August Conference Details



International Conference

Global Climate Change and Eco System Management:
Insights from Ancient Wisdom Traditions

August 28-29, 2017
Venue: Chinmaya Vedanta Heritage Centre
8832 The Gore Road, Brampton, Ontario, L6P OB1
Tel.: + 1 905-913-2377



Integrating Spirituality and Organizational Leadership Foundation (India) and ISOL Global Foundation (USA) is an interfaith research based management education initiative. The edifice of ISOL Foundation (India & USA) is built on the synthesis of sectarian beliefs. This harmony of religion is the spirit of the Foundation. Nine Research Groups (represented in the logo of ISOL Foundation) are created to draw insights from different wisdom traditions across various faith groups and integrate it with the leadership styles for creating non-violent, non-exploitative and sustainable organizations.

About the Conference

Culture enables environmental sustainability through its various intrinsic links, i.e., through cultural diversity and biodiversity, through its influence on consumption patterns, and through its contribution to sustainable environmental management practices as a result of local and traditional knowledge.

The question arises, how does culture foster environmental sustainability. Landscapes and the components of them have always strongly influenced local cultural practices, values and beliefs. In turn daily human decisions and actions increasingly impact on the capacity of ecosystems to provide for human life and well – being.

Traditional ecological wisdom, indigenous knowledge, knowledge of local fauna and flora, traditional healing systems, rituals, beliefs, initiatory rites, cosmologies, shamanism, possession rites and social organizations are often pre supposed by local and indigenous languages and environmental – related vocabularies. They are the key vehicles of traditional knowledge about the environment and sustainable management of its components. The degradation of culturally valued biodiversity and decrease in associated cultural services and features, not only triggers ecological decline and cultural erosion but also leads to social disruption and the weakening of social networks and ties within society.

The conference will address these issues though 5 thematic tracks:

  1. Principles of Environmental Management in the Wisdom Traditions
  2. Ancient Knowledge Systems for Sustainable Development
  3. Managing Global Climate Change: Insights from Ancient Wisdom Traditions
  4. Spiritual Dimension of Sustainable Development
  5. Traditional Knowledge System for Bio – Diversity Conservation: Insights from Wisdom Traditions

We invite papers for oral and poster presentations.

Who Can Participate

  1. Entrepreneurs & Business Leaders
  2. Academicians
  3. Research Scholars
  4. Representatives from Civil Society and Business Associations
  5. Representatives from Religious Organizations
  6. Any other

Important Dates

Abstract Submission: February 15, 2017

Abstract Acceptance Notification: February 25, 2017

Full Paper Submission: May 15, 2017


Submission Guidelines

Guidelines for Abstract Submission

  1. Abstracts should be supplied in Microsoft Word (docx) or as an Adobe PDF manuscript.
  1. Please use Times Roman, Helvetica or Arial as your font. 12 point or larger fonts should be used throughout, with the title presented in 16 point or larger.
  1. Present the title and author list centered, while the paragraphs of the abstract should be left justified. Please ensure that the presenting author’s name is underlined in the author list. Please also provide a contact e-mail.
  1. Use margins of at least 1.5 inch (3.81 cm) on both the left and right sides.
  1. Abstracts are limited to one page of text (not more than 500 words)
  1. References should follow standard APS style guidelines.
  1. A second, optional page with up to four figures may also be included. Please be certain to make a specific reference to the figures, such as to Figure 1


Please email your abstract to the Conference Directors.

Guidelines for Poster Presentations

A poster comprises one or more panels of text, tables, graphics, photographs, and other visual aids, which deals with a defined topic with a minimum of language and a maximum of visual information.

Preparing The Poster: The poster should be eye-catching, scientifically sound, brief, clear, and should have text, tables/graphs, photographs/maps, etc.

Poster Size: 36 (91.44 cm) x 48 inches (121.92 cm), vertical orientation.

Words/Wording: One rule of thumb is to not use more words in the total poster than were allowed in the abstract submission. Also in general, use capital and lower-case lettering for the text, table and figure titles of the poster. Choose a type face that is a serif (with shaped letters, that have “tails,” “feet,” and other shape lines that assist the reader in recognizing them easily) type. Do not use more than three typefaces in the poster. Use them consistently for the same purposes (e.g., titles, text, notes).

