MEMBER PROFILES: Learn about Green Economy North members, their sustainability goals and successes

Project Site: 176 Larch St


176 Larch Street in the heart of Downtown Sudbury is Green Economy North's first Project Site. The building owners are working together with tenants to set and meet targets for Sustainability. 

"This was an opportunity for us to take a leadership role and to hopefully set an example for others in this pilot project," Said Al Vardy, "where the whole building, the landlords and all the tenants are actively trying to reduce our carbon footprint, reducing the water use and the waste that comes out of this building." (CBC Sudbury, August 25 2016)

Tenants and landlords will collaborate on the action planning and target setting for the building.  Initial goals for the project include baselining carbon and water usage, conducting a Level 1.5 Energy Audit, and exploring capacity for innovative renewable energy. 

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All four tenants of the building are participating in this project:


Al Vardy, Private Wealth Advisor: As a private wealth adviser of Raintree Financial Solutions at 176 Larch St., Vardy specializes in investments in Canadian-owned, privately-held small and medium sized enterprises.

“This project is a great fit for me. I work with investors that are interested in strategically diversifying some of their investments away from Bay St and directing more of it towards opportunities happening on Main St.; all without involving the stock market, as is the case in this project,” said Vardy.

705-561-6757 //  [email protected]





Sandra Mews & Associates: Sandra Mews and Associates is an award-winning financial planning consultancy. Our solutions toolbox includes investments, insurance, and tax reduction strategies. 

705-525-5811 // 


Eat Local Sudbury: Sudbury's local food Co-op - a grocery store where both members and the general public can buy locally-grown produce, meats and value added goods from local farmers and producers.

705-521-6717 // [email protected]







reThink Green: Hosts of Green Economy North and conveners of the Low Carbon Economy in Sudbury, reThink Green is the Hub of Sudbury's environmental Network

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NVIRO by Walker Environmental


Sudbury's NVIRO biosolids plant is a centralized wastewater sludge de-watering and stabilization facility producing Class A biosolids at the Sudbury Wastewater treatment plant on Kelly Lake Road. It's an environmentally responsible and sustainable plant that is safe to all surrounding communities, delivering a long-term, modern approach to wastewater management

While a municipally owned facility, it was build through a public-private partnership (P3) and will be operated for the next 20 years by Walker Environmental Group, a division of Walker Industries. Although it is a relatively new facility, local management hopes to continue to improve the environmental performance of the site. 

NVIRO by Walker Environmental is in the Onboarding stage.

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PACS Energy Solutions


PACS Energy Solutions Power Application Correction System (PACS) is an affordable energy management system. PACS uses well-known power saving technology that has been in use for decades. The trusted technology behind PACS actively helps to increase the efficiency of electrical systems. They are involved many energy efficiency projects in Greater Sudbury. 

PACS Energy is a member of Green Economy North. They are currently in the Onboarding stage. 

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Cooperators Greg Cantin Insurance


Greg Cantin and his team at Cantin Insurance Services at the Lasalle Court Mall in Sudbury deliver a personalized approach with one-on-one advice and answers to all of your insurance and investment questions.

As a Co-operators agency. Cantin Insurance Services are dedicated to the community. Co-operators staff and insurance advisors have been making Canadian communities safer and healthier places to live for years. Doing their part to strengthen Canadian neighbourhoods and communities means, first and foremost, being a responsible business through and through. Greg and his team are dedicated to finding ways to reduce their carbon footprint with the help of Green Economy North. 

Cantin Insurance Services is currently in the Onboarding phase of the program. 

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Towne House Tavern & Laughing Buddha


The Towne House Tavern and Laughing Buddha restaurants have long been the anchors of Sudbury's downtown Elgin St. scene. 

Towne House Tavern and Laughing Buddha is an Early Adopter Member of Green Economy North. They are currently in the Onboarding stage. 

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HiaMedia Inc



Call: (705) 866-2000

A “design, print, sign, web, promotion and creative solutions” firm in Whitefish, HiaMedia has a strong customer base in various industries and markets. Owner/operators Skye Little and Kelly Young are constantly developing and implementing new technology, not only to produce innovative marketing materials but to do so in environmentally sustainable ways. They are proud to be early adopter members of Green Economy North!

HiaMedia Inc. is an Early Adopter Member of Green Economy North. They are currently in the Benchmarking process.

ACTION UPDATE: September 2016

Sustainability Action is not new to Skye and Kelly of Hiamedia. They have been very determined to minimize energy usage and solid waste. Over the past few years, they have undertaken the following efforts:

> Heat Pump: Their combined business & residential property is heated and cooled by water-source heat pump, an extremely efficient electicity based heating system.

> Waste Diversion: Virtually all solid waste from the their sign production is diverted, including coroplast waste which is being recycled. For many years Hiamedia has been proud to be the only sign production company to recycle coroplast. 

> Efficient equipment: Power usage has always been a concern when acquiring new production equipment, and Hiamedia has been dedicated to find the most energy efficient equipment possible. 

> Efficient Vehicles: For their business usage, they have chosen the most efficient vehicles in their class.

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A2S Associates



A2S Associates Limited is a structural engineering firm that proudly services Northeastern and Northwestern Ontario from our head office in Sudbury.  They were founded in July 2014 by Aaron Dent and Steve Cairns, who have more than 25 years combined of practical structural engineering experience in Northern Ontario. 

A2S Associates is an Early Adopter Member of Green Economy North. They are currently in the Onboarding process.

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