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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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Rethinking Prosperity: Government and Business Coming Together

Chrystia Freeland, Author, Thought Leader & Canadian MP

Chrystia Freeland, Canadian MP


The economic system that we have relied on to create prosperity in the past century is beginning to fail us. We are seeing clear signs that our current economic ideology is not guiding us to sustainable prosperity. In fact, the existing system is actively contributing to an unstable climate, resource scarcity, biodiversity loss and a widening gap between the ultra-rich and everyone else.

New panelists include Dr. Blair Feltmate, University of Waterloo, and Doug Miller, CEO of GlobeScan

So we’re asking the tough question: How can we achieve prosperity AND protect our planet?

Who needs to lead the way? Are the answers to be found in corporate business strategies or in government regulation? Or both? Or neither? Is our cultural narrative of what it means to be successful sending us in the wrong direction?

How can business, government and citizens alike work together to change course towards a better future, one that is both prosperous and sustainable? AND, what approaches need to be adopted immediately to ensure that we move QUICKLY in that direction?

TWEET ME: Tweet: Join me at “Rethinking Prosperity Panel” w/ Government/Business/Academia #TSSS on Nov 12 http://ctt.ec/Fy449+ #CSR @cafreeland @globescan

On November 12th TSSS is excited to present a distinguished Panel of Experts from Government, Business and Academia to discuss how business and government can come together not only to better define prosperity but also to develop a plan for how to make it happen.

DATE: Wednesday, November 12, 2014
(registration closes November 10th)
TIME: 4:30-7:30 EST (snacks & networking from 6:45-7:30)
NEW LOCATION: University of Toronto, Banting Institute, 100 College St., Rm 131
TWITTERCHAT: #tssschat from 5:15 – 6:00 PM EST

Register Now

During the event we will explore issues related to achieving SUSTAINABLE PROSPERITY:

  • How do we reach those who believe that a successful economy and a protected environment are mutually exclusive?
  • Could government involvement act as a boon for business rather than an impediment to progress?
  • Why are governments in a debt crisis while many large corporations seem to be growing more profitable every day?
  • Why does government seem to have the needed funds to deal with a banking crisis but not a climate crisis?
  • Is the shrinking middle class really an issue or is it just part of our economic evolution?

And we will explore how we might go about creating A NEW WAY FORWARD:

  • How do we change the conversation about what Canadian prosperity looks like?
  • What is the role of the Corporate Sustainability movement in solving these problems?
  • How can companies become more impactful through their government relations channels?
  • How can individuals (e.g. students, activists, business leaders, consumers) more effectively bring their ideas forward?

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Why You Need a Sustainability Narrative

It is not enough for your company to commit to sustainability.  You must find a way to effectively tell your Sustainability Story with meaning and purpose.

Panelists at TSSS

Phillip Haid, Steven Sage, Claudio Gemmiti and Eric Whan discussion the importance of a Sustainability Narrative at TSSS

On September 30th, 2014, over 100 sustainability change agents gathered for a TSSS event at  Ryerson University’s Chang School (with almost 100 more joining via LiveStream and Twitter) to explore the idea of a “Sustainability Narrative” and its value to a company.

Crafting a Sustainability Narrative that will engage consumers was discussed by a panel of four industry experts: (Click here to read the panelists’ bios)

Click here to learn more about our upcoming event on November 12, 2014:
Rethinking Prosperity with Canadian MP, Chrystia Freeland

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Women in CSR – Canada: Founder at The Ann Duffy Group Inc.


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.

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Ann Duffy, Founder at The Ann Duffy Group Inc.

TSSS: Briefly describe the evolution of your journey in the realm of sustainability.  

Ann Duffy: My career has oscillated between running my own consulting practice (The Ann Duffy Group Inc.) and being a leader within a company (VP Sustainable Development, CH2M HILL Canada; Corporate Sustainability Officer, Vancouver 2010). In both cases, the evolution of sustainability in my work has involved finessing the development and engagement of integrated strategies, partnerships, environmental stewardship, social inclusion and responsibility, economic development and good governance. I see it as two sides of a coin – the art (connecting to our passions, values and stakeholders) and the science (bringing technical and business savvy to strategies, operations and programs).

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  • TSSS EVENT: Sport and Sustainability: A Focus on the 2015 Toronto Pan Am Games (FREE Livestream)

    Pam AM TorontoJoin TSSS on April 1st as our panel explores the power of sport to reach people and communities like nothing else can. Topics to be discussed include: Community Engagement, Sustainable Purchasing, Importance of a Clear Vision, Diversity and Inclusion, Branding and Leaving a Legacy. Learn more
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