This national individual award, sponsored by GreenCentre Canada, is presented to an individual working in Canada who has made significant contributions to advance green chemistry and/or engineering, including the technical, human health and environmental benefits.

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The 2016 winner of the Canadian Green Chemistry and Engineering Award (Individual) is:

Roger Gaudreault
TGWT Clean Technologies Inc.

Roger Gaudreault's contribution to green chemistry research and development has been made through over 30 years of dedicated work for the pulp and paper industry, green water treatment and green energy. His expertise notably spearheaded him to develop an integrated innovation green chemistry approach based on recycled fibres. Gaudreault's scientific and applied background helped developed strong partnerships between academia and industry. He has been an affiliated member of the Centre in Green Chemistry and Catalysis (CGCC) since 2011.

Gaudreault has managed Cascades R&D Centre and Innovation for 20 years, leading to numerous new processes such as chlorine-free bleaching and green innovative consumer products. In the last years, at TGWT Clean Technologies, he has been leading the development of green tannin-based corrosion inhibitors for the industrial water treatment as well as research projects to produce biofuel using wood-biomass.

Gaudreault has been involved for five years in the Green Products Fibre Network (GFN) and Forest Innovation By Research and Education (FIBRE), contributing to accelerate green chemistry and technology transfer and providing ongoing HQP training to students on research and industry approaches.

He has given numerous scientific and sustainable innovation talks to over 4500 business and public decision makers, e.g. The Standing Senate Committee of Canada on Agriculture and Forestry; The Conference Board of Canada; Les Entretiens Jacques-Cartier; ISPIM; Science & Policy Exchange; Universities; FORAC; Chambers of Commerce and Industries. Dr. Gaudreault has been involved in many industries, innovation and scientific boards to promote innovative green processes, products and chemistry.

Past Winners

Andrew Dicks
University of Toronto

Douglas W. Stephan
University of Toronto

Flora T.T. Ng
University of Waterloo

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Source: Chemical Institute of Canada


Heather Stowe is the person to thank for the creation and growth of the Domtar EarthChoice Ambassadors Program. She currently serves as the corporate social responsibility manager at Domtar.

Domtar's EarthChoice Ambassadors program is an employee engagement program that began in 2011 to promote sustainable principles throughout the company. Now going into its seventh year, this very successful program is on track to have chapters in place at all Domtar facilities by 2020. And, with more than 500 ambassadors, Domtar's EarthChoice Ambassadors put in more than 2,000 hours of volunteer work last year.

Stowe's story with Domtar's EarthChoice Ambassadors started in 2010 when Domtar sponsored her to participate in a six-month class in New York City for women in business. The class focused on creating case studies for how businesses can improve employee engagement through sustainability. While enrolled, Stowe conducted a survey among her colleagues to see if there was interest in a program like this at Domtar. To her delight, there was.

Following the class, Stowe presented a business case to her team and was given the opportunity to implement the plan at Domtar. Now, just a few years later, the EarthChoice Ambassador program has taken off at 22 of the company's sites and is a vital employee engagement program.

Stowe's favorite part of her job is the social aspect of sustainability. When she introduces the Ambassador program to new locations, she finds that it turns into much more than recycling bottles and cans; it leads to serving and making a difference in local communities. In her experience, Domtar employees have an interest in volunteering, which is why the EarthChoice Ambassador program has seen such success.

A deeper belief in giving back and doing great things in local communities is something Stowe finds very important, and is something that she is working to instill in her son as well. Stowe said that 5-year-old Liam is "the center of [her] world, but not the center of THE world." She brings Liam along to volunteer days as often as she can. "He needs to understand that to give much is to receive much," she added.

What advice would Stowe give to others who are interested in organizing a program like EarthChoice Ambassadors? "It's important to take small steps," she said. "It takes time and patience to introduce new ideas and for a movement to catch on, but the results are definitely worth the effort."

Source: Domtar Newsroom

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