Executive Director of GreenCentre Canada granted Clean50 award
On September 17, Dr. Rui Resendes, Executive Director of GreenCentre Canada, was announced as one of Canada's 2013 Clean50 Honorees. The Clean50 seeks to identify and recognize 50 individuals (or small teams) who have made the greatest contributions to sustainable development or clean Capitalism in Canada. "Canadians owe all of our Clean50 nominees, but these individuals in particular, a debt of gratitude," says Gavin Pitchford, Chief Talent Officer, Delta Management Group, and Founder of the Canada's Clean50 Awards. "Their combined efforts, and that of the organizations they serve, in moving sustainability agenda forward, is something from which all Canadians benefit. And we owe the companies who follow through on these initiatives our thanks as well."
Executive Director of GreenCentre Canada Rui Resendes
In 2009, Dr. Rui Resendes led the creation of GreenCentre Canada. Funded by the governments of Canada and Ontario, GreenCentre transforms green chemistry breakthroughs into green products and processes that enhance and preserve our quality of life and our environment. It is the first model of its type in North America. In the past three years GreenCentre has received disclosures from 40 universities across Canada, 68 start-up and small-and-medium enterprises and 5 government research organizations. These disclosures have resulted in 29 Proof-of-Principle awards, 43 accepted technologies and 1 spin-off Company - Switchable Solutions Inc. "GreenCentre has injected the know-how to help fledging discoveries become transformational," says Pitchford. "Through 'hands-on' technical and commercialization activities, working with universities from across Canada, GreenCentre harnesses the power of early-stage green chemistry technologies and positions them to make positive environmental and economic impacts."
The Clean50 was created in 2011 by Delta Management Group, a Canadian search firm focused on corporate sustainability, in concert with media partner Corporate Knights magazine. We sought to identify and recognize 50 individuals (or small teams) who have made the greatest contributions to sustainable development or clean capitalism in Canada between January 1, 2010, and March 31, 2012, and from that group, identify the leader in each of 16 specific categories.