On May 1st, some of Canada’s most talented scientists and engineers were honored by Government of Canada dignitaries for their excellence. As part of the NSERC Recognition Program, the Synergy Award for Innovation 2018 was awarded to InnuScience Canada and Collège de Shawinigan for a research project they conducted through a research and development partnership that will contribute to bringing significant technological advancements in the field of bio-cleaners.
Ali Kademi, Ph.D., of InnuScience and Louis Tessier, Professor at Collège de Shawinigan, proudly received this mention and recognition of excellence. The Synergy Award for Innovation highlights examples of collaboration that provide a model of effective partnership between industry and academia.
The awards ceremony was chaired by Her Excellency the Right Honorable Julie Payette, Governor General and Commander-in-Chief of Canada. For the occasion, the recipients also had the privilege of exchanging with the Right Honorable Justin Trudeau, Prime Minister of Canada.
Thursday, November 30, 2017 – Communication Service
Already registered for their eco-friendly approach for several years, Onet has recently made the use of eco-labeled and biotechnology-based products a priority axis of its cleaning services.
Back on the deployment of this solution, based on the use of quality professional cleaning products and high environmental performance.
Our CSR teams deployed Innuscience‘s TrioKleen concept in the 180 Onet Propreté et Services agencies. This concept combines the use of three highly concentrated products to accomplish most cleanliness tasks. The products in this range are efficient, eco-labeled, ultra-concentrated, multitasking and respecting the health and safety of all (no volatile organic compounds, no allergens and non-corrosive).
The dilution system has been specially developed for the needs of Onet Clean and Services: the Dilumob. The Dilumob is a dilution station mobilized at the agency or on the customer’s premises. A true mobile bottling station, it is easy to install on our sites and allows optimal dosing while ensuring cost control. This process required the implementation of new tools for cleaners. It offers fast training, ease of use and a safer environment for workers.
The products, whose acquisition is centralized by our subsidiary Prodim, a cleaning equipment distribution, are delivered directly to the agencies in ultra-concentrated format. This process simplifies the management of orders, while reducing the frequency of deliveries and the number of references produced. Once in an agency, the bottles are filled directly on the Dilumob. With each new delivery of the products, the empty bottles are recovered for a new filling, significantly reducing the ecological footprint related to the rejection of plastic.
This project mobilized many of the group’s skills to provide our customers with an operational, functional and efficient solution. It is part of Onet’s responsible development policy, which is based on four fundamental themes: environmental protection, social equity, social responsibility and economic performance.
This global approach made it possible to raise Onet in the top 1% of the suppliers evaluated by Ecovadis on the theme Environment. Ecovadis is a platform for rating the social and environmental performance of global supply chains. It evaluates corporate social responsibility and has awarded Onet Gold status. For all of its shares, Onet is in the TOP 2% of suppliers evaluated by Ecovadis in all categories.
The integration project of ecological cleaning solutions, established in 2014 and coordinated by the Supply Chain, has changed the ways of doing in depth in the company. Without the involvement and commitment of people who believed in the possibilities of biotechnology, this improvement project could not have been realized.
Recall that InnuScience’s products, a quebec-based company in Sainte-Julie, are Ecologo certified and meet stringent requirements for quality and environmental performance. These products fit perfectly into a sustainable development approach. The basic principle is simple: the “good” bacteria in products “biodegrade” the organic matter in the soil and their action extend beyond the cleaning.
Unlike the majority of chemicals, ecological solutions are not harmful to health and have less impact on the environment: they are fully biodegradable in less than 14 days, without volatile organic compounds (VOCs), hypoallergenic, multipurpose, concentrated and used in cold water.
These odorless products, which have to be applied at a precise dosage and which in some cases require a time to pose to act effectively, were initially welcomed with a certain skepticism among our employees. When you always use corrosive products that clean quickly, changing habits can be difficult!
However, as soon as eco-friendly products were introduced, some employees noted positive changes. Maintenance workers at TC Stinson Anne Marie Lemay and Julie Richard, as well as the steam assistant at Villeray Phalavuth Sok, confirm that their health has improved. Since the introduction of the new soaps, respiratory problems, chronic cough, headaches, dizziness and tingling of the skin and eyes have been eliminated. According to them, the soaps are effective but it is necessary to read the instructions of use and when there is a problem, the supplier is listening to the requests. Manon Laflamme, a maintenance worker at Lionel-Groulx, is also satisfied with the performance of environmentally friendly products. She especially noted the disappearance of aerosol products, harmful to the environment. The Supply Chain team provided support throughout the project and facilitated the linkage between the transaction requests and the supplier. While some non-environmentally friendly products are still used to clean heavily soiled or dielectric parts, technology is constantly evolving and the replacement of non-ecological products is proceeding gradually.
A significant improvement
The STM can be proud of these results, with supporting figures:
To ensure the sustainability of the green, the good will of all users is required! To this end, the Supply Chain will continue to work closely with the relevant maintenance departments.
Corinne has been a member of the InnuScience team for 20 years.
A biochemist by training, she oversees research and development activities, and science-related activities. Mother of two, she leads a successful career filled with stress, surprises and challenges. She is greatly appreciated by all; colleagues, partners, customers and suppliers.
For 20 years, Corinne has contributed to the success and recognition of InnuScience.
A big thank you Corinne!
Première Mondiale à Amsterdam!
InnuScience et Comac lance la première machine à laver les sols qui recycle son eau de lavage pour la réutiliser.
La biotechnologie d’InnuScience Canada s’unie à l’ingénierie de Comac Italie.
Vous ne verrez plus jamais ces machines de la même façon!