Vaughan European Trade Mission 2023

Better Your Business-The Wellness Studio by Cicco Aroma

The Wellness Studio by Cicco Aroma

The Wellness Studio by Cicco Aroma has made the decision to commit to contributing business practices and activities that respond to the Sustainable Development Goals as issued by the United Nations. The following is a list of the 17 goals outlined by the UN, and how we plan to commit practices that best meet those goals.

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In addressing this goal, we provide space for companies in our community who can’t afford their own store so they may be able to sell their products. We also commit to making donations to charities that support reducing poverty in our community.

Goal 2: Zero Hunger - United Nations Sustainable Development

We commit to providing juice products that are 100 per cent natural and locally sourced to reduce our carbon footprint. We also commit to annual food drives with a goal of becoming bi-annual as we approach 2030.

Health - United Nations Sustainable Development

In times of a pandemic or epidemic, we commit to following all government guidelines and restrictions for the protection of our staff and customers. To promote good health, we sell products that aid in self-care and wellness. We commit to using only skin-kind and nature-kind ingredients in all our products.

Education - United Nations Sustainable Development

We provide quality education through do-it-yourself (DIY) courses, workshops, and seminars for all our customers to help them explore the products that best serve their health and wellness needs. We teach aromatherapy and how to make customized candles that aid in such wellness treatments as promoting sleep.

United Nations: Gender equality and women's empowerment

Our hiring practice affords full opportunities to men and women. Currently, we strive to have equal representations of both genders in our a staff. As a corporate policy, we provide equal opportunities for both men and women in all our employment areas.

Water and Sanitation - United Nations Sustainable Development

In addition to providing a drinking fountain dispensing clean drinking water free of charge for our staff and customers, we also provide access to clean and sanitary washrooms on site for all staff and customers and those who may not be staff or customers, but those walk-ins who may require access to our washrooms.

Affordable and Clean Energy - Wellesley Institute

Our commitment to using affordable and clean energy extends to our customers who may require it while visiting our store. We provide free access to energy to our customers as well as chargers for those who may need to charge their devices while shopping with us.

Goal 8 | Department of Economic and Social Affairs

We provide youth programs to assist in their employment. This program assists youth in our community in creating a LinkedIn profile, helping them select professional attire for job interviews, and CV creation support. We hire youth for terms of three months with a goal of full-time employment following this initial period. We also aim to address flexible work hours to better serve family needs among our staff.

Sustainable Development Goal 9 - Wikipedia

Our company is committed to innovation and we provide one of Vaughan’s only refillery stations, an essential practice in reusing containers and reducing plastic waste. We also provide workshops in a program called Curate Your Care to increase our customers’ awareness of health and wellness so they may better practice self-care.

Sustainable Development Goal 10 - Wikipedia

We do not discriminate against any group, including those living in poverty. We reach out to youth in our community who may be suffering inequality due to mental health issues. We also strive to become aware of changes in social inequalities in our community by visiting local shelters and volunteering on a regular basis. We also commit to considering ways of exercising special efforts to hire refugees.

Sustainable Development Goal 11 - Wikipedia

We commit to sustainable cities and communities by participating in community markets and wellness events specifically aimed at women and elderly members of our community. We support the cultural heritage of the Indigenous members of our community through information sharing on our website and social media as well as providing seminars led by Indigenous elders on the practice of “saging”, a traditional technique of smoke cleansing that has its roots in the Native American tradition of smudging.

Sustainable Development Goal 12: Responsible Consumption and Production

We practice responsible consumption and production through plastic reduction and proper disposal. We use glass instead of plastic in our packaging and whenever possible, we practice “naked” packaging in which there is no container for the product. We also up-cycle our materials whenever possible. We also support this goal by providing knowledge dissemination of responsible consumption and production through our website and social media channels.

Sustainable Development Goal 13: Climate Action

We commit to supporting climate action groups such as the UNFCCC and its Youth Climate Report programs through donations, social media subscriptions, and website links and information postings. We also engage in climate-related organizations in our community and have received a badge for sustainability compliance from.

Sustainable Development Goal 14: Life Below Water

We commit to reducing our use of plastic. We engage in many climate-sensitive business practices through our products such as natural sponges and other plant-based solutions as alternatives to traditional products that may contribute to our carbon footprint.

Sustainable Development Goal 15 - Wikipedia

We commit to recycling all waste products and use only environmentally-friendly materials. We reduce our use of paper through moving most of our paperwork to QR codes and paper-free digital platforms. Whenever possible, we practice “naked” packaging with our products to achieve zero waste.

Sustainable Development Goal 16 - Wikipedia

We support community law enforcement programs and institutions and provide seminars on self-care for those suffering from trauma. We commit to provide an online space to support those in need to promote peace and justice in our community.

