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Sparkling Clean Canada Achieves CIMS-GB Certification

Sparkling Clean Canada joins a growing number of cleaning organizations to certify to the ISSA Cleaning Industry Management Standard CIMS-Green Building (GB)

ISSA, the worldwide cleaning industry association, has announced that Sparkling Clean Canada achieved ISSA Cleaning Industry Management Standard CIMS-Green Building (GB) certification.

Compliance with the standard shows that a cleaning organization has the systems in place to deliver consistent, professional services designed to meet customer needs and expectations, and is prepared to deliver a comprehensive green cleaning program based on LEED EB: O&M green cleaning criteria. CIMS and CIMS-GB certification are required in many cleaning service bid specifications as customers look for an effective way to identify high-quality providers committed to customer satisfaction.

"We at Sparkling Clean Canada are very proud to join the ranks of professionally recognized cleaning companies who are CIMS-GB certified," says Debbie Soroka, president, Sparkling Clean Canada. "Sparkling Clean Canada is committed to follow the guidelines set out by CIMS-GB and to take our company to the next level."

Independent, accredited assessors verify CIMS and CIMS-GB certified firms meet the industry standard for:

  • Quality systems
  • Service delivery
  • Human resources
  • Health, safety and environmental stewardship
  • Management commitment
  • Green Building

Recently, CIMS-GB became a direct compliance option to meet the green cleaning policy prerequisite of Version 4 of the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC) revised Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design for Existing Buildings: Operations and Maintenance (LEED EB: O&M) rating system.

For more information about CIMS and CIMS-GB certification, click here.

ABOUT SPARKLING CLEAN CANADA

Sparkling Clean Canada is a full-service cleaning company committed to high quality and excellence in customer service. With over 25 years of experience, it is the company's expertise that gives it the ability to clean and sanitize efficiently every time. For more information, visit Sparkling Clean Canada's web site at sparklingclean.ca.

ABOUT CIMS AND CIMS-GB

The ISSA Cleaning Industry Management Standard (CIMS) and CIMS-Green Building (CIMS-GB) set forth a management framework designed to assist building service contractors and in-house cleaning departments to develop and maintain quality, customer-focused organizations, capable of delivering a comprehensive green cleaning program based on LEED EB: O&M green cleaning criteria. The standard is non-prescriptive, meaning that each organization has the flexibility to choose the most effective ways in which to meet its requirements. CIMS and CIMS-GB were created through a true consensus-based process that brought together representatives of the cleaning, facilities management and purchasing communities. ISSA speaks at numerous facility management and purchasing industry events throughout the year to outline the value of working with CIMS and CIMS-GB certified cleaning companies as well as certifying in-house operations.

ABOUT ISSA

With more than 9,200 members – including distributors, manufacturers, manufacturer representatives, building service contractors, in-house service providers, residential cleaners and associate service members – ISSA is the world's premier trade association for the cleaning industry. ISSA is committed to changing the way the world views cleaning by providing its members with the business tools, educational products and industry standards they need to promote cleaning as an investment in human health, the environment and an improved bottom line. 


Registration Now Open as ISSA Show Canada Web Site Goes Live

Northbrook, IL, USA — April 1, 2019ISSA is pleased to announce the ISSA Show Canada 2019 web site is now live, and registration for the new and unique trade show and conference is open to delegates.

Being held June 11-13, 2019, at the Metro Toronto Convention Centre at 255 Front St. W. in downtown Toronto, ON, Canada, ISSA Show Canada is the result of a partnership between ISSA, IFMA and MediaEdge’s Real Estate Management Industry (REMI) Network. Designed to provide a platform to connect like-minded industry professionals focussed on keeping buildings clean, green and operating in a sustainable and energy-efficient manner, the trade show will be held in tandem with the REMI Show whose delegates include building owners and managers.

“It’s been exciting for me to see this powerful joint venture between ISSA, IFMA and the REMI Network take shape and come to life,” said ISSA Canada Executive Director Mike Nosko. “We’re staging this world-class event in a world-class city, and we’ve worked hard to ensure it embraces the shared goals and priorities of Canada’s cleaning professionals, as well as real estate development, occupancy, management and maintenance personnel.”

