Sustainable Investment (Professional Certification)

John Molson School of Business

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  • online
  • on demand

John Molson School of Business

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Who should attend

The SIPC is designed for those who have a keen desire to learn and implement sustainability programs. Ideally, applicants should have some knowledge of accounting, finance and/or investments.

About the course

Positive impact. Positive returns.

The world of investing is seeing a seismic, generational shift. A new breed of investor has emerged – one who’s looking to generate returns that go beyond financial gain.

Sustainable investing, impact investing - however you define it – is investing that takes environmental and social considerations into account, as well as financial goals.

It’s a rapidly evolving area of expertise, requiring finance and corporate professionals to have a new set of investment and risk management skills.

That’s where the Sustainable Investment Professional Certification (SIPC) comes in. As the field of sustainable investing quickly evolves, the SIPC has been updated to not only keep pace but to place our certified professionals well ahead of the game.

The John Molson School of Business in cooperation with the Finance and Sustainability Initiative (FSI) Montreal created the SIPC program.

Here’s what you need to know:

The SIPC program is offered both online and onsite to suit both learners who prefer a self-paced program and those who require a more structured approach.

Online

  • It’s online, self-paced, and self-study. Instructors mark assignments, and provide guidance.
  • You will learn to make informed choices regarding investment opportunities based on key ESG factors, and become knowledgeable about sustainability initiatives in the business world.
  • Graduates are awarded the Sustainable Investment Professional Certificate and join the SIPC network of certified alumni.

Onsite

  • You will learn to make informed choices regarding investment opportunities based on key ESG factors, and become knowledgeable about sustainability initiatives in the business world.
  • The SIPC (onsite with mentoring) is a condensed version of the SIPC online. It offers in-class learning support and completion to the participants.
  • Graduates are awarded the Sustainable Investment Professional Certificate.

Program structure – Online

The SIPC is made up of three online courses. Each consists of readings, training sessions and quizzes or case-study assignments. They’re designed to provide you with context and help you understand concepts of environmental, social, financial and ethical sustainability in real-world settings.

Courses

JMEC 581—INTRO TO SUSTAINABLE INVESTING

JMEC 582—ESG CONCEPTS

  • Environment module
  • Social module
  • Governance module

JMEC 583—SUSTAINABLE INVESTMENT CERTIFICATION

Important information

The program duration is estimated at approximately 100 hours of study time.

You need to pass the quiz or assignment at the end of each course to have access to the following course and complete the program.

  • JMEC 581: Quiz
  • JMEC 582 — Module E: Assignment
  • JMEC 582 — Module S: Assignment
  • JMEC 582 — Module G: Assignment
  • JMEC 583: Certification assignment

You complete the certification when you pass JMEC 583—SUSTAINABLE INVESTMENT CERTIFICATION.

All quizzes and assignments are submitted online.

Your instructor will grade assignments and provide feedback.

Program structure – Onsite

Week 1 – JMEC581 – Introduction to Sustainable Investing

Homework: JMEC581 Quiz (Participants will have to pass the quiz before class on week 2)

Week 2–4 – JMEC582 – Environment module (Assignment to be submitted before week 5)

Week 5–7 – JMEC582 – Social module (Assignment to be submitted before week 8)

Week 8–10 – JMEC582 – Governance module (Assignment to be submitted before week 11)

Week 11–12 – JMEC583 – Sustainable Investment Certification (Assignment to be submitted within two weeks after class 12)

Length: 12 weeks (3 hours per week in-class)

Experts

Stephen Kibsey

Stephen Kibsey is an investment stewardship professional who worked over 30 years in the investment industry at one of the largest institutional asset managers in the world and at one of Canada’s largest corporate pension funds. Stephen has worked in different capacities including analyst, senior...

Amr Addas

Amr Addas is a Lecturer at the Finance Department and the Goodman Institute of Investment Management at John Molson School of Business, Concordia University. He is also the principal at Addas Financial Consulting, offering financial consulting services and newsletters to financial advisors and po...

Stefanie Kibsey

Stéfanie specializes in advancing sustainability policy, research, education, and industry best practices. Her interests and areas of expertise include environmental change and resilience, ESG, environmental protection and pollution prevention, water issues, socio-ecological systems, and the scie...

Janis Riven

Janis Riven, based in Montreal, has a growing consulting practice on governance and compliance matters with clients encompassing publicly listed and closely held companies, as well as various types of not-for-profits, and is currently a Lecturer at the John Molson School of Business, Concordia Un...

Sustainable Investment (Professional Certification) at John Molson School of Business

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