York region Sustainability Awards


The third annual York Region Sustainability Awards were held on Thursday, May 30, 2019 at the KPMG building in Vaughan Ontario. Over 100 business and community leaders gathered to network and recognize the climate action successes of York Region business over the past year — including the collective ClimateWise member commitment of reducing 5500 tonnes of CO2e emissions.

The keynote was delivered by Toby Heaps, CEO and co-founder of Corporate Knights. Heaps delivered a presentation on how optimism can overcome our current reality of climate inaction.

In attendance was Mary Ng, federal minister of Small Business and Export Promotion. Minister Ng's presence at the event further emphasized the importance of small businesses taking leadership on climate change mitigation.

The winners were presented with a handcrafted award made of sustainability harvested maple.

2019 York Region Sustainability Award Recipients



This award goes to an organization that employs leading edge clean technology and sustainability ideas through investment in capital plant or operations.

Engaged Green Team

Holy Trinity Thornhill

This award recognizes the comprehensive efforts of a member organization to engage employees.

Passion into Practice

Man Brothers Logo

This award is given to an organization that demonstrates a holistic, integrated approach to embedding sustainability principles throughout their own operations and products or services they provide.


City of Markham
Riverside Natural Foods

This award is given to a member who has put in place organizational support activities that will enable the launch of a proactive environmental sustainability program.

Faith & the Common Good

Jaffari Community Centre

This award is given to a faith-community in York Region in recognition of notable efforts to embed environmental sustainability actions within their community.

Business Champion

Seacore Seafood

The York Region Sustainability Champion award is in recognition of a York Region business that has taken notable action to the advancement of environmental sustainability best practices within their operations.

Lifetime Achievement

Gloria Marsh

Awarded to an individual from our community who has shown a lifetime of outstanding commitment to driving sustainability forward in York Region.

Community Champion

Claire Malcolmson

Awarded to an individual in our community who has shown outstanding commitment in driving sustainability forward in York Region.

Youth Champion

Ally Zhao

Awarded to an individual who is between 15 and 24 years of age and who has shown outstanding commitment to driving sustainability forward in York Region.

Photo Gallery: York Region Sustainability Awards, May 30, 2019

Thank you to everyone who came out. The event was another great success thanks to the fantastic support from our members and sponsors

Thank you to our sponsors!