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ALERT city-building project rises above the rest at ELNshowcase

Environmental renewal for high-rises takes top prize at CivicAction’s dragons’ den style event, ELNshowcase

April 2, 2014 – TORONTO – On March 31, CivicAction’s Emerging Leaders Network held its first pitch-panel event, ELNshowcase. ALERT (Affordable and Low-Income Environmental Renewal in Toronto) took the ultimate winning title and went home with $1000 and a hot-desk package at the Centre for Social Innovation (CSI).

“Tonight was a great opportunity to build on the momentum we’ve created so far,” said ALERT team members Jessie Ma, Hydro One, and Ramtin Attar, Autodesk. “We’re very excited and grateful to our advisory team and honoured to be among so many bright minds.”

ALERT is a toolkit to support energy efficiency improvements in Toronto’s residential high-rises. The toolkit consists of measuring and benchmarking, helping building owners connect to incentives and financing tools, and celebrating achievements.

Second prize (hot-desk space at CSI) went to Teachers Beyond the Classroom – Michael Bosompra, Proctor & Gamble, Jamil Jivani, Innovation Expedition, and Neil Price, Educator – an idea that would help thousands of unemployed teachers transfer their skills to non-school employment opportunities across the Greater Toronto Area.

An Aboriginal Youth Media Training initiative was also presented and while a third prize was not planned, this team was successful in gaining the attention and $1000 worth of support from one of the judges, Todd Roberts, Senior Vice President, CIBC.

“I was so impressed by the quality of all of the presentations, but the Aboriginal Youth Media Training Centre really struck a chord with me,” said Roberts. “I’m supporting it because it’s bringing social innovation to an important issue.”

A panel of civic leaders judged projects based on their potential impact, plan development, momentum and alignment with CivicAction’s city-building agenda. The panel included:

Project teams first came together last November at the network’s signature event, ELNstudio, which convenes our region’s rising leaders to take action. The remaining project teams gained advisors and partners who will continue to help move their ideas from concept to implementation.


About CivicAction’s Emerging Leaders Network (ELN)
ELN is a diverse network of 700+ rising leaders from a wide range of sectors across the Greater Toronto and Hamilton Area. ELN plays the role of an "action incubator" by convening leaders, helping inform and facilitate dialogue, and offering mentoring and organizational support to groups working collaboratively on challenges facing the region. Members of ELN meet monthly and have generated innovative city-building projects and events such as Toronto Homecoming, Project Neutral, Better Ballots, the Pan Am Path, and elnstudio. ELN is an initiative of CivicAction. For more information, visit

About CivicAction
For the past 10 years, the Greater Toronto CivicAction Alliance (CivicAction) has brought together senior executives and rising leaders from all sectors to tackle some of our region’s toughest social, economic and environmental challenges. CivicAction sets a non-partisan agenda, builds strategic partnerships with organizations, and launches campaigns, programs and organizations that transform our region. For more information, visit:, @CivicActionGTA

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