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Sixteen Business Leaders Recognized for Their Support of Learning in the Workplace

September 19, 2011

Sixteen Business Leaders Recognized for Their Support of Learning in the Workplace
CSTD celebrates Learn@Work Week across the Country September 19-23, 2011

Many senior business leaders understand that investment in human capital aligned to business goals has a direct impact on the bottom line. The Canadian Society for Training and Development (CSTD) recognizes sixteen senior business leaders who understand this relationship and are active advocates of learning in the workplace.

“Training is important, but in order to maximize ROI, you really need to design courses that help people learn, and you need to demonstrate the clear benefit of the training for their future,” says Allen Batchelar, CEO of Commissionaires BC. “Our approach is results-orientated and participant-centred. We build on existing knowledge and experience so that participants’ skills will improve, no matter where they start. We challenge participants in practical ways, helping them to translate what they have learned to their work environment.”

“This year’s Learning Leaders invest in their employees and their communities, which in turn supports an economy on the mend,” said Lynn Johnston, President of CSTD. “These leaders understand how learning can drive business results, and they actively support the skill development of their employees. It’s about meeting the expectations of the job market in a knowledge economy.”

CSTD recognizes the 2011 Learning Leaders as a part of the nation-wide Learn@Work Week. This year’s Learning Leaders are:
Elvira Ciambella, Director, Client Services, COS, ADP CANADA INC.
Greg Blasco, Operations Director,West Coast Express, BC Rapid Transit Company
Greer Black, President and CEO, Bethany Care Society
Susan Witteveen, Executive Managing Director, Corporate Compliance, BMO Financial Group
Allen Batchelar, President and CEO, Commissionaires BC
Cathy Kolmansberger, Managing Director Western Canada Operations, FedEx Express Canada
Tyler Barkhouse, Director of Environment & Geosciences, Focus Corporation
Mitchell D. Zamojc, Commissioner of Public Works for Halton Region, Halton Region
Mike Ashar, President, Irving Oil
Richard Lan, Chief Operating Officer, Maple Leaf Foods Inc. and CEO, Canada Bread Ltd.
Jennifer Brown, Executive Vice President and Chief Pension Officer, OMERS
Jane Tuer, Executive Program Director, Project READ Literacy Network
Serge Gattesco, National Audit and Assurance Group Leader, PwC Canada
David Szwarc, Chief Administrative Officer, Region of Peel
Mike MacSween, Senior Vice President, In Situ Division, Suncor Energy
John M. Hemeon, Executive Vice President, Supply Chain, TDL Group Corp (Tim Hortons)
Linda Watt, Director of Learning & Development and Consulting Services, University of Guelph

About Learn @ Work Week

Learn@Work Week is a nation-wide celebration of life-long learning in the workplace which was launched by CSTD in 2005.

About CSTD –
Established in 1946, CSTD is Canada's only national, professional association focused on training, learning and performance in the workplace. The goal of CSTD is to drive excellence in workplace learning and development, impacting business success. With 19 chapters supported by members from coast-to-coast, representing the public and private sectors, CSTD exists to:
• Establish and maintain professional standards of competence in workplace learning and development
• Provide opportunities for the advancement of members and the workplace learning and performance profession through innovative programs and events
• Dialogue with government, institutions and industry to advocate for enhanced understanding of the workplace learning community

Lynn Johnston, President
416.367.5900 ex 25

For more information contact:
Lynn Johnston
Canadian Society for Training and Development
Phone: 416-367-5900 ext 25

Danielle Lamothe
Director, Professional Services
Phone: 416-367-5900 ext 21

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