Sustainable Development Goal 17: Partnerships for the Goals

We are committed to partnering with companies who share our commitment to the 17 Sustainable Development Goals. We continue to prioritize partnerships with business that adhere to the 17 Sustainable Development Goals.

Better Your Business-Steel Peak Climbing and Ninja

Steel Peak Climbing and Ninja

Steel Peak Climbing and Ninja has made the decision to commit to contributing business practices and activities that respond to the Sustainable Development Goals as issued by the United Nations. The following is a list of the 17 goals outlined by the UN, and how we plan to commit practices that best meet those goals.

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In addressing this goal, we commit to providing discounts to families of three or more as well as students and siblings. We also commit to making regular donations to charities who support this particular goal. We also ensure that all required equipment to participate in our facility is available to rent at an affordable price.  We also provide donations to local families who may not be able to afford our services and facilities.

Goal 2: Zero Hunger - United Nations Sustainable Development

Our company makes regular donations to local Food Banks to reduce the amount of people suffering from hunger in our community.

Health - United Nations Sustainable Development

In times of a pandemic or epidemic, we commit to following all government guidelines and restrictions for the protection of our staff and customers. All our customers sign an agreement that they are not under the influence of alcohol or any drug that impairs their sense of judgement prior to their experience at our facility. We also aim for inclusivity of all people by making provisions for those with limited accessibility.

Education - United Nations Sustainable Development

We provide quality education courses in mobility and body awareness. We also provide courses for youth to prepare and train them for national rock-climbing and ninja warrior competitions. For our young participants, we ensure that school comes first and we structure training and practice schedules to accommodate their studies.

United Nations: Gender equality and women's empowerment

Our hiring practice affords full opportunities to women. Currently, we have a staff of 50% women and 50% men. As a corporate policy, we provide equal opportunities for both men and women in all our employment areas: leadership, route setting, customer service, and instructors.

Water and Sanitation - United Nations Sustainable Development

In addition to providing a drinking fountain dispensing clean drinking water free of charge for our staff and customers, we also provide bottled water at a reduced price of $1.00 for those who prefer this method of delivery. We also provide access to clean and sanitary showers and washrooms on site for all staff and customers.

Affordable and Clean Energy - Wellesley Institute

Our commitment to becoming carbon neutral includes using sunlight for illumination during daytime hours of operation. We also use a high-volume, low-energy fan to reduce our energy consumption. As well, we have a program in place to support those members of our community who live in their vans and park in our parking lot. We allow them access to our electricity and water.

Goal 8 | Department of Economic and Social Affairs

We aim to build our community’s economic growth through a partnership with Richmond Hill’s YMCA that offers a youth employment program. We provide training and education in the areas of resume creation and WHMIS certification. WHMIS stands for the Workplace Hazardous Materials Information System and is Canada’s national hazard communication standard. For our staff and customers, we have safety programs in place that include ladder use training, harness equipment use, and how to mitigate the risk of falls. We also have monthly inspections from health and safety representatives. Lastly, we have a willingness to address flexible work hours to better serve the family and mental wellness needs of our employees.

Sustainable Development Goal 9 - Wikipedia

Our company is committed to innovative ways of developing environmentally-friendly new approaches to safe physical activities and provide this information on our subscription-free website. We also provide free WIFI access to all staff and customers at our facility. We have also provided an app for mobile devices that is free of charge and provides information, training, and education related to rock climbing at our facility.

Sustainable Development Goal 10 - Wikipedia

We commit to raising the awareness of those suffering from social inequalities by providing anti-bullying and harassment workshops that address these issues. We are committed to providing fair pay and have a zero tolerance policy in place for racial discrimination. We encourage our staff to visit shelters and attend seminars to learn more about the current state of social inequalities in our community. We also consider where and how our hiring is done to ensure refugees have equal consideration in our hiring process.

Sustainable Development Goal 11 - Wikipedia

Our company is committed to cultural integration among our staff to better serve the multicultural composition of our customers and our community. Our staff speaks five different languages to accommodate this need: English, French, Cantonese, Mandarin, and Tamil. Our commitment to air quality includes providing fresh air in our facility and the regular replacement of filters for our air circulation systems. While we do not have green space within our facility, we provide access to green space at a nearby park.

Sustainable Development Goal 12: Responsible Consumption and Production

We practice responsible consumption and production through the regular disposal and recycling of waste products. We do this with our on-site recycling bins. We have a Reduce, Reuse, Recycle policy currently in place. We limit our consumption of paper through two-sided printing with an aim to go paperless altogether.

Sustainable Development Goal 13: Climate Action

We commit to supporting climate action groups such as the UNFCCC and its Youth Climate Report programs through social media subscriptions and website links and information postings. When our budget allows for it, we make donations to climate-related NGOs to support their research, knowledge mobilization, and activism.

