November 7, 2013, 2:18 PM
Winners Honoured at the 2013 Excellence in Corporate Responsibility Awards

Seventeen Companies and Individuals Recognized for their Commitment to Sustainable Business

November 6, 2013 (Toronto, ON) -- At the third annual ECR Awards’ sold-out event, hosted by BNN’s Howard Green, seventeen individuals and teams were named winners for their work in sustainability and ethical business practices. Attendees celebrated the work of the many Canadian business leaders dedicated to innovation and leadership in corporate social responsibility. Winners ranged from teams’ committed to managing risk in mining facilities, to greening Canadian homes, to an airplane manufacturer with a cradle-to-grave design philosophy, and many more.

 

The 2013 Outstanding Achievement Award was presented to Gord Lambert, Executive Advisor Sustainability and Innovation, Suncor. Gord has an impressive 30-year career, demonstrating leadership and innovation in the resource sector. His work driving collaboration and the sharing of research and technology, has led to an unprecedented improvement and advancement of sustainability in the oil sands.

 

Professionals from small, medium and large corporations across a range of industries were eligible to apply. A panel of experts conducted judging, with selection criteria based on leadership and innovation, performance and results, and process.

 

The Winners of the 2013 ECR Awards are:

  1. Small Business – Any Sector
    • Co- Founders, Mario Fiorucci and Tara Longo with team David Meli, Jonathan Abrahams, Paul Bradshaw, Candice Zaina, Maxine Knight, and Ryan Rudnickas, The Healthy Butcher
    Honourable Mention:
    • President, Christopher Curtis, Living Wall Concepts

  2. Technology, Information Technology and Telecommunications
    • Environmental Engineer, Isabellee Doucet, IBM Bromont Manufacturing Plant
    Honourable Mention:
    • President and CEO, Dan Seto, Circuit Meter Inc.

  3. Retail, Packaged Goods
    • Senior National Manager, Quality and Sustainability, Susan D’Souza, Staples Advantage Canada
    Honourable Mention:
    • CSR Manager, Kim Wilson, and CSR Advisor Jackie Leonard-Janes, Atlantic Lottery

  4. Transportation
    • Vice-President, Hélène V. Gagnon with team Bruce Parry, Kahina Oudjehani, Fassi Kafyeke, François Caza, and Jean Séguin, Bombardier Aerospace.

  5. Manufacturing
    • President and General Manager, Richard Kouwenhoven, Hemlock Printers Ltd.
    Honourable Mention:
    • Manager of Corporate Communications, Karen Shum, Catalyst Paper

  6. Professional Services and Consultants
    • Vice-President CSR, Kaz Flinn and team Gabriela Polanco-Sorto, Karen Mulchinock, Deborah Clark, and Tania Travierso, Scotiabank
    Honourable Mention:
    • Director of Corporate Responsibility, James Temple, PwC Canada

  7. Building, Design and Development (tie)
    • Director of Sustainability, Darryl Neate and team Andrew McAllan and Lachlan MacQuarrie, Oxford Properties
    • Director of Research, Kathy Wardle, Perkins+Will
    Honourable Mention:
    • President and CEO, Mazyar Mortazavi and team Ali Saneinejad, Stephen Hutchinson, Brandon Donnelly, Richelle Sibolboro, Emma Point, Jake Garrett, and Brian Rice, TAS Design Build

  8. Food and Agriculture
    • CEO, John Slack, Boreal Agrominerals Inc.

  9. Resource Sectors: Oil, Gas, Forestry and Mining
    • Stratos and The Mining Association of Canada—President, Stephanie Meyer and team George Greene, Michael van Aanhout, Jane Porter and Vicky Weekes, Stratos. President, Pierre Gratton, and team Ben Chalmers and Tara Shea, The Mining Association of Canada.

Photos and full descriptions of the winners’ achievements are detailed in the attached winners list and online at www.ecrawards.ca.

 

About the ECR Awards: The Excellence in Corporate Responsibility Awards program was created to honour and celebrate corporate Canadians for outstanding work and dedication towards creating sustainable and ethical practices within the business framework. It was developed by industry experts with deep knowledge of corporate responsibility within Canada. Collaborators include Green Living Enterprises, CIRAIG/Quantis, Sustainalytics, The Natural Step Canada, The Pembina Institute, Corporate Knights, SustainAbility and author Bob Willard. The 2013 judges were Heather Lang, Director, North American Research for Sustainalytics; Lorraine Smith, Director of SustainAbility; Chad Park, Executive Director and a founding member of The Natural Step Canada and Eli Angen, Senior Analyst, Corporate Consulting at The Pembina Institute.

 

For information about entering the 2014 ECR Awards, please contact Brenda Halkiw at 416-360-0044 x612 / bhalkiw@green-living.ca.

October 15, 2013, 11:23 PM
Join us to honour Gord Lambert for Outstanding Achievement at the 2013 Excellence In Corporate Responsibility Awards!

Join us to honour Gord Lambert for Outstanding Achievement at the 2013 Excellence In Corporate Responsibility Awards!

