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October 12, 2017

Linamar Corporation invests millions to advance women’s opportunities in engineering and business

  Linamar Corporation is no stranger to investing in education, jobs and skills, but the company has just kicked it up a notch with a major investment in Western University’s combined engineering and business undergraduate degree program. The Linamar Scholarships for Women in Engineering and Business is the result of a $5-million gift from the company, CEO Linda Hasenfratz, her husband Ed Newton, and her father Frank Hasenfratz, Linamar’s founder.   The donation will fund half the cost ...

September 7, 2017

Canadian employers step up for B.C. wildfire relief

As summer 2017 drew to close, British Columbians were hoping that the change of season would bring a merciful end to months of destructive and costly wildfires. Since April, volunteers, communities, governments and businesses have pitched in to assist evacuees and those impacted by nearly 1,000 fires across the province – the worst fire season in the province’s history. Business Council members were in the forefront of efforts to provide financial and other forms of relief.   Canadian Tire stores, Loblaw supermarkets ...

June 26, 2017

HSBC earns top ‘women in leadership’ ranking

In its annual ranking of Canada’s 50 best corporate citizens, Corporate Knights magazine has recognized HSBC Bank Canada as a top performer in gender diversity. Michael Yow, the magazine’s Director of Research, said HSBC’s gender-balanced board of directors was a major factor behind the bank’s third-place finish in the 2017 rankings. The Corporate Knights Best 50 ranking measures a diverse range of Canadian enterprises on a suite of 14 performance indicators, including greenhouse gas productivity, taxes paid, health and safety ...

November 29, 2016

John Risley gifts $25 million to Ocean Frontier Institute

An unprecedented donation to Canada’s ocean science sector tackles some of the biggest questions facing the seas. Spearheaded by Dalhousie University, the Ocean Frontier Institute brings together international scientists, students and industry to focus on issues such as climate change, reversing fish species collapse and evaluating the sustainability of aquaculture. John Risley, President of New Brunswick-based Clearwater Fine Foods Inc., credits the Ocean Fronteir Institute for championing scientific research. "It is enormously important the community appreciate the extent to ...

October 13, 2016

Cenovus Energy, Suncor and Alliance partner to fuel the energy transition

Cenovus Energy, Suncor and Alliance partner to fuel the energy transition

Heavy hitters in Canada’s oil and gas sector are investing $100 million in a new mission: balancing clean environmental growth with low costs for consumers. Evok Innovations is a unique partnership between the BC Cleantech CEO Alliance, Cenovus Energy and Suncor Energy. A cleantech fund focused on accelerating the development of solutions to pressing environmental and economic challenges, Evok focuses on commercializing and boosting green technology innovation. As an independent, entrepreneur-led fund, it offers entrepreneurs access to major customers, mentorship, ...

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