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Ottawa ON (November 26 2013) – 3M Canada and the Royal Canadian Geographical Society today announce the recipient of the 2013 3M Environmental Innovation Award. The award celebrates innovative contributions to environmental change that benefit Canada.

This year’s award winner is Jeff Golfman, eco-entrepreneur, President of Prairie Pulp and Paper Inc., and the creator of Step Forward Paper. Available across North America, Step Forward Paper uses waste from the agricultural industry to produce low-cost, high quality, tree-free, chlorine-free and sulphur-free paper. The use of this alternative material for paper-making saves as many as 830 million trees every year. It is for the Golfman’s work in the development of Step Forward Paper that he is being presented with the 3M Environmental Innovation Award. This innovation took fifteen years of research and development, and is now recognized as setting the standard for environmentally-friendly products.

“It takes exceptional vision to do what Jeff has done – solve two problems with one solution – and it’s honour for us at 3M Canada to recognize this outstanding individual,” said Carla McFarlane, Communications and Community Relations Manager, 3M Canada. “His commitment to finding a productive use for agricultural waste while creating a sustainable paper option will truly change the world we live in.”

Established in 2009 by The Royal Canadian Geographical Society and 3M Canada, the 3M Environmental Innovation Award recognizes outstanding individuals in business, government, academia or community organizations that make a positive impact through their involvement in projects, programs or initiatives that provide innovative solutions to protect, restore or preserve the environment.

“At 3M Canada, we call it customer inspired innovation, when a problem is identified, and it takes innovation and creativity to tailor a specific and effective solution to that problem,” said Paul Madden, President and General Manager, 3M Canada. “This year’s winner of the 3M Environmental Innovation Award has taken that bottom-up approach to innovation and problem solving. There was an important problem, he found an extraordinary solution, and the result is a more sustainable future for us all.”

3M Canada is proud to support social innovators across Canada through 3Mgives, which focuses on partnerships with non-profit organizations making a difference in the areas of education, health, and the environment. 3M Canada’s 3Mgives partners include the Royal Canadian Geographic Society, Health Nexus, Let’s Talk Science, Learning for a Sustainable Future, the Society for Teaching and Learning in Higher Education, and many various community organizations across the country.

About 3M Canada

3M is the innovation company that never stops inventing, capturing the spark of new ideas and transforming them into thousands of ingenious solutions for industries that are important to Canadians. The culture of creative collaboration inspires a never-ending stream of powerful technologies that makes life better. With $30 billion in sales globally, 3M employs about 84,000 people worldwide and has operations in more than 65 countries. Named one of Canada’s Top 100 Employers in 2013, 3M Canada’s head office and original manufacturing site is in London, Ontario where about half of the company’s 1,800 employees work. Other locations include Calgary, Alberta; Milton, Brockville, and Perth, Ontario; Montreal, Quebec; and, Morden, Manitoba. For more information, visit or follow @3MCanadaCares on Twitter.

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