Mario Plourde

President and Chief Executive Officer, Cascades

Continuing to drive Cascades’ environmental legacy forward, Mario has instituted such policies as offering employees $2,000 to buy an electric vehicle and driving product development through an environmental and sustainability lens. Mario actively supports the company’s sustainable procurement program which encourages suppliers to be evaluated and rewards leaders with a 5-10% advantage. Cascades’ 20 energy engineers have contributed to reducing GHG emissions intensity by 50% since 1990, and Mario has committed the company to a drop a further 7% by 2020. Last year, Cascades recovered 76% of its manufacturing waste for reuse, and 42% of the company’s energy use is from renewable sources.

Eric Beckwitt

Founder and CEO, Freightera

International freight transportation currently generates about 7% of CO2 emissions worldwide. In Canada, freight transport generates 10.5% of total emissions and is the most rapidly growing source of CO2 from the transport sector. Enter Freightera. As the “Expedia of Freight”, the company’s online platform connects shippers and carriers in a way that promotes rail as both the least expensive and lowest emission way to move freight, and highlights US EPA/Natural Resources Canada SmartWay certified carriers as the “greenest”. By promoting carriers that are SmartWay certified or use rail at the top of any list based on price, Eric says that shippers have suddenly discovered ways – even for smaller loads – to dramatically reduce both their costs and their footprint by as much as 60%. Overall, 80%+ of Freightera bookings are now SmartWay or rail. In recent months, up to 22% of lower emission bookings were via CN and CP rail partner carriers alone, with Union Pacific coming online shortly.

Sarah Buckle

Director, Enterprise Risk and Sustainability, South Coast British Columbia Transportation Authority (TransLink)

Sarah is helping lead regional change through the development of TransLink’s Low Carbon Fleet Strategy – a roadmap for transitioning over 1,400 vehicles from fossil fuels to zero and low-carbon technologies starting in 2025 or earlier in support of reducing GHG emissions by 80% by 2050, and aligning with Vancouver’s commitment to fossil-fuel free buses by 2025. She leads TransLink’s participation in the Pan-Canadian Electric Bus Demonstration Trial – a $40M effort designed to bring manufacturers, and transit agencies together to standardize systems and infrastructure, and which will have 4 electric busses on Metro Vancouver’s streets in spring 2019, each estimated to save over $50,000 in fuel costs and reduce CO2 emissions by over 300,000 kg a year.