ISPI Performance Digest
Mar. 13, 2012

THE Performance Improvement Conference: Preferred hotel rate ends soon
International Society for Performance Improvement
The Performance Improvement Conference will take place April 18-23 at the Sheraton Centre Toronto Hotel. The special conference rate for lodging is only available until March 13. Use the group code ISPI11 to make online room reservations now. THE Performance Improvement Conference is going to be particularly exciting this year because it is ISPI's 50th Anniversary. You can register for The Conference at

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