Today, Wednesday 17 December 2014, 108,808 Canadian dollars (CAD) in grants was awarded by ICMIF member organization The Co-operators to 26 young Canadians leading innovative sustainability projects at universities and colleges and in communities across the country. The funding provided through The Co-operators Foundation – IMPACT! Fund, supports sustainability solutions and practices that positively impact Canadian communities and affect change.
Since its creation in 2009, the IMPACT! Fund has supported 103 sustainability projects and disbursed CAD 432,668 to alumni from IMPACT! The Co-operators Youth Program for Sustainability Leadership as they work to make their communities greener and more sustainable.
"We're proud to support these recipients and their projects, some of which were conceived during the IMPACT! Program" said Kathy Bardswick, president and CEO of The Co-operators. "It's great to see them come to fruition, with our support, in communities and on campuses across the country."
IMPACT! The Co-operators Youth Program for Sustainability Leadership is an award-winning initiative recognized for helping young Canadians become more effective sustainability champions, and being a model for corporate-community partnerships.
The Co-operators’ lead in the field of sustainability has been recognized by Kathy’s appointment to the Advisory Committee for an Inquiry into the Design of a Sustainable Financial System, established by UNEP, the UN Environmental Programme. The Advisory Committee has the aim of helping guide the world’s financial system to invest in the transition to a green economy.
Pictured above right is Kathy Bardswick, president and CEO of The Co-operators. Kathy will be interviewed in the next edition of ICMIF’s Voice magazine, to be published in January 2015.