Sustainable Development Goal 14: Life Below Water

We also commit to zero plastic use and provide only reusable coffee cups in our café. We also offer a chalk refill program where climbers can refill their liquid chalk bottles at a discount instead of purchasing a new plastic bottle each time. We also provide information on our website that help our customers reduce their use of plastic.

Sustainable Development Goal 15 - Wikipedia

We commit to recycling all waste products and use only environmentally-friendly materials. We reduce our use of paper through double-sided printing and we are committed to moving most of our paperwork to paper-free digital platforms. We also regularly recycle all our electronic waste.

Sustainable Development Goal 16 - Wikipedia

We support community law enforcement programs and institutions and have our own anti-bullying educational program in place for our staff and customers.

Sustainable Development Goal 17: Partnerships for the Goals

We are committed to partnering with companies who share our commitment to the 17 Sustainable Development Goals. One such partnership is with the local YMCA in providing education and training to the youth in our community.

Better Your Business- Last20

Last20

Last20 has made the decision to commit to contributing business practices and activities that respond to the Sustainable Development Goals as issued by the United Nations. The following is a list of the 17 goals outlined by the UN, and how we plan to commit practices that best meet those goals.

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In addressing this goal, we commit to expanding our markets in the Global South and other countries where dusty roads impact on local residents health and the ability to travel. Our plastic-infused asphalt products contribute to stronger infrastructure in these countries allowing for increased mobility and job opportunities that require work-to-home commuting.

Goal 2: Zero Hunger - United Nations Sustainable Development

Our company is committed to building better roads to facilitate agricultural transportation. Better roads means a more abundant and more frequent delivery of crops to the marketplace. This, in turn, provides more food accessibility for more people.

Health - United Nations Sustainable Development

In times of a pandemic or epidemic, we commit to following all government guidelines and restrictions for the protection of our staff and customers. We assist staff who may require support in recovery from addictions, mental health issues, and other related health issues should they arise. We also aim for inclusivity of all people by making provisions for those with limited accessibility.

Education - United Nations Sustainable Development

We provide quality education courses and seminars online through podcasts and our partnership with Enactus World Cup educational video on plastics.

United Nations: Gender equality and women's empowerment

Our hiring practice affords full opportunities to men and women. Currently, we strive to have equal representations of both genders in our a staff. As a corporate policy, we provide equal opportunities for both men and women in all our employment areas.

Water and Sanitation - United Nations Sustainable Development

In addition to providing a drinking fountain dispensing clean drinking water free of charge for our staff and customers, we also provide access to clean and sanitary washrooms on site for all staff and customers.

Affordable and Clean Energy - Wellesley Institute

Our commitment to using affordable and clean energy extends to our selection of engineering partners who use solar panels in building our roads. We endeavour to partner with other similar companies who adhere to the SDGs and use affordable and clean energy in their practices.

Goal 8 | Department of Economic and Social Affairs

We aim to build our community’s economic growth through a series of employment programs that prioritize skills training and employment opportunities for youth and those with learning disabilities in our marketing department. We provide training and education in the areas of resume creation and how to work with a start-up company. Moreover, our organization values autonomy and is willing address flexible work hours to better serve family needs.

Sustainable Development Goal 9 - Wikipedia

Our company is committed to innovative ways of working with plastic waster. Last20 was created in response to the plastic waste and climate crisis. Our team understands the complexity of this issue and we recognize the importance of upcycling for businesses and individuals. In addition to adding plastic waster to our road-building materials, we incorporate plastic waste into the shirts, so sourced materials that upcycle waste plastic bottles into the fabric for a customer to wear instead of them ending up in our landfills and oceans – exactly six plastic bottles.

Sustainable Development Goal 10 - Wikipedia

We commit to improving dangerous, faulty, or difficult or traverse dirt roads in the Global South primarily, but also in any other country that may need them. By doing so, this corporate goal reducing inequalities in communities by granting easier access to all residents. Improving infrastructure in this and other ways reducing inequalities for all. We will consider hiring local as well as incorporating special efforts to hire refugees.

Sustainable Development Goal 11 - Wikipedia

Through our plastic road program, we are directly contributing to making all cities and communities more resilient and sustainable. We completed our first batch trial test of our plastic pavement solution in Brantford, Ontario, Canada with our strategic partners – CTA Lab, King Paving, Gedco and our proprietary waste plastic source to upcycle over 600 lbs of waste into sustainable pavement. We will continue to monitor the ongoing impacts of our solution.

Sustainable Development Goal 12: Responsible Consumption and Production

We practice responsible consumption and production through a series of lab tests aimed to determine the environmental impact of our plastic roads to the land and soil on which we build them. We also support this goal by providing knowledge dissemination of responsible consumption and production through our website and social media channels.

