Today, the Alberta School of Business announced the winners of its annual research awards. After evaluating 18 applications, the Research Awards Committee — chaired by David Deephouse (Associate Dean of Research) and comprised of Armann Ingolfsson (AOIS); Vikas Mehrotra (FSA); Barry Scholnick (MBEL); Royston Greenwood (SMO) — selected eight fellowship winners. I was named the Francis Winspear Professor of Business. This is a three-year award, effective 2018-2021. Overall, this is my fourth faculty fellowship since joining the Alberta School of Business in 2012.
Effective November 21, I was appointed by the Government of Alberta to a three-year term as a public member of the Association of Science and Engineering Technology Professionals of Alberta (ASET) Council, the organization’s governing body (board of directors). ASET is a not-for-profit, self-governing organization in Alberta, Canada with 18,000 members. ASET confers the following professional designations: T.T. (Technologist in Training); C.Tech. (Certified Technician); C.E.T. (Certified Engineering Technologist); R.E.T. (Registered Engineering Technologist); and P.Tech. (Professional Engineering Technologist).
Today, I was invited to join the Administrative Science Quarterly (ASQ) editorial board, an invitation I of course accepted! The current editor is Henrich Greve (INSEAD). I have been an ad hoc reviewer for ASQ since 2014. ASQ is owned and managed by the Samuel Curtis Johnson Graduate School of Management at Cornell University. According to Journal Citation Reports (Clarivate Analytics, 2017), Administrative Science Quarterly had a 2016 Impact Factor of 4.929, ranking it #12 out of 121 journals in business and #13 out of 194 journals in management. A list of my other editorial positions is available here.
Today, BNN interviewed Jonathan Banks about the University of Alberta Future Energy Systems geothermal energy research program.
In August, at the 2017 annual meeting in Atlanta, Georgia, I received the ONE Emerging Scholar Award from the Organizations and the Natural Environment Divison of the Academy of Management. Today, in its Fall Newsletter, the ONE Division Published a nice Q&A with me, which I have excerpted below.
Today, CBC featured a story about the work being done in Hinton related to geothermal energy. The story quotes Jonathan Banks, who leads the University of Alberta’s Future Energy Systems Geothermal Energy research team. As part of the research, Lianne Lefsrud, John Parkins and I are working on “Socio-Economic Roadmaps to Commercial Geothermal Energy Production in Western Canada.”
Today, I was invited to join the Organization Studies Editorial Review Board. The current Editors-in-Chief are Trish Reay (University of Alberta) and Daniel Hjorth (Copenhagen Business School). I have been reviewing for the journal since June 2010. Organization Studies is the official journal of the European Group for Organization Studies. According to Journal Citation Reports (Clarivate Analytics, 2017) Organization Studies had a 2016 Impact Factor of 3.107, ranking it #39 out of 194 journals in management. A list of my other editorial positions is available here.
Today, the Chartered Professional Accountants of Alberta held its Annual General Meeting. Afterwards, the newly elected members of the board of directors joined us for the first time. The board is comprised of 12 directors: 9 elected by CPA Alberta members and 3 public members appointed by the Government of Alberta. This marks the start of my third year on this board, after being appointed as a public member on July 1, 2015. I previously served on the board of the ICAA from 2014 to 2015.
This morning, we issued a joint press release related to our 7-year, $2.5 million Innovating for Sustainability research project. The press release describes one phase of our work, a collaborative public-private partnership involving researchers at the Ivey Business School, University of Alberta, and the University of Quebec at Montreal, as well as six industry partners led by Canada’s Oil Sands Innovation Alliance (COSIA), three COSIA member companies (Canadian Natural Resources Limited, Suncor, and Cenovus), Alberta Innovates and Natural Resources Canada.
On Wednesday, I received an email from David Staples, a columnist at the Edmonton Journal.
I need your advice on something. I’m looking for an expert in sustainability issues and contracts… The city is buying 250 bike racks, and in the procurement contract it strikes me there is a ton of red tape for such a small purpose. I also wonder if the policy will work to cut down greenhouse gas emissions and promote sustainability, or if there might not be better ways of doing it, more elegant ways, as opposed to this way, which strikes me as a make-work project and one that is difficult if not impossible to verify.