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The Insider, March 22, 2011

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Sash found his time a the United Way a rewarding way to gstay involved in doing something to support his community.

An occasional series on the people at the OPA. This issue: Sahsa Sud What is your position?

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I am the segment manager for the small business sector in the Conservation Division. How long have you been with the OPA? I have been with the OPA for three years. Last year you were seconded by the United Way as part of their sponsored employee program. What is this program about? United Way’s sponsored employee program is designed to get volunteers from different companies and industries in Toronto to be part of the sponsored employee team. The team is involved in numerous activities that support United Way’s fall fund-raising campaign. The 15-week program has the sponsored employees support, guide and provide ideas to more than 900 United Way Toronto workplace campaigns. These workplace campaigns can range from small offices with three to five employees to large corporations that have thousands of employees. What did you do during your time there? Depending on the workplace sector to which you are assigned, a sponsored employee’s job may include a wide range of activities including providing strategic and planning support, giving speeches at work-place campaigns, organizing logistics for fund-raising auctions and even contests. During the training period, sponsored employees are provided with opportunities to visit some of the 200 agencies United Way supports. This allows them to learn about how these agencies work to create strong, safe, healthy and happy communities in Toronto. Some sponsored employees get involved with supporting these agencies while they are there and often even after their stay at United Way. I was responsible for supporting the professional sector’s workplace campaigns (the top four accounting firms and about 10 law firms). I was responsible for providing them support with the planning of their campaign strategy; campaign execution; and track and solve some of the operational challenges that were faced by these firms in running their campaigns. I was even called on by the IT group to provide training to different firms that needed assistance in learning how to use the donation tool. Read more

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SAP invoice process efficient and green

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Six months after Business Strategies and Solutions (BSS) introduced Systems, Applications, and Products in Data Processing (SAP) software, the OPA’s new electronic invoice approval process has meant higher efficiency and less paper.

Have you ever walked by a perfume counter in a large department store and held your breath or had to limit your time with someone because of his or her perfume or cologne? Scents can be overpowering, and today many of us are developing allergies to scents in our environment.

Through the use of interactive forms, SAP allows staff to electronically complete approval requests, attach soft copies of supporting documentation, and

Whether it is perfume or cologne, potpourri or even a neighbour’s flower bed, we are becoming less tolerant to our environment. This could be the result of many factors including exposure to chemicals or air pollutants. Some work environments and genetics may also play a major role.

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The Insider, March 22, 2011

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receive approvals as per OPA’s signing authority. Feedback has been positive from OPA staff already using the software. Read more

The next time you splash on perfume cologne, please remember that for some of your colleagues it may not be a “breathtaking” experience. For information on scents and their effect on our environment, click here. For information on scent-free products, Dalhousie University has a comprehensive website on scent-free environments, including scent-free products that are on the market today.

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Last week, Joyce Poon, Derek Leung and I had the great opportunity to attend CERA Week 2011, one of the largest global energy conferences. CERA is one of the world’s preeminent energy research bodies and provides the OPA with global energy analysis throughout the year. This year was the 30th anniversary of the conference and the theme was “Leading the Way: Energy Strategies for a World of Change”. Guest speakers included major world leaders in the energy industries as well as Henry Kissinger, Bill Clinton and George W. Bush. Read more

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Thunder Bay clean energy plant to expand AbitibiBowater will soon be providing more clean power for Northwestern Ontario and adding 56 permanent jobs. Through an agreement with the OPA, AbitibiBowater will increase its electricity generation capacity by 40 megawatts, producing enough additional power for 38,000 homes. The project is expected to be completed by January 2013.

Keeping our work spaces clean As a reminder, please remember to be diligent and remove unfinished food and beverages from your desk area before you leave at the end of the day. Leftover food and beverages can attract insects and other unwanted pests.

The expansion is also supported by Ontario's Forest Sector Prosperity Fund and will add capacity to AbitibiBowater's existing biomass-fuelled combined heat and power (CHP) project. These types of projects help industries become more energy efficient and reduce costs, while supplying clean electricity. Read more

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Letting in the Light

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The Insider, March 22, 2011

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How solar technology is helping ancient traditions see the light By Sheri Strickland The old met the new as an Ontario cultural centre celebrated the Chinese New Year last month. On February 28, the International Taoist Tai Chi Centre hosted its annual Lantern Festival to celebrate the Chinese New Year. The festival is an ancient tradition that has welcomed as many as a thousand guests some years. Drawn from the spiritual traditions of China, the International Taoist Tai Chi Centre claims a devotion to Taoist training that promotes a path of health and tranquility. The festival is so ancient that its origins can only be speculated about but this year there was a surprisingly modern twist to the festivities: it was lit with the help of solar energy. “Lanterns are a symbol of light, and it was interesting to see the solar system connected to this festival,” said John Forde, member of the Taoist Tai Chi Society of Canada and president of SolGenSys Inc, a solar power solutions business from Peterborough, which was responsible for installing the new solar system. Read more

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Calendar of events: Andrew Pride, Vice-President, Conservation, speaks at the Canada in 2035 symposium in Toronto on CEO Colin Andersen speaks at the Canadian Urban Institute urban leadership seminar in Toronto on March 25 Social Committee event: April visit to the Royal Ontario Museum, date to be confirmed Environment Committee lunchtime screening of Gasland, rooms 1805 March 25, 12:00–1:00 p.m. Wellness event: Harry’s Spring Run-off to fight prostate cancer, High Park, 10 a.m., April 2.

Corporate concierge program Did you know that we have a corporate concierge program here at the Richmond-Adelaide Centre? The program provides tenants with customer service and access to discount tickets to events and attractions around the city. The staff is knowledgeable about the services available through the program and can provide you with the information you need. Services offered include: discount tickets to theme parks, shows, sporting events and attractions arranging airport transportation floral delivery car and truck rentals restaurant and hotel information

For more information contact Thomas Chesterfield at 416-868-3707 or tchesterfield@oxfordproperties.com. Click here for ticket information.

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The Insider, March 22, 2011

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OPA staff had fun with Hawaiian shirt day on February 25 in support of United Way. Back row (left to right), Dan Carr, Jenni Myllynen, Marsha Terry, Kathleen Wilson, Mario Chiarelli, Chris Barker, Mayuran Srikantha. Front row (left to right), Agatha Pyrka, Vicki Gagnon

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