National Quality Institute 2007 Performance Excellence Summit going "green"

    TORONTO, Oct. 21 /CNW Telbec/ - The National Quality Institute's 2007
Performance Excellence Summit and 23rd Annual Canada Awards for Excellence
ceremony October 24th will contribute to environmental sustainability by going
    Delegates will receive a USB flash drive rather than paper-filled
binders. In addition, each delegate will receive a tree to plant. Trees will
also be planted by the Tree Canada Foundation for every member of the National
Quality Institute.
    We are working to achieve a "green" conference to recognize our
environmental Responsibilities, says Allan Ebedes, President and CEO of the
National Quality Institute.
    As a result of the "green" plans, the Tree Canada Foundation has
certified the conference as carbon neutral. To promote the environmental
efforts further, the Foundation will distribute 350 live White Spruce saplings
at the conference and will also plant trees for every member.
    The National Quality Institute has chosen to partner with the Tree Canada
Foundation, says Mr. Ebedes because planting trees is one of the most
effective ways of scrubbing the air and absorbing carbon dioxide, one of the
greenhouse gases.
    The National Quality Institute is also encouraging all Canadian
organizations to submit their stories about what their organization is doing
to Go Green! These stories and ideas will be posted on NQI's associate website

    The Canada Awards for Excellence is an annual awards program to recognize
business excellence in quality, customer service, and a healthy workplace.
Since 1984 the awards have been presented to private and public sector
organizations of all sizes that display outstanding performance in the areas
of quality, customer service, and a HealthyWorkplace(R), says Allan Ebedes,
President and CEO of the National Quality Institute.

    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.

    The awards will be presented at the 2007 Performance Excellence Summit
awards dinner on Wednesday, October 24, at the Metro Toronto Convention

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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