Smart Commute Awards

The Smart Commute Awards take place every November as a way to recognize the outstanding efforts of the employer members for the successful implementation of their Smart Commute programs. Each Smart Commute organization nominates their top employers for their commitment, leadership, innovation and results achieved within the last year. Smart Commute Halton is proud of all our employer’s who were recognized at the awards:

Pan Am PreparednessAward

This year, a Pan Am Preparedness Award was also presented to acknowledge a workplace that demonstrated exceptional efforts to support business continuity during the TORONTO 2015 Pan Am/Para Pan Am Games held in July and August. We are proud to say that this award was presented to Shawn Cowley, Manager of Business Continuity and our Champion at Cogeco Cable Canada.

The Ontario Ministry of Transportation’s goal leading up to the 2015 Pan/Parapan Am Games was to ensure businesses were aware that the transportation network would be busier than usual, and that there were steps they could take to minimize disruption and support business continuity. No company better exemplified this than Cogeco Cable Canada. Cogeco has a culture of preparedness; for them, the necessity to begin planning for the Games was clear. The cross-functional Planning Committee at the Burlington office began work early, in November 2014, eight months before the Games were set to start.

After a series of departmental planning meetings, senior management approved the Games Plan in March 2015. The key objective of this plan, other than maintaining business continuity during the Games, was to align travel planning for the Games with existing business requirements and reporting mechanisms. Cogeco did just that with the following initiatives: an awareness campaign highlighting the 4Rs, 23 carpool groups created through the Smart Commute online tool (carpool spaces were added to meet increased demand), shuttle bus implemented between Appleby GO Station and the Burlington office and remote/flexible working hours.

These initiatives proved to be very successful during the Games as Cogeco staff were motivated to try new and alternative methods of travel and work arrangements. The Games Plan was so successful that senior management is considering keeping many initiatives in place.


(From left to right: Darryl Young, Active Transportation & TDM Coordinator, Halton Region, Andrew Posluns,  Executive Director, Pan/Parapan Am Games branch, MTO, Shawn Cowley, Manager of Business Continuity, Cogeco Cable Canada, Hayley Peek, Program Manager, Smart Commute Halton, Haley Anderson, Program Coordinator, Smart Commute Halton)

Smart Commute Champion Award

JenniferSpence_Helen_Ferreira-WalkerThe Smart Commute Champion Award celebrates the ‘above and beyond’ achievements of an individual or group whose contribution has been integral to the success of a Smart Commute program anywhere in the region.

Jennifer Spence played a key role in bringing Smart Commute to the Town of Halton Hills five years ago. Jennifer leads the Sustainability Team for the Town, and in 2011 she launched the now annual noon bike ride for Town staff in celebration of Bike to Work Day. This event, coupled with ongoing promotion of sustainable transportation options, has led the town to achieve Bronze designation as a bicycle friendly community. Jennifer’s efforts further supported cyclists with the installation of bike lockers, bike parking and the Bike Share program. Due to her efforts, the Smart Commute program has expanded to town fire stations, libraries, community centres and arenas as well as the Chamber of Commerce, Halton Hills Hydro and the Toronto Premium Outlets. Jennifer’s commitment to the Halton Hills community is unwavering as she offers consistent support in the realm of sustainable transportation.