Walmart Canada Honours Future Sustainability Leaders, Announces Winner of its Green Student Challenge

Walmart Canada Honours Future Sustainability Leaders, Announces Winner of its 
Green Student Challenge 
Team of three from the University of Toronto declared the 2013 winner and 
awarded $50,000 for themselves and their school 
TORONTO, Feb. 27, 2013 /CNW/ - After five months of gruelling competition 
culminating in a pitch to some of Canada's most high profile CEOs, the winner 
of Walmart Canada's second annual Green Student Challenge has been chosen. The 
team, made up of Han (Mike) Zhang, Adam Wang and Andrew Girgis from Toronto 
were crowned the Challenge winners after a compelling presentation that 
brought their game-changing idea to life. 
The final event took place yesterday at the Design Exchange in Toronto where 
the top five teams pitched a CEO judging panel on their breakthrough ideas 
that benefits both business and the environment. The finalists represented 
universities from coast-to-coast and presented a broad range of innovative 
ideas ranging from a sustainable compost machine that creates nutrient-rich 
fertilizer from organic waste, to a recycling program for chopsticks using the 
wood as raw material to manufacture furniture products. The winning team 
successfully presented their idea for a mobile application that will make it 
convenient for users to find sustainable products from local retailers and 
their network of friends. The presentation took place in front of a live 
audience of 300 people and the team scored top marks for overall presentation, 
originality, ease of implementation, and potential business and environmental 
More than 160 student teams registered to participate in the one-of-a-kind 
competition following its launch last September, with the five finalist teams 
announced in early February. The finalists have spent the last few weeks 
preparing for their presentation and the chance to win $25,000 for themselves 
and $25,000 for their school. In addition to the $50,000 awarded to the 
winning team, the second place team received $15,000, with $10,000, $8,000 and 
$7,000 awarded to the teams placing third, fourth and fifth respectively. 
"All of the finalists were remarkably well prepared and their ideas were truly 
extraordinary and an inspiration to all those in attendance," said Shelley 
Broader, president and CEO of Walmart Canada. "The winning team's idea for a 
revolutionary sustainable app was truly innovative, and we are proud to have 
played a role in facilitating the development of their idea." 
The final round of the Green Student Challenge consisted of a live 
presentation of ideas to the CEO judging panel of Shelley Broader, president 
and CEO of Walmart Canada, Dianne Craig, CEO of Ford Motor Company of Canada, 
Chris O'Neill, managing director of Google Canada, Claude Mongeau, president 
and CEO of CN, Ana Dominguez, president and general manager of SC Johnson 
Canada and Tom Heintzman, co-founder and director of Bullfrog Power. 
About Walmart Canada
Walmart Canada operates a growing chain of more than 375 stores, employing 
more than 90,000 Canadians, and serving more than one million customers each 
day. The company's vision is to demonstrate environmental leadership by 
reducing the ecological impact of its operations through company-wide programs 
focused on waste, energy and products, as well as outreach programs that 
preserve and enhance local environments. Visit for more 
company information or follow Walmart Canada on Twitter at 
Melissa Cable-Cibula APEX Public Relations 
Image with caption: "Shelley Broader, president and CEO of Walmart Canada, 
congratulates Michael Zhang, Adam Wang and Andrew Girgis from the University 
of Toronto on their first-place win at the second annual Walmart Green Student 
Challenge. The students were awarded $25,000 for themselves and $25,000 for 
their school in honour of their innovative thinking and commitment to 
sustainability. (CNW Group/WalMart Canada)". Image available at: 
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