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TORONTO, Feb. 9 /CNW/ - Canadian Management Centre, which has been providing outstanding training and professional development since 1963, today announced the appointment of John Wright as President and Managing Director.

Mr. Wright succeeds Greg Breen, who retired in December.

"We're delighted that a leader of John Wright's accomplishments has joined Canadian Management Centre," said Edward T. Reilly, President and CEO of American Management Association International, with which Canadian Management Centre is affiliated. "John has the experience, energy and vision to guide the organization into a compelling new era."

"I'm honoured and excited to be a part of Canada's leading training and professional development organization," said Mr. Wright, who has more than 25 years of senior level experience in business-to-business and business-to-consumer professional services. He served as President of Wunderman Canada, and as a Senior Vice President and a member of the Executive Committee of LoyaltyOne, the creator and manager of the AIR MILES Reward Program.

"The Canadian Management Centre brand means excellence, " said Mr. Wright. "Our clients include such organizations as CIBC, Imperial Oil, the City of Calgary, Shoppers Drug Mart and NAV Canada. Last year, more than 15,000 Canadians enrolled in our public and customized programs for business."

Mr. Wright is clear about his goals for the Canadian Management Centre.

"My objectives are to reinforce our reputation, and build on the potential we have here," he said. "The opportunities are endless, because learning is an endless demand business."

A self-described "long-term student," Mr. Wright believes that "high-quality training is essential for organizations committed to ensuring productivity, developing talent, and acquiring and retaining employees."

"A coherent learning strategy," he states, "is the killer business app of the decade."

Mr. Wright has a passion for education.

He earned a Bachelor of Commerce degree from the University of Toronto and an MBA from York University, Schulich School of Business, and has extensive experience as an educator and facilitator.

For four years, he was Chair of the Education Committee of the Canadian Marketing Association, leading the way to the creation of Canada's first marketing industry certification program. To date, more than 1,700 professionals have completed the program.

He was a facilitator with the Institute of Communication Agencies for seven years, and currently serves as a Faculty Advisor with the organization's new Masters Certificate in Brand Communications.

About Canadian Management Centre

For 48 years, Canadian Management Centre has provided professional development and management education that improves immediate performance and long-term results.

The organization provides open enrollment courses and customized learning solutions across Canada, including Toronto, Ottawa, Montreal, Calgary, Edmonton, Regina, Saskatoon and Vancouver.

Canadian Management Centre is affiliated with the American Management Association International Network, a global not-for-profit organization that provides a full range of management development and educational services to individuals, companies and government agencies worldwide.

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