August 27th, 2018
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
SUSTAINABLE HAMILTON BURLINGTON ANNOUNCES NEW EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR
Hamilton – On August 27th Sustainable Hamilton Burlington (SHB) announced a happy end to their search for a new Executive Director. Chair of the Board Ruth Liebersbach confirmed, “[o]n behalf of Sustainable Hamilton Burlington’s Board of Directors, I am pleased to announce the appointment of Kim Gutt to the role of Executive Director.” She went on to express the board’s enthusiasm for the energy Kim will bring to the role: “[w]e have full confidence that Kim’s knowledge, experience, and passion for sustainable business will lead the organization down a path of success and opportunity for all members.”
Kimberley C. Gutt came to the organization in early 2017 as the Sustainable Business Initiative Program Manager. When SHB’s founder Sandi Stride, moved into a new role as the Executive Director of the Centre for Climate Change Management at Mohawk College, Kim stepped into the role of Interim Executive Director. She holds a Bachelors Degree in International Development and a Masters of Environment and Business from the University of Waterloo.
“I would like to extend my gratitude to all of our members and supporters who have encouraged me to pursue this opportunity,” wrote Gutt in a message to partners, members and supporters. “Having worked as your Program Manager, I have experienced the dedication of our community’s business leaders toward building a better way to do business. I have heard your need for practical, time-saving support with sustainability planning and communications. I have heard your aspiration to enable your colleagues to have a positive impact at work and at home, and I have heard your desire for a community where all have the opportunity to thrive.”
Elaborating on her vision for her new role, she wrote: “[m]y dream is to create success stories in Hamilton and Burlington that demonstrate our adoption of a better business model and our competitiveness on the global stage. This body of evidence will solidify the expectations from the next generation of customers and workers for businesses to have a role in mitigating our world’s largest problems, such as climate change and income inequality.”
Gutt went on to speak about the continuity that her recruitment from within the organization will help maintain, “I have had the privilege of receiving mentorship from our Founder, Sandi Stride whose unwavering drive and positivity are well recognized in our community. Now, I get to pay it forward to the incoming Program Manager whose life and career will be enriched from being a part of the Sustainable Hamilton Burlington family.”
The announcement that the Executive Director position is filled comes not a moment to soon for SHB: on September 19th the organization will be partnering with the City of Hamilton to launch the anticipated Business Climate Action Toolkit at Mohawk College; while November 29th will see the debut of SHB’s new Sustainable Business Expo at the McMaster Innovation Park.
“I’m glad to be moving right into our events season,” commented Gutt, “it will be great to be meeting our supporters and the public face to face. To talk to people directly about how the organization will be moving forward and how we can work with them to further the goal we’ve always had: to help Hamilton and Burlington become world-class cities with exceptional quality of life where people thrive in a healthy natural environment and a vibrant, resilient economy.”
For more details about Sustainable Hamilton Burlington, or to find out more about the events referred to, please visit www.sustainablehamiltonburlington.ca.
To schedule an interview with Kim Gutt please contact:
Kim Gutt, Executive Director
Sustainable Hamilton Burlington