The trade show floor will be comprised of a complete continuum of resources designed for the “built environment.” From sanitary maintenance products to HVAC, office furnishings, electrical and building products to security, financial and IT services and systems, all the pieces of the puzzle will be assembled under one roof and showcased by over 100 exhibitors.

In addition to the trade show, a host of educational sessions and certification workshops are planned to further enhance the attendee experience. Top-notch presenters will reinforce best practices and tackle the most challenging issues including minimum wage adjustments, infection control, strategic business practices, and much more. Delegates will also have an opportunity to become certified through ISSA’s industry leading certification programs, namely the CMI Accredited Auditing Professional (AAP) and CIMS ISSA Certification Expert (I.C.E.) workshops.

Choose from a Two-Day Delegate Registration or a One-Day Delegate Admission, and obtain full access to all show education sessions, the trade show floor, coffee breaks, water stations, and lunch opportunities. One-Day Delegate Pass Holders for Wednesday, June 12 will also receive full access to the trade show floor reception (3:30 to 5 p.m.) and the All-Industry Reception (5 to 7:30 p.m.) being held that day.

“Please take a look at the ISSA Show Canada website to see for yourself how this special event can boost your business,” Nosko said. “Or better yet register, and prepare to meet new friends, discover new resources, learn about what’s trending and discover how to be more successful tomorrow.”

For all the details, please visit the ISSA Show Canada web site at www.ISSAShowCanada.com.


ABOUT ISSA

With more than 9,300 company members—including distributors, manufacturers, manufacturer representatives, building-service contractors, in-house service providers, residential cleaners, and associated service members—ISSA is the world’s leading trade association for the cleaning industry. The association is committed to changing the way the world views cleaning by providing its members with the business tools they need to promote cleaning as an investment in human health, the environment, and an improved bottom line. Headquartered in Northbrook, IL, USA, the association has regional offices in Mainz, Germany; Botany, Australia; and Shanghai, China. Visit www.issa.com, call 800-225-4772 (North America) or 847-982-0800, join the discussion with ISSA’s LinkedIn group, and follow ISSA on our Facebook page and Twitter account.

ABOUT IFMA

IFMA is the world's largest and most widely recognized international association for facility management professionals, supporting 24,000 members in more than 100 countries. This diverse membership participates in focused component groups equipped to address their unique situations by region (138 chapters), industry (16 councils) and areas of interest (six communities). Together they manage more than 78 billion square feet of property and annually purchase more than US$526 billion in products and services. Formed in 1980, IFMA certifies professionals in facility management; conducts research; provides educational programs, content and resources; and produces World Workplace, the world's largest series of facility management conferences and expositions. To join and follow IFMA's social media outlets online, visit the association's LinkedIn, Twitter, Facebook, YouTube, and Flickr pages. For more information, visit the IFMA press room or www.ifma.org.

ABOUT MEDIAEDGE

For more than 25 years, MediaEdge has been at the forefront of communication solutions, providing innovative products and services to organizations within a variety of business sectors. The company is currently partnered with upwards of 80 associations, has launched and produced more than 100 conferences and trade shows across Canada, and offers award-winning 360-degree integrated marketing solutions. MediaEdge also owns and publishes seven market-leading print, digital, and website products focused on the real estate management industry.

    • For more information on the ISSA Show Canada, please contact Mike Nosko, ISSA Canada Executive Director at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.; phone, 905-665-8001.

  • For more information on the REMI Show, please contact Chuck Nervick, Senior Vice President, MediaEdge Communications at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.;
    phone, 416-512-8186 x 227.

ISSA Canada accueille 2019 tournoi de golf de la région du Québec

Whitby, ON – Le 25 février 2019 - ISSA Canada - Québec sera l’hôte de son tournoi de golf annuel le 14 mai 2019 au Club de golf le Blainvillier.

