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Apr 07

Transition Barrie in cooperation with The Greater Barrie Chamber of Commerce/BASE3 and the City of Barrie, are pleased to offer this ‘must attend’ forum on building resilience into your business.

DATE: Thursday April 7th, 2011
TIME: 4pm to 7pm
LOCATION: Southshore Community Centre
ADDRESS: 205 Lakeshore Drive, Barrie   
PRICE: FREE - attendees are encouraged to bring a donation of a non-perishable food item for the Grocery Assistance Program
REGISTER: Seating for this event is limited; please register using the form below.

“Greening your business is not about ‘Saving the Planet’; it’s about improving your bottom line”

Keynote speaker: Bob Willard, Business Executive, Teacher, Author, & Sustainability Champion -

Special Guest Speaker: Sue McKee, Entrepreneur, Facilitator, Coach, & Resiliency Champion -

The agenda will also include presentations by local cost reduction specialists on improving efficiencies in multiple aspects of your business that can improve your profitability.

Bob Willard is a leading expert on quantifying and selling the business value of corporate sustainability strategies and has given hundreds of keynote presentations to corporate, government, university, and NGO audiences. Bob applies his business and leadership experience from his 34-year career at IBM Canada to engage the business community in proactively avoiding risks and capturing  opportunities associated with environmental and social issues.

He has authored three books: The Sustainability Advantage (2002), The Next Sustainability Wave (2005), and The Sustainability Champion’s Guidebook (2009). In addition, his two DVDs, two spreadsheets, numerous webinars, and extensive Master Slide Set provide capacity-building resources for champions of sustainability. They provide quantified business justification for embracing sustainability strategies and proven guidance on how to transform organizations to sustainable enterprises.

Bob is on the advisory boards of The Natural Step Canada, Learning for a Sustainable Future, and Durham Sustain Ability, and is a member of the International Society of Sustainability Professionals (ISSP), the Education Alliance for a Sustainable Ontario, and the Durham Region Roundtable on Climate Change (DRRCC).

He has a BSc from McGill University (1964), and an MEd (2000) and PhD (2005) from the University of Toronto.
A resident of Ontario, Bob is the proud owner of two hybrid cars: a Honda Accord Hybrid and a Honda Civic Hybrid.

Sue McKee is a strategic futurist who partners with leaders and citizens to create resilient people systems. Holding sustainable living and sustainable business a priority, Sue draws on expertise in relationship systems, values-driven cultures, and change management to build purposeful organizations and communities that excel in collaboration, communication, and commitment to their noble cause.

Sue is a Certified Professional Co-Active Coach through The Coaches Training Institute. She is also an experienced trainer and facilitator, as a trained specialist in the Cultural Transformation Tools® , the Team Diagnostic® Program, and the Transition Town Movement. Additionally, Sue utilizes her training in relationship systems coaching and various human consciousness evolution models to apply a systems approach to every challenge, and help guide leaders and groups through the next stage of their personal and professional growth.

Sue spent 14 years in cross-functional roles within Unilever Canada, drawing on her Bachelor of Science Degree in chemistry and her MBA. Sue’s work experience in marketing, sales, internal audit and innovation provides her with a well-rounded experience base from which to coach and lead organizations and communities toward a more sustainable and resilient future.


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