Jean Luc Lavergne

President & CEO, The Lavergne Group

What do you do with 4 BILLION discarded polyethylene terephthalate (PET) water bottles and 86 million used plastic coat hangers? If you’re Jean Luc, the Canadian poster-child for the circular economy, you work with HP to upcycle them to become over 80,000 tonnes of recycled plastic with equivalent technical and chemical specifications to virgin plastic, and then transformed into 3.8 BILLION HP printer cartridges. And then through further tech wizardry, you put another 3,200 Tonnes of recycled printer plastics into the first-in-class HP printers to be made from closed loop recycled plastic. Included in that total: since 2016, Lavergne has upcycled 8.4 Million plastic bottles from Haiti, many of which would have likely ended up in the ocean, also providing income to people on a devastated island.

Jennifer McLaughlin

Global Environment Manager, BlackBerry Limited

Answering the sustainability call at BlackBerry, Jen has evolved Environment @ BlackBerry into a program with one of the highest levels of employee engagement at BlackBerry. She developed the first ever Commuting Action Plan by a Waterloo Region Corporation aiming for a 15% reduction in BlackBerry’s Drive Alone Rate, which so far has dropped the “drive alone” rate by 4%, incentivizing employees to take transit, walk or bike, and in year 1 saved 5.3 tonnes of CO2. She has also challenged employees to look for opportunities to not only minimize waste but eliminate it completely and the BlackBerry Head Office in Waterloo increasing their waste diversion rate from 62.04% in 2013 to 93.11% in 2016.