Justin Raymond's Green Ride Global wins the first annual Profiles of Innovation contest which recognizes inspiration and success of small and medium-sized businesses. GRG leads the industry in raising green awareness.
TORONTO - Toshiba of Canada Digital Products Group (Toshiba) and Intel announced Green Ride Global as the grand prize winner Tuesday of the first annual small business week technology makeover contest, called Profiles of Innovation.
Green Ride Global is an organization that offers environmental sustainability programs for companies in the transportation industry. Transportation companies often face public and private stakeholder scrutiny for the carbon footprint that they leave behind.
Green Ride Global develops long term, expert driven, environmental sustainability programs through Carbon Accounting, a proprietary measurement and reporting system for a sustainable and profitable business model. Their innovative approach has landed more than 30 clients across North America and the United Kingdom to date.
"All businesses will have to report carbon performance in the near future either due to market driven forces or government driven forces," said Justin Raymond, President and CEO of Green Ride Global Inc. "Green Ride Global is very grateful to be awarded the grand prize. Our plans for growth include building new web-based software applications to automate our backend data capture and client reporting systems which will expedite our entry into other industries. This small business week technology makeover package will really work well together to support our plans."
SMBs make up 98% of businesses and play a crucial role in driving the country's economic productivity, but many do not have the technological tools to compete and thrive.
"In today's competitive marketplace, low productivity due to hardware and software issues can seriously affect a company's bottom line," said Daniel Senechal, senior system engineer of Toshiba Canada. "Toshiba and Intel are proud to partner to provide Green Ride Global with the technology they require to be more productive and profitable, and to help them focus more on their core business."
"Business success results from hard work and fresh ideas," said Elaine Mah, Canadian business marketing manager of Intel Corp. "Intel is proud to work with Toshiba and create this contest as an opportunity for SMBs to share their success stories and support them with their business goals."
Green Ride Global was selected from entries submitted between Sept. 1, 2009 and Oct. 13, 2009. Small businesses with five to 99 employees were invited to submit a Profile of Innovation to share their business success stories.
Entrants were judged by a panel of business experts for submitting an inspiring and informative small business success story and for demonstrating a need for a technology makeover. Please visit www.profilesofinnovation.ca for additional information.
About Green Ride Global
Green Ride Global (GRG) creates and implements third-party verified environmental sustainability programs for the transportation industry, with a heavy focus on chauffeured ground transportation companies. Its programs cause real and measurable reductions in their clients' greenhouse gas emissions and environmental footprints. GRG's team provides tailored environmental solutions, strategic sales and marketing tools, and auditable reports showing progress toward environmental sustainability.
Intel (NASDAQ: INTC), the world leader in silicon innovation, develops technologies, products, and initiatives to continually advance how people work and live. Additional information about Intel is available at http://www.intel.com/pressroom/ and blogs.intel.com.
Toshiba of Canada
Toshiba of Canada Limited is a subsidiary of Toshiba Corp., one of the world's largest integrated manufacturers of electronic products and semiconductors. Headquartered in Markham, Ontario, Toshiba of Canada is a digital technology leader with a wide range of Audio Visual Personal Computers, notebook computers, high definition home theatre systems including televisions, DVD players, multi-media projectors, and portable media centres. Throughout its history, Toshiba's commitment to technological and environmental innovations has distinguished the corporation from its competitors.