Rethink Sustainability Initiatives Leadership Exchange - A Think Tank for Senior Leaders on Innovation and Sustainability

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Are you a business leader who understands the critical importance of sustainability and innovation and their impact? If so, consider joining like-minded people for the RSI Leadership Exchange. The Exchange, planned for October 2, 2012 in Toronto is designed exclusively for CEOs; CSOs; senior business, sustainability and innovation leaders; entrepreneurs; and subject matter experts.

Successful business leaders care about sustainability and innovation. They welcome opportunities to learn from experts and the real-time experience of their peers about building innovation and sustainability into their businesses. If you are one of these business leaders – one who understands the critical importance of sustainability and innovation and their impact, consider taking part in the RSI Leadership Exchange. The Exchange, planned for October 2, 2012 in Toronto, is designed exclusively for CEOs; CSOs; senior business, sustainability and innovation leaders; entrepreneurs; and subject matter experts – senior business leaders who think like you.

Unlike traditional, highly scripted conferences and executive gatherings, the RSI Leadership Exchange is a dynamic process based on the principles of Sparkplug™ – a process that unlocks the collective wisdom of the group. The day long conversation, hosted by LoyaltyOne, focuses on business success powered by sustainability and innovation. A cross-industry exchange, the event promises an opportunity to meet peers that you would not normally encounter.

Rethink Sustainability Initiatives (RSI) is a hub to exchange and harness ideas that fuel emerging trends and use the energy created to brainstorm leading edge sustainable business solutions. “Corporate success is fueled by innovation. Innovation is fostered by sustainability – looking at what we do today with the future in mind,” says Peter Love, Vice-Chair of the RSI Leadership Exchange. “If you want a meaningful legacy, you will want to be part of this conversation.”

Other confirmed participants include Melanie Steiner, Chief Risk Officer for PVH, one of the largest apparel companies globally. Prior to this role, Melanie was the Climate Change and Sustainability Services Market Leader for Ernst & Young where she was responsible for driving market leadership and revenue growth for the practice. In this role, Melanie worked with many companies across sectors to help them manage risk, create winning strategies, and track and report on progress.

Nadine Gudz, Sustainability Strategy Director for Interface, and a RSI Board Director, notes that “The exchange promises to be a unique learning experience. Participants will leave with valuable new business connections, feeling energized and inspired, better equipped to advance their sustainability visions.”

Event Highlights:

1. This is NOT a conference or forum. It is an executive think tank where about 50 senior business peers and subject matter experts can exchange ideas, queries and leverage best practices to optimize business success powered by sustainability and innovation.

2. This Exchange will be tailored to align with insights gleaned from a pre-event survey and interviews with the participants. This 5-minute survey can be accessed at:

3. The event will help to assess participant interest in continuing the conversation through quarterly think tanks and the production of white papers, best practice reports, and the development of other tangible outcomes and ideas that emerge from the group dialogue.

Featured Guests

John Beck, Founder, Chair & CEO, AECON Group Inc.
AECON is Canada’s largest publicly-traded construction and infrastructure development and John has been cited by the Financial Post Magazine’s “CEO Scorecard” as one of the top 20 most accomplished CEOs in Canada. He sits on the boards of the Ontario Financing Authority and the Canadian Council of Chief Executives. John previously served as Chair of the Ontario Power Authority.

Dianne Dillon-Ridgley, Board of Directors, Interface Inc.
Interfac is a global manufacturer of modular carpet and a leader in sustainable design. Dianne has more than 30 years of experience working on issues of the environment, sustainability and CSR. She is founding chair of the Women’s Network for a Sustainable Future, President of ZPG and the first U.S. member appointed to the Global Water Partnership in Stockholm, among other achievements.

Debbie Baxter, Chief Sustainability Officer, LoyaltyOne
Debbie is responsible for developing and maintaining a formal program of Corporate Responsibility at LoyaltyOne. Her accomplishments include one of the largest rooftop solar panel installations in Canada, and a much lauded employee engagement program for environmental and social programs. She has a background in finance, operations, technology, and training with former U.S. Vice President and Nobel laureate Al Gore. Debbie is a member of the Network for Business Sustainability and sits on the board of both the Nature Conservancy of Canada and Stewardship Ontario.

For more information about how you can be part of this dynamic and thought provoking event, visit or contact Yasmin Glanville, RSI Founder and President at 416-866-8803 or 416-866-8808 (e-mail: yasmin(at)rethinksustainability(dot)ca).

Media enquiries should be directed to Janet Leader (janet(at)rethinksustainability(dot)ca) or 306-450-1039.

About RSI
RSI is a hub for leaders who want to optimize sustainability and innovation for greater business and societal success. As a not-for-profit organization RSI is energized by innovative and profitable responses to evidence-based changes in our environment, economy and society. Join our action-focused journey and find answers that will help you optimize your business profitability through the power of sustainability and innovation.

About LoyaltyOne
LoyaltyOne is a global provider of customer insight and strategy, marketing and loyalty programs and customer experience management. Our roster of clients includes Fortune 1000 companies across the globe. LoyaltyOne's industry-leading associates, practical experience and proven capabilities set the benchmark of thought leadership in the loyalty market place.

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