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UToday HomeNovember 22, 2012

Amir Bhaman Radnejad received a $10,000 award from the Haskayne School of Business’s Enbridge Centre for Corporate Sustainability.Amir Bhaman Radnejad received a $10,000 award from the Haskayne School of Business’s Enbridge Centre for Corporate Sustainability.A Haskayne School of Business PhD student pursuing an interdisciplinary specialization in the Institute for Sustainable Energy, Environment and Economy (ISEEE) is one of the first two recipients of the Enbridge Corporate Sustainability Award Doctoral Scholarship.

Amir Bhaman Radnejad received a $10,000 award for research or academic achievement by a graduate student (or students).

The Enbridge Centre for Corporate Sustainability in the Haskayne School offers two Enbridge Sustainability Awards each year.

Fereshteh Mahmoudian, an accounting student studying sustainability, received the second $10,000 doctoral scholarship.

“Enbridge’s support allows me to fully realize my academic potential, by providing sufficient funds for conducting my research,” Radnejdad says. “This funding will help me in gathering data through surveys and interviews, and disseminating the results among academics and practitioners at top conferences.”

Radnejdad is a PhD student in the Haskayne School’s Strategy and Global Management program who is also pursuing ISEEE’s interdisciplinary Energy and Environmental Systems graduate specialization on his degree.

His research is focused on innovation and sustainability strategies, particularly the application of strategic technology alliances in the context of the oil and gas industry.

He holds an MSc in Innovation, Management and Entrepreneurship from the University of Manchester in the U.K., and an undergraduate degree in chemical engineering from the University of Tehran in Iran.

Radnejdad’s supervisor is Harrie Vredenburg, professor of strategy and the Suncor Energy chair in competitive strategy and sustainable development in the Haskayne School of Business, and an ISEEE fellow.

“Winning this award bodes well for Amir’s career as a researcher in the area of innovation in energy and sustainability,” Vredenburg says. “He and I are fortunate to be located in a global energy centre such as Calgary, where we have access to companies and industry-level initiatives that are truly innovative in how they address environmental issues.”