Dessiné par le célèbre architecte Graham Cooke, le parcours constitue un superbe défi. Ceux pour qui le golf est davantage une promenade dans la nature apprécieront également l’atmosphère des plus amicales dans un environnement superbement boisé et soigneusement entretenu. Golfeurs mordus ou occasionnels, vous serez comblés !

HOMMAGE À UN PIONNIER

Depuis plusieurs années, le chapitre du Québec profite de l’occasion pour honorer un pionnier ou une pionnière de l’industrie pour sa contribution à l’essor de l’ISSA Canada). Cette année l’Association souhaite rendre hommage à Mario Lamarche pour sa contribution au fil de nombreuses années de carrière. Les personnes suivantes ont mérité cet honneur par le passé :

    • Mr. Eugène Paradis
    • Mr. Av Morrow
    • Mr. Marcel Boudreau
    • Ms. Lise Laliberté
    • Mr. Claude Bouchard
    • Mr. Jean Larose
    • Mr. Pierre Hébert
    • Mr. Pierre Labbé
    • Mr. Jean Beaulac
    • Ms. Lyse Paradis
    • Mr. Robert Gendron
    • Mr. Robert Ducharme
    • Mr. Yves Gratton
    • Mr. Yves DeMontigny

INVITATION À LA CLIENTÉLE

C’est bien connu, une partie de golf entre clients et fournisseurs est une excellente occasion de solidifier les liens dans une atmosphère décontractée ! Or, nous vous rappelons que le tournoi d’ISSA Canada est également ouvert aux clients utilisateurs qui voudraient participer à titre d’invité d’un membre.

Pourquoi ne pas profiter de cette excellente occasion à coût abordable pour inviter quelques clients à découvrir l’un des plus prestigieux sites privés du Québec. Réservez votre « foursome » … c’est une invitation qu’ils ne tarderont pas d’accepter.

Pour plus de renseignements, communiquez avec Richard Bolduc au (819) 322-1789, courriel This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. ou visitez www.issa-canada.com www.issa-canada.com/event.

À PROPOS D’ISSA CANADA

ISSA Canada est l’entité née de la fusion de l’ISSA et de l’Association canadienne des fournisseurs de produits sanitaires (ACFPS/CSSA) en mai 2017. Comptant plus de 9200 membres, notamment des distributeurs, fabricants, agents manufacturiers, entrepreneurs en entretien d’immeubles, services d’entretien sanitaire internes et membres de services associés, l’ISSA est le regroupement qui représente l’industrie du nettoyage à l’échelle mondiale. L’Association s’est donnée pour mission de changer la perception qu’a le monde sur l’industrie du nettoyage professionnel en offrant à ses membres les outils d’affaires nécessaires à la promotion du nettoyage comme investissement dans la santé des humains et de l’environnement, de même que pour l’amélioration de la rentabilité des organisations.




ISSA Canada Hosts 2019 Quebec Region Golf Tournament

Whitby, ON – February 25, 2019 – ISSA Canada - Quebec Region will host its annual golf tournament on Tuesday, May 14, 2019 at the Club de golf le Blainvillier.

Designed by famous architect Graham Cooke, Le Blainvillier is among the most challenging golf courses in Quebec. Those who consider playing golf like taking a walk through nature will appreciate the friendly atmosphere in this course’s beautifully-wooded surroundings. Whether you are a golf enthusiast or an occasional player, you will be delighted.

TRIBUTE TO A PIONEER

For several years, the Quebec Chapter has taken this opportunity to honour one of its industry pioneers for his / her contribution to the growth of the ISSA Canada. This year, the association wishes pay tribute to Mario Lamarche for his contributions over the many years he has been involved in the business. The following individuals have earned this distinction in past ceremonies:

    • Mr. Eugène Paradis
    • Mr. Av Morrow
    • Mr. Marcel Boudreau
    • Ms. Lise Laliberté
    • Mr. Claude Bouchard
    • Mr. Jean Larose
    • Mr. Pierre Hébert
    • Mr. Pierre Labbé
    • Mr. Jean Beaulac
    • Ms. Lyse Paradis
    • Mr. Robert Gendron
    • Mr. Robert Ducharme
    • Mr. Yves Gratton
    • Mr. Yves DeMontigny

GUEST INVITATIONS

It has been proven that a round of golf between clients and suppliers reinforces the business relationship in a relatively informal fashion. As in years past, we remind you that the ISSA Canada golf tournament is open to end-users who would like to participate as a guest.

