The Sustainability Leadership Exchange: Business Leaders to Discuss Sustainable Business in Practice

A brand new forum for Canadian business men and women: Discover your power to engage in solving the problems of society and environment today.
Feb 19, 2010 12:30 PM ET

(3BL Media/theCSRfeed) Toronto, ON - February 19, 2010 - For the very first time, on Thursday, April 1, 2010 in the Toronto MaRS Discovery District Auditorium, Canadian business leaders, entrepreneurs, policy makers, and investors will come together to explore what sustainable business means in practice. Join Green Enterprise Ontario, InCourage Learning and Development and MaRS Discovery District as they bring you The Sustainability Leadership Exchange (SLX).

SLX works with thought and action leaders to stimulate the exchange of ideas and practices between participants. The goal is to actively engage participants through collaborative learning, to explore innovative, practical, profitable shifts in organizational sustainability. The Sustainability Leadership Exchange is multi-dimensional. It features keynotes, Q&A, break-out sessions, interactivity, social networking, finger-foods and cocktails. Participants will experience real-life success stories and explore possibilities for how they can help their organization make meaningful choices. “This format which creates an intersection for sustainability and cooperative learning for businesses is much-needed! Usually the issues of sustainability feel unattainable for small to medium enterprises – SLX brings them well within reach.” -Chris Jarvis, Realized Worth SLX's Keynote speakers, Jay Coen Gilbert, B Lab Co-Founder and Hardik Savalia, B-Lab Certification & Services will explain why B Corps matter, what they offer and how to become one. Attendees will learn about the over two hundred and fifty companies in the US and Canada that have voluntarily revised their bylaws to include social and ecological benefits in their definition of the shareholder value they are obliged to deliver. B Corps are not only revolutionary, but also the future of business and sustainability. Gilbert and Savalia will explain how businesses large and small, investors, policymakers and other organizations can use B Corp standards to positively impact profit, people and planet. Discover how! Learn about the leaders in social and environmental excellence who have joined the B Corp Community. B Corporations  are a new type of corporation which uses the power of business to solve social and environmental problems.  B Corporations are unlike traditional responsible businesses because they: 1) meet comprehensive and transparent social and environmental performance standards 2) Institutionalize stakeholder interests. 3) Build collective voice through the power of a unifying brand.

  DATE:           Thursday, April 1, 2010
TIME:            4:30 – 5:00 pm Networking (and light supper)
                     5:00 – 7:30 pm Keynotes and Group Discussions 
                     7:30 – 8:00 pm Networking (and light supper)
VENUE:         MaRS Discovery District Auditorium
                        101 College @ University         MaRS is where science, technology and social entrepreneurs get the help they need. Where all kinds of people meet to spark new ideas. And where a global reputation for innovation is being earned, one success story at a time. 

PRICE:          $45.00 Early Registration Rate (until March 1st) 
                     $55.00 after March 1st 

Presented By: InCourage ( Incourage: Learning & Development “Generating the Courage in Individuals for Sustained Performance in Organizations.” InCourage transforms companies by bringing out the best in their people. Through unique, tailored learning processes, we help your people tap into the courage they need to change and grow. The result is engaged employees, effective teams and inspirational leaders who support a culture of innovation and long-term success. InCourage works as trusted advisors to our clients - companies who strive to be leaders in their field and role models to the world.   Green Enterprise Ontario (GEO) (
GEO envisions a sustainable society which balances the three pillars of people (social equity), planet (healthy environment) and the economy (long-term prosperity) and commits to meeting the needs of the present without compromising the ability of future generations to meet their own needs. GEO is an inclusive organization that works with businesses of all types, sizes and current levels of sustainability.  (We believe all businesses can and should develop increasing levels of sustainable business practices and if properly engaged they will continue to work with us in achieving this objective.     MaRS Discovery District ( MaRS is where science, technology and social entrepreneurs get the help they need. Where all kinds of people meet to spark new ideas. And where a global reputation for innovation is being earned, one success story at a time.   In Collaboration with:   3BL Media ( 3BL Media iscommitted to the Triple Bottom Line: people, planet, profit. Our mission is to advance and promote Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) and Sustainability through effective communications. Using social media, blogs, and Web 3.0 interactivity, your commitment and dedication to the Triple Bottom Line has the potential to reach and influence millions of people.

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  Think Green Alliance (
The Think Green Alliance is a community of businesses and organizations that are committed to providing environmentally and economically sustainable services, products and goods. As of February 2009, the Alliance membership represents a total of 159.7 billion dollars of annual global revenues and over 250,000 full-time employees.   Corporate Knights (
Corporate Knights Magazine, the magazine for clean capitalism, is published 4 times per year by Corporate Knights Inc. The mission of Corporate Knights is to humanize the marketplace by making it easier for people to know the environmental and social impacts of their marketplace decisions; by showcasing the leaders and innovators, and by bringing together key decision makers from all sectors to identify common snse solutions that make the market work better for the environment, society and economy.