Team of three from the University of Toronto declared the 2013 winner
and awarded $50,000 for themselves and their school
TORONTO, Feb. 27, 2013 /CNW/ - After five months of gruelling
competition culminating in a pitch to some of Canada's most high
profile CEOs, the winner of Walmart Canada's second annual Green
Student Challenge has been chosen. The team, made up of Han (Mike)
Zhang, Adam Wang and Andrew Girgis from Toronto were crowned the
Challenge winners after a compelling presentation that brought their
game-changing idea to life.
The final event took place yesterday at the Design Exchange in Toronto
where the top five teams pitched a CEO judging panel on their
breakthrough ideas that benefits both business and the environment.
The finalists represented universities from coast-to-coast and
presented a broad range of innovative ideas ranging from a sustainable
compost machine that creates nutrient-rich fertilizer from organic
waste, to a recycling program for chopsticks using the wood as raw
material to manufacture furniture products. The winning team
successfully presented their idea for a mobile application that will
make it convenient for users to find sustainable products from local
retailers and their network of friends. The presentation took place in
front of a live audience of 300 people and the team scored top marks
for overall presentation, originality, ease of implementation, and
potential business and environmental benefits.
More than 160 student teams registered to participate in the
one-of-a-kind competition following its launch last September, with the
five finalist teams announced in early February. The finalists have
spent the last few weeks preparing for their presentation and the
chance to win $25,000 for themselves and $25,000 for their school. In
addition to the $50,000 awarded to the winning team, the second place
team received $15,000, with $10,000, $8,000 and $7,000 awarded to the
teams placing third, fourth and fifth respectively.
"All of the finalists were remarkably well prepared and their ideas were
truly extraordinary and an inspiration to all those in attendance,"
said Shelley Broader, president and CEO of Walmart Canada. "The winning
team's idea for a revolutionary sustainable app was truly innovative,
and we are proud to have played a role in facilitating the development
of their idea."
The final round of the Green Student Challenge consisted of a live
presentation of ideas to the CEO judging panel of Shelley Broader,
president and CEO of Walmart Canada, Dianne Craig, CEO of Ford Motor
Company of Canada, Chris O'Neill, managing director of Google Canada,
Claude Mongeau, president and CEO of CN, Ana Dominguez, president and
general manager of SC Johnson Canada and Tom Heintzman, co-founder and
director of Bullfrog Power.
About Walmart Canada
Walmart Canada operates a growing chain of more than 375 stores,
employing more than 90,000 Canadians, and serving more than one million
customers each day. The company's vision is to demonstrate
environmental leadership by reducing the ecological impact of its
operations through company-wide programs focused on waste, energy and
products, as well as outreach programs that preserve and enhance local
environments. Visit www.walmartcsr.ca for more company information or follow Walmart Canada on Twitter at www.twitter.com/walmartcanada.
Image with caption: "Shelley Broader, president and CEO of Walmart Canada, congratulates Michael Zhang, Adam Wang and Andrew Girgis from the University of Toronto on their first-place win at the second annual Walmart Green Student Challenge. The students were awarded $25,000 for themselves and $25,000 for their school in honour of their innovative thinking and commitment to sustainability. (CNW Group/WalMart Canada)". Image available at: http://photos.newswire.ca/images/download/20130227_C8978_PHOTO_EN_24103.jpg
SOURCE: WalMart Canada
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