Why not take advantage of this excellent opportunity – at a reasonable cost – to invite clients to discover one of the most prestigious golf courses in Quebec. Reserve your foursome… it’s an invitation that won’t be turned down.

For more information, contact Richard Bolduc at (819) 322-1789, e-mail This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or visit www.issa-canada.com/event.



IEHA and OHHA Partner with ISSA Show Canada

Northbrook, IL, USA — February 4, 2019The International Executive Housekeepers Association (IEHA), a Division of ISSA the worldwide cleaning industry association, and the Ontario Healthcare Housekeeping Association (OHHA) have announced their partnership with ISSA Show Canada, being held June 11-13, 2019, at the Metro Toronto Convention Centre at 255 Front St. W. in downtown Toronto, Canada. The trade show will be held in tandem with the REMI Show whose delegates include building owners and managers.

“In our ongoing effort to unite the industry and tap into all of our educational resources, we are so pleased to have IEHA and OHHA collaborate with ISSA Show Canada,” said ISSA Canada Executive Director Mike Nosko. “Both IEHA and OHHA bring industry-leading expertise to assist with ISSA’s mission of changing the way the world views cleaning. The top-notch educational programming that they will provide is sure to help further professionalize our front-line workers and instill the confidence they need in order to keep our facilities healthy and sustainable.”

With sustainability being a trending issue among all industry sectors, IEHA is pleased to present a session on Healthcare Sustainability. This in-depth session will focus on the facts about sustainability as a planetary and business imperative, as well as providing practical tools to make sustainability goals achievable.

As healthcare cleaning professionals, front-line staff are mandated to clean and disinfect multiple areas to ensure the environment appears clean. However, appearances may be deceiving. Within healthcare facilities, there appears to be a disconnect between environmental services and infection control departments. In the Healthcare Infection Control session, that disconnect will be addressed and broken down. From working together to identify high-touch areas that require more frequent cleaning to outlining practices and protocols that will help reduce the risk for healthcare-acquired infections (HAIs), this session will look at proven infection control procedures, as well as the superbugs that may become problematic if teams don’t work together to utilize strategies that work.

“IEHA is delighted to take part in and support our Canadian colleagues, ISSA and OHHA, by providing industry leading environmental services healthcare training and other resources during the ISSA Show Canada,” said IEHA Executive Director Michael Patterson. “Our frontline professionals are the key to ensuring our hospitals, offices and institutions are clean and healthy. By arming them with tools that work and education that they can use in the field, we instill in these professionals the confidence to take their cleaning strategies to the next level, which is beneficial not only to building owners, but those who use those facilities.”

“OHHA is excited to be partnering with ISSA, IEHA, the International Facility Management Association (IFMA), and MediaEdge,” said OHHA Executive Director Wendy Boone. “This is going to be an amazing show, uniting all of our industry expert partners and furthering our mission of providing the tools and resources to achieve professional success.”

ISSA Show Canada is the result of a partnership between ISSA, IFMA, and MediaEdge’s Real Estate Management Industry (REMI) Network. The goal of the show is to provide a platform to connect like-minded industry professionals focused on keeping buildings clean, green, and operating in a sustainable and energy-efficient fashion.


ABOUT IEHA

IEHA, a Division of ISSA, focuses on the healthcare and hospitality sectors of the cleaning industry. This 1,300-plus member professional association was founded in 1930 and merged with ISSA in 2017. Executive housekeepers manage environmental service programs in commercial, industrial, or institutional facilities. They direct staff, ranging from a few to several hundred people and handle budgets from thousands of dollars to millions. IEHA provides members with an array of channels through which they can achieve personal and professional growth. For more information, visit ieha.org.

