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Global Compact Network Canada Recognizing Businesses for SDGs Impact at the 3rd Annual Sustainable Development Goals (SDG) Leadership Awards

This news release was originally published on CSRWire on September 6, 2018 at 9:00 AM EST.

The Global Compact Network Canada is celebrating businesses and organizations at the 3rd Annual SDG Leadership Awards today in recognition of their efforts in advancing the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) in Canada and internationally.

Winners at the SDG Leadership Awards 2018

The SDG Leadership Awards are Canada’s celebration of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and an inspiration for business leadership. The SDG Leadership Awards aim to recognize Canadian organizations who are helping advance the SDGs and calling on other organizations to take their own stand towards empowering the SDGs. This is the third installment of the awards organized by the Global Compact Network Canada, the Canadian division of the UN Global Compact.

“We are honoured to be seen as leaders amongst so many Canadian organizations working towards the Sustainable Development Goals. CAWST’s vision is a world in which people have the opportunity to succeed because their basic water and sanitation needs have been met. This passion and commitment is shared by CAWST’s global network of clients and WET (Water Expertise Training) Centre partners. Success in the water and sanitation sector would not be possible without invaluable partnerships such as these. We look forward to new possibilities for collaboration with others who share this vision.” ~ Shauna Curry, CEO, CAWST

“Oui STEM Academy strongly supports the United Nations’ Global Compact Sustainable Development Goals. We are honoured, humbled and excited to accept this award in recognition of our work to promote Quality Education, and Gender Equality among other import SDGs.” ~ Dilesha Stelmach, Founder/Chief Executive Officer, Oui STEM Academy

The GCNC received over 1000 votes this summer and is excited to announce the winners in three categories.

Winners for the Small Organizations Category

  • CAWST
  • Economic Developers Alberta
  • Oui STEM Academy

Winners for the Large Organizations Category

  • Stantec
  • Frontera Energy
  • GM Canada

“We are proud to receive this year Leadership Award and be recognized for our commitment to a sustainable future”, said Doug Yates, Environment and Energy Director, General Motors Canada. “As we strive for zero-waste operations, GM now has 142 global facilities that recycle, reuse or recover all waste from daily operations – that’s more than any other automaker. In Canada, GM is the leader in EV sales with our Chevrolet Volt and Bolt EVs, and we are also committed to carbon reduction as with our proposed St. Catharines cogeneration project which will cut GHGs by more than 77 per cent at our Propulsion Plant.”

Winner of the Partnership Award

  • Frontera Energy

The following companies participated in the SDG Leadership Awards 2018

  • 5T Sports
  • Alberta Council for Global Cooperation
  • BASF Canada
  • Centre for Affordable Water and Sanitation Technology
  • Economic Developers Alberta
  • Enviro-Stewards
  • Frontera Energy
  • GM Canada
  • Marcatus QED
  • Matrix360
  • Oui STEM Academy
  • Operation Eye Sight
  • Sherritt International
  • Stantec
  • Teck Resources
  • TELUS
  • Vancity

“Economic Developers Alberta is thrilled to be recognized for doing it’s part in advancing the Sustainable Development Goals in Canada.  With our Economic Recovery and Resiliency Program,  we are working hard to help communities decrease direct economic losses relative to global GDP caused by disasters,” said Christoper King, EDA President. “I am proud of the EDA board and staff, led by our CEO, Leann Hackman-Carty, in building our capacity and delivering a world class program.” 

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About the SDG Leadership Awards

Each year the SDG Leadership Awards highlight the business case for advancing action on the 17 SDGs, which address the most important environmental, social, and economic challenges of our time. The Awards presented a fantastic opportunity for businesses to showcase their commitment to sustainability and the UN’s Agenda 2030. To learn more about the award applications for this year, please click here.

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