Top speakers added to GLOBE 2006 program

Preparations are underway for GLOBE 2006, a conference and trade fair on the business of the environment, taking place in Vancouver, BC, Canada, March 29-31. The event is 75% booked to date...

VANCOUVER, BC, Canada, Dec. 6, 2005 -- Preparations are underway for GLOBE 2006, a conference and trade fair on the business of the environment, taking place in Vancouver, British Columbia, March 29-31. The Globe Foundation announced today that executive-level speakers from companies and organizations such as the Vancouver Organizing Committee for the 2010 Olympic and Paralympic Winter Games (VANOC), General Electric, Home Depot, and Unilever will be in attendance. Organizers are also pleased to announce the participation of Elliot Morley, Minister of State, Climate Change and Environment, Government of the UK.

More than 10,000 participants, 2,000 conference delegates and 400 exhibitors representing 75 countries will attend GLOBE 2006 this March. This is the 9th biennial gathering of the world's leading experts on the business of the environment, and is one of the largest and most important international gatherings of environmental business leaders and corporate environmental managers.

GLOBE 2006 will centre around four main conference themes including the new track on Finance and Sustainability where relationships between sustainable development and finance will be explored with a focus on the investment industry, corporate reporting, regulation and policy, and business practices. Other themes include Corporate Sustainability, Energy and Environment, and Building Better Cities.

Confirmed Speakers for GLOBE 2006 include:
• Annette Verschuren, President of Home Depot Canada, Toronto, ON, Canada
• Elyse Allan, Chief Executive Officer, General Electric (GE) Canada, Mississauga, ON, Canada
• Avrim Lazar, President and CEO, Forest Products Association of Canada (FPAC), Ottawa, ON, Canada
• Linda Coady, Vice President, Sustainability, Vancouver Organizing Committee for the 2010 Olympic and Paralympic Winter Games (VANOC), Vancouver, BC, Canada
• Bob Elton, President and CEO, BC Hydro, Vancouver, BC, Canada
• Bruce Fowle, Founding and Senior Principal, FXFOWLE Architects PC, New York, NY, USA
• Michael Gallagher, President and COO, Westport Innovations Inc., Vancouver, BC, Canada
• Peter Head, Director, ARUP, London, United Kingdom
• Gil Kelley, Director, Bureau of Planning, City of Portland, OR, USA
• Gordon Lambert, Vice President, Sustainable Development, Suncor Energy Inc., Calgary, AB, Canada
• Steven Lydenberg, Chief Investment Officer, Domini Social Investments, New York, NY, USA
• Elliot Morley, Minister of State, Climate Change and Environment, Government of the UK, London, UK
• Brigitte Tantawy-Monsou, Vice President, Organization Effectiveness, Unilever SV, Rotterdam, The Netherlands
• Ralph Peterson, Chairman of the Board, Chief Executive Officer and President, CH2M HILL, Englewood, CO, USA
• Chunfeng Wang, Deputy Director, Carbon Sequestration Management Office, Chinese State Forestry Administration in Hangzhuo, China.

The GLOBE series is not only an international crossroads and marketplace for developing the business of the environment, but since its inception in 1990 it has also become Canada's most important showcase for demonstrating our innovative environmental technologies and our leading edge capabilities in environmental expertise and management. The Trade Fair at GLOBE 2006 promises to be the best yet, with over 75% of exhibit space already spoken for, including large exhibits planned by both Toyota and Honda in the Advanced Transportation Technologies & Solutions Showcase.

The first registration deadline is approaching with the Earlybird Registration Special ($500 off conference registration fees) expiring on Thursday, December 15th. Visit www.globe2006.com for more information and to register.

GLOBE 2006 (www.globe2006.com) is produced by the GLOBE Foundation (www.globe.ca) of Canada. It will be held at the Vancouver Convention & Exhibition Centre from March 29 to 31.

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