ABOUT OHHA

The Ontario Healthcare Housekeepers’ Association Inc. (OHHA) was formed in 1957, when housekeeping personnel gathered at the Ontario Hospital Association (OHA) Annual Convention and formed an association of healthcare housekeepers. The association is dedicated to the advancement of healthcare housekeeping as an integral member of the healthcare team caring for patients and residents in Ontario healthcare facilities. The OHHA has advanced that prime directive with providing opportunities for housekeeping management staff, lead hands, and those frontline staff looking to upgrade their qualifications as professionals through on-line education, resources, daily support through our Member Assistance Program, educational days and annual conferences. The OHHA is a professional member association solely dedicated to serving the healthcare housekeeping/EVS profession in Canada. For more information, visit www.ohha.org.

ABOUT ISSA

With more than 9,300 company members—including distributors, manufacturers, manufacturer representatives, building-service contractors, in-house service providers, residential cleaners, and associated service members—ISSA is the world’s leading trade association for the cleaning industry. The association is committed to changing the way the world views cleaning by providing its members with the business tools they need to promote cleaning as an investment in human health, the environment, and an improved bottom line. Headquartered in Northbrook, IL, USA, the association has regional offices in Mainz, Germany; Botany, Australia; and Shanghai, China. Visit www.issa.com, call 800-225-4772 (North America) or 847-982-0800, join the discussion with ISSA’s LinkedIn group, and follow ISSA on our Facebook page and Twitter account.

ABOUT IFMA

IFMA is the world's largest and most widely recognized international association for facility management professionals, supporting 24,000 members in more than 100 countries. This diverse membership participates in focused component groups equipped to address their unique situations by region (138 chapters), industry (16 councils) and areas of interest (six communities). Together they manage more than 78 billion square feet of property and annually purchase more than US$526 billion in products and services. Formed in 1980, IFMA certifies professionals in facility management; conducts research; provides educational programs, content and resources; and produces World Workplace, the world's largest series of facility management conferences and expositions. To join and follow IFMA's social media outlets online, visit the association's LinkedIn, Twitter, Facebook, YouTube, and Flickr pages. For more information, visit the IFMA press room or www.ifma.org.

ABOUT MediaEdge

For more than 25 years, MediaEdge has been at the forefront of communication solutions, providing innovative products and services to organizations within a variety of business sectors. The company is currently partnered with upwards of 80 associations, has launched and produced more than 100 conferences and trade shows across Canada, and offers award-winning 360-degree integrated marketing solutions. MediaEdge also owns and publishes seven market-leading print, digital, and website products focused on the real estate management industry.

    • For more information on the ISSA Show Canada, please contact Mike Nosko, ISSA Canada Executive Director at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.; phone, 905-665-8001.

  • For more information on the REMI Show, please contact Chuck Nervick, Senior Vice President, MediaEdge Communications at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.;
    phone, 416-512-8186 x 227.


IFMA joins forces With ISSA Show Canada

TORONTO – January 25, 2019 The International Facility Management Association (IFMA) is joining forces with ISSA, the worldwide cleaning industry association, and MediaEdge Communications, one of Canada’s largest B2B media and event producers, to support a new trade show and conference for the cleaning and maintenance industries: ISSA Show Canada, to be held at the Metro Toronto Convention Centre June 11-13, 2019. The ISSA Show Canada will be held in tandem with the REMI Show whose delegates will include building owners and managers. This joint event supports IFMA’s critical goal of unifying the global built environment industry.

IFMA began the process of unification with its landmark collaboration with the Royal Institute of Chartered Surveyors (RICS) which helped integrate FM disciplines into the larger broad built environment industry. More recently the IFMA Foundation released a new FM Training and Development Framework which seeks to unify training protocols for all aspects of facility management, including a track specifically for cleaning operations.

“The competitive focus on sustainability and environmental stewardship has made comprehensive asset management mission critical, advancing green technology that is transforming operations into a sophisticated strategic field,” said IFMA COO Don Gilpin. “In such a dynamic environment, FM professionals depend on the best practices and innovations that develop at an event like this. Just as a facility team requires many different players and skills, IFMA is proud to be working together with industry leaders across the spectrum to push the envelope and advance the profession.”

