Chantale Despres

Director - Sustainability, Canadian National Railway

Chantale has pioneered CN's EcoConnexions program, which has found innovative ways to embed sustainability into CN's corporate culture, starting day 1: Personal water bottles for new employees with an environmental message!   Some of the savings have been big enough to fill a box car: An alliance with B.C. Hydro and led by CN’s Rick McFadyen resulted in a 20% reduction in energy use in CN’s largest yard in B.C. with $182,000 annual energy savings.  A similar partnership with Manitoba Hydro reduced GhG by 3,000 tonnes.   With great executive support, CN and Chantale have built an “EcoFund”, reinvesting savings into capital projects to increase energy efficiencies.

Claude Dumais, Vice President, Technical Operations and Environment, Canada Steamship Lines
Kirk Jones, Vice President, Sustainability, Government and Industry Affairs, Canada Steamship Lines

Canada Steamship Lines Team - Claude Dumais & Kirk Jones


Kirk Jones and Claude Dumais led the team that developed CSL’s sustainability strategy. Adopted in 2013, the strategy positions CSL as an environmental sustainability leader in the Short Sea Shipping industry. CSL has maintained ISO 14001 certification since 2011, and has obtained the highest ranking for this year under the Green Marine voluntary certification program. Kirk and Claude oversaw the launch of a number of technologies and practices to reduce SO2, NOx and CO2 emissions from vessels. To date, CSL has saved almost 6,300 tonnes of CO2e.

Richard Garneau

President and Chief Executive Officer, Resolute Forest Products

Richard and his team have led company involvement in the World Wildlife Fund Climate Savers program, committing to reduce carbon emissions by 65% below 2000 levels.  The company has achieved 99.4% of this industry-leading goal one year ahead of schedule - the equivalent of taking 1.62 million cars off the road annually. Resolute has invested millions in conservation measures and fuel switching, including elimination of on-site coal use.  Resolute is a leader in sustainable forest management and in the engagement of communities and First Nations. In 2013, the company's Opitciwan joint-venture sawmill won the national Aboriginal Forest Products Business Leadership Award. Learn more about Richard... www.resolutefp.com

Geoff Wensel

President, GR Green Building Products

The Interface of the roofing world, Partners Geoff  and Bob invented, patented and brought to market the first zero waste, closed loop life-cycle process to manufacture roofing and siding. GR Green Slate and GR Green Cedar is made exclusively from recycled and waste products, has a miniscule footprint, looks natural, costs less than other composites or natural premium products and the best part, can be completely recycled into new roofing and siding products after 50 or more years of use.