Testimonials

Who is Attending Our Programs & What are they Saying?Testimonials3

Over the years, the Sustainability Learning Centre has had over 1,000 companies attend our programs from organizations all over the world.  We are working with our partners (see below) to develop a Body of Knowledge for Sustainability & CSR and set up a system for Certification.

Some of the Participating Companies in SLC Programs include:

  • Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada
  • Appleby CollegeNBS_Logo_CMYK_ENG
  • BC Biomedical Laboratories
  • Behr Process Corporation
  • Bell Canada
  • Bentall Kennedy
  • Bentall LP
  • BROAN NUTONE CANADA INC.
  • Campbell Auditing Services Inc.
  • Canadian Business for Social ResponsibilityCBSR_logo_E_ASO_web
  • Carou Consulting
  • Chevron
  • City of Cambridge
  • City of Ottawa
  • City of PickeringNatural_Step_Exchange_logo
  • City of Toronto
  • College of the North Atlantic
  • Concordia University
  • Conservation Ontario
  • Cooper-Standard Automotive
  • Cyprea Sustainability
  • Duke Energy InternationalISSPLogo
  • Ecojustice
  • Electrical Safety Authority
  • Enbridge Gas
  • Energy Advantage
  • Engineers Canada
  • Enviro-Stewards Inc.
  • ERM
  • Essex Energy Corporation
  • Farm Credit Canada
  • First Environment
  • Fonterra Australia
  • Grand & Toy
  • Green for Life
  • Heritage Gas
  • HP
  • Hydro One Networks
  • Independent Consultant
  • Indigo Books & Musin Inc.
  • Integral Consulting Inc
  • International Centre
  • Lanxess Corporation
  • LCBO
  • LoyaltyOne
  • Maidstone Bakeries
  • Maple Lodge Farms Ltd.
  • Mastronardi Produce
  • McInnes Cooper
  • McMaster University
  • Memorial University of Newfoundland
  • Metro Toronto Convention Centre
  • Ministry of Northern Development, Mines and Forestry
  • Municipality of Chester
  • NGC
  • NovaGold Resources
  • NSF International
  • Ontario Ministry of Environment
  • Ontario Natural Food Co-op
  • Ontario Realty Corporation
  • Orland Conservation
  • Plan Canada
  • Port of Houston Authority
  • Powersmiths
  • PSC
  • Pure + simple
  • Purolator Inc.
  • RBC Royal Bank
  • Region of Peel
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  • Rogers Communications Inc.
  • Sagamok First Nation
  • Sask. Environmental Society
  • Schulich School of Business
  • Sheridan College
  • Sheridan Institute of Technology and Advanced Learning
  • Sobeys
  • Stantec
  • Suncor Energy Inc.
  • Suncor Energy Inc.
  • Sustainability Edge Solutions
  • TD Bank
  • The Delphi Group
  • The Eco-Logical Network
  • ThinkSustain Consulting
  • Toronto and Region Conservation
  • Toronto Transit Commission
  • Town of Caledon
  • Town of Markham
  • Trent University
  • Turtle Island Recycling
  • UNEP
  • Union Gas
  • University of Guelph
  • University of Ottawa
  • University of Waterloo
  • UPS PE Corportate Sustainability
  • Walmart Canada
  • Watters Environmental Group
  • YMCA
  • York University
  • Your Nature
  • Zerofootprint

Here is what some of our participants say:

testimonials2"I really enjoyed your course, it was one of the best I have attended and have recommended your programs to others," says Shirley Marsh, a Planner at the Sustainability Office in Markham. Shirley particularly liked how we discussed the issues from all angles -- academic, professional, practical, and public.

