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Waste Management Innovator Emmie Leung Named Among Canada's 100 Most Powerful Women for 2017
Emterra Group, a leading Canadian waste management and recycling company, was founded by Emmie Leung some 40 years ago. Today, Leung is an industry pioneer and named among Canada's most powerful 100 businesswomen by Women's Executive Network.
By: Emterra Group - Emterra Environmental
Sherri Stevens, President & CEO of PhaseNyne (parent company of Women's Executive Network – WXN), announced, "The Top 100 Awards showcases the leaders that are helping to drive positive change and progress and to remind us of the importance of empowering women in our workforce."
Leung shared, "This award program recognizes women who have pushed the boundaries and are in a constant pursuit of leadership excellence, It is a complete honor to be included with this group of exemplary people and to be recognized as one of Canada's Most Powerful Women."
Vision in Waste Management and Community Building
Judges highlighted Leung's ability to grow and adapt Emterra Group business initiatives within the waste management industry. In particular, for her ability to grow despite a fast pace of change in commodity markets and customer needs. Further, her ability to build a team that supports here vision and initiatives that exemplify her commitment to communities nation-wide.
"At Emterra, we look at things differently,"
Widely recognized as a pioneer and leader in the recycling industry in Canada since 1976, she is credited with the innovation of introducing reusable blue bags to collect old newspaper and later, other recyclable materials door-to-door in British Columbia, establishing that province's first successful municipal curbside recycling program.
Green Fleet Management and Environmental Sustainability
Today, Emterra has become a leader in green fleet management, investing millions in environmentally-
Also part of Emterra Group are Canadian Liquids Processors, which provides one-of-a-kind confidential destruction of consumer products and liquids, and Emterra Tire Recycling, which hauls, processes and collects used tires in the Province of Ontario.
Business Growth and International Expansion
The Emterra Group (http://www.emterra.ca/
Employment Diversity & Community Contributions
Employment diversity also earned Leung marks in the Top 100 awards program. As a young female immigrant for whom English was a second language, establishing herself in a male-dominated industry wasn't easy. Having experienced this, Leung ensures the work environment at Emterra is one that values and includes everyone. For the last two years, Emterra was a finalist in BC's Workplace Inclusion Awards for its willingness to focus on diverse talent pools. Emterra was also nominated for an Innovative Labour Solutions Awards for considering and accommodating adults with developmental disabilities. Emterra has also been recognized by trade and stewardship organizations, along with employment programs across the country:
• 2016 and 2017 Canada's Greenest Employers
• 2016 Greater Victoria Chamber of Commerce Business Leadership Award
• 2015 Synergy Sustainability Institute's EcoStar Awards in the Climate Action Category
• 2015 Surrey Board of Trade Environment and Business Awards in the Large Business Category
• Recycling Council of Ontario's Special Municipal Program for Waste Minimization recognizing Emterra's Community Care™ program, Make Your Contribution at the Curb!™ with the Region of Niagara:
- 2015 – Gold
- 2013 and 2014 – Silver
- 2012 – Platinum
- 2013 Top 10 finalist in Grant Thornton LLP and Canadian Chamber of Commerce's Private Business Growth Award
Not surprisingly, Leung's community contributions are aimed towards increasing sustainability and healthy living. Under Leung's leadership, Emterra's Community Care™ program focuses on activities with dual goals: furthering recycling while supporting local social and health-related endeavours. Among these initiatives is Make Your Contribution at the Curb™, which encourages residents and businesses in Ontario's Niagara Region and those in Courtenay and Comox on Vancouver Island to recycle more and in return, support local health care services.
A Relentless, Ongoing Commitment Towards "Zero Waste"
The greatest demonstration of Leung's commitment to the community may well be Emterra, itself which she says, "is an endeavor worth committing my life to because I profoundly believe that we, as a society, must not be wasteful, and we must strive to live zero waste lives."
Being included among Canada's elite female leaders does not mean slowing down - at least not for Leung whose Emterra Group celebrated its 40th anniversary last year. Rather, the honor is more of a motivator for the veteran executive. "We must continue to look towards the future and challenge the norm, ask questions and create new goals. There is no time to stop - we have so much to do and we need to inspire and motivate each other to get it done."
Recent recognition of Leung's entrepreneurial drive and pioneering leadership include other awards for her including:
• 2014 EY Entrepreneur Of The Year™ Special Citation for Pioneering Contributions
• 2014 EY Entrepreneur of the Year™ Ontario award for Energy and Cleantech
• 2013 Canadian Waste Sector Executive of the Year in the large private business category by the Ontario Waste Management Association
• 2013 Entrepreneur of the Year by the Association of Chinese Canadian Entrepreneurs
• 2012 Rosie Award, Waste & Recycling News in recognition of women in business
• 2012 Environmental Award for Personal Achievement, Recycling Council of British Columbia
Emterra Group - Emterra Environmental