SPM brings world-class leadership training programs to Canada.

    Improved leadership skills help organizations capitalize on their
    strategic initiatives.

    TORONTO, Jan. 16 /CNW/ - SPM Group Ltd., of Toronto Ontario, announces a
partnership agreement with Barnes & Conti Associates Inc., of Berkeley
California, to provide their world-class leadership training programs in
    "The Barnes & Conti leadership programs complement our existing
curriculum for Program and Project Management," says Dan Pelletier, Vice
President Business Development for SPM Group. "As many of our clients grow and
mature in the area of Strategic Management they develop a need for persuasive
leadership skills."
    Barnes & Conti courses provide superior leadership competency development
through research based courses that are designed for practical application.
Courses are supported with extensive materials, online tools, and are
delivered through certified professional facilitators.
    The Barnes & Conti leadership programs focus on: Strategic Thinking,
Influence & Communications, Innovation and Risk-Taking, Change Management,
Conflict Resolution, Negotiating & Debating, and Leadership Development.
    "One of our foundation courses, Exercising Influence(TM) - Building
Relationships and Getting Results, is considered the world's most widely used
influence skills training program and is taught to more than 10,000
participants every year," says Carter Serrett, Vice President Sales &
Marketing for Barnes & Conti.

    SPM Group is a Canadian market leader in the area of strategic initiative
management. The training and learning solutions division provides a wide range
of training services to mid and large sized corporations, all levels of
government, and not for profit health agencies.
    SPM's other divisions provide management consulting services for strategy
execution, and contract staffing and outsourcing services for program and
project management.

    Barnes & Conti is a provider of corporate training services and
organization development consulting. Founded in 1985, the company has
developed a suite of thirteen training programs in the areas of interpersonal
communication, leadership, and strategic thinking.
    Barnes & Conti has offices in Berkeley and Philadelphia, and works with a
network of partners in Australia, Canada, England, France, Germany, Ireland,
Israel, Lithuania, Mexico, Poland, Singapore, and South Korea.

For further information:

For further information: SPM Group Ltd.: Dan Pelletier, Vice President
Business Development, 1200 Sheppard Avenue East, Suite LL02, Toronto, ON M2K
5S2, (888) 776-3886 ext 236, (905) 485-9486 Fax, dpelletier@spmgroup.ca,
www.spmgroup.ca; Barnes & Conti Associates, Inc.: Carter Serrett, Vice
President Sales & Marketing, (800) 835-0911, cserrett@barnesconti.com,

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