TORONTO, Oct. 26, 2012 /CNW/ - CIMA (Chartered Institute of Management Accountants) is set to host an innovative discussion on the issue of Corporate Sustainability. The conference will bring together business leaders and experts in the field of corporate sustainability to discuss from a business and finance perspective if there is business case for sustainability in Canada.
CIMA President Gulzari Babber FCMA, CGMA will deliver the opening remarks. He will be followed by the key note speaker Jim Harris who is one of North America's foremost authors and thinkers on change, leadership and strategic and sustainable business.
Following the key note speech, there will be a round table discussion Chaired by Diane Francis, Editor-at-Large for the National Post and Distinguished Visiting Professor at Ryerson University. Other participants include Valerie Chort, Partner and leader of the Sustainability and Climate Change Services, Deloitte Canada, Pavi Binning, President of George Weston Limited and Laurent Tainturier, President of BASF Canada.
Amal Ratnayake, Chair of CIMA Canada stated:
" For too long in Canada the prevalent ethos has been that sustainable business is at best a 'feel good' issue and at worst 'green washing.' I believe that this conference will build upon the innovative research that CIMA has undertaken and show that sustainability will increasingly be viewed as a fundamental part of business strategy and will be necessary for profitability. CIMA is committed to ground breaking research and to helping members progress in an increasingly competitive business environment."
"CIBC is pleased to be a sponsor of this conference. Corporate Sustainability is a relevant issue in business today," said Robert Hughes, Vice-President, Corporate and Operational Risk Management, CIBC. "CIBC's strategic imperative is to deliver consistent, sustainable earnings over the long term. That same philosophy of consistency and sustainability also guides our conduct in the broader scope of our activities. At CIBC, we recognize that good business and environmental responsibility go hand in hand. Our success as a company depends on a sustainable economy, which in turn contributes to a healthy environment for our, clients, employees, and communities."
The conference will take place on Tuesday, October 30, 2012 at 2:30pm - 5:30pm with a cocktail reception to follow from 5.30pm to 7.30pm. The conference will be held at the Auditorium, The MaRS Collaboration Centre, 101 College St., Toronto, Ontario.
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