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Youth Guide


The Youth Guide to Sustainable Business will serve as Canada’s largest centralized source of knowledge for youth to learn from Canada’s most important leaders from a diversity of sectors and industries who will contribute through curated lists of readings, reports, and videos. It is relevant for any students, from business to environmental & social sciences, but also young professionals.

Its creation came from the reality that student needs are not always met by our formal education system. While the Youth Council will work with universities to improve business curriculum, we need to create an alternative source of knowledge for the next generation and inspire them.

We recommend exploring first the Fundamentals of Sustainability chapter below before jumping to other sections that pique your interest. Keep in mind that most categories are created around skills rather than issues, so you can apply knowledge from each one of them in tackling different sustainability challenges.

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Environmental and Social Issues

Sustainable Food Systems


Colleen Thorpe

Executive Director,


More contributions & diversity coming soon!

Heterogeneity of Actors

The Role of SME's in Driving Sustainable Development


Dror Etzion

Director, Centre for Strategy Studies,

Desautels Faculty of Management

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The Role of Charities in Driving Sustainable Development

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Sara Lyons

VP Strategic Initiatives

Community Foundations of Canada

More contributions & diversity coming soon!

Sustainable Business Strategy

B Corps & The Role of Purpose for Corporations

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Craig Ryan

Director of Purpose Entrepreneurship,



Systems Thinking for Systemic Change

Stephen Huddart


J.W. McConnell Family Foundation

More contributions & diversity coming soon!

Challenging Traditional Views

Managing without growth. slower by design, not disaster 

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Peter Victor

Professor Emeritus

York University

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