Tag Archives: Sustainable Business

Bummis: more than cloth diapers, a symbol of sustainability


Me holding a Swimmi with Bummis' founder Betsy Thomas

Earlier this month, I had the pleasure of meeting  up with Betsy Thomas, the founder of Bummis cloth diapering at her manufacturing loft in Montreal. I walked in excited to see some cute paterned cloth diapers and talk about waste reduction but left realising I has just met a legend in sustainability.

This woman was a leader in sustainable business long before it was trendy. I immediately wanted to get this woman on the roster of Continue reading

Montrealers; don't miss the 5th annual Sustainable Business Conference at Concordia University

Me, Dov Charney, Chantal and Anouk

Me, Dov Charney (American Apparel), Chantal and Anouk

During my last year in university, I met a group of business students who like me, were looking for another business model that incorporated sustainability, social ethics and most importantly, environmental well-being.  With them, I helped organize the first ever Sustainable Business Conference at the John Molson School of Business at Concordia University in Montreal, Canada.

The first year discussed and debated if going “green” could help the bottom line and private versus public responsibility in achieving sustainable businesses and societies. The event was such a success that it inspired a course on sustainability in the  business faculty. A huge accomplishment in itself!

In its first year, we were able to get many CEO’s and business executives from organizations ranging from Hydro Quebec, Soyummi and Nature’s Path foods to our favourite, the scandalous Dov Charney from American Apparel, known for its non sweat-shop t-shirts.  That in itself was a major crowd drawer.

2005 SBC attendees

2005 SBC attendees

Five years later, the SBC in stronger than ever and its 5th annual Sustainable Business Conference, “Building our Future” will take place on Friday, February 13th. The event will allow attendees to learn about environmentally conscious architecture, construction, and design. If you are considering becoming a consultant in green buildings, sustainable business or curious about the green buildings of the future, this conference is for you.

Tickets are $10 and include a wine and cheese cocktail afterwards. You can purchase them online at jsg-jmsb.ca or at the tables in the lobbies/mezzanines of the GM and Hall buildings of Concordia University, 1455 de Maisonneuve West.

I myself will be attending the wine and cheese afterwards and look forward to passionate discussion on green living and sustainable business with other like minded people. Hope to see you there!