Winner joins 26 international colleagues in receiving prestigious Schwab
Foundation 'Social Entrepreneur of the Year' award
TORONTO, Dec. 4 /CNW/ - Geoff Cape, founding Executive Director of
Evergreen, won Canada's top social entrepreneurship honour and will now join
an esteemed network of social entrepreneurs drawn from twenty-six countries
Mr. Cape will travel to the Annual Summit for Outstanding Social
Entrepreneurs of the Schwab Foundation in January 2008 in Switzerland. In
addition, Mr. Cape will join past and present award winners from 26 different
countries where participants will showcase their successes in addressing some
of the world's biggest social, environmental and economic problems.
"Geoff has shown leadership and innovation in the increasingly important
field of social entrepreneurship," says Tim Brodhead, President and Chief
Executive Officer of The J. W. McConnell Family Foundation. "We are very proud
to have him represent Canada at this prestigious international event."
Mr. Cape won this prominent title due to his work with Evergreen, an
innovative charity that explores the relationship between nature, culture, and
community in urban spaces. With offices across Canada, the environmental
organization brings nature to this country's cities through naturalization
projects and motivates people to create and sustain healthy, natural outdoor
spaces - all the while giving them the practical tools to do it. Mr. Cape has
grown the organization to a national level with over 70 staff and offices in
Toronto, Calgary and Vancouver.
"We had over 80 entries in the competition, and managed to select six
finalists out of an impressive pool of submissions," said David Pecaut, senior
partner at The Boston Consulting Group and Chair of the Social
Entrepreneurship Summit. "All of the candidates were remarkable, and we were
inspired by the extraordinary work they are doing. We feel that Geoff is an
excellent choice to represent Canada and Canadian social entrepreneurship in
The other five finalists for the award, all leading social entrepreneurs
in Canada, were (in alphabetical order):
- Tzeporah Berman - Forest Ethics (Vancouver)
- Ian Gill - Ecotrust Canada (Vancouver)
- Tim Jones - Artscape (Toronto)
- Dr. Gilles Julien - Social pediatrics (Montréal)
- Michel Labbé - Options for Homes (Toronto)
Members of the Schwab Foundation Award jury committee that were involved
in the Canadian award selection process were as follows:
L. Robin Cardozo
The award was presented during the closing dinner of the Social
Entrepreneurship Summit held at MaRS Centre for Social Innovation in Toronto.
The event gathered over 250 business, academic and social thought leaders from
the social entrepreneurship sector in Canada who had convened for a full day
of inspiration and engagement on ways to address some of the most pressing
issues of our times.
An often under-recognized community, social entrepreneurs create and lead
an organization that are aimed at catalyzing systemic social change through
new ideas, products, services, methodologies and changes in attitude.
Hosted in partnership by MaRS Centre, The Boston Consulting Group (BCG),
the Centre for Social Innovation and the Toronto City Summit Alliance, the
Social Entrepreneurship Summit attracted the country's top social venture
funders, academics, government representatives and social entrepreneurs.
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