September 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: http://www.clean50.com