Toronto, ON—October 15, 2013—We are pleased to announce Gord Lambert, Executive Advisor Sustainability and Innovation, Suncor, as the recipient of Outstanding Achievement at the third annual Excellence in Corporate Responsibility (ECR) Awards. The ECR Awards, created to honour and celebrate corporate Canadians for outstanding work and dedication towards creating sustainable and ethical practices in business, will take place Wednesday November 6, 2013 in Toronto at One King West. 

 

“Gord has an impressive 30-year career, demonstrating leadership and innovation in the resource sector,” said Laurie Simmonds, President and CEO, Green Living Enterprises. “He has driven collaboration and the sharing of research and technology, which has led to unprecedented improvement and advancement of sustainability in the oil sands.”

 

“Gord is considered by most to be the elder statesman of sustainability in the oil and gas sector, and has set both a path and an example for others to follow,” said Matthew McCulloch, Director Consulting Group, Pembina Institute. “In addition to helping advance Suncor’s renewable energy strategy, Gord has modeled both intra- and cross-sectoral collaboration; as well as, contributed to the development of a globally unprecedented industry collaboration initiative in COSIA (Canada’s Oil Sands Innovation Alliance).”  

 

“Gord has spearheaded real, tangible efforts in the industry to make progress on innovation through environmental practices,” said Chad Park, Executive Director of The Natural Step Canada. “He has done so with a real commitment to doing things differently, challenging paradigms, engaging others, and taking leadership to enable collaboration.”

 

Gord is currently Suncor’s Shareholder Steering Committee representative on COSIA, is involved with the World Business Council for Sustainable Development, on the Boards of the Suncor Energy Foundation, Learning for a Sustainable Future (LSF), the Canadian Water Network, is Chair of the Board of Carbon Management Canada, and Co-chair of the Co-ordinating Committee of the Oil Sands Leadership Initiative (OSLI).

 

Other award winners across a full range of industries in Canada will be announced at the event. Judging is based on leadership and innovation, performance and results, and process. To purchase individual tickets click here or for corporate tables contact ECRawards@green-living.ca. To view past winners and for information about the 2013 ECR Awards visit www.greenlivingenterprises.ca/ecr-awards

 

About the ECR Awards: The Excellence in Corporate Responsibility Awards program was created to honour and celebrate corporate Canadians for outstanding work and dedication towards creating sustainable and ethical practices within the business framework. It was developed by industry experts with deep knowledge of corporate responsibility within Canada. Collaborators include Green Living Enterprises, CIRAIG/Quantis, Sustainalytics, The Natural Step Canada, The Pembina Institute, Corporate Knights, SustainAbility, and Bob Willard.

 

CONTACT:

Brenda Halkiw, Green Living Enterprises

Tel: 416-360-0044 x 612  Toll Free: 1-866-934-0044   bhalkiw@green-living.ca

April 29, 2013, 12:36 PM
The Eco-City Community Challenge Launches

Canada wastes more energy than almost every other country in the world, which is why the Canadian Energy Efficiency Alliance is challenging consumers to change their habits and use less energy with the Eco-City Community Challenge. Everyone benefits when we lower our consumption: families save money and less strain is put on our natural ecosystems and municipal infrastructure.

The Eco-City Community Challenge was designed by Green Living for the Canadian Energy Efficiency Alliance to educate Canadians on the benefits of energy conservation to our economy and the environment. The goal is to capture and reward the energy savings activities that Canadians have undertaken in their homes, and inspire them to do more. The program will also assist municipalities across the country to achieve their individual goals.

“We are excited about launching the Eco-City Community Challenge, and thrilled that Scotiabank EcoLiving has partnered with us to bring this initiative to Canadians,” said Elizabeth McDonald, President and CEO of the Canadian Energy Efficiency Alliance. “Our recent survey of Canadians conducted by The Gandalf Group indicated that over 60% of Canadians want to do more in terms of energy efficiency. This is a fun way to help them to meet that goal.”   

“We look forward to seeing the energy savings mount as the Challenge progresses,” said Kaz Flinn, Vice President, Corporate Social Responsibility, Scotiabank. “Canadians need to save energy, and they want to save money. The Scotiabank EcoLiving program helps them do both. Our partnership on the Eco-City Community Challenge will bring energy saving information and great incentives to Canadians coast to coast.”

Helping Canadians Save Energy and Win Big

One lucky grand-prize winner will take home a package of five energy-efficient Whirlpool appliances courtesy of The Home Depot Canada, with a retail value of over $8,000, including the Whirlpool Duet® Front Load Washer, Whirlpool Duet® Dryer, Whirlpool 36-inch French Door Bottom Mount Refrigerator, Whirlpool Dishwasher with Stainless Steel Interior and PowerScourTM Option, and a Whirlpool Electric Range.

The list of top Eco Cities will also be generated from calculations done by the Pembina Institute using data generated from the Eco-City Community Challenge website. One city or town per province/territory will earn the title of biggest energy saver.

Alongside presenting sponsor Scotiabank EcoLiving, partners from across the country including The Home Depot Canada, Enbridge Gas Distribution Inc., Union Gas, Bullfrog Power, The Home Inspection Network, Alberta Energy Efficiency Alliance, and The Pembina Institute are joining the Canadian Energy Efficiency Alliance to make energy savings a priority and encourage consumers to make simple changes to their consumption patterns.

For more information and to participate, please visit: http://challenge.energyefficiency.org