TSSS EVENT: CSR and Bay/Wall Street...Why the Disconnect? (FREE Livestream)

Ian McPherson

Join TSSS on February 5th as a distinguished panel from Bay Street explores why investors are not rewarding CSR leaders with higher stock valuations and what can we do about it.  Learn more


Brad’s goal is to build knowledge and cooperation among sustainability advocates. His vision is to effect change in the way that business is conducted.

Brad is the Founder and President of the Toronto Sustainability Speaker Series (TSSS). Now in its 8th year, TSSS is widely recognized as Canada’s premiere forum for dialogue and problem solving among sustainability professionals. Each year over 1000 sustainability change agents attend TSSS events to exchange ideas and delve into trends, risks and opportunities that are presented by our shifting business model. Brad is often considered to be a “tribal” leader in the sustainability movement; he is a connector of people and ideas. Brad has a Masters in Environmental Studies from York University in Toronto and regularly writes and speaks on the topic of corporate sustainability.

Articles by Brad

Sustainability Top 30 Under 30 Nomination

According to the United Nations, nearly a third of the world’s population falls into the “youth” category. It’s imperative, the global agency says, that youth from all parts of the world participate actively in all levels of decision-making related to sustainable development. “It affects their lives today and has implications for their futures.”

Just as important is that their voice is heard and their actions are recognized.
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Women in CSR – Canada: Mary Ann Sayers, Ricoh Canada Inc., Director of Corporate Responsibility and Community Relations


Welcome to the TSSS Series on Canadian Women in CSR. Learn about their journeys, discover what inspires them and explore how they’re making a difference through their careers in sustainability. Please follow the link to read about other exceptional Canadian Women in CSR.

Mary Ann Sayers: Director of CSR and Community Relations, Ricoh Canada Inc.

Mary Ann Sayers: Director of Corporate Responsibility & Community Relations,
Ricoh Canada Inc.

TSSS: Briefly describe your current role and responsibilities and how many years you’ve been in the business.

Mary Ann Sayers: I have held various leadership roles within Ricoh Canada Inc. for close to 14 years. In 2011 I wrote the CSR strategy to broaden our existing policy so it would better serve our community, our customers and our employees.

In 2012, I began a Certificate Program in CSR at The University of St. Michael’s College. This helped me to better articulate Ricoh’s CSR activities (e.g. zero-to-landfill philosophy, extensive history of environmental concern) and to refine our CSR strategy so that it assumed a more tangible structure within our business. This resulted in the creation of our Corporate Sustainability and Community Relations department. As the leader of that department I am responsible for our ongoing CSR Strategy and execution efforts. A key part of my approach is to ensure that there is a solid succession plan in place so that this area of our business continues will continue to grow.

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Bay/Wall Street and Sustainability: Does your CSR Report Resonate with Investors?

BREAKING NEWS: Sustainable Business Practices Dramatically Boost Stock Valuations

Did you read this title and think, “it’s about time?”  Unfortunately, the title is more future prediction than current fact. Bay/Wall Street often fails to appreciate the proven bottom line benefits of sustainable business practices.  But on February 5th TSSS is excited to launch its 2015 season with a distinguished panel of experts that will discuss how corporations can have their sustainable development (SD) work more accurately reflected in their stock valuation.

Ask yourself:

Does your company’s CSR Report resonate with the investment community? Does it tell analysts and money managers the information that they need to know? Is the information actionable for immediate investment decisions? At the end of the day, are your sustainability efforts reflected in your company’s stock price?  If the answer is NO and the capital markets are not rewarding your sustainability efforts then this event is for you.

Tweet Me: Join me at “Bay/Wall St. & Sustainability” where we ask the experts: “Does your CSR Report Resonate w/ Money Managers?” #TSSStweets on Feb 5

Distinguished Guests:

Ian McPherson

Ian McPherson


Martin Grosskopf

Julie Desjardins

Julie Desjardins






Moderator: Dr. Blair Feltmate, Associate Professor and Director of Sustainability Practice, University of Waterloo

Loyalty OneDATE: Thursday, February 5, 2015 (registration closes February 3rd)
TIME: 4:30-7:30 EST (snacks & networking from 6:45-7:30)
LOCATION: Loyalty One, 438 University Ave., 12th Floor, Toronto (use elevators on the left in the lobby)
TWITTERCHAT: #tssschat from 5:15 – 6:00 PM EST
LIVESTREAM available: Register for password

Register Now

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(VIDEO) GDP is so 20th century – Social Progress is the metric of the 21st century. Congrats Canada for being #1 among the G7

social-progress-index“Our fetish for economic growth has led us astray”

We need a better way to measure our societies, a measure based on the real things that matter to real people. Do I have enough to eat? Can I read and write? Am I safe? Do I have rights? Do I live in a society where I’m not discriminated against? Is my future and the future of my children prevented from environmental destruction? These are questions that GDP does not and cannot answer- it’s time for the Social Progress Index.

Please visit the original TED link here.

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(Video) Comparing the voyage of the Titanic to our current approach to climate change

titanicChinese Proverb: “If we do not change our direction, most likely we will end up where we are headed.”

It doesn’t look like our approach to climate change is much different than the maiden voyage of the Titanic AND we know how that ended – 1500 people died, 68% of the people aboard.

This video is courtesy of http://www.carbonfix.it/

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