Color and Texture: It is very important to use color and texture effectively. A matte or textured surface for panels is generally preferable to a glossy finish, because the glare of some types of lights can make a glossy surface difficult to read or view. A vivid color used for backing the individual panels can be very effective; it can be coordinated with one of the primary colors used in the poster presentation (e.g., the color of the bars on the graph) This use of color should keep in mind, however, the color and texture of  the background of the display surface. If that surface is also a vivid color, it may be wise to use black, white, or some pastel shade as backing for poster panels.

Spacing: Using as much of the space as possible for the poster and as little as possible for the accompanying material (title strip, abstract, etc.) is wise. However, the title strip must be prepared in sufficiently large type to be seen from the entrance so it is visible after people enter the room. In general, people can read letters that are 2 inches high from a distance of 30 feet.


Conference Fee:  $100 (both days);  $50 (single day)

Includes admission to sessions, lunch and two nourishment breaks.

Alternatively please e-mail your intent to attend to Suresh Kalagnanam (;

you may pay the registration fee at the door (Cash only please). For planning purposes please e-mail latest by 24th August.

Registration deadline:    20th August 2017

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Principles of Environmental Management in the Wisdom Traditions

Ancient Knowledge Systems for Sustainable Development

Managing Global Climate Change: Insights from Ancient Wisdom Traditions

Spiritual Dimension of Sustainable Development

Traditional Knowledge System for Bio – Diversity Conservation: Insights from Wisdom Traditions


August 28, 2017
8:30 AM Registration
9:00 AM Welcome
9:10 AM Lighting of the lamp
9:20 AM Opening remarks by Dr. Sunita Singh Sengupta
9:30 AM Greetings from dignitaries
10:15 AM Nourishment break
11:00 AM Acharya Vivek Gupta Climate Change: More than Just Global Warming!
12:00 Noon Lunch break
01:00 PM Lewis Williams
Global Climate Change and our Collective Continuance – What Role for the Wisdom Traditions?
01:45 AM Chris Hrynkow
The Emerging Option for Mother Earth: Catholicism, Creation, and Caring for our Common Home
02:30 PM Nourishment break
03:00 PM Chander Khanna
Global Response to Climate Change – Vedic Perspective
03:45 PM Paresh Mishra
Dharma: The Hindu Concept of Social Responsibility
04:15 PM Reid Locklin
The Power of Mutual Correction: Hinduism, Christianity and the Ecological Consciousness
05:00 PM Sunita Singh Sengupta
Closing remarks for Day 1


August 29, 2017
8:45 AM Welcome
9:00 AM Rani Muthukrishnan
Sustainability: New Term for an Ancient Concept of Aparigraha
09:45 AM Paul Larson
Indigenous Perspectives on Sustainability: The Cultural/Spiritual Dimension
10:30 AM Nourishment break
11:00 AM Swamini Shivapriyananda
Spiritual Ecology
11:15 AM Shashi Kant
Sustainability, Science and Love
12:00 Noon Lunch
01:00 PM Panel Discussion
02:30 PM Jaideep
Service Oriented Leadership for Corporate Social Responsibility & Sustainable Development
03:00 PM Nourishment break
03:30 PM Sunita Singh Sengupta
[Title to be inserted]
04:00 PM Suresh Kalagnanam
‘Responsibility’ as a Management Philosophy
04:30 PM Sunita Singh Sengupta / Suresh Kalagnanam
Closing remarks


Vivek Gupta Acharya (spiritual teacher)
Christopher Hrynkow Associate Professor of Religion and Culture
Shashi Kant Professor of Forest Resource Economics and Management
Chander Khanna Board Member, World Parliament of Religions – Toronto 2018
Reid Locklin
Rani Muthukrishnan Scholar in Ecology and Education
Lewis Williams Inter-disciplinary scholar
Conference Director

Sunita Singh Sengupta, Ph.D.
Founder & Honorary Convener
Integrating Spirituality and Organizational Leadership Global Foundation(USA)

Mobile: +91 9873167484


Conference Co-Director

Suresh S. Kalagnanam, PhD, CPA, CMA, CGA
Associate Professor of Accounting
University of Saskatchewan
Edwards School of Business
25 Campus Drive
Saskatoon, SK, S7N 5A7


Phone: Phone:  (306) 966-8404