DATE: November 9, 2021
TIME: 11:15 am - 12:15 pm ET | 8:15 - 9:15 am PT
Making Impact Through Sustainability
With Whitney McWade, Director, Sustainability Strategy, Disclosure and Impact, BMO Financial Group - Moderator
Heidi Reimer-Epp, CEO & Co-Founder, Botanical PaperWorks (Manitoba)
Paulina Leung, Chief Sustainability Officer, Emterra Group (Ontario)
Connie Stacey, President, Growing Greener Innovations (Alberta)
Meni Mancini, Founding Partner, Tradeworks Environmental Inc. (Ontario)
Introduction by Addie Greco-Sanchez, Founder & President, AGS Rehab - MC
Remarks by Sheri Griffiths, Senior Vice President, Head of Ontario, Canadian Commercial Banking, BMO Financial Group
The WBE Panel will feature 4 Canadian women-owned businesses who have made a remarkable impact in sustainability and innovation at all levels - social, environmental and/or economic. The goal of this session is to understand how each of the panelists incorporate sustainability in their businesses, how these actions are impacting their industries, the corporations they work with and communities at large. They will also be highlighting best practices. Join us for an in-depth discussion about sustainable businesses, the positive impacts they make, and what the future holds.
Whitney is a Director at BMO Financial Group focused on sustainability strategy, disclosure and impact measurement. She plays an advisory role on emerging sustainability issues and trends and develops strategies that enhance BMO’s sustainability program and reporting. Prior to joining BMO, Whitney led Canadian Tire Corporation’s strategic sustainability agenda and provided sustainability consulting services at PwC and Trucost. She holds an MSc in International Management from King’s College, University of London (UK), a BA in International Development Studies from McGill University, and holds the Sustainability Accounting Standards Board (SASB)’s Fundamentals of Sustainability Accounting (FSA) credential.
Heidi Reimer-Epp turned her passion for sustainability into Botanical PaperWorks, an award-winning business guided by environmental values and practices. The company manufactures and markets eco-friendly seed papers that grow into flowers, herbs and vegetables when planted in soil. As CEO and Co-Founder, Heidi has overseen company growth as Botanical PaperWorks went from start-up to international success story. The company produces promotional products, wedding products and sustainable packaging for more than 35 countries around the world. Heidi is the Past Chair of the PPPC and co-author of three books. As an early innovator in the green products arena, Heidi has been profiled in many publications including Fast Company, The Huffington Post, the Wall Street Journal and the National Post.
Paulina Leung is Chief Sustainability Officer of Emterra Group, a leader in the recovery of end-of-life materials throughout Canada and the state of Michigan. Paulina oversees strategic initiatives, human resources, information technology, communications, and business development. As Emterra Group enters its fifth decade, it’s evolving to create producer responsibility, customized circular economy and waste management services for brand owners, manufacturers and government. Paulina’s focus and passion is in developing circular business models that are responsive to rapidly changing consumer, business and government demands.
Connie Stacey is the founder and president of Growing Greener Innovations. Connie holds a BA from the University of Alberta and brings 20 years of experience from the IT/computer programming sectors to her work at GGI. She founded GGI in 2014 with a desire to create a better generator--silent, fumeless, no carbon emissions. Upon developing the GRENGINE™ solar battery generator, she expanded her patented design to the battery energy storage sector.
Meni Mancini is a seasoned executive and serial entrepreneur with extensive experience in fostering innovation and building sustainable businesses. Her passion is people, the planet, and doing what she can to make a social, economic, and environmental impact. Ms. Mancini has leveraged her past experience in regulatory compliance, strategic advice, fostering innovation leading her to focus on environmental solutions directed for municipal and industrial applications through a new and game changing clean technology introducing new methods, equipment, products and analytics, designed to optimize biological systems and treat wastewater and organic waste more sustainably. She has built a global network of distributors and agents and passionately mentors and trains young entrepreneurs to lead the change in the industry.
Sheri Griffiths is responsible for leading Ontario’s Canadian Commercial Banking team. Sheri brings over 30 years of extensive retail and commercial banking experience to this role. She started her career in banking as a teller and has progressed through many roles and several locations during her journey including relocating her family several times. She holds an MBA from Dalhousie University and is an executive sponsor of BMO for Women, a program which supports and advances women in business. She also leads the Canadian Commercial Banking National Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Council, which supports BMO's commitment to building a future with zero barriers to inclusion. Her deep passion for supporting women entrepreneurs, creating a culture of equality, and empowering those around her have contributed to Sheri being named one of Canada’s Most Powerful Women by Women’s Executive Network (WXN) in 2020.
Addie Greco-Sanchez is the founder and president of AGS Rehab, a leader in disability management and assessment services since 1999 that has grown into a successful company with a head office in Mississauga and a large network of professionals across Canada. Selected as one of PROFIT/Chatelaine’s Top 100 Female Entrepreneurs, Addie is a passionate and expert advocate for mental health in the workplace and frequent speaker on the topic of how companies can safeguard employees’ psychological health.