Celebrating Canadian Thanksgiving: Moving Quality to True Sustainability

Message from the Chair, ASQ Ottawa Valley Section

Happy Thanksgiving Everyone. Thanksgiving is a time to give thanks for our harvest and to reflect on the quality of our lives. Last month, the UN released its Sustainable Development Goals for 2030. As we prepare for November’s Quality Month, we may wish to take this time to be reflect on what contributing to these goals may mean from a quality perspective and how they may contribute to organizational excellence. This time, we have 3 blogs related to Sustainable Development for your consideration. I hope you enjoy them as much as I did. Ruth Stanley, Chair ASQ Ottawa Valley Section.

Ruth Stanley, Chair ASQ Ottawa Valley Section.

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Blog 1:

UN Sustainable Development Goals as a Framework for Business

Business needs to sit up and reconsider it’s role in society. Even more important though is that individuals and organizations need to be thinking more about who they are buying from. I am often inspired by the work of Tim Frick and the team at Mightybytes. He recently published an article on Aligning Your Organization with U.N. Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). I’m going to try not to repeat the work he’s done, but try to add to it. As Tim says, ” For many, using sustainable development goals as a business framework can be a new way of thinking about how to run an organization. Purpose and profit are no longer mutually exclusive but rather interwoven with the fabric of how a company or nonprofit operates.”

Please see Mike’s original blog at openconcept.ca.

About the author:

Mike Gifford is the founder of OpenConcept Consulting Inc, which he started in 1999. Since then, he has been particularly active in developing and extending open source content management systems to allow people to get closer to their content. Before starting OpenConcept, Mike had worked for a number of national NGOs including Oxfam Canada and Friends of the Earth. For more details, see Walter’s profile on LinkedIn.

Blog 2:

Indigenous Engagement About More Than Meeting Targets

Canadian businesses and the communities in which they operate can benefit from expanding Indigenous engagement beyond simply meeting diversity targets. That means finding ways to incorporate Indigenous knowledge and voices into the work, both from within an organization as well as from outside.

It’s great to have a number saying ‘X’ number of people are trained … I think that’s great; we need that within our world. But what Indigenous people are going to connect with is that qualitative aspect.

The goal is for both communities and corporations to view the world through different lenses, Indigenous and non-Indigenous, and use those perspectives to make — and ideally benefit from — better decisions.

As humans, we make better decisions if we view things from different lenses. So I think it’s the same for this.  The more opportunity we can learn from each other the better.

The original story appeared in the Saskatoon, Star Phoenix on September 27, 2018.

About the author:

Jessica Perritt is Senior Advisor on Indigenous Knowledge. She has over ten years experience as Senior Advisor on Indigenous Knowledge at the Canadian Nuclear Waste Management Association? Learn more about Jessica on LinkedIn.

Blog 3:

Sustainable Development: How Do We Eliminate the Costs to Society?

Barry Colby wrote a letter to the Winnipeg  Free Press that is still relevant today.
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About the author:

Barry Colby is an ASQ Fellow from Manitoba. He is the owner of Barry W. Colby and Associates. More details on Barry Colby are available on LinkedIn.


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