As part of its commitment to the success of the event, IFMA is helping to recruit keynote speakers and with the development of the educational programming. ISSA Show Canada will be held in tandem with the REMI Show whose delegates will include building owners and managers. FM professionals can access details, including instructions for registration, at www.issashowcanada.com.


ABOUT IFMA

IFMA is the world's largest and most widely recognized international association for facility management professionals, supporting 24,000 members in more than 100 countries. This diverse membership participates in focused component groups equipped to address their unique situations by region (138 chapters), industry (16 councils) and areas of interest (six communities). Together they manage more than 78 billion square feet of property and annually purchase more than US$526 billion in products and services. Formed in 1980, IFMA certifies professionals in facility management; conducts research; provides educational programs, content and resources; and produces World Workplace, the world's largest series of facility management conferences and expositions. To join and follow IFMA's social media outlets online, visit the association's LinkedIn, Twitter, Facebook, YouTube and Flickr pages. For more information, visit the IFMA press room or www.ifma.org.

ABOUT ISSA CANADA

With more than 9,200 members – including distributors, manufacturers, manufacturer representatives, building service contractors, in-house service providers, residential cleaners and associate service members – ISSA is the world’s premier trade association for the cleaning industry. The association is committed to changing the way the world views cleaning by providing its members with the business tools, educational products and industry standards they need to promote cleaning as an investment in human health, the environment and an improved bottom line.

ABOUT MEDIAEDGE

For more than 25 years, MediaEdge has been at the forefront of communication solutions, providing innovative products and services to organizations within a variety of business sectors. The company is currently partnered with upwards of 80 associations, has launched and produced more than 100 conferences and trade shows across Canada, and offers award-winning 360-degree integrated marketing solutions. MediaEdge also owns and publishes seven market-leading print, digital and website products focused on the real estate management industry.

For more information, please contact Mike Nosko at (905)665-8001, toll free: (866)684-8273, e-mail: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.



New Trade Show for Cleaning and Maintenance Industries Coming to Toronto

TORONTO – December 10, 2018 MediaEdge’s Real Estate Management Industry (REMI) Networkis pleased to announce that it has partnered with ISSA, the worldwide cleaning industry association to launch a new trade show for the cleaning and maintenance industries – ISSA Show Canada. This joint venture will make its debut at the Metro Toronto Convention Centre from June 11 to 13, 2019.

A full slate of educational seminars, trade show exhibitors and networking opportunities will showcase a range of products, equipment and services to keep facilities clean, healthy, sustainable and operating smoothly. Responding to evolving needs for regulatory compliance and emerging trends related to occupant well-being, ISSA Show Canada promises property professionals informed insight on best practices, certification, training, innovation and other emerging topics in the Canadian facility and cleaning markets.

“ISSA’s goal is to increasingly help our members where they need it, globally, with an expanded set of go-to-market options,” says ISSA Executive Director John Barrett. “Partnering with the REMI Network on ISSA Show Canada supports our growth initiatives and strategic plan to fulfill the ISSA mission in new countries.”

Mike Nosko, Executive Director of ISSA Canada, is equally enthusiastic. “We are committed to uniting the industry and raising the bar in order to achieve healthier and sustainable buildings,” he says. “Together, ISSA and the REMI Network are elevating the standards of professionalism in the cleaning industry, and the robust education program at ISSA Show Canada will deliver on that commitment, resulting in a more knowledgeable and better trained cleaning staff.”

The new collaboration creates a forum for facility, property and operations managers to meet leading suppliers of cleaning products and services, keep up with market trends and share experiences with their industry peers – professional development to benefit their buildings, staff and tenants.

“We have a deep history of providing sector-relevant and informative content through print, digital and trade show products in concert with some 80 association partners,” adds MediaEdge President Kevin Brown. “Our Real Estate Management Industry Network (REMInetwork.com), with its 102,000 plus audience, is well positioned to co-produce ISSA Show Canada with this industry-leading organization.” For more information on ISSA Show Canada, please contact Chuck Nervick, Senior Vice President, MediaEdge at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or Mike Nosko, ISSA Canada Executive Director at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..


