• Councillor Mark Grimes

Toronto announces winners of the 2022 Women4ClimateTO Pitch Competition

The City of Toronto is pleased to announce the winners of the City’s second Women4ClimateTO Pitch Competition, which took place following the completion of its 2022 Women4Climate Toronto Mentorship Programme. The pitch competition was hosted by the City and the program’s local presenting sponsor, EY Canada.

Nine participants from the six-month mentorship program pitched their climate-related initiatives to a panel of judges for a chance to claim first prize of $20,000 and two secondary prizes of $5,000 each, to help further advance their projects.

Women4ClimateTO pitch competition winners:

  • First place: Zamani Ra – Through Circular Environmental EDucation (CEED) Canada Workshops, Zamani develops and delivers culturally-relevant curriculum to engage social housing residents in climate action.

  • Runner-up: Carolyn Moss, Simona Sund, Adekemi Oke – Homes to Zero is an online platform to help homeowners navigate the process of making a home net zero and facilitate the mass-scale rollout of deep energy retrofits.

  • Runner-up: Deborah King – Global Measure is a program to measure and certify sustainable and ethical fashion brands.

The winners were announced during a virtual event held last night featuring keynote speaker Jenn Harper, Founder and CEO of Cheekbone Beauty, followed by a panel discussion with the winners.

Through its Women4Climate Toronto Mentorship Programme, the City provides a combination of mentoring, training and networking opportunities to help local women entrepreneurs advance their climate-related projects and/or business startups. The 2022 program supported 14 local women with 12 climate-focused initiatives.

omen4ClimateTO supports the City’s TransformTO Net Zero Climate Action Strategy, which set Toronto on the path to reduce community-wide greenhouse gas emissions to net zero by 2040.

Toronto’s Women4Climate Toronto program is co-championed by Councillor Jennifer McKelvie (Scarborough-Rouge Park), Chair of the Infrastructure and Environment Committee, and Heather Taylor, the City’s Chief Financial Officer.

More information about Women4Climate Toronto is available on the City’s Women4Climate Toronto Mentorship Programme webpage.