Eco-consulting Firm Takt-etik awarded accreditation from the Bureau de normalisation du Québec
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Eco-consulting Firm Takt-etik awarded accreditation from the Bureau de normalisation du Québec

January 26, 2011

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Responsible Event Management Standard

Québec City, January 21, 2011 - The Québec City Convention Centre is proud to announce that its partner, Takt-etik—the province's leading sustainable development consulting firm—has received accreditation from the Bureau de normalisation du Québec making it one of the first companies able to certify events under the new BNQ 9700-253 Sustainable Development - Responsible Event Management standard adopted in June 2010.

"Our clients have held over 70 eco-responsible events since we launched our support program in 2007. Implementation of the standard has created recognized benchmarks and a reference framework for the field of event planning. Since the beginning of the year, clients who register for the Centre's Eco-Friendly Event program are guaranteed to attain the standard's highest ranking thanks to Takt-etik's expertise and support, regardless of the level of classification sought," explains Québec City Convention Centre CEO P.-Michel Bouchard.

Marc Belley, president of Takt-etik, was thrilled to receive the accreditation. "Thanks to the Convention Centre's support, we have guided numerous promoters through a responsible planning process for events ranging from meetings to international conventions drawing thousands of delegates. This accreditation will enable us to further develop our partnership with the Centre, a leader in eco-friendly events."

Standard 9700-253
Responsible events are evaluated based on five sets of criteria: suppliers; materials, energy, and water management; waste management; food services, and transportation management. Events are assigned points for their performance in each category, making it possible to determine if the standard has been met and which level has been attained (1 to 5).

The Québec City Convention Centre lent its expertise to the drafting of this standard.

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Ann Cantin
Director of Communications and Marketing
Québec City Convention Centre
418-649-7711, ext. 4054

Marc Belley
418 977-1532

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