Climate Action Pledge
Signatory Spotlight

Emerge Knowledge Design Inc. is the environmental technology company that delivers Re-TRAC Connect™, the proven web-based software that material management professionals trust to efficiently collect, manage, and analyze recycling and solid waste data. 
Why did your company sign the Climate Action Pledge?
The science is clear; a climate catastrophe is unfolding that will completely disrupt our economy, society, and environment unless we significantly reduce the amount of carbon pollution we generate as a society. Our heavy reliance on fossil fuels as an energy source is a monumental problem that will require all sectors, organizations, and individuals to be part of the solution.

As business owners, we embrace our responsibility to act. This is why we signed the pledge.
Why is it important for business owners to speak up and show leadership on climate change? 
Because it sends an important signal about the urgency of the climate crisis to the rest of society generally, and policy-makers specifically.
What is something you hope BizforClimate can change through our collective efforts?
The perception that business owners don't care about their community, the environment, or the future. I know a lot of successful entrepreneurs who are also parents and citizens and care deeply about the welfare of the planet and its people.
What's a simple change you've made for the environment that other businesses could do?
We provided 100% subsidized bus passes for our employees pre-COVID and plan to restart this program when staff start working in the office again.

Rick Penner
Emerge Knowledge

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Update from the Executive

Derek Earl | Chair
Edward Buller | Vice-Chair
Dee King | Secretary

BizforClimate seeks to elevate the attention and resources directed towards solving the climate crisis. We promote climate action and advocate for a rapid and just transition to a zero-carbon economy. Businesses are key to leading, shaping, and fast-tracking this transition. 

Companies can do much within their operations to drive sustainability, eliminate their carbon footprints, and even become a net positive influence on the natural world. This is all possible. But crucially, companies can use their clout and influence to shape the public policies required to deploy climate solutions with the speed and scale required. 

BizforClimate seeks to cultivate and inspire a groundswell of engaged business leaders and advocates.

The cornerstone of our process is the Climate Action Pledge. This is the first step companies can take to communicate their support for climate action and is an ongoing focus of our activities. 

At the same time, we are working hard to build capacity, elaborate our strategic plan, and gather resources to build and sustain the organization. We are also busy meeting with business and environmental organizations locally, nationally, and internationally to introduce BizforClimate, seek alignment, and build strategic partnerships. 

We thank all our Signatories and supporters and are thrilled to be working with such a diverse coalition of local companies to grow this movement. We already represent nearly 70 Signatories and are growing day-by-day. 

We will keep you posted, and in the weeks and months to come, we will be reaching out more with opportunities for engagement. Your input and contributions will help shape our growth and power the cause.

Please reach out to us anytime - we love hearing from you.


Derek Earl
Chair of the Board


ECO Canada is the steward for the Canadian environmental workforce across all industries. From job creation and wage funding to training and labour market research, we champion the end-to-end career of an environmental professional.

Their leading research provides unmatched statistics and analysis on the economic and labour trends that identify workforce gaps within industry to help Canada develop as a global leader in environmental innovation and jobs.

Together with the federal government, as part of Canada’s Work Integrated Learning Strategy, ECO Canada offers funding for eligible employers to help students kick-start their career path in the environmental sector.

Are you looking to hire a summer student? Or are you a student looking for a placement this summer? Applications for ECO Canada’s summer co-op placement funding are now open!

ECO Canada’s co-op funding program offers wage subsidies to employers hiring Science, Technology, Engineering, Art, Math (STEAM) and Business students.

Check your eligibility and apply

Links and Resources

2021 State of Green Business Report



Produced by GreenBiz Group the report shares the top 10 sustainable business trends for the year ahead.  It offers valuable insight into where corporate sustainability is headed, and whether the private sector is moving at the scale, scope and speed necessary to address the challenges and seize the opportunities before us.

Trend #10: Corporate advocacy gets louder 
More companies understand that their interests are directly linked to a clean environment, healthy citizens and a cohesive society and that pro-climate policy changes won’t take hold without a bold push from companies.

Download the Report

Policy News

Gearing Up for COP 26

The UK will host the 26th UN Climate Change Conference of the Parties (COP26) in November 2021. The COP26 summit will bring parties together to accelerate action towards the goals of the Paris Agreement and the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change.

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Race to Zero Campaign

Linked to COP26, Race To Zero is a global campaign to rally leadership and support from businesses, cities, regions, investors for a healthy, resilient, zero-carbon recovery that prevents future threats, creates decent jobs, and unlocks inclusive, sustainable growth.

It mobilizes a coalition of leading net zero initiatives, representing 454 cities, 23 regions, 1,397 businesses, 74 of the biggest investors, and 569 universities. These ‘real economy’ actors join 120 countries in the largest ever alliance committed to achieving net-zero carbon emissions by 2050 at the latest.

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Important note: as an advocacy organization BizforClimate is NOT a registered charity and therefore we cannot offer a tax-deductible receipt.  


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