NBS - Who We Are

Who We Are

NBS is a growing network of more than 5000 researchers and managers committed to advancing sustainable business. 
We believe businesses need access to rigorous, relevant research to support their decisions actions – and researchers need to understand real-world business challenges to ask relevant questions.

We aim to shape management practice and research with the resources we produce and the dialogue we facilitate. 

NBS's Journey

From 2005-2015, we produced research on the Canadian business community's top sustainability challenges. Our business partners came to consensus on their most pressing challenges, and we recruited globally renowned researchers to help study the issues. 

We managed the research co-creation process, ensuring meaningful input from both research and practice, and rigorous, relevant outputs. We then translated the research into practical planning resources for business and disseminated them worldwide at no cost. 

Partners are cross-sectoral sustainability leaders. 

NBS has a history of deep, meaningful partnerships with a range of companies, from large firms to SMEs. We’ve also worked closely 15 industry associations, helping mobilize our work to more than 30,000 companies. 

This deep engagement has been enabled by a public-private funding model. Canada’s Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council (SSHRC) provided $2.1 million from 2008-2015. Those funds were matched 1:1 by support from our corporate partners.

Many of our partners, including TD Bank, Suncor, Tim Hortons, Canadian Pacific Railway, Telus, Tembec, Unilever, and Holcim, have re-engaged with us year after year. They do so because the knowledge created at the nexus of research and practice pushes their thinking.

“NBS is really a conduit in terms of knowledge generation for other sectors and organizations,” explains Michael Gullo, Director of Policy, Economic & Environmental Affairs at the Railway Association of Canada. 

Tim Faveri, Former Director of Sustainability and Responsibility at Tim Hortons, provides insight into his personal experience. “Working with NBS has helped me grow as a sustainability practitioner," explains Tim Faveri,  "My involvement allowed me to stay informed on important and emerging sustainability issues and trends. I was able to see what other sustainability leaders were doing and learn from their experiences.” 

“There's a need for academic rigour – a need for somebody to be at a certain distance and have permission to criticize you, which you don't always get with consultants.”  

James Gray Donald, Bentall Kennedy
NBS has also had a profound impact on our academic partners. Many of our research partners shift their careers. They are inspired to continue working closely with practitioners, answering questions to real-world problems.

One NBS Systematic Review author described the experience: “No one has made as much of an impact (as NBS) on my career, even in my doctoral program.”

International impact has always been important to us. 

We believe that sourcing local knowledge and sharing it globally can support the development of innovative business solutions. Since 2013, NBS has worked closely with regional affiliates in Chile and South Africa. Affiliates advance the NBS mission by enabling collaboration between research and practice in their local communities. 

The sustainability landscape is changing. So are we. 

Business sustainability has evolved since 2005. Companies are more familiar with sustainability issues and many have reaped the low hanging fruit of operational efficiencies.
However, solutions to complex, systems-level problems, such as climate change and social inequality, remain elusive. Tackling these challenges will require innovative thought and action and new partnerships. In response to this evolving need, NBS is shifting its activities. 
With support from SSHRC and our corporate partners, we will facilitate action research on sustainability-oriented innovation, in Canada and globally. Learn more about our new activities here.


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Tima Bansal, Executive Director 

As the Executive Director for NBS, Tima sets NBS's organizational vision, serves as the principal investigator on our federal research grants and provides direction regarding strategic objectives.  
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Julia Bevacqua, Engagement Specialist

Julia assists the NBS innovation research activities by helping collect data and organize information. She also helps develop processes to enable young leaders plan initiatives and events that promote the values and messages of NBS.
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Maya Fischhoff, Knowledge Manager

As the Knowledge Manager for NBS, Maya develops and oversees NBS’s knowledge products (including systematic reviews, executive reports for business leaders, and applied guides and tools). 
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Sylvia Grewatsch, Postdoctoral Fellow

Sylvia is part of the NBS innovation research team that explores and analyzes innovation processes at Canadian organizations. The aim of this project is to establish innovation processes for sustainability and for shared value creation. 
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Chelsea Hicks-Webster, Operations Manager

Chelsea managers the activities of NBS’s Anglophone office in London, Canada. She works closely with Executive Director, Tima Bansal, and NBS team members to ensure all staff have the information and resources needed to make their own projects a success. 
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Pam Laughland, Director of Strategic Partnerships

Pam oversees engagement with NBS's public and private sector partners. She helps organizations ‘find their fit’, be it as a partner in an existing project or as a collaborator in a new venture. Pam knows the Network’s body of work and competencies, and has presented to audiences around the world about what we do and what we’ve learned. 
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Carole Leblond, Manager, Montreal Office (REDD)

Carole manages the daily activities of NBS’s Montreal Office. She develops and oversees French language knowledge, and develops dissemination strategies for managers and researchers. Working closely with the Director of the Montreal office, Marie-France Turcotte, she carries out the strategic goals and oversees a dynamic team of professionals and students. 
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Garima Sharma, Knowledge Project Manager

Garima manages NBS knowledge projects, such as "Collaborating with Competitors for Sustainability." She oversees selection of the research team, research design, creation of research-based tools for practitioners. 
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Marie-France Turcotte, Director, Montreal Office (REDD)

Marie-France Turcotte is the Director of NBS's Montreal office and oversees all its activities. She is also a professor at the University of Quebec at Montreal (UQAM), department of strategy, social and environmental responsibility. 

Contact Us

Our main office is located at the Ivey Business School, Western University. 
Network for Business Sustainability
Ivey Business School, Western University
1255 Western Road
London, Ontario N6G 0N1
+1 (519) 661-2111 x88107
Our Francophone office is located at the Université du Québec à Montréal.
Réseau entreprise et développement durable (REDD)
École des sciences de la gestion
Université du Québec à Montréal
320, rue Sainte-Catherine Est
Pavillon DS, Local DS-1774
Montréal, Québec H2X 1L7
+1 (514) 987-3000 poste 7898
Let us know when you start a project, if you are looking for collaboration, an expert or the latest evidence.

Feedback and suggestions are always welcome at info@nbs.net.