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2018 Be Local Awards : Vote for these featured Diversity & Inclusion Leader Award Nominees through Sunday!

Food & Drink /
Grocery & Markets


Organic, local, and Fair Trade groceries delivered straight to your door

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Business Services


Versett works to improve technology practices within businesses and organizations.

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Food & Drink


From the Earth, back to the Earth

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Arts & Culture /

Adventure with Purpose

Volunteer tourism group where education comes first

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Living Locally

Diversity & Inclusion Leader Award rewards progressive workplaces

September 17, 2018

In 2017, Universal Access received its own Be Local Award for its commitment to making Calgary accessible. Now, Universal Access is proud to co-sponsor a Be Local Award alongside Prospect Human Services, an organization that helps Calgarians create a progressive workplace for all people.

The Diversity & Inclusion Leader Award recognizes the REAP member that strives to break down barriers to employment for those with disabilities or different backgrounds and provide an accommodating and supportive work environment.

“I felt it was an important award to support because it helps invoke why Universal Access exists,” says Universal Access CEO and Head Chair Sean Crump. “Striving for equal opportunity and an inclusive thought process behind the work force.”

The nominees for this inaugural award are as follows:

Adventure with Purpose is a travel company that specializes in immersive cultural and conservational learning experiences. When travelling, Adventure with Purpose exclusively works with local guides to provide an authentic experience and a chance to share across diverse cultures. It also partners with various non-profits around the world to educate its travellers and donates a portion of ticket sales to these organizations. One such partner is Embrace Ability in Cambodia, which is dedicated to increasing awareness and quality of life for Cambodians with disabilities.
Dryleaf makes compostable plates out of fallen leaves sourced directly from coastal India. It hires locals – many of whom live in poverty -- to harvest the leaves and form the plates then, in addition to providing a sustainable livelihood, Dryleaf provides financial consultation and advice to help employees manage their finances and health and hygiene programs to improve their healthy lifestyle.
SPUD is a grocery delivery company specializing in organic and locally-sourced goods. The company makes a continuous effort not only to hire those with disabilities but to also make them feel included and supported (such as a morning ritual of learning a new ASL sign from its three hearing-impaired warehouse employees).
Versett is a tech-based advertising firm that strives to create an inclusive environment at work. It is Versett’s goal to ensure that people of all races, religions, genders and sexualities are welcome and represented in the office, and create an atmosphere of awareness and empathy through ongoing education and research, which Versett openly provides to other organizations wishing to accomplish the same goals.

Sean hopes this award brings more awareness to diversity and inclusion by “supporting and giving credit to companies that already have these stipulations and policies in place.”


Click the links above to vote for your favourite nominee before the window closes Sunday night!
Click here to learn more about Universal Access.
Click here to learn more about Prospect Human Services.
Share your vote on social media for a chance to win a pair of tickets to the November 14 awards ceremony at River Cafe! Tag @reapcalgary on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram and use the hashtag #BeLocalYYC.

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Featured Event

Appetite for Sustainability: Third-Party Party!

Oct. 11, 2018 - Oct. 11, 2018

cSpace King Edward Suite 380
1721 29 Ave SW

Making the Most of Third-party Marks & Certifications

We all know the value of third-party validations—they enhance your brand’s credibility, connect you to like-minded individuals, and differentiate your product or service in the marketplace. The topic for discussion: are we showcasing these stamps of sustainability to the best of our ability?

It’s time to get together and talk best practice when it comes to leveraging these marks across different platforms. How are our peers talking about them? What are our successes and challenges?

Join us for a workshop on four third-party marks: Bullfrog Power, REAP, Fairtrade, and B Corp. We’ll spend the first hour hearing from these four organizations, who will share tips and tricks for making the most out of their seals. Then, in groups, we’ll dive into a few examples, sharing our experiences along the way. We’ll finish off by collectively reflecting over a cold one.

This event is curated for any organization with one, a couple, or all of these marks. We ask that all attendees come prepared with one example of how they’re showcasing one of the four marks mentioned.


 Anthony Santilli, Bullfrog Power 
As Vice President, Sales & Marketing, Anthony Santilli is responsible for growing Bullfrog's commercial business and leading the strategic sales marketing team. Anthony brings deep expertise in sustainability, branding, and management consulting to his role, allowing him to help Bullfrog's commercial customers integrate their sustainability goals into their overall business strategy. He also advises clients on best practices in communicating sustainability initiatives to internal and external stakeholders including employees, supply chain partners, and customers.



James Boettcher, Fiasco Gelato 
James is the custodian of Culture and Chief Idea Officer of one of the fastest-growing private companies in Canada, Fiasco Gelato. Fiasco has operated like a B Corp from its inception, long before it was ever certified as one, and the certification is a way of sharing their practices with the community and encouraging other businesses to adopt similar standards. With a commitment to changing the way business is done, James puts people and purpose above all else and Fiasco is part of the fabric of the community through their impact.



 Erin Bird, Fair Trade Calgary 
Erin Bird is an Engineer by day at The City of Calgary but her second "job" and passion is to lead the campaign for Calgary to become a Fair Trade Town. Fair Trade Calgary sits within Engineers Without Borders Calgary Professional Chapter, and the group has been working hard over the last couple of years to achieve the Fair Trade Town designation. Erin is also an Executive Board member of the Canadian Fair Trade Network. Erin's other hobbies are cooking with Fairtrade ingredients, dancing in Fairtrade banana costumes, and she also enjoys reading while drinking Fairtrade tea and relaxing with family and friends.

 Stephanie Jackman, REAP Business Association
REAP was started by Stephanie Jackman in 2006. A marketer by trade, Stephanie had a deep desire to tell the stories of Calgary's most progressive organizations in order to create demand for better ways of doing business. "By sharing these stories with other businesses, REAP illuminates the way forward, making the journey toward sustainability easier and faster", says Stephanie. She firmly believes that when we vote with our dollars for the kind of world we want, we can alter the status quo.


- 2-3 pm introductions from third-party marks
- 3-4 pm workshopping with case studies
- 4-5 pm mingle

Snacks will be provided, including gluten-free options.

This venue is accessible to all people with limited mobility. There is a ramp to the front door and an elevator to the workshop space.

Free parking lot and free street parking.
Please visit http://www.calgarytransit.com for transit options

Payment is required at the time of your RSVP unless you wish to pay by Calgary Dollars. Please reserve one of these spaces by posting a comment below.

Proudly organized by REAP Business Association. Bullfrog Powered with 100% green electricity.

The registration fee is required to cover REAP's ongoing costs to organize this event series: catering, promotional expenses (signage, Meetup organizer fees), insurance, and staff time.
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REAP businesses have donated 630+ trees to create 8 Community Orchards since 2013