CBSR Hosts 8th Annual Summit on Corporate Social Responsibility


TORONTO: As companies around the globe work to embed sustainability into their corporate cultures, collaboration is emerging as a key lever for addressing these complex challenges. This year’s Summit, themed Collaborating for Sustainable Change, will highlight how Canadian businesses can address their CSR challenges through collaboration with internal and external partners, driving improved performance and innovation.

WHAT: CBSR’s 8th Annual Summit on Corporate Social Responsibility Collaborating for Sustainable Change: New Approaches to Accelerate Innovation

WHEN:     Thursday, October 21, 2010, 8:30a.m – 5:15p.m.
Members of the media are welcome to attend all sessions.

WHERE:    Le Meridien King Edward Hotel
37 King Street East, Toronto

Through a series of panel sessions (including a CEO panel), presentations and interactive discussions, conference attendees will focus on topics including: shaking up traditional business practices; new models for working with external stakeholders; and, tapping into grassroots employee energy.

The Summit will feature many leading Canadian and international business executives and experts, including Dr. Karl-Henrik Robèrt, Founder of The Natural Step and Dr. Graham Baxter, Acting CEO, International Business Leaders Forum. Other featured speakers include:

Claude Ouimet, Senior Vice President & General Manager, InterfaceFLOR
Canada and Latin America (Summit Chair)
Jose Francisco Arata, President and Executive Director, Pacific
Rubiales Energy Corp.
Tim Brown, President and CEO, Nestlé Canada
Tania Carnegie, National Director, Community Leadership, KPMG Canada
Robert Dutton, President & CEO, RONA Inc.
Dr. Rafi Hofstein, President & CEO, MaRS Innovation
Nikos Koumettis, President, Coca-Cola Canada
David Labistour, CEO, Mountain Equipment Co-op
Avrim Lazar, President and CEO, Forest Products Association of Canada
Nicholas Parker, Executive Chairman, Cleantech Group
Mike Pedersen, Group Head, Corporate Operations, TD Bank Financial Group
Andrew Pelletier, Vice-President of Corporate Affairs & Sustainability, Wal-Mart Canada
Brenda Stasuik, Director, Corporate Social Responsibility, Farm
Credit Canada
Barbara Turley-McIntyre, Director of Sustainability and Corporate
Citizenship, The Co-operators Group Limited
Jean Vavrek, Executive Director, Canadian Institute of Mining,
Metallurgy and Petroleum

CBSR Annual Summit
Now in its eight year, the CBSR Annual Summit is Canada’s premier conference on Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR). Annually it brings together Canada’s top executives and experts from leading companies to highlight initiatives on how to integrate CSR into corporate strategy, while covering current trends, policies and programs that can influence future business innovation. To view the Summit agenda, please visit:

2010 Summit Sponsors: AstraZeneca, Cenovus Energy, Sustainable Forestry Initiative, TD Canada Trust, Bullfrog Power, The Co-operators Group Limited, Hunter Dickinson, InterfaceFLOR, Loblaw Companies Limited, Pinchin Environmental, Turning Technologies Canada, Talisman Energy, 3BL Media, Encana Natural Gas, Hewitt Associates, Hill & Knowlton Canada

Canadian Business for Social Responsibility
Founded in 1995, Canadian Business for Social Responsibility (CBSR) is a non-profit, member-led organization that mobilized Canadian companies to make powerful decisions that improve performance and contribute to a better world.

The globally recognized source for corporate social responsibility in Canada, CBSR is the Canadian representative in a world-wide network committed to corporate social responsibility.

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For further information: To arrange for a media pass to attend the Summit or schedule an interview with CBSR and conference speakers, please contact: Lindsay Mack, Hill & Knowlton Canada, (416) 413-4771,; Miriam Sherkey, Hill & Knowlton Canada, (416) 413-4732,

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