Last Chance to Sign Up for The Natural Step Canada’s MBA Sustainability Leadership Bootcamp in Calgary, AB!

Oct 4, 2011 3:00 PM ET

Last Chance to Sign Up for The Natural Step Canada’s MBA Sustainability Leaders…

“The question of reaching sustainability is not about if we will have enough energy, food, or other resources... The question is: Will there be enough leaders in time?”

– Dr. Karl-Henrik Robèrt, Founder, The Natural Step

Are you ready to join an incredible group of students and recent graduates in creating and implementing sustainability solutions? If so, join us from October 26-30 to explore this complex issue, create innovative solutions, and develop sustainability leadership skills.


To train, empower, and network a group of 30 MBA students and recent graduates in accelerating Alberta’s shift to sustainability and prosperity through a five-day intensive Bootcamp experience.


Take your MBA skills to the next level by applying your strategy, project management, sales, marketing, negotiation, and facilitation learning to the sustainability field through a week of applied exercises, simulations, and live case studies. Be inspired by a faculty of national sustainability leaders and authors. Hone your skills through practical real-life cases and presentations of your findings to corporations seeking solutions to complex sustainability challenges.

You will be whipped into sustainability shape through an intense five-day Bootcamp, and will continue with coaching and team touch-points over the following four months. After the Bootcamp, you will have access to coaching from our expert advisory team who work with clients such as Nike, Pratt & Whitney Canada, and Research in Motion (RIM).

Learning Outcomes

The MBA Sustainability Leadership Bootcamp is about more than gaining theoretical knowledge—it’s about developing the skills, attitudes, and knowledge required to be effective sustainability change agents. At the end of the Bootcamp, you will have:

  • Developed your sustainability leadership potential

  • Practised facilitating meaningful conversations about sustainability

  • Understood how to lead internal sustainability processes

  • Applied a tested methodology for sustainability: The Natural Step Framework for Strategic Sustainable Development

  • Practised capturing the business value of sustainability through live case studies

  • Built a robust toolkit of facilitation techniques to engage stakeholders, colleagues, and leaders

  • Built a strong sustainability-focused network in Alberta of peers, mentors, academics, and corporate sustainability change agents

The program includes the following components:

  • Completion of The Natural Step Canada’s Sustainability 101 eLearning course;

  • A dynamic and interactive five-day in-person bootcamp style workshop (October 26th to 30th, 2011);

  • Follow-up coaching calls (eight sessions) for participants as they apply workshop learning to their studies or jobs;

  • A Membership to The Natural Step Canada’s Emerging Leaders Exchange, until March 21st, 2012. The Exchange is a virtual forum and community of leaders to learn from and network with each other 

Who Should Apply?

  • MBA students* or recent graduates who are interested in learning more about sustainability and becoming sustainability change agents.

  • Those who want to develop their skills, gain practical experience communicating sustainability concepts, and become sustainability leaders to effect change in Alberta and throughout Canada.

*In some cases, students in related studies may be accepted if space allows.

When and Where?

This pilot program will take place from October 26-30, 2011 at the Inglewood Bird Sanctuary, 2425 9 Avenue SE, Calgary, AB (map).


The MBA Sustainability Leadership Bootcamp is generously funded by our lead partner Cenovus, with support from ENMAX and the Suncor Energy Foundation. The program includes breakfast and lunch each day of the Bootcamp session, as well as two networking evenings.

The total cost to participants for this week-long session is $150, and bursaries are available based on need. Please indicate in your application if you would like to be considered for a bursary.

Note that travel and accommodation are not included.

How to Apply

Please fill out this application form, which includes three open-ended questions about your motivation for participating in the program (one-page maximum).

  1. Describe what experience(s) prompted you to apply for the MBA Sustainability Leadership Bootcamp and your overall interest in/commitment to sustainability.

  2. Describe what attributes/goals/skills/attitudes make you the ideal candidate for the MBA Sustainability Leadership Bootcamp, with a focus on your leadership experience and how you have used your networks in the past to influence change.

  3. What is one thing you would like us to remember about you?

Applications are due October 5, 2011, by 11:59pm EST.

To ensure an intimate and quality learning environment, registration will be limited to 30 participants.


Program Delivery Team

Pong Leung, Principal Sustainability Advisor

Pong is a founding member of The Natural Step Canada and has worked with a wide range of clients to share his expertise on sustainability, governance, and organizational learning, including a strategic positioning and organizational change program with ISL Engineering and Land Services, a comprehensive training and visioning program for the Landmark Group of Builders, and an award-winning broad-based community visioning and planning initiative with the City of Williams Lake, BC. Some past clients include Edmonton Airports, City of Calgary, City of Edmonton, and Morguard Investments, as well as many others.

Anouk Bertner, Manager, Emerging Leaders Program

Anouk works with students and recent graduates to help them gain the experience, learning, and mentorship required to transition from sustainability education to meaningful sustainability careers. Anouk works with university students across Canada to embed sustainability into organizations through co-op placements, youth conferences, and training young people to be sustainability ambassadors in their communities, schools, and workplaces.

Alexandre Magnin, Senior Sustainability Advisor

Alexandre works with communities, businesses, and organizations in strategic sustainability planning. He has delivered dozens of capacity building workshops and is currently working on a product sustainability assessment tool for The Co-operators, Canada’s largest insurance co-operative. He is also supporting Pratt & Whitney Canada in the implementation of their sustainability strategy. Prior to joining The Natural Step Canada in 2008, Alexandre managed ViralGames, a web-marketing agency that he created in 2000, where he worked with major businesses such as Coca-Cola, Microsoft, AOL, and Electronic Arts.

Invited Speakers

  • Bob Willard, sustainability expert and author of The Sustainability Advantage, The Next Sustainability Wave, and The Sustainability Champion’s Guidebook

  • Claude Ouimet, Senior VP and General Manager (Canada and Latin America) of InterfaceFLOR

  • Mark Anielski, President and CEO of Anielski Management Inc (AMI), author of The Economics of Happiness: Building Genuine Wealth, and Adjunct Professor at the University of Alberta in the School of Business


For more information and to get involved, please contact:
Anouk Bertner
Manager, Emerging Leaders Program
The Natural Step Canada
613.748.3001 x223


We would like to thank our generous program sponsors. As part of their commitment, they are working with our team to provide real-life case studies and on-site learning opportunities.

About The Natural Step Canada

The Natural Step Canada is a dynamic non-profit organization with over a decade of experience helping organizations and individuals understand and make meaningful progress toward sustainability.

WE ENVISION... a sustainable world in which individuals, communities, and businesses thrive within nature's limits.

WE STRIVE... to inspire, educate, and connect Canadian leaders to accelerate the transformation toward a sustainable world.