CAZA congratulates Ocean Wise® being named 
one of Canada’s Greenest Employers for 2018

Ocean Wise recognized for its commitment to sustainability
and for creating a culture of environmental awareness.

Ottawa (April 24, 2018) — Canada’s Accredited Zoos and Aquariums (CAZA) today offers heartfelt congratulations to Ocean Wise and its initiative, the Vancouver Aquarium, for being named to Canada’s Greenest Employers list for 2018.

“This is terrific news for a member who puts extraordinary effort into making this a better world for all of us,” said CAZA Executive Director, Dr. Susan Shafer. “Being green is the foundation of that business and it drives every program they have and every decision they make. We are so happy the staff and volunteers are being recognized for their hard work.”

Among the Ocean Wise initiatives and accomplishments:

  • it is the founder of the Ocean Wise Seafood program that, along with more than 700 partners in Canada, educates consumers to ensure that ocean life will be abundant for generations to come;
  • it is a founding partner of the longstanding Great Canadian Shoreline Cleanup; and
  • at its head office, the Vancouver Aquarium’s Aquaquest building is the first aquarium or zoo building in the world to achieve LEED Gold status.

“It’s an honour to be recognized as a leader in sustainability and we are in good company on the 2018 Canada’s Greenest Employers list,” said John Nightingale, president and CEO of Ocean Wise. “As a global not-for-profit organization dedicated to ocean protection, sustainability and conservation are at the core of everything we do. This award recognizes the incredible commitment of our team of more than 1,500 staff and volunteers. Their dedication to establishing sustainable best practices and continuous improvement is at the core of our organizational values.”

“Of the 165 zoos and aquariums in Canada, just 30 are accredited by CAZA,” said Dr. Shafer. “We are proud to say Ocean Wise’s Vancouver Aquarium is one of them.”

Founded in 1975, CAZA is the leading animal welfare standards-development organization in Canada. Its standards-development process includes expert opinions from researchers, biologists and academics to ensure the standards reflect the latest in animal-welfare research, organizational management and public-safety protocols. Through a science-based approach, CAZA’s standards bridge the ethical concerns regarding zoos and aquariums. These standards are currently the only pan-Canadian set of standards mandating zoological facilities in the country.

For More Information

Dr. Susan Shafer
Executive Director
Canada’s Accredited Zoos & Aquariums (CAZA)
613-627-3779 ext. 221



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