

DOCSE has three main goals:
  1. Advancing scholarly research and developing practical solutions for creating sustainable enterprises
  2. Integrating sustainability into teaching, learning and student activities 
  3. Leading outreach initiatives to embed sustainability into organizations and communities 

Main Activities 

DOCSE supports academic research, student education, training and professional development. Throughout the year, DOCSE hosts several distinguished speaker series events and corporate roundtables.

Academic Research: DOCSE research initiatives are aimed at assisting organizations to become more sustainable. DOCSE’s research agenda includes the development of sustainable financial systems, sustainable enterprise development, organizational responses to global climate change, corporate social responsibility, performance, and sustainable behavior change. These research areas are encouraged among faculty and students as proactive measures to create business approaches that incorporate sustainability.

Student Education and Training: DOCSE continues to develop sustainability themed courses in areas of sustainability such as sustainable investing, organizational sustainability and global climate change. These courses give students an opportunity to gain some expertise in areas related to sustainable enterprise.

The Sustainable Internship Program is a collaborative program developed by DOCSE and Career Management Services at the John Molson School of Business. The internship program gives undergraduate and graduate students the opportunity to gain valuable and related hands-on experience within the domain of sustainability.

Professional Development: In cooperation with the Finance and Sustainability Initiative Montreal, DOCSE created the Sustainable Investment Professional Certification (SIPC). This program offers basic sustainability training to business professionals with 70 to 80 hours of self-study curriculum material, online study guidance and certification testing - culminating in the Sustainable Investment Professional Certificate. The SIPC is an approved provider program for continuing education credit from the CFA. The program is now a part of the Executive Centre at the John Molson School of Business at Concordia University.

Distinguished Speaker Series: DOCSE has established the Distinguished Speaker Series to inspire faculty and students in their own research and education. The goal is to bring in top scholars in all aspects of sustainable enterprise. The events discuss topics that are relevant to both academic researchers and practicing managers.

Corporate Roundtables: DOCSE’s Corporate Roundtables involve executives from public and private organizations. Each roundtable focuses on a different theme relating to environmental and social issues. Green leaders have the opportunity to share their success in a setting that facilitates learning from peers.

Organizational Structure

The David O'Brien Centre for Sustainable Enterprise (DOCSE) is part of the John Molson School of Business at Concordia University. DOCSE is directed by Dr. Thomas Walker and has one full-time staff member. There are over a dozen research associates (professors and grad students) working closely on sustainability issues within DOSCE. 

The centre also has an Advisory Board that provides strategic direction to DOCSE's programs and consists of representatives from Concordia University and the private sector. The Scientific Committee evaluates research proposals for funding and consists of faculty from the John Molson School of Business.


Tejaswinee Jhunjhunwala
Program Coordinator