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TMU CSR Institute hybrid in-person/zoom session: The Congo and the Global Transition to Green Energy - in conversation with Jacques Nzumbu SJ

November 23, 2022
7:00 PM EST - 8:30 PM EST

To view a video recording of this "in conversation" session, click HERE.

To view a PDF of supporting material for this session, click  (PDF file) HERE.

The Institute for the Study of Corporate Social Responsibility at Toronto Metropolitan University (TMU)* is pleased to co-present**a hybrid in-person/zoom no-cost interactive session, The Congo and the Global Transition to Green Energy==>in conversation with Jacques Nzumbu SJ (details below), on Wednesday, November 23, 2022 from 7 pm to 8:30 pm (Toronto time). The session will take place at TMU's Ted Rogers School of Management, located at 55 Dundas Street, Toronto (West), on the ninth floor in Room TRS 3-099.

To register (no cost, everyone welcome), whether attending in person or by zoom, you must first register by clicking HERE (external link)  .

Zoom participants: for registered participants who are attending virtually by zoom, on November 23 at 7 pm click HERE (external link)  to patch in for the session. Note the 1.5 hour duration of this session.

The Congo and the Global Transition to Green Energy

As momentum grows around the world to move toward less environmentally harmful sources of energy, the temptation is to focus on the technological advances, and not the environmental and social foundational underpinnings that make the green technologies possible. A major objective of this talk is to raise awareness and highlight the paradox between the ideal of energy transition and the extraction of minerals essential for transition technologies. The talk brings into focus how the race for transition technologies in the North has impacted and changed the socio-economic, environmental and climate trajectory of local communities in the Democratic Republic of Congo, through less sustainable and unethical extraction policies and technologies. Also explored will be the question of what is needed to make a truly circular, sustainable and equitable energy transition of the upstream and downstream transition technology value chains.

About Jacques Nzumbu SJ

**Ideally positioned to discuss this topic is Jacques Nzumbu SJ , from the Democratic Republic of the Congo. He is a specialist in conflict minerals. Jacques Nzumbu is engaged in a cross country speaking tour organized by Canadian Jesuits International (CJI), as part of their campaign on Green Justice: Human rights and energy transition. Co-sponsors of this Toronto session organized by CJI include: Campion College, St. Marks College, St. Paul's College, Regis College, and the TMU Institute for the Study of CSR.


Co-moderating the session will be Dr. Kernaghan Webb, Director of the Toronto Metropolitan University CSR Institute and a Law and Business professor in TMU's Ted Rogers School of Management.


All TMU CSR Institute speaking events are co-sponsored by the TMU Corporate Social Responsibility Student Association, the TMU Commerce and Government Association, and the TMU Law and Business Student Association.  

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*In August 2021, the university announced that it would begin a renaming process. On April 26, 2022, the new name for the university, Toronto Metropolitan University (TMU), was announced. Over the next period of time, the Institute for the Study of Corporate Social Responsibility will be transitioning its website and associated features to the new university name.

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