“At Canlan Ice Sports, we continuously aim to exceed in all areas of our business. Our commitment to social responsibility is certainly no exception. While employee morale, customer experience and shareholder returns are always top of mind, we are also mindful of our responsibility to our communities, relevant charity alignment and doing our part in preserving our environment.”
As a leading owner/operator of recreational facilities in North America, Canlan Ice Sports is focused on being a responsible corporate citizen in all of the markets we serve. Building a reputation based on trust and confidence is important to us. We conduct our business with the highest ethical standards and recognize that giving back to our communities not only means maintaining our reputation, but more importantly, means meeting the social obligations we have towards our people, investors, customers, suppliers, competitors and the community as a whole. We are proud to say that this is accomplished everyday by our team of approximately 1,000 Canlan staff members.
Ice rinks are large consumers of electricity and natural gas. Greenhouse gasses, mainly in the form of carbon dioxide (CO2), are emitted while producing these energy sources and also while they are consumed. Over the last three years, Canlan has focused attention on reducing energy consumption through conservation efforts, equipment upgrades, and improving operational efficiencies. These efforts have led to a significant reduction in both electricity and natural gas, which have also reduced Canlan’s carbon footprint. Carbon footprint is measured by CO2 emissions per square meter of total facility space. In 2012, Canlan reduced its carbon footprint by 14% over 2010, and is on track for further reductions in 2013.
Reducing Our Carbon Footprint
We know there are people out there that struggle to make ends meet and we want to do our part in ensuring that nobody in our local communities goes hungry. Over the last five years, Canlan Ice Sports has engaged its employees and customers to help us collect more than 38,000 pounds of food and thousands of dollars in cash during our annual “Fill The Net” campaign which runs from November to January each year.
“Fill The Net” Campaign for our local Food Banks
National Partnership with Canadian Cancer Society
Canlan Ice Sports entered into a partnership with the Canadian Cancer Society, which includes several exciting initiatives that will engage employees, increase awareness for this charity and raise funds in support of the Canadian Cancer Society. This includes:
- A fundraising program we call “Jeans Fridays”, providing employees the opportunity to wear jeans on Fridays, in exchange for a donation to the CCS
- The Daffodil Campaign as a National Pin Partner that distributes pins to all its locations across Canada and encourages support from employees and customers during Daffodil Month (April)
Now recognized as a national corporate partner with the Canadian Cancer Society, Canlan Ice Sports will continue to support these social responsibility initiatives as well as exploring new opportunities in this area, with increased employee engagement.