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September 16, 2014 09:00 ET

Canada's Clean50 Sustainability Champions Named

Awards recognize outstanding work in sustainable development and clean tech

TORONTO, ONTARIO--(Marketwired - Sept. 16, 2014) - A 20 year old who turns algae-infested water into a combination of clean water, biodiesel fuel, and a possible cure for a childhood cancer. A corporate leader who has transformed a once bankrupt major corporation into the sustainability leader in the forest products industry. Four entrepreneurs working individually to bring us more renewable energy, dramatically enhanced waste water treatment, a significant boost to the energy efficiency of large scale buildings, and the ability to power our electric vehicles at a significantly lower cost.

These are just some of the achievements of those named as Canada's Clean50 for 2015, as announced today by Delta Management Group and Canada's Clean50 organization.

This is the fourth year that Canada's Clean50 Award has celebrated outstanding sustainability achievements across 16 categories, selecting 50 individuals or small teams from well over 500 nominations, putting a face on sustainability. The work of these sustainable development and clean tech leaders is making a difference across Canada, and serves as an inspiration to others. This is the only award of its kind in the world.

The Clean50 Award also identified 10 "Emerging Leaders" from across Canada, ranging in age from 15 to their early 30s, and 15 innovative projects undertaken by organizations in the past two years that have the ability to inform, and the power to inspire Canadians - and help them understand that sustainability does not equal more expensive.

"If we stand a chance of battling climate change, instead of just adapting to it, it will be these leaders we have to thank" says Gavin Pitchford, Founder of Canada's Clean50 awards and Chief Talent Officer at Delta Management Group. "Their progress and their commitment can give us some hope. In particular, our world-leading clean tech community provides opportunities for significant improvement in both Canada's environmental and economic performance. We all need to ask our corporate and government leaders what they are doing to aid the clean tech industry - especially given the jobs already in the sector - and the prospects for literally millions more. It's an Avro Arrow moment for our country - we can continue to invest - and lead the world, or risk missing a massive opportunity".

The complete list of Canada's Clean50 honourees, Clean50 Emerging Leader honourees and Clean50 Top 15 Projects for 2015 is below. More detailed information can be found at Canada's Clean50 website:

Follow Canada's Clean50 on Twitter @Clean50 and the conversation at #Clean50

About Delta Management Group

Founded in 1992, Delta Management Group is a Toronto-based boutique search firm that connects Canada's best corporate sustainability leaders, advocates, stewards and clean-tech professionals, with leading organizations. For more information visit

(See Canada's Clean50 list, Emerging Leaders and Top 15 Projects below)

Canada's Clean50 for 2015


  • John Lounds* - President & CEO, Nature Conservancy of Canada
  • Will Horter - Executive Director, Dogwood Initiative
  • Merrell-Ann Phare - Executive Director and Legal Counsel, Centre for Indigenous Environmental Resources
  • Art Sterritt - Executive Director, Great Bear Initiative


  • Dr. Vicky Sharpe* - Strategic Advisor to the Board, Sustainable Development Technology Canada
  • Susan McArthur - Managing Partner, Greensoil Investments
  • Tony Van Bommel - Senior Managing Partner, BDC Capital


  • Gord Hicks* - President, Brookfield Johnson Controls
  • Karen Jalon - National Director of Sustainability, Cadillac Fairview
  • Thomas Mueller - President & CEO, Canada Green Building Council
  • André Rochette - President and CEO, Ecosystem Energy Services


  • Dr. Karen Farbridge* - Mayor, City of Guelph
  • Stephen Mandel - Former Mayor, City of Edmonton

Clean Technology

  • Cam Carver* - Chief Executive Officer, Temporal Power
  • James Dean - CEO and Founder, dPoint Technologies
  • Marvin R. DeVries - President, Trojan Technologies
  • Dr. Rocky Simmons - President and CEO, Eco-Tec


  • Coro Strandberg* - Principal, Strandberg Consulting
  • Bruce Taylor - President, Enviro-Stewards
  • Stuart Torr - President, Integrated Sustainability Consultants
  • Michael van Aanhout - Chairman, Stratos


  • Dr. John Grace* - Professor & Canada Research Chair in Clean Energy Processes, UBC
  • Dr. Judith Lipp - Executive Director, TREC Renewable Energy Co-op
  • Bruce Lourie - President, Ivey Foundation & Rick Smith - Executive Director, Broadbent Institute, Co-authors of "Death by Rubber Duck"
  • Dr. Damon Matthews - Associate Professor and Concordia University Research Chair, Concordia University

