Chairman, SummerhillIan's vision, based on over a decade's work of reducing barriers to sustainability in the retail sector, led to the creation of Innovation for Sustainability (IfS) – an initiative designed to bring Ontario-based commercially viable, retail-focused innovative products and technologies to market. Ian established that one of the critical success factors of this initiative was the collaboration between manufacturers, government, and retailers, whom together create conditions for success for the commercialization of new technologies. Through IfS, Summerhill and their partners have introduced 20 new innovative products to the Canadian marketplace and 13 Ontario based manufacturers were given the opportunity to interact with a large retailer and reach a wider consumer market.
Vice President, Business Sustainability, Canadian Tire CorporationSince 2008, Tyler has transformed CT's approach to Sustainability into an innovation strategy that generates competitive advantage and bottom-line results. To date, the strategy has delivered 670 projects in key areas (Products, Transport, Buildings & Operations), and will annually avoid $9,221,674 in costs, 11,811 tonnes of GHG emissions and 2,285 tonnes of waste. Canadian Tire's sustainability performance is integrated into core financial documents, reported with the quarterly financial releases and linked to management compensation.
Founder & President, AIR MILES for Social Change
Andreas is the founder and current President of AIR MILES for Social Change
, a social venture that harnesses the unparalleled popularity of the AIR MILES loyalty currency to offer incentives to Canadians for making healthier or environmentally responsible lifestyle choices. He writes and speaks nationally about social change and the green economy and chairs the advisory board of the Centre for Responsible Leadership at Queen's University as well as WWF Canada's advisory committee on climate change, energy and transportation.
Galen G. Weston
Executive Chairman, Loblaw Companies LimitedLoblaw's has led the way among food retailers in Canada with an array of efforts that have had measurable impact on the Company's overall sustainability, from reductions in packaging and introduction of healthier food products to reductions in electricity and fuel used in stores and transportation fleet, along with pilot projects to divert organic waste in Ontario and Quebec. Two of the greatest impacts are in the reduction of plastic shopping bags (73 per cent reduction nationally with 2.5 billion fewer plastic bags used since 2007) and Loblaw's commitment to source 100 per cent of all the seafood sold in its stores by year-end 2013. In 2010,the number of Marine Stewardship Council (MSC) certified wild-caught seafood products in Loblaw stores increased from 16 to 34—the most of any Canadian grocery retailer. These efforts and others have won the support of many NGOs.
Those involved credit Galen as being the prime driver behind these efforts.