ABOUT ISSA

With more than 9,200 members – including distributors, manufacturers, manufacturer representatives, building service contractors, in-house service providers, residential cleaners and associate service members – ISSA is the world’s premier trade association for the cleaning industry. The association is committed to changing the way the world views cleaning by providing its members with the business tools, educational products and industry standards they need to promote cleaning as an investment in human health, the environment and an improved bottom line.

ABOUT MEDIAEDGE

For more than 25 years, MediaEdge has been at the forefront of communication solutions, providing innovative products and services to organizations within a variety of business sectors. The company is currently partnered with upwards of 80 associations, has launched and produced more than 100 conferences and trade shows across Canada, and offers award-winning 360-degree integrated marketing solutions. MediaEdge also owns and publishes seven market-leading print, digital and website products focused on the real estate management industry.

For more information, please contact Mike Nosko at (905)665-8001, toll free: (866)684-8273, e-mail: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.



Brookfield Global Integrated Systems (BGIS) Embraces CIMS-GB

(Whitby, ON – November 7, 2018) ISSA Canada Canada is pleased to announce that BGIS, a leading provider of real estate management services, has recently adopted ISSA’s Cleaning Industry Management Standard (CIMS) as part of its cleaning subcontractor pre-qualification requirements for future RFP’s where possible. This cleaning standard, known as CIMS-GB, will form part of the evaluation criteria for BGIS’s future janitorial service contracts.

The CIMS-GB certification was established to help meet the growing demand for greener, more sustainable facilities and the achievement of Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) certification. Implemented as the sixth dimension of the CIMS program, CIMS-GB designation offers cleaning organizations a certification that is closely tailored to provide customers with precisely what they need to secure points under the LEED for Existing Buildings: Operations and Maintenance (LEED EB: O&M) Green Building Rating System, while greening their overall operations. CIMS-GB certification demonstrates an organization’s capability to assist customers in achieving LEED EB: O&M points and offers assurance that they are prepared to partner with them in the LEED process.

“We are excited with this opportunity to show leadership in our industry by recognizing the professionalism and quality assurance that an ISSA certification brings to the clients of the corporate real estate cleaning industry, and we are pleased to incorporate this standard as part of our cleaning subcontractor requirements,” said John Castelhano, AVP Strategic Sourcing, North America.

Having been recently named to Canada’s Clean50 list for 2019, BGIS continues to raise the sustainability bar by providing innovative and sustainable solutions to their clients.

“Environmental sustainability is a core part of BGIS’s operating philosophy and values,” said Gord Hicks, CEO, BGIS. “As an organization, we will continue to ensure that our subcontractors and suppliers maintain high environmental standards which may include the CIMS-GB certification for the cleaning industry.”



ABOUT ISSA CANADA


ISSA Canada is the body resulting from the merger of ISSA with the Canadian Sanitation Supply Association (CSSA) in May 2017. With over 9200 members, including distributors, manufacturers, manufacturer representatives, building service contractors, in-house service providers and associated service members, ISSA is the leading trade association for the cleaning industry worldwide. The association is committed to helping its members change the way the world views cleaning by providing members with the business tools they need to promote cleaning as an investment in human health, the environment and an improved bottom line.

For more information, please contact Mike Nosko at (905)665-8001, toll free: (866)684-8273, e-mail: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.



ISSA Canada Forms BSC Council

(Whitby, ON – January 15, 2018)ISSA Canada is pleased to announce that it has formed a Building Service Contractor (BSC) Council to strengthen the line of communication between the association the BSC sector. The purpose of this council is to provide input and consultation to ISSA Canada in order to improve the value of the association to building service contractors.

Comprised of eight BSC representatives, the council will meet quarterly to discuss matters which are top-of-mind with the facility service provider sector of the industry. The inaugural BSC Council meeting was held in October 2017.

