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GMIC Conference Keynote Brings Vision and Results

Thursday, March 29, 2012   (0 Comments)
Posted by: Tamara Kennedy-Hill
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March 29, 2012

2012 Sustainable Meetings Conference:
Keynote John Picard Blends Vision with Results

Meeting and event professionals will be treated to a powerful blend of soaring vision and transformative results when architect, builder, and sustainability entrepreneur John Picard delivers the keynote address at the 2012 Sustainable Meetings Conference, April 22-25, 2012 in Montreal.

"When sustainable meeting practitioners get bogged down in checklists and details, we sometimes miss the bigger picture. But if all we have is vision, we’ll never deliver on the specifics,” said Paul Salinger, president of the Green Meeting Industry Council (GMIC) and vice president of marketing at Oracle Corporation. "John Picard is one of those rare speakers who have the experience and the insight to deliver both.”

Picard treats sustainability as a monumental business opportunity that will usher in an entire new economy around efficiencies and global balance.

· As sustainability director for Live Earth, he was responsible for limiting the environmental footprint of the largest multi-city concert in history to focus on climate change. Afterwards, he made the Live Earth greening guide public, reflecting the spirit of generosity and mentorship at the heart of the GMIC community.

· As a founding member of the U.S. Green Building Council, he’s had a hand in designing and building hundreds of the world’s most energy-efficient homes, workplaces, and communities.

"Picard helped launch some of the major innovations and initiatives that have made it realistic to move toward a sustainable future,” Salinger said. "He’ll help our participants anticipate the next generation of disruptive trends and technologies and figure out how their conferences can benefit from the changes ahead.”

It isn’t too late to register! Information:

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Tamara Kennedy-Hill, CMP
GMIC Executive Director
(888) 450-2098 ext. 20

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