Meet The 2024
Yukon Sustainability Awards Finalists

Their commitment and dedication have established them as leaders in the environmental sector.

Small Business Sustainability Award

High Latitude Energy Consulting, or HILAT, is a renewable energy consulting firm focusing on Canada’s north. They work with governments and local Indigenous development corporations to help communities achieve sustainable development and self-determination goals through energy and economic resilience. HILAT specializes in energy infrastructure feasibility and has a range of projects. The team at HILAT is northern-based, northern-experienced, and northern-focused. They understand the unique technical and socioeconomic challenges of the north and have the expertise, experience, and datasets to provide robust energy development solutions.

Joella Hogan, founder and CEO of the Yukon Soaps Company, is a proud member of the First Nation of Na-Cho Nyak Dun and started the company as a way to give back to her community and reconnect people to their culture and land. They invest in their community by hiring local, passionate people and honouring deep ancestral knowledge passed down from Elders. The team is encouraged to uphold the four Northern Tutchone values of caring, sharing, teaching and respect. Using plant-based and sustainably sourced ingredients with minimal packaging, the Yukon Soaps Company’s products are all created sustainably to protect the environment for future generations.

Terre Boréale is a wilderness tourism company based in Whitehorse, Yukon, primarily focusing on unparalleled wilderness backpacking and canoeing adventures. All their journeys are once-in-a-lifetime experiences, taking guests of all ages and fitness levels to the remote mountain ranges and rivers of Northern Canada. Established in 2013 by Miléna Georgeault and Maxime Gouyou-Beauchamps, Terre Boréale is a family-owned and operated business with a deep commitment to creating a positive impact on its guests, workers and community while ensuring minimal disruption to the pristine lands it explores.

As of June 2023, Terre Boréale has achieved certification as a B Corporation.

Medium to Large Business Sustainability Award

EDI is a 100 % Canadian employee-owned environmental consulting firm that focuses on living things and where they live—aquatic and terrestrial science. EDI has operated in western and northern Canada for over 29 years and has built its reputation on the quality and expertise of its people—doing meaningful work with people we trust and respect. EDI commonly advises and supports projects during their entire development cycle—from start to finish—to facilitate timely and effective environmental risk management, planning and permitting, environmental monitoring, regulatory compliance and reclamation and closure. We provide practical, collaborative and cost-effective environmental consulting services through an approach we call Down to Earth Biology—finding practical ways to ‘do it right’.

Solvest Inc. is the largest renewable energy developer in northern Canada. Operations began with installing solar power on residential and commercial properties in Whitehorse in 2015. The company has since grown into a comprehensive renewable energy provider, building many firsts in the Territory including projects under the Independent Power Producer Program, constructing the Old Crow Sree Vyah Solar Array, and developing two additional companies both located here in Whitehorse: ColdAcre Food Systems and High Latitude Energy Consulting. Solvest has installed approximately 95% of all solar panels across the Territories and has commenced providing Air Source Heat Pump installations in alignment with the Government of Yukon’s ‘Our Clean Future Policy’ goal of installing 1,300 Air Source Heat Pump installations in the Territory by 2030.

Victoria Gold Corp is primarily focused on operating the Eagle Gold Mine, which is hosted on its 100-per-cent-owned Dublin Gulch Property. The Dublin Gulch Property covers an area of approximately 555 square kilometers and is located in central Yukon, Canada; 375 kilometers north of the territory’s capital city of Whitehorse and approximately 85 kilometers from the Village of Mayo. The Property lies entirely within the traditional territory of the First Nation of Na-Cho Nyak Dun (FNNND). 
The Victoria Gold Corporation’s approach to Sustainability is driven by its Ethical Business Policy, which embraces core values; affirming the company’s commitment to conducting its business with honesty, integrity, and fairness. One of the key tenets of the policy is to conduct business in an environmentally and socially responsible manner. 

Regional Business Sustainability Award

The Na-Cho Nyäk Dun Development Corporation (NNDDC) is the active business arm of the First Nation of Na-Cho Nyäk Dun, based in Mayo, Yukon. NNDDC engages in business activities to generate wealth and promote socioeconomic self-determination for NND Citizens.This work is accomplished through strategic partnerships with industries on their Traditional Territory, and participation in broader investments and business opportunities. The NNCCS’s work is guided by the principles of Doòli Law, the wisdom of their Elders, and the values of their people. While economic interests and economic reconciliation are significant drivers, they are committed to achieving balance in what is good for their people, lands, waters, and future generations.

NNDDC as a First Nations Development Corporation, is positioned to enhance its sustainability practices and collaborate with businesses within the Traditional Territory to promote theres

Parsons has supported the Government of Canada, the Yukon Government, First Nations, and the Town of Faro in remediating the Faro Mine site since 2016. Under the contract, Parsons provides site management services including overall occupational health and safety; environmental and geotechnical management; project management; construction management; and procurement services for the work that will be completed to implement the remediation plan. Parsons is also responsible for the care and maintenance of the site.

Ongoing environmental monitoring is being conducted to track risks and determine if conditions are changing. Where monitoring identifies environmental change is occurring, adaptive management is undertaken (including putting new infrastructure in place) to prevent conditions from further impacting the environment or the health and safety of community members.

Joella Hogan, founder and CEO of the Yukon Soaps Company, is a proud member of the First Nation of Na-Cho Nyak Dun and started the company as a way to give back to her community and reconnect people to their culture and land. They invest in their community by hiring local, passionate people and honouring deep ancestral knowledge passed down from Elders. The team is encouraged to uphold the four Northern Tutchone values of caring, sharing, teaching and respect. Using plant-based and sustainably sourced ingredients with minimal packaging, the Yukon Soaps Company’s products are all created sustainably to protect the environment for future generations.