June 5, 2008: Capilano’s 2008 Distinguished Alumni Award nominees

      Thursday, June 5, 2008
      Contact: Janis Connolly at 604.990.7968

      (NORTH VANCOUVER, B.C.)—Shannon Boase, founder and president of internationally-acclaimed Earthcycle Packaging Ltd., is Capilano’s 2008 Distinguished Alumni Award recipient.

      While working in Malaysia in the early 2000s, Boase suffered an allergic reaction to burning palm fibre. This prompted her to work with the Malaysian government, helping to bring excess palm fibre to market rather than send harmful toxins into the atmosphere.

      Her success in Asia paved the way in 2005 for Boase’s entrance into the sustainable packaging market in North America. Earthcycle’s durable packaging has proven to be an innovative and eco-friendly way of reducing the ever-growing packaging crisis that is the chief contributor to North America’s mounting waste problem.

      In April 2008, Earthcycle was presented with a Dupont Award for Packaging Innovation, selected from among 80 international entries. The company continues to win accolades for its unique approach to environmental and sustainability challenges.

      “Shannon’s dedication to her chosen career has been exemplary and we are proud to acknowledge her as this year’s recipient of our Distinguished Alumni Award,” said Capilano president, Dr. Greg Lee. “Each and every one of this year’s nominees has made a lasting impact and are deserving of recognition for their significant contributions to society and to their professions.”

      Committed to continuous learning, Boase graduated with a diploma from Capilano’s McRae Institute of International Management in 1989 and went on to earn her MBA in Technology, Innovation and Strategy from the Theseus Institute in France. Prior to coming to Capilano, she received a Bachelor of Business Administration from Simon Fraser University.

      Five additional Capilano alumni were nominated for a Distinguished Alumni Award and honoured at an event held at the Capilano Golf and Country Club on June 5: Barry Cartwright, immigration expert and lecturer with Simon Fraser University’s School of Criminology; Richard Davies, CEO of Gulf & Fraser Financial Group; Denise Findlay, founder of the personal and executive coaching firm, Chameleon; Whitney McMillan, former social worker at the George Pearson Centre and recent recipient of the Canadian Cancer Society’s Award of Excellence in Volunteer Management; and Lisa Tant, editor-in-chief of Flare magazine.

      Nominations are open for Capilano’s commemorative President's Service Awards. To nominate an individual or organization that has helped to advance the institution’s mission, visit www.capilanou.ca/alumni/news and events, or call 604.990.7968.