Monthly Archives: October 2014

Mayor Nenshi Proclaims October End Poverty Month

Together_hands_group

Mayor Nenshi officially declares October “End Poverty Month” in Calgary. End Poverty Month is proclaimed in recognition of October 17th, the International Day for the Eradication of Poverty. The momentum to end poverty in Calgary is building. The Calgary Poverty Reduction Initiative (CPRI) has boldly asserted that there is enough for all. Let’s join together to keep dreaming and working to build a resilient city where poverty cannot take root. A number of community collaborators of the CPRI are hosting events taking place across the city this month. The common thread throughout these unique events is that they serve as a platform for Calgarians to realize their contribution to poverty reduction and making this city a better place for all. Together we can do this!

Roll out the red carpet – Young Calgary entrepreneur receives Clean 50 Award

Clean 50 Award Recipient Rosalynn Dodd

Clean 50 Award Recipient Rosalynn Dodd

Rosalynn Dodd, one of Calgary’s young entrepreneurs and leaders in sustainability was recently in Toronto to receive an Emerging Leader Award from Delta Management’s Clean 50 Awards. Delta Management Group is a twenty two year old boutique search firm, based out of Toronto, with a leading practice in “green collar” search in Canada, including clean tech, corporate social responsibility and sustainability professionals. For 4 consecutive years, they have searched Canada wide for leaders in sustainability and recognized them in their Clean50 Awards.

Driven and passionate about the power of business to create genuine wealth, Rosalynn transformed Leela Eco Spa & Studio in Bridgeland into the first B Corp spa and yoga studio in the world. Along the way, she tripled the number of staff, raised wages, diverted 95% of waste, became 100% Bullfrog powered, and pioneered a voluntary carbon offsets program all in their first year alone. Through the carbon offsets program, her company planted 75 fruit-bearing trees in low-income neighbourhoods in Calgary in addition to over 2000 trees through a partner program. Rosalynn now consults to The City of Calgary’s Office of Sustainability, and is a member of REAP – a business association of Calgary’s most sustainable enterprises, helping other small business owners measure and demonstrate the value of their sustainability initiatives.

While in Toronto for the Award Ceremony, Rosalynn attended a full day working session organized by Delta Management for current and past award winners. Rosalynn shared, “It was a great experience and a fun opportunity to rub elbows with some movers & shakers in sustainability in Canadian business.” The award gave Rosalynn recognition and support for the immense amount of work and energy she has invested over the past few years.

Rosalynn is currently enrolled in an Executive Master’s in Sustainability Leadership through Arizona State University. When asked what’s next, Rosalynn responded, “I’d like to leverage the completion of my Master’s to help embed sustainability in businesses in innovative ways.” Rosalynn’s determination and passion clearly demonstrate the business case for sustainable enterprise focused on creating triple bottom line value.

From my perspective, I feel pretty great to rub elbows with Rosalynn on a regular basis. Rosalynn was a fellow classmate in Simon Fraser University’s Community Economic Development program hosted by Momentum this past spring.