Sustainable Development Goal 13: Climate Action

We commit to supporting climate action groups such as the UNFCCC and its Youth Climate Report programs through social media subscriptions and website links and information postings.

Sustainable Development Goal 14: Life Below Water

We commit to repurposing plastic waster through our innovative approach to manufacturing road-building material and clothing. This novel approach to using plastic waste is instrumental in reducing the amount of plastic that may otherwise find its way to the world’s oceans.

Sustainable Development Goal 15 - Wikipedia

We commit to recycling all waste products and use only environmentally-friendly materials. We reduce our use of paper through moving most of our paperwork to paper-free digital platforms. We also participate in local forest clean-up programs.

Sustainable Development Goal 16 - Wikipedia

We support community law enforcement programs and institutions through donations and social media information and announcement sharing.

Sustainable Development Goal 17: Partnerships for the Goals

We are committed to partnering with companies who share our commitment to the 17 Sustainable Development Goals. Some of our partners in this regard include the City of Vaughan, City of Yonkers, Wilfrid Laurier University, and Enactus. We continue to prioritize partnerships with business that adhere to the 17 Sustainable Development Goals.

Better Your Business- Convergence Robotics Inc.

Convergence Robotics Inc.

Convergence Robotics has made the decision to commit to contributing business practices and activities that respond to the Sustainable Development Goals as issued by the United Nations. The following is a list of the 17 goals outlined by the UN, and how we plan to commit to practices that best meet those goals.

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Discounted pricing on our orthotic products will be made available for those who demonstrate financial challenges in their lives. Extended payment plans for other products and services will be offered to those who need financial support.

Goal 2: Zero Hunger - United Nations Sustainable Development

In addition to donations to local Food Banks, we commit to growing our own vegetables in a rooftop garden with an aim for community distribution.

Health - United Nations Sustainable Development

In areas concerning public health, we commit to following local and federal government guidelines. We also provide orthotic products to our staff and support programs that address mental health issues for our employees. As part of our benefits package for those we employ, we offer extended health coverage and dental care.

Education - United Nations Sustainable Development

In an (upcoming ) partnership with the University of Waterloo, we will offer a co-op program that provides skills training to students. We also commit to subsidizing the costs of education programs that increase the skill sets of our employees.

United Nations: Gender equality and women's empowerment

Our hiring practice affords equal opportunities to women. We also offer financing plans for our female clients who demonstrate a need for support. We also intend to provide workshops for women to introduce them to STEM education (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math) to stimulate growth among women in this sector, and work with local maker spaces.

Water and Sanitation - United Nations Sustainable Development

In addition to providing a water cooler dispensing clean drinking water free of charge for our staff and clients, we collect rainwater and sanitize it for drinking. We also plan to establish partnerships with local businesses for well water creation and maintenance.

Affordable and Clean Energy - Wellesley Institute

Our corporate goal of becoming carbon negative includes investment in and commitment to using solar panels and their resulting energy for our manufacturing facilities. Our pre-fabricated homes &  buildings will also have optional solar package upgrades. We also commit to supporting research in up-and-coming renewable energy technologies.  We’re interested in forging manufacturing partnerships for Gravity Batteries to maximize energy efficiency.  A novel location for Gravity Batteries is abandoned coal mines.

A gravity battery is a type of energy storage device that stores gravitational energy. The energy stored in an object resulting from a change in height due to gravity is also called potential energy. Gravity batteries work in a similar way to pumped hydro, which involves funnelling water uphill before releasing it through turbines to generate energy 

* Estimates* are savings of 50% compared to conventional batteries, without natural resource depletion. * Estimates* show state it can last up to 50 years in comparison to 5-10 years.

Goal 8 | Department of Economic and Social Affairs

We aim to build our company to a level that uses more technology than any other company in Canada. We commit to hiring graduate students across multiple disciplines, such as mechanical engineering, material experts and marketing, to further develop new technologies that stimulate economic growth for all., Furthermore, we also have the willingness to provide flexible work hours to better serve our team’s family needs.

Sustainable Development Goal 9 - Wikipedia

Our company is committed to innovative ways of developing environmentally-friendly new technologies, particularly in the field of robotics sheet metal forming, and advanced manufacturing (industry 4.0) augmented by the help of 3D printers.

Sustainable Development Goal 10 - Wikipedia

We commit to raising the awareness of those suffering from social inequalities by providing training and workshops that address these issues. Our training programs in this regard aim to provide opportunities and skills that reduce inequalities for those living in these conditions.

We will also consider special efforts in hiring and/or training programs for refugees.

Sustainable Development Goal 11 - Wikipedia

Our company is committed to developing smart city projects. We will be participating in lobbying activities that aim to change the city planning and make smarter, greener communities; we also exploring free wifi access and increased green spaces.

