Steve Beauchesne

CEO and Co-founder, Beau’s Brewing Co.

Who said green beer was only for St. Paddy’s Day? At six million litres of beer annually, Beau’s is Canada’s largest organic craft brewery – and also the first Canadian brewery to choose 100% green natural gas and 100% green electricity with Bullfrog Power. Steve, who is the Chief Executive Taster at Beau’s, was able to reduce Beau’s CO2 emissions footprint by more than 450 tonnes in the first year with green energy. In 2016, Beau’s expanded its commitment to reducing its environmental impact by choosing green fuel for two of its distribution trucks, making it the only brewery in Canada to commit to a three-scope solution with Bullfrog Power. Since 2014, Beau’s has reduced its CO2 emissions footprint by more than 2,100 tonnes of CO2.

Kristi Soomer

CEO, Encircled Inc.

At responsible fashion company Encircled, it’s not just the “Reversible Bandeau Bra” that goes in a circle… Through working exclusively with Canadian sewing contractors, she is able to save any extra fabric cuttings from the creation of her larger designs, and transform what used to be waste-to-landfill into scrunchies, leg warmers, headbands and the aforementioned bras. Manufacturing locally also ensures fair wages, high quality, good working conditions, as well as fewer emissions from transportation. Encircled also responsibly recycles any scrap fabric that cannot be upcycled through a textile recycling bin in Toronto. Founder Kristi also educates and encourages her customers about ways to find new uses for her products after a long life in their closets. Fashion can be full circle!

David Van Seters Van Seters

President, The Sustainability Ventures Group Inc.

Amongst other green ventures, David runs SPUD.COM - the largest organic food delivery company in North America, operating 7 locations from Vancouver to LA. By buying local the company reduced the average travel distance of its products from 2500 kms to less than 800 kms, something the company tracks with care. Delivering food to each customer on a set route once a week consumes far less fuel than the customer driving to their local store and back. Using reusable bins and minimal packaging, reduces packing waste by 80%. By acquiring perishable items on a just-in-time basis after customer order deadlines, customers receive the freshest products and food waste is reduced by 90% - and an environmental footprint assessment on each invoice!