• About Us

    The George Weston Ltd. Centre for Sustainable Supply Chains aims to become a leading hub for management education, applied research, and industry collaboration at the Schulich School of Business.

    Launched in May 2021, the goal of the Centre is to bring together diverse stakeholders to explore how best to create and secure supply chains facing major challenges such as climate change, digital transformation, supply disruptions, and the need for greater social inclusion.

    The Centre is made possible through a gift from George Weston Ltd. and is a recognized Centre of Excellence at the Schulich School of Business.

What are Sustainable Supply Chains?

Historically, organizations have been focused on maximizing only the financial performance that can be extracted from managing the relationships between who they directly buy from and sell to. When product flowed money also flowed. From farms and mines to factories and mills, warehouses and distribution centres to stores and your front door. Along the way, networks of planes, boats, trains, and ships kept everything moving quickly and efficiently. While this has been good for profits, at least in the short term, it has not always been good for a safe and healthy workplace, community, and natural environment needed to do business in the long run.

Sustainable supply chain management attempts to achieve the balance of a triple bottom line for individual organizations and a livable planet for all. It acknowledges that talent and resources are finite and that they should not be wasted. That cooperation is the path to resolving conflicts and hard trade-offs between stakeholders. And, transparency provides opportunities for solutions to major issues like climate change, equality of opportunity and security of supply. Sustainable supply chains are a work-in-progress requiring change leadership, a highly skilled workforce and not a small amount of courage to get the job done.

Click here to read our white paper on Our Journey to Sustainable Supply Chains.

 

What We Do

The Centre is driven by mutually reinforcing pillars of teaching and learning, research, and industry outreach.

Vision: To lead the change in making supply chains sustainable.

Mission: To help organizations design resilient supply chains that balance the long-term needs of people, planet, and profit.

Strategic Initiatives

  • Research

    Supporting, creating, and disseminating new pre-commercial applied and theoretical academic research related to supply chain management and sustainable supply chains.

  • Education

    Developing the next generation of responsible supply chain leaders though the development of supply chain management curricula, educational materials, and other resources to benefit public and for-profit management education.

  • Industry Outreach

    Building networks and supporting initiatives to encourage stakeholders amongst industry, government, and community organizations to take action on issues related to supply chain sustainability.

Leadership and Staff

David Johnston

Director, George Weston Ltd. Centre for Sustainable Supply Chains
Director, Master of Supply Chain Management (MSCM) Program
Professor of Operations Management and Information Systems

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Anthony Ferreira

Assistant Director, George Weston Ltd. Centre for Sustainable Supply Chains

Faculty Associates

Isik Bicer

Assistant Professor of Operations Management & Information Systems

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Markus Biehl

Professor of Operations Management & Information Systems

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Charles H. Cho

Professor of Sustainability Accounting; Erivan K. Haub Chair in Business & Sustainability

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Vibhuti Dhingra

Assistant Professor of Supply Chain Analytics

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Adam Diamant

Associate Professor of Operations Management and Information Systems

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Burkard Eberlein

Professor of Public Policy and Sustainability

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Irene Henriques

Professor of Sustainability & Economics; Area Coordinator, Economics

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Henry M. Kim

Associate Professor of Operations Management and Information Systems; Co-Director, BlockchainLab

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Moren Lévesque

Professor of Operations Management and Information Systems; CPA Ontario Chair in International Entrepreneurship; Co-director of Entrepreneurial Studies

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Divinus Oppong-Tawiah

Assistant Professor of Operations Management and Information Systems

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M. Johnny Rungtusanatham

Canada Research Chair in Supply Chain Management (Tier 1); Professor of Operations Management and Information Systems; Area Coordinator, Operations Management and Information Systems

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Ruodan Shao

Associate Professor of Organization Studies

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Julian Scott Yeomans

Professor of Operations Management and Information Systems

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Luke Zhu

Associate Professor of Organization Studies

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  • Contact Us

    George Weston Ltd. Centre for Sustainable Supply Chains
    Rob and Cheryl McEwen Graduate Study & Research Building, Room G230,
    Schulich School of Business, York University,
    4700 Keele Street, Toronto, ON M3J 1P3
    Email: gwlscc@schulich.yorku.ca
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