Our way of looking at all angles is a component of Systems Thinking and part of our Pedagogy of Sustainability, also known as Sustainability Focused Learning. Each of our programs intentionally incorporates:

  • Systems, Critical and Futures Thinking
  •  Experiential Learning
  •  Dialogical and peer based learning
  •  Double Loop Learning
  •  Communities of Practice
  •  The development of Green Core Competencies

Other Testimonials:

Green/Sustainability Project Management

  • "Totally loved it! I look forward to taking more courses in the future. Really appreciate Dave & Rich, their commitment to sustainability and the format of their teaching."
  • "This workshop helped me get a sense of what level of understanding and experience I have relative to other people and to better understand the current status and trends in integrating sustainability."
  • "Very positive experience. Would certainly consider more courses with the Sustainability Learning Centre."
  • "I wasn't sure what to expect out of this workshop. I thought it was a good combination of project management, and green - especially for those who are not familiar with PM practices."
  • "I'm not a project manager, but will still be able to apply Project Management principles - such as creating Work Breakdown structure. Also ways to integrate greenality into every stop of the process."
  • "The speakers presented specific ways to insert environmental considerations into common project documents."
  • "With two subject matter experts in both established project management and in the trending of sustainability as a business strategy. Combine that with an open and supportive learning environment, complimented with a published resource to take home, makes for a very rich and creative learning environment."
  • "Greenality' is the catch phrase for years to come! Great way to learn how to integrate sustainability into any project."
  • Dave and Rich certainly have a pulse on the rapidly developing field of green project management and I feel privileged to have had the opportunity to take this course with them.
  • "Rick and Dave's course provides you with a short cut on how to integrate sustainability in project management. If you are confused about sustainability risks, as opposed to other project risks, this is the course you need to take."
  • "This course is a great way for those in the green industry to learn how to combine their knowledge into project management."
  • "Great class for new project managers to get on board with project management concepts and to get their feet wet related to modern day sustainability concerns on a wide range of projects areas."

Life Cycle Assessment For Products, Processes & Services

"The workshop is an excellent introduction to life cycle analysis concepts and practice"

"Wonderful! Very informative, it got me thinking about all the complex uncertainties that come with evaluating and reporting the environmental footprint of products & services."

"This program provided me with an excellent understanding of the LCA process, strengths and limitations".

"Excellent instruction. Jean-Francois really knows his stuff. I liked the practical examples and applications that he has worked on."

"Would recommend it for anyone developing, designing or marketing products."

ISO 26000 (Social Responsibility)

"I really liked Sandra's perspective on the ISO 26000."

"The variety of speakers was great, lots of chances for input."

"For me, the material is very new, and not something I was familiar with, as I don't work in the SR field. I did find it very useful as a means to be introduced to the area. I did feel that I was able to contribute much to the discuss though."

"It was great, and I have a great depth of learning to do in the field, I appreciate the webinars a lot."

"The workshop was very well organized and delivered."

"Very rich content."

"I enjoyed the experience. I found that there was valuable learning in the case studies presented and in the comments of other participants."

"Good workshop. Able to see how much my org. was really doing around CSR."

"I found the timing of each of the four different sessions to be well-managed."

"Sustainability Learning Centre offers an incredible ongoing array of webinars which making company and individual growth as easy as logging on to your computer!"

"A great course! It creates a good understanding of the connection between organizational management systems and how social responsibility can be included in these systems." (Jan Schwarz)

Industrial Ecology Workshop

"The course provided a good balance of theoretical and practical concepts in IE. I really liked the breif overviews of case studies. I can follow up if I need to. The interactive Webex Forum and Tracy's use of interactive exercises was great. The whiteboard was neat!! Tracy and Kathryn made a great expert / facilitator team."  Shannon Logan, Project Manager, Toronto and Region Conservation Authority

Sustainability Strategy Workshop

"A great workshop for those who feel they are the lone voice in talking about sustainability."  Perry DeBruhl, Engineer, Rudolph/Libbe Inc.

"It helped me to conceptualize and verbalize what I need to do to move forward in sustainable actions."  Mary Shields, East Wellington Chamber of Commerce  

Measuring and Reporting your Carbon Footprint

"A highly informative discussion and overview on GHG reporting that provides a thorough understanding of the principles and practices of GHG reporting, planning and management." Andrew Service, VP Finance, Dare Foods

"Very interesting, my first webinar, very productive."