Financial & Services Organizations

  • Jane Ambachtsheer* - Partner, Global Head of Responsible Investment, Mercer
  • Howard Chang - President and CEO, Top Drawer Creative
  • Dave Mowat - CEO, ATB Financial
  • Jeannie White - Manager, Employee Engagement, Policies & Programs, Symcor

Transportation & Manufacturing Organizations

  • Chantale Despres* - Director - Sustainability, Canadian National Railway
  • Claude Dumais - Vice President, Technical Operations and Environment & Kirk Jones - Vice President, Sustainability, Government and Industry Affairs, Canada Steamship Lines
  • Richard Garneau - President and Chief Executive Officer, Resolute Forest Products
  • Geoff Wensel - President, GR Green Building Products

Primary Resources

  • Ellen McGregor* - President & CEO, Fielding Chemical Technologies
  • Wade Barnes - President and CEO, Farmers Edge Precision Consulting
  • Joe Miranda - CEO, Canada Fibers
  • James Ewles - President, Raw Materials Company

Public Sector

  • Honourable Wes Sheridan* - Minister of Finance, Energy and Municipal Affairs, Government of Prince Edward Island
  • Michael Goeres - Executive Director, Canadian Council of Ministers of the Environment

Research & Development

  • David Leger* - President & CEO, PowerDisc Development
  • Adam Noble - President, CEO and Founder Noble Holdings

Renewable Energy

  • Dan Balaban* - President and CEO, Greengate Power
  • John Gorman - President & CEO, Canadian Solar Industries' Association

Retail & Consumer Products

  • Esther Speck* - Principal; Sustainability Strategist, Speck Consulting
  • Luc Lortie - Sustainability Director, Costco
  • Andrew Telfer - Manager, Sustainability, Walmart Canada

Technology, Telecom & Media

  • Todd Melendy* - Vice President - Sustainability & Compliance, Celestica
  • Emechete Onuoha - Vice President Global Government Affairs (Canada), Xerox Canada

Traditional Power

  • Lisa DeMarco* - Partner, head, Toronto Energy Practice, Chair, Sustainability & Climate Change International Business Group, Norton Rose Fulbright
  • Jim Burpee - President and CEO, Canadian Electricity Association

* denotes Clean16 Honouree & category leader. All others in the category are presented alphabetically.

Emerging Leaders

  • Keleigh Annau - Founder and Executive Director, Lights Out Canada
  • Julie Cournoyer - Corporate Sustainability Manager, Gildan
  • Audrey Depault - National Manager, The Climate Reality Project Canada
  • Rosalynn Dodd - President & Owner, Creating Eudaimonia
  • Alexis Esseltine Scoon - Sustainability Manager, Keilhauer
  • Tom Ewart - Manager, Sustainability & Citizenship, The Co-operators Group
  • Mike Morrice - Executive Director, Sustainability CoLab
  • Rachel Parent - Founder, Kids Right to Know
  • Muhammad Qureshi - Conservation Leader, Ontario Nature
  • Sarah Jane Wolch - Marketing & Business Development Specialist, Brookfield Johnson Controls

Top 15 Projects to advance sustainability in Canada

  • ATB Financial - Financial Legacy Fund - unique funding structure for Ducks Unlimited
  • Cadillac Fairview - GREEN AT WORK™ program
  • Canadian National Railway - "EcoConnexions" Employee Engagement Program
  • CN, BC Hydro and Manitoba Hydro - EcoConnexions - Energy Efficiency partnership projects with BC Hydro and Manitoba Hydro.
  • The Co-operators - IMPACT! The Co-operators Youth Program for Sustainability Leadership.
  • Ecotrust Canada - Creation of
  • Lakeridge Health & Ecosystem Energy Services - Lakeridge Health Deep Energy Retrofit Project
  • Port Metro Vancouver - "EcoAction": A program to charge lower harbour rates to "greener" boats.
  • Province of New Brunswick - "Sustainable Community Design for Subdivisions"
  • Pure Energies - Ontario's first "free solar panels" offering for home owners
  • Roche Canada - Zero-Waste Decommissioning Project
  • SanEcoTec Ltd. - AVIVE™ Water Treatment Solution Pilot Project:
  • Toronto and Region Conservation Authority - The Weston Environmental Leaders of Tomorrow Program
  • TREC - SolarShare - Community Solar Bond Raise
  • WWF & HP - Living Planet@Work employee engagement / fund raising project

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