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Thomas Walker

holds an MBA and PhD degree in Finance from Washington State University. Prior to his academic career, he worked for several years in the German consulting and industrial sector at such firms as Mercedes Benz, Utility Consultants International, Lahmeyer International, Telenet, and KPMG Peat Marwick. He has taught as a visiting professor at the University of Mannheim, the University of Bamberg, the European Business School, and the WHU – Otto Beisheim School of Management. His research interests are in sustainability & climate change, corporate governance, securities regulation and litigation, and insider trading and he has published over fifty articles and book chapters in these areas. His work has been featured in the Harvard Business Review and in Germany's Harvard Business Manager and he is the co-editor of two forthcoming books on sustainable financial systems and sustainable real estate.

Dr. Walker has held numerous administrative and research positions during his career. For instance, he served as the Laurentian Bank Professor in Integrated Risk Management (2010-2015), Chair of the Finance Department (2011-2014), Director/Co-director of the David O’Brien Centre for Sustainable Enterprise (2015-2017), and as Associate Dean, Research and Research Programs (2016-2017) at Concordia University. In addition, he has been an active member of various advisory boards and steering committees including, among others, the human resources group of Finance Montréal, the steering committee of the Montreal chapter of the Professional Risk Managers’ International Association (PRMIA), the academic advisory board of the MMI/Morningstar Sustainable Investing Initiative, and the advisory board for Palgrave Macmillan’s Future Earth book series on sustainability.


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Thomas Walker: Financial Innovations in the Social Economy

Social innovations are able to contribute to social and ecological resilience while providing value to society as a whole rather than to private individuals. Social innovation has presented many novel solutions that are profoundly changing the routines, resource and authority flows, and beliefs of social systems. By dissolving the sectoral boundaries as well as integrating private capital with public and philanthropic support, social innovation combines the experience and expertise of each sector to speed up the creation of solutions for complex problems. This presentation is specifically focused on financial social innovations that have emerged in different types of organizations (e.g., private, public, or social economy enterprises). These innovations have had social impacts and have profoundly changed the finance field by creating many new opportunities and challenges. The presentation will specifically focus on innovations such as social impact bonds, local and social currencies, community banks, financial cooperatives, E-participatory budgeting, digital platforms, and social fintech apps. In addition, as a case study, the presentation will offer insights on social and solidarity finance in Quebec.

Last modified: 2018.11.30.