UMontréal establishes multidisciplinary Michael D Penner Institute


Université de Montréal has established a new multidisciplinary research hub that will study environmental, social, and governance (ESG) issues. The Michael D Penner Institute for ESG Issues will leverage academic expertise to contribute to the ongoing debates on companies’ responsibilities in areas such as climate change, diversity, and human rights. The institute will be led by UMontréal Professor Isabelle Martin. Foundational funding for the initiative comes from private-equity executive Michael Penner; Scotiabank has also donated $1.5M to create a Sustainable Development Innovation Observatory within the new institute. UMontréal rector Daniel Jutras said that the university is well-equipped with “expertise to develop [the institute] into a far-reaching interdisciplinary project.”

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