"I enjoyed the group learning and different active exercises,Community of Practice, assignments, additional reading."

"Steve and Kathryn's willingness to continue the dialogue and learning offline was helpful."

"Well laid out! Doing the hands on exercises made everything more real."

"By the end of the course, I realized I had gained knowledge of the policy context for GHG management and the tools and resources I needed for reducing institutional emissions. I learned lots!" Ellen Field.

Facilitating Transformational Change I & II

"It was valuable to affirm how important it is to take time for reflection, self development and how leadership reflects on the whole."

"The beauty of this program, I find, is the contextualisation of the true meaning of Sustainability."

"It highlighted the need for me to keep on working on obstacles to leadership. Fantastic."

"I found the principles and models really solid, the topics discussed very interesting and profound."

"It was an ambitious topic and was well handled."

"Dana was an excellent facilitator. The sessions were so well designed."

"The frame work, visuals, explanations and extra source materials were very good."

"This was a very valuable course that reminded me of the critical interconnections between personal change and social change."

"This Course gives you an opportunity to deepen the relationship you have with sustainability, for now and the future." Diana

"I was absolutely beyond impressed with the workshop. I did not quite know what to expect and ended up finding each moment valuable."

"I loved it. Like a little haven in my work day."

"This course has provided me with the ability to stop and think within a very busy day; to truly return to a moment. I have been given insight and tools into how to productively incorporate my aspirations and emotions into my daily life." Hazel Sutton

"This course is a great tool for all 'Changemakers and Bringers of the Light'. When you consider 'being a Changemaker' to be your craft- than this course is working 'on' your craft, instead of just working 'in it'.The result is your 'interbeing' with it!" Kathy Stankievech

"Eventually, it's by being loyal to myself that I better serve others." That's the truth I've experienced during that webinar. Dana Pearlman and Kathryn Cooper's learnings and insights on sustainable leadership were tremendous. Today I'm 'looking' for the authentic shot and I can feel it is not too far. Thank you so much for your deep commitment to make leaders better or more connected human beings. I will share this goodness and carry it with/in me for a while.

"This course gave me a reason to slow down and reflect in the business of this work."

Employee Engagement for Sustainability

"I thought no course can introduce, go in depth, and apply the subject, all at the same time. Then I found Sustainability Learning Centre with a variety of courses like that. Recommending it to everyone!" - Samir Selmanovic, New York City
 
"The course is a great learning opportunity - and assures oneself that a lot of people care about sustainability." - Jan Schwarz, Germany
 
"I liked that the sessions dug deeper into rationale behind sustainabiltiy engagement and focused on 'how to' in terms of implementation." - Wendy Firlotte, Stantec

Customized Training & In-house Programs:testimonials

Employee Engagement Lunch & Learn for Metro Hall Green Team

The Metro Hall Green Team was fortunate to have Kathryn hold a lunch and learn on the topic of "Tips, Techniques and Best Practices for Employee Engagement for Sustainability". Kathryn is obviously passionate about sustainability, and can capture an audience with her professionalism, extensive experience, and knowledge.
 
"She presented information in a new light, like a breath of fresh air; that is also tailored and speaks directly to the audience at hand. I highly recommend Kathryn and we welcome her back anytime." Dorothy Chao, Renewable Energy Consultant at City of Toronto, January 17, 2012.

Sustainability Strategy Development, Trillium Mutual Insurance

"Kathryn took the time to make the necessary calls to gain an understanding prior to our session. I feel the group as a whole has a better understanding of our vision for Sustainability. We were able to identify materiality and prioritize action items. Kathryn has a wealth of knowledge in this subject area, yet she is able to communicate in such a way than non-subject matter experts can understand." (Marion Redpath)

Employee Engagement for Sustainability, Northrop Grumman

"Kathryn, thank you so much for being our guest speaker today for our Northrop Grumman greeNg Employee Resource Group leads meeting.  It gave us instant ideas to improve our upcoming activities." (Christina Kull)

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