TORONTO, ONTARIO (June 30, 2017) – Today, Evergreen Founder and Chief Executive Officer Geoff Cape was named Member (C.M.) of the Order of Canada, one of the country’s highest civilian honours, recognizing his outstanding achievement and leadership in creating sustainable, thriving urban environments in schools, public spaces and communities across the country. The announcement of the 99 new appointments was made in Ottawa by His Excellency the Right Honourable David Johnston, Governor General of Canada, on the 50th anniversary of the creation of the Order of Canada.
“I am honoured to be recognized among a roster of truly remarkable individuals who have contributed to our country in so many ways,” said Geoff Cape, Evergreen CEO. “There couldn’t be a more important time in Canada to lead. I am inspired and grounded in the belief that by working together—with government, academia, business and communities—we can accelerate change to shape our cities for the better.”
Mr. Cape founded Evergreen in 1991 with the ambition to connect people to nature in cities. Since then, Evergreen has evolved into a national organization focused on integrating people, natural and built worlds, turning spaces into great places. In 2010, he led the creation of Evergreen Brick Works in Toronto, an adaptive re-use of a civic asset, a place where the world can experience sustainable practices that enable flourishing cities. With national award-winning programs, Evergreen has become internationally known for its tackling of environmental and urban challenges. Three decades since its founding, Mr. Cape and a strong leadership team continue this city building vision with the redevelopment of the Kiln Building at Evergreen Brick Works into a dynamic year-round superhub that will ignite, accelerate and celebrate new solutions for low-carbon cities.
“Geoff is the driving force in bringing together diverse networks to develop solutions to the sustainability challenges facing Canada today,” said Helen Burstyn, Chair of Evergreen Board of Directors. “It is inspiring and motivating to see how he has taken a small charity focused on community and school ground greening to an innovative non-profit with global reach - one that is advancing our national efforts to ensure cities thrive now and in the future.”
Mr. Cape and new recipients will be invited to accept their insignia at a ceremony to be held at a later date.
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