Young Alumni Achievement Award nominee:
In the short period since her graduation, Cheuk Ying Siu has contributed to changing the corporate culture and social responsibility of one of Canada’s largest family of retail companies, Canadian Tire Corp Ltd.
Cheuk Ying sees it as her moral imperative to make the world a better place – both environmentally and socially – and demonstrates this responsibility both in her work and non-work life.
For over four years, Cheuk Ying has been working both nationally and internationally to research, strategize, and implement how a $14 Billion Canadian retailer (including Mark’s and FGL Sports) should ethically source their products. Through her efforts, she is slowly changing their corporate culture to re-connect with local and global suppliers who make the products Canadians use daily – turning the negative impacts of Globalization on its head to address ethical sourcing and labour issues across the globe.
Cheuk Ying attributes her value-based mindset to the education she received at the University of Waterloo and Faculty of Environment – which in turn has lead her down a successful career path. She gives back to her alma mater by volunteering with the Faculty of Environment’s recruitment efforts, attending alumni events and staying connected to her network of UW alumni and friends.
A firm believer in community and supporting others, she is a regular at the Toronto Climbing Academy, where she aids in a volunteer-based meet-up; bringing experienced and new climbers together to help improve skill, fitness and confidence. Cheuk Ying has also held numerous volunteer positions including event coordinator for Connecting Environmental Professionals’ Toronto Chapter, building baskets for women transitioning back into communities (post-domestic violence situations), and a technical committee member for Canadian Standards Association, to name a few.
Climbing great heights and improving lives seems to be a passion of Cheuk Ying – both literally and figuratively. According to Cheuk Ying, “climbing…interprets itself very nicely to how to build a community that works to help/encourage one another; how to build one’s own confidence/character/self-esteem and how a person should respect the natural environment.”