Global Reporting Initiative Training Course

Sustainability reporting has become an integral component of stakeholder communications, and the Global Reporting Initiative (GRI) is the world’s most widely used framework. Understanding the GRI’s guidelines allows you to create a communications framework in accordance with international standards that will support the effective communication of your sustainability efforts. Participants of this GRI-certified course on sustainability reporting will gain an understanding of the GRI framework in a uniquely North American context.


LEAD Canada is the first and most experienced GRI-certified training provider in North America and Sustainalytics is the foremost expert in analyzing corporate sustainability reporting and performance. Sustainalytics also provides private GRI training courses, contact us for more information.

Upcoming G4 Training Sessions

Toronto, ON

Ernst & Young Tower
222 Bay Street
30th Floor


October 20-21, 2015
(Early bird deadline: September 20)



Vancouver, BC

Pacific Centre
700 West Georgia Street
16th Floor

November 24-25, 2015
(Early bird deadline: October 24)




Sustainalytics is grateful to EY for its support in hosting the GRI-certified training program in Canada.

Why sign-up for the GRI training course:

  • Receive a certificate of completion directly from the GRI.
  • Develop your skill set and lead the evolution of sustainability reporting in your organization.
  • Endorsed by CGA-Canada, ACCA and the Shareholder Association for Research and Education (SHARE).
  • 97% of participants would recommend the course to others

After this course, your demonstrable knowledge will include:

  • Context, drivers and best sustainability reporting practice
  • GRI's five-phase sustainability reporting process
  • G4 structure and requirements, and comparison to G3.1
  • Stakeholder role, prioritization and engagement
  • Linkages between GRI and other reporting initiatives
  • Sustainability assurance
  • G4's process-driven approach to reporting and materiality analysis

Who should attend?

  • Corporate sustainability officers and managers
  • Corporate communications, marketing and investor relations practitioners
  • Sustainability communications or assurance consultants
  • Professionals seeking applicable training in GRI-standard reporting

Past participants include:

Air Canada, Clorox, Desjardins, General Motors, Gildan, Hydro One Networks Inc., IAMGOLD, ICF, Investissement Québec, Ontario Realty Corp., Pan American Silver, Research In Motion Limited (RIM), Stantec, Vale Inco.

Meet your GRI-certified trainers

Kathryn Morrison | Manager, Advisory Services

Kathryn Morrison - Manager, Advisory Services (Sustainalytics) and GRI-certified trainerKathryn joined Sustainalytics in 2009. Her primary responsibility is to manage projects for corporate and investor clients. Her areas of expertise include sustainability benchmarking, sustainability reporting, materiality analysis, the design and facilitation of stakeholder engagement, and corporate engagement on behalf of investors. In addition, Kathryn is the primary trainer for the Global Reporting Initiative-certified training course on sustainability reporting delivered to professionals across Canada. See full bio.

Marion Oliver | Associate Analyst, Advisory Services

Marion Oliver, Associate Analyst, Advisory Services (Sustainalytics) & GRI-Certified TrainerIn her role on the advisory services team, Marion has worked with investor, corporate, and non-profit clients since 2010, helping them better understand and manage financial and reputational risks. She has worked closely with global companies in the IT, retail, energy, and transportation sectors carrying out detailed materiality assessments and benchmarking sustainability performance against industry peers and internationally recognized norms. Marion also manages Sustainalytics’ relationships with NGO and non-profit clients to determine reputational risks related to corporate partnerships. In addition, Marion is a trainer for the Global Reporting Initiative-certified training course. See full bio

Contact Marion with any questions regarding our training sessions.

Simon MacMahon | Global Director, Advisory Services

Simon MacMahon, Global Director, Advisory ServicesAs global director of Sustainalytics’ advisory services team, Simon provides strategic direction, coordination and expertise in the delivery of Sustainalytics’ products and services. He is responsible for client servicing, consulting, a number of product areas, managing the Sustainalytics Advisory Services team globally and is a member of Sustainalytics’ executive team. In his role, Simon provides counsel to senior executives and investment professionals on developing and implementing responsible investment strategies. See full bio.




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