The council is comprised of the following members:

  • Chris Boutsalis – Impact Cleaning Services Ltd.
  • Peter Dobrowolski – Bee Clean Building Maintenance
  • Dimitri Kourkoutis – J & A Cleaning Solutions Ltd.
  • Michael Kroupa – United Services Group
  • Yamire MacDowell – Granite Club
  • Joseph Park – Brookfield Global Integrated Solutions
  • Mike Nosko – ISSA Canada Executive Director
  • Ken Hilder – ISSA Canada BSC Council Chair

If you are interested in participating on the BSC Council, please contact Ken Hilder at (905) 431-4812 or via email at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

 

Canadian Training Dates Announced

(Whitby, ON – January 15, 2018)ISSA Canada is pleased to announce that it has confirmed CMI Train-the-Trainer and CIMS I.C.E certification training to the Canadian marketplace.

The CMI Train-the-Trainer course provides all the tools and skills needed to develop a successful training program for an organization. Whether you’re a building service contractor or facility manager, Train-the-Trainer’s three-day program covers the core principles of cleaning, and the best practices for supervising and implementing the training program.

The CMI Train-the-Trainer program will be held:

  • April 17 to 19 at NaceCare Solutions, 1205 Britannia Rd. E. in Mississauga, ON; and,
  • August 21 to 23 at the Croatian Cultural Centre, 3250 Commercial Dr. in Vancouver, BC.

Additionally, ISSA Canada will host two sessions of the CIMS I.C.E. (ISSA Certified Expert) program. Training to become an ISSA Certification Expert positions an individual as an indispensable resource. Becoming an I.C.E.-certified professional arms an individual with information about the critical factors that can be used to help customers – or one’s own organization – meet demands from the highest management levels. In fact, past attendees have saved their customers and their organizations more than six figures annually by helping them comply with CIMS and achieve certification to the CIMS standard.

The CIMS I.C.E. Program will be held:

  • May 8 at the Richmond Hill Country Club (Regency Room), 8905 Bathurst St., Richmond Hill, ON; and,
  • September 11 at the Croatian Cultural Centre, 3205 Commercial Dr., Vancouver, BC.

For more information or to register, please visit:

 

ISSA Canada to Host Quebec Region Golf Tournament in 2018

(Whitby, ON – December 11, 2017)ISSA Canada - Quebec Region will host its annual golf tournament on Tuesday, June 19, 2018 at the Club de golf le Blainvillier.

Designed by famous architect Graham Cooke, Le Blainvillier is among the most challenging golf courses in Quebec. Those who consider playing golf like taking a walk through nature will appreciate the friendly atmosphere in this course’s beautifully-wooded surroundings. Whether you are a golf enthusiast or an occasional player, you will be delighted.

TRIBUTE TO A PIONEER For several years, the Quebec Chapter has taken this opportunity to honour one of its industry pioneers for his / her contribution to the growth of the ISSA Canada. This year, the association wishes pay tribute to Yves DeMontigny for his contributions over the many years he has been involved in the business. The following individuals have earned this distinction in past ceremonies:

  • Mr. Eugène Paradis
  • Mr. Av Morrow
  • Mr. Marcel Boudreau
  • Ms. Lise Laliberté
  • Mr. Claude Bouchard
  • Mr. Jean Larose
  • Mr. Pierre Hébert
  • Mr. Pierre Labbé
  • Mr. Jean Beaulac
  • Ms. Lyse Paradis
  • Mr. Robert Gendron
  • Mr. Robert Ducharme
  • Mr. Yves Gratton

GUEST INVITATIONS

It has been proven that a round of golf between clients and suppliers reinforces the business relationship in a relatively informal fashion. As in years past, we remind you that the ISSA Canada golf tournament is open to end-users who would like to participate as a guest.

Why not take advantage of this excellent opportunity – at a reasonable cost – to invite clients to discover one of the most prestigious golf courses in Quebec. Reserve your foursome… it’s an invitation that won’t be turned down.

For more information, contact Richard Bolduc at (819) 322-1789, e-mail This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.