J.D. Smith and Sons awarded First-ever SCL green supply chain award

May 15, 2007

VAUGHAN, Ontario - J.D. Smith and Sons Ltd., a leader in transportation and third-party logistics, is proud to announce it has been awarded the Supply Chain & Logistics Association of Canada (SCL )’s first-ever Green Supply Chain Award for 2007.

The award was initiated this year to honour a firm that has set and exceeded high standards for environmental friendliness, that operates in an ethical manner, and that actively seeks ways to improve environmental performance by reducing fuel consumption and greenhouse-gas emissions from freight and facility operations. Transport Canada is a co-sponsor of the award.

“It is fitting that J.D. Smith is the winner of this prestigious award in its inaugural year,” says David Long, President of SCL. “The company has proven to be proactive and innovative in developing programs and strategies that help to protect the environment. As the association pursued Green initiatives, Transport Canada has always singled out J.D. Smith and Sons as being a leader in initiating solutions that are reducing the industry’s impact on the environment.”

Mr. Long added that there is growing pressure to find Green solutions and that no one would have predicted two years ago just how hotly Green programs would be pursued in all areas - commercial, industrial, individual. “Proven environmental and efficient practices are becoming an increasing component in requests for proposals. That’s how fast this movement is accelerating.”

Scott Smith, President of J.D. Smith and Sons, said: “Receiving the Green Shipper Award in its first year is an immense honour and a testament to the hard work we have done at J.D. Smith to reduce greenhouse-gas emissions. It has meant changing the way we do things. Introducing new methods and processes involves a significant culture shift and our employees have embraced these challenges, allowing us to see real results. As a private company, we can sometimes take a longer term view on the return on our investments of certain initiatives. However, in terms of our “Green Projects” we have generally been pleased with not only the environmental and cultural benefits, but the financial outcomes as well”.