We are very happy to announce that our president, Mike Battistel, was awarded at the Clean50 summit this year, to be recognized as a leader in sustainability. 

Mike was named the Clean50 Entrepreneur of the Year, and was named the leader of the Manufacturing and Transportation category with a Clean16 award. See the full press release below.

Canada’s Clean50 Awards are announced annually by Delta Management Group and the Clean50 organization to recognize those 50 individuals or small teams, from 16 different categories, who have done the most to advance the cause of sustainability and clean capitalism in Canada over the past 2 years.

The Clean50 come from such a broad array of backgrounds, such that only a few individuals can be recognized within any given category. To receive a Clean50 award is truly indicative of both industry and personal leadership in the MANUFACTURING or TRANSPORTATION category.

The 2018 Clean16 are truly the leaders of the leaders in sustainability in Canada. The competition for the top spot this year in every instance left us with many great choices - and to be selected from amongst such a strong group of peers is truly a testament to the contribution has made to helping make Canada more sustainable for all Canadians.

Mike Battistel was chosen after rigorous screening and research by Delta Management, with advice from internal researchers and external advisors, and was among Honourees selected from an initial pool of approximately 600 well qualified nominees.

The cumulative accomplishments of Canada’s Clean16 over the past 2 years adds up to a very big number. All Canadians can be grateful for the leadership these individuals have shown – and for the support that their organizations have provided.

Cascadia is a perfect example of strategic and principled innovation resulting in a market leading product that can make a difference. Mike leads the team that developed and is launching the revolutionary Universal Series window – the world’s first all-fiberglass framed window to hit Passive House thermal performance values of better than 0.8 W/m2, while simultaneously using only environmentally responsible materials that enable it to be Living Building Challenge – Red List Free. All this, with achieving simply unmatched performance: Tested to literally 0.00 air leakage, the maximum water penetration resistance of any product that is measured, and enough strength for a 60-square foot window to support the weight of 2 pickup trucks without failing.

Ironically, Cascadia’s largest commercial product, while fully legal in the USA and Europe, is not able to be used on many high-rise buildings in Canada, based on building codes that pre-date fire sprinklers. At end of life, the entire window can be ground up and safely reused as filler in road construction. Mike also played a significant role in developing the Cascadia Clip – a revolutionary product created specifically to address the concern of thermal bridging in exterior insulated wall assemblies – now being exported to Europe.

If we are going to achieve our Paris climate commitments, a dramatic improvement in building envelope performance is critical, and the importance of innovators employing circular economy thinking cannot be over-estimated. For these reasons and more, we are pleased to team with Hewlett Packard Enterprise Canada to recognize Mike as the Clean50 Entrepreneur of the Year.