Sustainable Development Goal 12: Responsible Consumption and Production

We practice responsible consumption and production through the regular disposal and recycling of biological waste and technical components. We limit our consumption of paper through two-sided printing, intending to go paperless altogether. By using design thinking and a Cradle-to-Cradle approach to product design, our end goal is to produce nearly zero waste. Producing products which can be infinitely recyclable.

Sustainable Development Goal 13: Climate Action

We will be producing energy efficient pre-fabricated systems for affordable housing projects and clean energy solutions, with an end goal of creating houses and buildings that are completely off the grid. Our goal will be to provide houses at cost for homeless people for every ___ home produced. (The current target is 1 house for every 10 sold, still TBD). This activity greatly reduces our carbon footprint and the resulting contribution to climate change.

We also commit to supporting climate action groups such as the UNFCCC and its Youth Climate Report programs through social media subscriptions, website links and information postings.

Sustainable Development Goal 14: Life Below Water

We commit to reducing single-use plastic, when possible, during the production process. With an end goal of using only sustainably produced alternatives, and provide information on our website that help our customers reduce their use of traditional plastics.

We are also looking to leverage 3D-printing technology to create artificial coral reefs (more information on this technology here.)  We’re exploring two options: 3D-printed Clay (more information here: https://youtu.be/G7VR08z99iU) and 3D- printed concrete (more information here: https://youtu.be/dVJ1unOwmtw).

Sustainable Development Goal 15 - Wikipedia

We commit to recycling components throughout the manufacturing process, with the goal of using only environmentally-friendly materials in manufacturing our products. One example will be the use of rice hulls instead of wood for our office desks. An example of this process can be found here. Our goal is to use this and similar materials for more sustainable alternatives to wood. Rice hulls are 100% tree-free and are free of phenol, formaldehyde and adhesives. It resists water, weather and pests, guaranteed not to rot, crack, or splinter and its use reduce our dependency on trees and lumber.

Another example is an up-and-coming wood 3D printing technology which uses recycled sawdust and lignin. We will eventually be able to reuse the sawdust from our CNC operations for 3D printing products. (More information here.)

Sustainable Development Goal 16 - Wikipedia

We support rehabilitation programs and work with programs that support police initiatives in our local community.

Sustainable Development Goal 17: Partnerships for the Goals

We have begun building out an environmental sustainable supply chain with like-minded companies which share our passion for sustainable manufacturing. Partnerships we’re working towards are solar panel manufacturing, (CRI would be the OEM manufacturer), the rice hull supplier for wood alternatives & CO2-free cement and CO2-negative concrete.

Better Your Business – Mr. and Mrs. Bao Restaurants

Mr. and Mrs. Bao Restaurants

Mr. and Mrs. Bao Restaurants has made the decision to commit to contributing business practices and activities that respond to the Sustainable Development Goals as issued by the United Nations. The following is a list of the 17 goals outlined by the UN, and how we plan to commit practices that best meet those goals.

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In addressing this goal, have partnered with Hope 4 Homeless. This local charitable organization provide fund-raisers for the homeless and we provide food vouchers as donations for the homeless. We also provide free Miso soup for anyone who can’t afford our food.

Goal 2: Zero Hunger - United Nations Sustainable Development

In addressing this goal, have partnered with Hope 4 Homeless. This local charitable organization provide fund-raisers for the homeless and we provide food vouchers as donations for the homeless. We also provide free Miso soup for anyone who can’t afford our food.

Health - United Nations Sustainable Development

In times of a pandemic or epidemic, we commit to following all government guidelines and restrictions for the protection of our staff and customers. To promote good health, our company commits to never using artificial coloring or additives in our food products. Our focus is always to provide nutritional food. We also provide clean and safe drinking water free of charge and provide access to public washrooms even to those who may not be customers.

Education - United Nations Sustainable Development

In times of a pandemic or epidemic, we commit to following all government guidelines and restrictions for the protection of our staff and customers. To promote good health, our company commits to never using artificial coloring or additives in our food products. Our focus is always to provide nutritional food. We also provide clean and safe drinking water free of charge and provide access to public washrooms even to those who may not be customers.

United Nations: Gender equality and women's empowerment

Our hiring practice affords full opportunities to men and women. Currently, we strive to have equal representations of both genders in our a staff. As a corporate policy, we provide equal opportunities for both men and women in all our employment areas.

Water and Sanitation - United Nations Sustainable Development

In addition to providing a drinking fountain dispensing clean drinking water free of charge for our staff and customers, we also provide access to clean and sanitary washrooms on site for all staff and customers and those who may not be staff or customers, but those walk-ins who may require access to our washrooms. Our facilities are cleaned every shift to ensure safe and clean sanitation.

