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The 360 On Energy and Carbon Leaders series featuring Staples Canada

In a world grappling with environmental challenges, the corporate sector stands at a crossroads between profitability and sustainability. It's a delicate balance, seeking growth while also honouring a commitment to the planet. Enter the Leaders series, a groundbreaking addition to The 360 On Energy and Carbon Podcast, which is set to redefine how we perceive corporate sustainability efforts.

The series kicks off with an in-depth look at Staples Canada, a company that has not only talked the talk but walked the walk in terms of integrating sustainability into its business model. This episode is more than just a case study; it's a narrative of transformation, showcasing how Staples Canada has embraced authenticity and strategic focus to drive its sustainability agenda forward.

Authenticity and strategic focus: the Staples Canada blueprint

Staples Canada's journey is a beacon for others, highlighting that true sustainability comes from aligning with one's core values and focusing efforts where they can make the most significant impact. This approach has allowed Staples Canada to not just implement sustainability initiatives, but to weave them into the fabric of their operations, creating a model that is both effective and inspiring.

The Leaders series promises to take listeners behind the scenes, offering insights into the strategies, challenges and triumphs of Staples Canada's sustainability journey. It's an opportunity to learn from a corporation that has managed to balance economic success with environmental stewardship, providing valuable lessons for businesses aiming to embark on a similar path.

Why tune in?

The significance of the Leaders series extends beyond its immediate subjects. It serves as a call to action for businesses worldwide, demonstrating that sustainability and success are not mutually exclusive. By sharing the successes (and challenges) of leading corporations like Staples Canada, the Leaders series not only educates but also motivates listeners to consider how they can contribute to a more sustainable future, whether through their professional roles or personal choices.

A must-listen for future-focused professionals

Whether you're a sustainability enthusiast, a business leader, or someone curious about the intersection of commerce and environmentalism, the Leaders series on The 360 On Energy and Carbon Podcast is essential listening. Tune in to the Leaders series and join the conversation about corporate sustainability. Let's learn from the pioneers like Staples Canada and envision a future where business success and environmental stewardship go hand in hand. Together, we can turn the tide toward a more sustainable and prosperous world for all.


  • Leigh Pearson: As senior director of facilities, sustainability, sourcing, and procurement for Staples Canada, Leigh oversees a comprehensive portfolio that includes the maintenance, repair and service programs for over 320 Canadian locations, encompassing supply chain, retail, corporate and affiliates. Recognized for her significant contributions to sustainability, Leigh was named to Canada’s Clean50 list in both 2014 and 2016, an accolade that honours the country's leaders in sustainability, and has received accolades from the Retail Council of Canada for her work in sustainability, not once, but twice. With fiscal oversight of capital and expense budgets for all facility-related initiatives across Staples locations in Canada, as well as managing Canadian procurement for goods not for resale and corporate travel, Leigh's role is pivotal. Her journey with Staples began in 1997 as a management trainee, progressing through various store management positions until she took on the challenge of creating and centralizing the company's facility management for retail locations in 2001, a team that she has grown in size, scope and sophistication over 23 years. Leigh's leadership extends beyond Staples; she was elected to the Connex Board of Directors (formerly Professional Retail Store Maintenance Association) in 2014, serving as chair of the Board in 2016-17, becoming the second woman and the first Canadian to hold this position in 25 years. Currently, she is the vice chair of the Connex Charitable Foundation and contributes to the association's ESG committee, further cementing her status as a leader in both the retail and sustainability sectors.
  • David Arkell: President and CEO of 360 Energy
  • John Pooley: Vice-president – program development

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