Certified Sustainability Practitioner Workshop for Executives to be Held in Toronto from June 14-15, 2012

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Centre for Sustainability and Excellence to Partner with Business Communications Firm Gibbs & Soell. Gibbs & Soell Managing Director Ron Loch to Present Session on Communications.

Centre for Sustainability and Excellence (CSE), in partnership with Gibbs & Soell, will be hosting its global training program, the “Certified Sustainability (CSR) Practitioner” in Toronto on June 14-15, 2012. This will be CSE's second time hosting the event in Canada. CSE’s certified training focuses on the needs of Managers, Directors, and Executives with roles in corporate social responsibility and sustainability.

Previous attendees have included sustainability managers, environmental consultants, external relations advisers, and communications executives from a wide range of business sectors.

During CSE’s first visit to Toronto in November 2011, Nikos Avlonas, President of CSE was joined by leading key note speakers, including the Former Prime Minister of Sweden Ola Ullsten, and GRI USA Focal Point Director Mike Wallace, who presented through teleconferencing. Their presentations enabled participants to help rethink current business models and operational frameworks, and learn from proven sustainability leaders.

CSE holds a competitive advantage in leading change and driving sustainable development since 2006 with its unique and advanced services. As part of these services, the Certified Sustainability (CSR) Practitioner Trainings have received global recognition and now act as a stepping stone for organizations that aspire to progressively implement sustainability into their core operations.

Gibbs & Soell, a business communications firm providing sustainability consulting in the advanced manufacturing, agribusiness and food, home and building, and professional services markets, will be supporting the program in Toronto. Ron Loch, senior vice president and managing director of Gibbs & Soell’s sustainability consulting practice, will be leading a communications discussion at the event.

At present, more than 300 Sustainability Practitioners from five continents and more than 30 countries have received this qualification. CSE’s Practitioners are making a substantial difference in implementing sustainability to enhance financial and non-financial performances of organizations such as Rogers Communications, Sara Lee, W.W. Grainger, World Business for Sustainable Development, Lloyds Banking Group, Whole Foods, Coca-Cola, Vanity Fair, Mercedes Benz, Shell, and Baker Hughes, to name a few.

For more information on the Certified Sustainability (CSR) Practitioner Workshop, visit http://sustainabilitypractitioner-toronto2012.eventbrite.com/. To obtain a 10 percent discount on the registration rate, please enter the promotional code: GS.

About Gibbs & Soell:

Gibbs & Soell is an independent business communications firm that was founded in 1971. Headquartered in New York, Gibbs & Soell has offices in Chicago, Raleigh, N.C., and Zurich, Switzerland. The firm’s global network extends across nearly 40 countries through its Public Relations Organisation International partnership. Employing a blend of business and communications strategy, Gibbs & Soell is a trusted adviser to corporations, organizations and brands seeking to engage consumer and professional audiences along the entire value chain. Gibbs & Soell offers communications expertise in business consulting, consumer marketing, employee engagement and sustainability consulting for the advanced manufacturing, agribusiness and food, home and building, and professional services markets. The firm provides custom programs and solutions to enhance reputation, market products, engage employees, build brands and improve sales. For more information, please visit http://www.gibbs-soell.com.

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