Affordable and Clean Energy - Wellesley Institute

Our commitment to using affordable and clean energy extends to our subscription to Ontario Wholesale Energy and supporting clean energy research. Our company car is an electric vehicle and we provide free access to energy to our customers as well as chargers for those who may need to charge their devices while dining with us.

Goal 8 | Department of Economic and Social Affairs

We aim to build our community’s economic growth through a youth and students summer employment program. We hold these jobs for the students each summer to ensure employment for them. We provide food vouchers to students who attend the Western Sustainability Club, a network of youth voices working towards a sustainable future. We also have programs in place specifically to assist immigrants and New Canadians with employment necessary to help them achieve residency status. Furthermore, we also have the willingness to provide flexible work hours to better serve our team’s family needs.

Sustainable Development Goal 9 - Wikipedia

Our company is committed to innovation. We work with the Canadian Digital Adoption Program, a national organization that helps clients grow their businesses with unique marketing technology solutions. Experts in digital technologies advise us how best to innovate our business practices with a focus on sustainability.

Sustainable Development Goal 10 - Wikipedia

We commit to reducing inequalities by providing accessibility to the disabled through access ramps and specially fitted washrooms. We do not discriminate against any group, including those living in poverty. We provide free food such as Miso soup to those in  need. We also commit to supporting shelters such as My Sister’s Place in London, ON, a not-for-profit organization that provides residential and outreach services for Women and their Children living with the consequences of violence and abuse. We also strive to become aware of changes in social inequalities in our community on a regular basis. We will also consider special efforts in hiring and/or training programs for refugees.

Sustainable Development Goal 11 - Wikipedia

We commit to sustainable cities and communities by being as inclusive as possible in our staff hirings and products and services for our customers. We celebrate different cultures in our restaurants at events that raise awareness of different communities and their food. Currently, we share customs, traditions, and food from India, Nepal, the Philippines, Indonesia and Muslin, Indigenous, and Asian communities.

Sustainable Development Goal 12: Responsible Consumption and Production

We practice responsible consumption and production through plastic reduction and proper disposal. We use eco-packaging for all our products and reduce our paper consumption by using digital platforms at all times. We also support this goal by providing knowledge dissemination of responsible consumption and production through our website and social media channels.

Sustainable Development Goal 13: Climate Action

We use electric and hybrid vehicles in our fleet of company cars. We source local supplies to reduce our carbon footprint and use energy-efficient and LED lighting in all our restaurants. We commit to supporting climate action groups such as the UNFCCC and its Youth Climate Report programs through social media subscriptions and website links and information postings.

Sustainable Development Goal 14: Life Below Water

We commit to reducing our use of plastic by providing only paper bags for customers. We engage in many climate-sensitive business practices through our partnership with the Ivy Business School Sustainability Program to ensure plastic does not reach the oceans of the world. We also source all our certified fish products locally.

Sustainable Development Goal 15 - Wikipedia

We commit to recycling all waste products and use only environmentally-friendly materials. We reduce our use of paper through moving most of our paperwork to paper-free digital platforms. We also participate in local clean-up programs when our food trucks participate in outdoor events within the community.

Sustainable Development Goal 16 - Wikipedia

We support community law enforcement programs and institutions and work closely with Crime Stoppers of York Region, a crime prevention program in our community.

Sustainable Development Goal 17: Partnerships for the Goals

We are committed to partnering with companies who share our commitment to the 17 Sustainable Development Goals. Some of our partners in this regard include the Hope for Homeless program and Western University. We continue to prioritize partnerships with business that adhere to the 17 Sustainable Development Goals.

Collision Conference 2023

Grow With Vaughan

Sponsor a Flower Bed, Pollinator Bed or Flowerpot

Grow with Vaughan is back … and growing! Building on the success of the sponsorship program’s first year in 2020, it will once again offer businesses in the community with a cost-effective advertising opportunity next spring. The program provides street side visibility for your business while contributing to the beautification of the neighbourhoods you serve throughout Vaughan.

NEW THIS YEAR! In addition to sponsoring a City flower bed, you will now also have the chance to sponsor a pollinator bed or a large flowerpot ranging from $1000 to $5000 per year. With over 50 locations available for sponsorship, this cost-effective advertising opportunity in high traffic areas can’t be beat.

For more information on how to get involved visit Grow with Vaughan.

Available Mentorship Programs for Vaughan Residents and Workers

Below is a list of career/business related mentorship programs available for individuals living or working in the City of Vaughan. These programs have been selected based on the following criteria. If you would like your organization’s mentorship program to be considered for addition, please send a request email to ecd@vaughan.ca.

