A Good Business— Period
Amid a growing field of competitors, Lunapads' purpose-driven approach sets it apart
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.