Pollution Probe’s annual gala is the premier networking event of the year for environmental professionals. No other celebration of this kind brings together senior leaders from such a diverse array of industry sectors, government departments and civil society organizations. It is an event not to be missed.
2017 GALA THEME: PILOTING PROGRESS
As Canada moves from the commitment phase to the execution of our Paris Accord goals, the need for examples of hands on, practical innovation takes centre stage. That’s why, in 2017, Pollution Probe recognized the excellent work being done by a broad spectrum of communities, companies, organizations and fellow ENGOs who have developed and launched pilot projects that will help us to find the best pathways to success.
The 2017 Pollution Probe Gala celebrated the truly spectacular pilots already underway, and fostered greater awareness of the important projects still seeking sponsorship.
The Pollution Probe Gala welcomes hundreds of leaders from business, government and civil society who are the key influencers and decision makers within the climate and sustainability conversation.
Networking Reception & Interactive Displays
The gala evening opened with a networking reception and the year’s exhibition showcase of interactive displays. A highlight of the evening, this interactive exhibition space offers Platinum and Gold sponsors the opportunity to showcase innovative pilots, products, services and technologies to hundreds of environmental professionals and sustainability business leaders.
At the Gala Dinner, guests heard from inspiring leaders who are on the forefront of innovation that will help Canada meet its Paris goals. The dinner featured the presentation of the annual Pollution Probe Award to Carbicrete, an emerging technology company developing innovative, low-cost building solutions that contribute to the reduction of greenhouse gas emissions. This annual networking event is an essential relationship building opportunity for established and emerging leaders alike.
2017 Special Guests
The Honourable Chris Ballard, Minister of the Environment and Climate Change
Minister Ballard currently serves as Minister of the Environment and Climate Change for Ontario. Ballard was first elected to the Ontario legislature in 2014 as the MPP for Newmarket—Aurora. He was previously Minister of Housing and Minister Responsible for the Poverty Reduction Strategy.
Attorney General of Ontario, The Honourable Yasir Naqvi, M.P.P.
Minister of Labour for Ontario, The Honourable Kevin Flynn, M.P.P.
Minister of Infrastructure for Ontario, The Honourable Bob Chiarelli, M.P.P.
Romeo Saganash, M.P.
Teresa Armstrong, M.P.P.
Sylvia Jones, M.P.P.
Sophie Kiwala, M.P.P.
Jim McDonell, M.P.P.
Arthur Potts, M.P.P.
Lisa Thompson, M.P.P.
Dianne Saxe, Environmental Commissioner of Ontario
Steve Parish, Major of Ajax
Bonnie Crombie, Mayor of Mississauga
Rob Burton, Mayor of Oakville
The Pollution Probe Award
The Pollution Probe Award presentation is a gala dinner highlight. The award celebrates extraordinary achievement by individuals or organizations working toward positive, tangible environmental change and exemplifying in their work the values espoused by Pollution Probe.
This year’s award will honour a ground-breaking pilot project that brings together social and environmental benefits towards our Paris Agreement goals.
Carbicrete, represented by Chris Stern, Co-Founder and CEO, and Dr. Mehrdad Mahoutian, Co-Founder and CTO
Carbicrete‘s pilot project is an innovative technology that could allow manufacturers to reduce their greenhouse gas emissions by producing concrete without cement. Carbicrete’s technology instead uses waste steel slag to create this valuable construction product while permanently sequestering CO2 in the concrete, making a durable, lower-cost and carbon negative concrete.
Nivatha Balendra & Eden Full Goh
Committed to Community
Medicine Hat, represented by Jaime Rogers, Manager, Medicine Hat Community Housing Society
Dokis First Nation, represented by Chief Denise Restoule
Astronaut and former Commander of the International Space Station, Colonel Chris Hadfield
Leaders in Learning
Renowned author, journalist and columnist, Jeffrey Simpson
Catalysts of Innovation
His Excellency the Right Honourable David Johnston, Governor General of Canada
2017 Pollution Probe Gala Committee
President and CEO, Aecon Group Inc.
Nicole Court, Director, Corporate Affairs, Aecon Group Inc.
Mathew Kattapuram, SVP, Strategic Business Development, Aecon Group Inc.
Sandra Odendahl, President and CEO, CMC Research Institutes
Ken Ogilvie, Independent Contractor
Mike Peters, Vice President, Energy and Sustainability, Global Public Affairs
Chris Robbins, CEO, Creative Dock Canada
James Scongack, Vice-President Corporate Affairs and Environment, Bruce Power
Thank you to our 2017 Gala Sponsors
Aird & Berlis LLP
CAA South Central Ontario
Canadian Association of Petroleum Producers
Canadian Vehicle Manufacturers’ Association
Cement Association of Canada / Lafarge Canada Inc.
Crosslinx Transit Solutions – Constructors
The Delphi Group
FCEV Coalition / Global Automakers of Canada
Greater Toronto Airports Authority
Independent Electricity Systems Operator
Ontario Power Generation
Power Workers’ Union
Royal Bank of Canada
Union Gas Limited
Silent Auction Donors
Actual Media Inc.
Ana Pascos Photography
Art Gallery of Ontario
Beau’s All Natural Brewing Company
Canadian Stage Company
Fairmont Royal York
Flat Rock Cellars
Greenhouse Juice Company
Hockey Hall of Fame
JB + DG
Kicking Horse Coffee
Mama Earth Organics
Maple Leaf Sports & Entertainment
McMichael Canadian Art Collection
National Ballet of Canada
Ontario Science Centre
Ripley’s Aquarium of Canada
Royal Ontario Museum
Shawn and Ed Brewing Co.
The Big Carrot
The Green Beaver Company
True North Rock Climbing