  • Mentorship program is available for individuals living or working in the City of Vaughan
  • Program organizer must be an academic institution or a non-profit organization
  • Mentorship program must be career or entrepreneurship related
  • It cannot be a one-time program

General Programs

COSTI’s Youth Mentoring Program

  • Eligibility 15-24 years old
  • This program is designed to connect youth (mentees) with community volunteers (mentors) who offer support and encourage youth to develop their skills, improve their performance and become the person they want to be.
  • The Mentor-Mentee match will connect for at least 2 hours a week for 10 weeks via email, telephone, and/or face-to-face.

 

COSTI’s netWORKS Program

  • Eligibility 18-29 years old
  • netWORKS provides an opportunity for youth to meet new career role models through mentor-led and group networking events and expand  professional networks as well as to understand the breadth of careers available as they navigate their next steps, academically and professionally.
  • Youth receive real-world advice about how to find a job, obtain information about the corporate work environment and receive constructive feedback about career ideas and job search

 

Toronto Regional Immigrant Employment Council (TRIEC) Mentoring Partnership

  • TRIEC Mentoring Partnership matches recent immigrants with established professionals who work in their field in the Greater Toronto Area (GTA). TRIEC runs the program in partnership with community agencies, companies and organizations across the GTA.
  • Mentors gain greater cultural awareness and leadership skills, while helping immigrants to better understand the local job market.
  • The program improves the mentors’ confidence to coach and mentor others. The time commitment for mentoring is 18 hours over three months, which works out at around 1.5 hours per week.

 

York University’s T.A.S.T.E. (Take a Student to Engage) Mentoring Program

  • The objective of this bite-sized mentoring is to provide York Students and new graduates with an opportunity to virtually connect with professionals in their field of interest.
  • This program pairs York students and new graduates with a mentor (Alumni or Professional) for one-time informational interview.
  • The program is open all year round and doesn’t require any long-term commitments.
  • Mentor/Mentee matches are based off student interest and not guaranteed.

 

Speed Mentoring Program by ACCES Employment

  • This program enables participants to network with professionals in their field, receive advice about their job search, meet employer contacts and obtain job opportunity referrals.
  • Hosts over 75 Speed Mentoring events each year in various sectors.

 

Youth Employment Services (YES) Mentorship Program

  • Connects YES clients to Industry Leaders (expert mentors) in order to build capacity, employability, networks and foster entrepreneurship in young people through establishing supportive, caring and trusting relationships with mentors
  • Mentees are able to directly contact and connect to willing mentors through the YES Hub to create individualized mentorship agreements tailored to their career goals

 

Women In Leadership Foundation Mentorship Program

  • Virtual based mentorship program that provides one-to-one mentorship matching based on mentee and mentor fields of interests
  • January to June 2021 (5 Month Program)
  • An award winning program with more than 2,000 graduates and learning groups

Sector/Occupation Specific Programs

HRPA Mentorship Program

  • Program encourages career growth and development by providing students as well as HR Professionals– with the opportunity to receive one-on-one coaching from other Human Resources Professionals
  • All participants must be a Chapter member in good standing AND able to commit two to four (2-4) hours per month.

 

AMCTO Mentorship Program

  • A free professional development program open to all current Association of Municipal Managers, Clerks and Treasurers of Ontario (AMCTO) members in good standing – For more information about how to become a member, please visit the association’s website.
  • Helps connect established local government professionals with emerging leaders from across municipalities in Ontario
  • Applications are open in July-August and mentoring activities begin in September annually
  • The program is ideal for association members who want to get more involved and lend their expertise as a mentor or for those who are new to local government looking to build connections and develop their skills and knowledge as a mentee

 

Ontario Society of Professional Engineers Mentorship Program

  • Members are able to book a mentoring session with talented and experienced mentors who are excited to provide guidance on a variety of topics related to the engineering experience
  • The mentors and mentees are limited to one or two 30-minute sessions
  • Mentoring sessions include help with licensing, your engineering career, networking, interview and leadership skills.

 

Canadian Construction Association Mentorship Program

  • Program helps entrepreneurs and innovators to launch, modify or expand their products or services for industry adoption. Should an individual successfully become a CONtact mentee, they will be connected with an appropriate mentor or mentors, enabling them to expand their network and connect with leading industry professionals with the goal of helping refine their product or service offering for industry adoption.
  • Three selected mentees will have the opportunity to present their solutions to the industry at the CCA annual conference, with one face-to-face mentorship meeting at the conference and the chance to network with senior industry executives.

 

Professional Geoscientists Ontario (PGO) Mentoring Program

  • Provides a forum for experienced professional geoscientists to share their knowledge, insight and experience with PGO student members, Geoscientists-in-Training (GITs) and newly minted P.Geo.’s
  • It is a mentor-and-mentee driven program. PGO’s role is to help facilitate the connection of mentors and mentees.
  • The length of the mentoring relationship is determined by both participants.

