National Quality Institute - Opportunity to see one of Canada's first Green Conferences

    TORONTO, Oct. 19 /CNW/ - The National Quality Institute considers the
forthcoming 2007 Performance Excellence Summit and 23rd Annual Canada Awards
for Excellence ceremony to be among the first in Canada to respond to "green"
environmental objectives.
    Delegates will receive a USB flash drive rather than paper-filled
binders. In addition, each delegate will receive a tree to plant, and trees
will also be planted for every member of the National Quality Institute.
    The awards will be presented at the 2007 Performance Excellence Summit
awards dinner on Wednesday, October 24 at the Metro Toronto Convention Centre.
    As a result of the "green plans", the conference has received a
carbon-neutral certification from Trees Canada.
    Allan Ebedes, President and CEO of the National Quality Institute will be
available to receive calls and schedule interviews during the weekend and on
Monday, October 22.
    Awards will be presented to 21 Canadian organizations for outstanding
achievements in quality, customer service, and a HealthyWorkplace(R).
    Kevin Dougherty, Board Chairman of the National Quality Institute and
President of Sun Life Financial, Canada, says the award recipients represent
outstanding role models of effectiveness and leadership. Mr. Dougherty added
that the recipients, and more than 270 members of the National Quality
Institute, are making a positive impact on the growth of the Canadian economy.
    The Canada Awards for Excellence is an annual awards program to recognize
business excellence in quality, customer service, and a HealthyWorkplace(R).
Since 1984, the awards have been presented to private and public sector
organizations of all sizes that are world class, says Allan Ebedes, President
and CEO of the National Quality Institute. In 2004, the Small Business and
Education awards categories were added, and in 2006 the Order of Excellence
was introduced.

    The National Quality Institute is a not-for-profit, independent
organization whose goal is to help Canadian private and public sector
organizations to implement programs in excellence and a HealthyWorkplace(R).
Today, Canadian organizations and businesses increasingly recognize that a
healthy workplace helps to attract and retain staff. The National Quality
Institute works with organizations to manage self-assessment activities,
review business processes, and develop improvement programs.

For further information:

For further information: Allan Ebedes, President and CEO National
Quality Institute, (416) 251-7600 - ext 233; Bob Whitelaw, Coordinator
Outreach and Awareness Office, (613) 565-9778, Cell (613) 799-2299

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