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Canadian Businesses Work Together To Build Green Economy

By GreenCompany | April 15, 2009

A new green working group consisting of over 25 senior executives dubbed the Green Procurement Leadership Council, will work together to stimulate and nuture the emerging green economy. This group that contains some of Canada’s largest companies like the BMO Financial Group, TD Bank Financial Group, and Dupont Canada, controls over $45 billion in combined annual buying power. This joining of forces will benefit the environment while creating needed green jobs.

The creation of the Green Procurement Leadership Council was announced by Greening Greater Toronto. In Ontario a report from June 2008 found that for the city of Toronto the region’s commercial and public sector organizations create 64% of the area’s waste, nearly half of the entire region’s carbon emissions and of the waste produced, sadly 70% was going straight to landfills instead of being recycled or otherwise reused.

Greening Greater Toronto Co-Chair David Pecaut said, “Our goal is to harness purchasing power to help the environment, build Ontario’s green tech sector and create permanent jobs, and the formation of the Green Procurement Leadership Council is a vital first step.” The June 2008 study by Greening Greater Toronto found that there was a distinct lack of pertinent information available to the commercial and public sector buyers in the province of Ontario. Finding information on where and how to find available green products and services was difficult according to the study. We here at Green Company Canada are also helping to bridge that gap by connecting consumers wherever they may be, with green products, services and information in their local areas and from around the world.

Green Procurement Marketplace Event: May 11-12 2009

The very first Green Procurement Marketplace will take place on May 11-12, 2009. The Marketplace is part of the Ontario Centre of Excellence Discovery ’09 conference and is expected to help assist interested companies in finding available green technologies, products and services. This is a great networking opportunity for those already offering green choices!

Green Procurement Leadership Council includes:

BMO Financial Group
Province of Ontario
Bullfrog Power Inc.
Regional Municipality of Halton
Sears Canada
City of Toronto
Social Housing Services
Deloitte & Touche LLP
Dupont Canada
Sustainable Development Technology Canada
Green Enterprise Toronto
GTA-Clean Air Council
TD Bank Financial Group
National Bank Financial Group
Toronto Atmospheric Fund
Toronto Hydro Corporation
Ontario Centre of Excellence for Earth and Environmental Technologies
Toronto Community Housing Corporation
Toronto and Region Conservation Authority
Ontario Power Authority
University of Toronto
Ontario Power Generation
PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP
Waste Management of Canada

Greening Greater Toronto is not stopping with the creation of the working group, as some of their other green procurement plans include the creation of a green supplier database, having business leaders hold strategy forums, and the promotion of Green Procurement Principles. Currently Greening Greater Toronto has more than 150 partners representing various corporations, levels of government, non-profits and industry.

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2 Responses to “Canadian Businesses Work Together To Build Green Economy”

  1. Aaron Moscoe Says:
    June 30th, 2009 at 3:42 am

    How can I find out more about Greening Greater Toronto’s next initiatives and possible partnership?

  2. admin Says:
    June 30th, 2009 at 11:08 pm

    @ Aaron

    See the website: