A Good Busi­ness— Pe­riod

Amid a grow­ing field of com­peti­tors, Lu­na­pads' purpose-driven ap­proach sets it apart

BC Business Magazine - - Special Feature -


When fash­ion de­signer Madeleine Shaw teamed up with char­tered pro­fes­sional ac­coun­tant Suzanne Siemens in 2000 to pro­duce and mar­ket non-dis­pos­able men­strual and blad­der leak­age prod­ucts, the pair did more than build a busi­ness. They also be­came part of a revo­lu­tion in body ac­cep­tance and fem­i­nist em­pow­er­ment.

That sense of purpose has served them well. As a so­cially re­spon­si­ble busi­ness that di­verts two mil­lion pads and tam­pons from land­fills ev­ery month, Lu­na­pads In­ter­na­tional Prod­ucts—the 2017 EOY The XXI Olympic Win­ter Games de­scend on Van­cou­ver and Whistler. Be­sides in­cit­ing a re­newed pas­sion for curl­ing, they at­tract hordes of tourists—as well as in­fras­truc­ture­struc­ture dede­vel­op­ment and lu­cra­tive pro­cure­ment tend­ten­ders in the run-up to the com­pe­ti­tion. Dedespite dis­ap­proval dur­ing the plan­ning stastages, lo­cal res­i­dents ul­ti­mately em­brace the Gamegames, and In­ter­na­tional Olympic Com­mit­tee pres­i­den­pres­i­dent Jac­ques Rogge praises Van­cou­ver.


EY Canada marks 20 years of par­tic­i­pa­tion in the En­trepreneur Of The Year awards, a global pro­gram that rec­og­nizes the best in en­trepreneur­ship across more than 145 cities in 60 coun­tries. Since EOY'S in­cep­tion, EY Canada has rec­og­nized some 3,250 fi­nal­ists and pre­sented more than 1,000 awards across five re­gions: Pa­cific, Prairies, On­tario, Que­bec and At­lantic.


The Pa­cific EOY gala be­comes the largest re­gional event in the global pro­gram. Up­ward of 1,400 busi­ness lead­ers, ed­u­ca­tors and mem­bers of the me­dia now take part in this an­nual cel­e­bra­tion of vi­sion, lead­er­ship and courage in en­trepreneur­ship. EY Canada marks its 150th an­niver­sary in 2014, hav­ing grown from a sin­gle trustee and re­ceiver­ship busi­ness in Toronto, founded by Thomas Clark­son, to more than 5,000 staff in 17 of­fices across the coun­try.

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