David Labistour

CEO, Mountain Equipment Co-op (MEC)

Mountain Equipment Co-op’s biggest impact – environmentally, socially and economically – comes from the products it sells and its physical operations. It takes strong leadership and deep integration of sustainability into operational roles to realize real change. As such MEC’s management and staff have sustainability goals integrated into business deliverables  and see this integrated approach as good business. Materials Manager Greg Scott is the driving force behind MEC’s bluesign commitment, Operations Manager Gary Faryon is responsible for the Green Building program and CFO Sandy Treagus is responsible for Carbon reporting. The Director of Sustainability Amy Roberts and Valerie Presolly, MEC’s Accountability and Sustainability Integration Specialist work with the Departments to identify pinch points and provide resource and solutions to enable delivery of the goals. The results demonstrate that profitability and sustainability can coexist.


Tim Faveri

Director, Sustainability and Responsibility, Tim Hortons Inc.

Tim Hortons has seen sustainability results within its supply chain and at its restaurants under the leadership of Tim Faveri, Director, Sustainability and Responsibility. He provides joint oversight to the Tim Hortons Coffee Partnership, a grassroots capacity building program with a goal to improve the lives of small-scale coffee farmers in regions where the company sources its coffee. Since 2005, Tim Hortons has invested nearly $7 million and worked with more than 3,400 farmers, positively impacting the lives of more than 17,000 people in project communities. He also provides support for in-restaurant recycling, material capture and organics diversion programs which have increased across Canada.

Leigh Pearson, Staples, Director of Facilities, Environment and Procurement, Staples
Peter Gibel, Staples, Vice President of Merchandising, Staples

Staples Team

Vice President of Merchandising, Pete Gibel and Director of Facilities, Environment and Procurement, Leigh Pearson at Staples Canada, engage their teams to set the sustainability agenda and identify key focus areas for the company. They have started and overseen numerous working groups dedicated to implementing national environmental programs and embedding sustainability into the company’s operations and culture –internally as well as externally. The results include the national rollout of a battery-recycling program that helped divert more than 49,528 kg of batteries from landfills in 2012, more than double the amount collected the previous year. It’s initiatives like this that allow Staples to maintain its reputation as retail industry leader in office product recycling.

Walmart Team

Walmart Canada uses its size and scale to make a sustainability impact across the retail sector. That includes sharing its energy saving and carbon-reducing techniques with competitors, and building distribution centers that are up to 60% more energy efficient than past designs. Andy Ellis, Walmart Canada’s EVP, Supply Chain & Logistics, has been part of that progress, continually challenging his team to keep sustainability top of mind in all their projects. Walmart Canada’s Senior Manager, Transportation, Michael Buna, has pushed boundaries in ensuring that GHGs embedded in the retailer’s supply chain are measured with world-leading supply chain management service company, Damco.