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What is the future of Ontario’s Growing Green Economy?

What will the future of sustainable business look like in Ontario?

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As the Paris Climate Summit approaches, there is growing global consensus that achieving a low-carbon economic future is critical for the continued viability of our planet. It is one of the foremost challenges and opportunities of this century – for Ontario, for Canada and for the world.

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5 truths about the current discourse on Volkswagen and CSR

The fact that people break the law is a fact. It’s not always preventable. That’s not about sustainability. Sometimes it’s just breaking the law.

It’s just incredible how everyone is jumping down the throat of sustainability and sustainability reporting as a result of the Volkswagen crimes against emissions. Is the sustainability movement so fragile that the deliberate fraudulent behavior of one corporation can disrupt the credibility of thousands of corporations that are making genuine efforts to act ethically, responsibly and … wow, even legally? The first thing many people are saying now that Volkswagen is down the tubes is: “Aha, vindicated at last, that’s the end of CSR. Just look at Volkswagen’s last Sustainability Report. What a waste of paper. This just proves that CSR is all a big waste of time. It’s about time we started refocusing on business and leaving out the sustainability PR stuff.”

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Breaking Down Silos: How Accountants and Sustainability Professionals Are Collaborating to Reduce Risks and Maximize Opportunities

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The Sustainability Team cannot do it alone!

The time has come to break down the barriers that prevent organizations from moving quickly on the challenges and opportunities presented by climate change and other sustainability issues. At our next event you will hear firsthand from those who are succeeding.

On October 1st TSSS will host a panel of experts including Robert Siddall, the CFO of Metrolinx, Mike Valente from the Schulich School of BusinessJennifer Ash, VP Finance and Operations at Frontiers North Adventures and just announced, Antoine Belaieff, Director of Regional Planning at Metrolinx. Panelists will share insights into how collaboration between finance and sustainability teams can reduce risk and increase profitability.

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Ask yourself:

  • Have you ever failed to get support for a sustainability initiative because you couldn’t establish the right metrics to make your case?
  • Have you ever wished that you had a finance department ally?
  • Are you frustrated by the lack of cohesion for driving sustainable change within your organization?
  • Have you ever tried to make a case for supply chain challenges or revenue shortfalls that are glaring risks but you lacked the support you needed from finance?

If you answered YES to any to these questions then this event is for you.

Distinguished Guests (see full bios below):

Robert Siddall. CFO at Metrolinx

Mike Valente, Schulich School of Buiness

Jennifer ASH

Jennifer Ash, Frontiers North Adventures





Some of the topics that we will explore include:

  • What role do accountants play in identifying and managing the risks and opportunities of climate change?
  • How are silos being torn down when accountants and sustainability professionals work together?
  • What do case studies by Canada’s national accounting body show about the role finance is playing to support organizations as they adapt to climate change?
  • What are the secrets to using the finance team to boost your company’s sustainability initiatives?

Where and When:

Loyalty OneDATE: Thursday, October 1st, 2015 (registration closes Friday September 25th)
TIME: 4:30-7:30 PM (snacks & networking from 6:45-7:30 PM)
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


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Businesses (still) discriminate against women

The need to create a society in which fair and equal opportunity for women exists is no less acute than it ever was. And that, apparently, takes longer than a day.

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So. Another International Women’s Day has come and gone. Celebrating the achievements of women. Doesn’t do much for me, I have to say. The implication is that it’s sort of amazing or even surprising that women achieve anything at all. Unlike men, for whom achievement is apparently quite natural as they don’t have a Day all to themselves, international or otherwise. International Women’s Day to me is quite unnecessary. As a woman, wife, mother, business-owner and yes, achiever, in my own modest way, I don’t really need a Day. I am happy to celebrate my own achievements in my own way whenever I feel I want to.

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Telling a Sustainability Story? What to do and what NOT to do.

Everybody loves a list, right? Right.

Well, here’s mine – a 46-point manifesto-like checklist for anybody looking to communicate corporate sustainability. It’s not rocket science. But as the following pointers suggest, there’s every opportunity to get it wrong and a plethora of reasons to get it right.

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