 

York Region Food and Beverage Accelerator

  • A five-month accelerator helping scale high growth food and beverage ventures through customized workshops, expert mentorship and peer-to-peer circles (In partnership with The Regional Municipality of York Region and the Canadian Agricultural Partnership)
  • Program fee of $1,000 for program administration
  • The venture must have a product in the market through a minimum of 10 points of sales
  • Ventures that don’t yet qualify under the Food Accelerator, may also explore the Virtual Membership program.

 

Association of Fundraising Professionals (AFP) Mentorship Program

  • The advice will be limited to work-related and/or specific fundraising and non-profit sector advice to be used to enhance the fundraising program of the charitable organization with which the mentee is currently associated
  • The partnership will last for 7 months (in year 1) between the mentor and the mentee with the option to continue in the program on an annual basis
  • The program is available to members of the AFP Greater Toronto Chapter

 

Urban Land Institute (ULI) Toronto Mentorship Program

  • The ULI Toronto mentorship program provides a valuable opportunity for young leaders to enhance their careers by building relationships with seasoned industry veterans. The program runs from January – December.
  • Mentee applicants must have at least two years of relevant full-time work experience prior to the time of application.  Due to limited availability, not all applicants will be accepted. Preference will be given to first-time participants, but returning mentees are welcome to apply.
  • We do not consider full/part-time students in undergraduate/graduate programs unless they have met the relevant working experience criteria.
  • Registration fee for mentees: $150 CAD (Tax not included).

 

Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA) Society Toronto Annual Mentorship Program

  • Successfully matched over 600 Mentor and Protégé pairings since 2007. The program offers an opportunity for participants to develop stronger leadership skills and provide unique networking opportunities.
  • Only available to CFA Society Toronto members

 

Canadian Public Relations Society Toronto Chapter Mentorship Program

  • Designed to provide opportunities, knowledge and connections to those working or interested in working in the field of public relations under the guidance of public relations (PR) practitioners
  • A mentor will take on five mentees over the course of three months and follow a program with the goal of providing mentees with connections and skills to navigate the PR industry
  • There are three terms throughout the year Feb – April, June – Aug and Oct – Dec.

 

The Girls SySTEM Mentorship Program

  • Professional STEM-focused mentoring for late elementary and high school girls
  • One-on-one mentorship alongside workshops, networking, and program-exclusive events to encourage and excite young girls in STEM
  • Mentors must have at least 1-year of professional experience in their designated Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math (STEM) field
  • Mentees must be in grade 7-12 and able to participate for a few hours a month

 

York Region Arts Council Arts Mentorship Program (AMP)

  • Artists seeking mentorship will be paired with a mentor who has experience in the area in which they seek mentorship.
  • Artist must be 18 years or older and be a resident and/or working in York Region.

 

ELLA

  • Ontario’s first accelerator focused on supporting women-led product and service-based businesses
  • ELLA Express is a 1-week intensive bootcamp-style program that helps product and service-based businesses with at least $10,000 in sales get the essential tools, skills and knowledge they need to make smart decisions from the start.
  • ELLA Ascend is a 5-month program for women-led ventures that have paying customers and sales of over $50,000. Entrepreneurs will have the opportunity to connect with a network of experts and entrepreneurs, and learn the skills needed to build a solid foundation for growth.
  • ELLA Altitude is a 4-month program that connects women-led ventures that have sales of over $200,000 with one-on-one advice and support as well as the resources entrepreneurs need to scale their business rapidly.

 

Youth Challenge International’s Youth Climate Leadership Program

  • 6-month Youth Climate Leadership Program provides young people exclusive access to training, mentorship and experience leading a team to create and catalyze community-based climate action initiatives that make a positive impact.
  • For 19-25 years old youth living in the Greater Toronto Hamilton Area (GTHA)
  • Gain access to exclusive resources to enhance your career and gain skills and experience in youth mobilization, project design, community development, social innovation and more.

 

 

CPAC Enhanced Mentorship Program

  • Aims to assist young professionals in gaining knowledge of the Canadian workplace, learning job search and related soft skills, and finding professional employments through the guidance and advice of established professionals (mentors)
  • Eligible for newcomer youth (age 21 to 35) and youth from immigrant families looking for jobs in the field of Engineering, IT, Accounting and Finance

 

American Marketing Association (AMA) Toronto Mentor Exchange Program

  • Program scientifically matches Canada’s premier C-suite Mentor community with up and coming senior marketers and business professionals to empower their leadership potential
  • Mentees must be:
    • any professionals over the age of 30 & actively involved in a career in advertising, communications, marketing, market research, marketing technology or media.
    • Have 8+ years of business/managerial/entrepreneurial experience
    • Manager to VP Level business professional
    • Committed to the program: 10 to 12 hours per year (September – June)

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