The Greener Way to Pay

A champion for the environment

Throughout our history, both in its purpose and in additional efforts, Telpay has championed environmental initiatives. At this significant time in human history, and in light of the global youth movement to transform society into a green economy, we are committed to boosting our efforts in the coming months and years through our own strategic environmental action planning. 

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A champion for the environment

As Canadian leaders in electronic payment processing since 1985, Telpay’s core business has helped countless businesses reduce their impact on the environment. by eliminating the paper cheque function in their company bookkeeping. As such, we feel poised to be a leader in the corporate environmental movement. 


With Telpay's direct business connections of over 100,000 businesses across Canada, we occupy a distinct leadership position which we hope to use to inspire others to action. By the simple function of eliminating paper cheques, Telpay’s system has already saved the equivalent of a mature 80,000 tree forest! 


 By documenting and publicizing our own steps towards environmental stewardship, we hope to encourage others. Please check back to this web page for many further developments, announcements, research discoveries and helpful hints!  

If it matters to our children and our grandchildren, shouldn’t it matter to us too? 
W.H. Loewen - Telpay Founder, Philanthropist
Father and Grandfather 

Photo: Bill Loewen and daughter Louise May team up for major environmental action plan for Telpay.

Telpay 2020 Fall Tree Campaign

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Our Footprint and Offsets – let’s do better than neutral.   

We at Telpay recognize that the business sector is the biggest contributor to global carbon emissions.  With this in mind, we know that together, we can also make the greatest change.  And we can do it for all the right reasons.  Offsets are a good tool, but only when followed by a strict analysis resulting in reduction targets with deadlines.  And that’s what our 2020 Green Resolutions are all about.  We want to reduce our emissions as much as possible and then actively create our offsets as part of our overall business plan.  

 

Supporting our Telpay Team - at home and in our communities.        

 

We believe that our 50+ staff is the best team around!  And together, we’ve come up with a great list of actions that we can take in our own lives and in the wellness of our communities.  Telpay will support these actions with incentives, mini-workshops, external resources, subsidies as well as other strategies as need arises.  With our first all-staff survey, we know that we have a solid group who are already savvy and active.  But all of us want to continue improving!  We can help each other with skills and motivation.  

 

100-Day Office Boot Camp Overhaul

 

We plan on tackling all the low hanging fruit of best environmental practices within the first 100 days of the New Year.  For many years, Telpay has had a staff-run Green Team who have made major improvements to all the main operational issues like recycling, energy-efficiency, paper minimization, and other strategies. This will include improvements to our Telpay kitchen, reducing our number of commuting vehicles, improving our office supply purchasing standards - to name a few.  We’ll be sure to share that as we progress.   

 

Our Promise of a Paperless Society

 

As Canadian leaders in electronic payment processing since 1985, Telpay’s core business has helped countless businesses reduce their impact on the environment by eliminating the paper cheque function in their company bookkeeping. By the simple function of eliminating paper cheques, Telpay’s system has already saved the equivalent of a mature 80,000 tree forest!  By increasing our customer business base, we can also decrease paper use.  We've also made great strides to becoming paperless in our internal business functions, and we look forward to making the next and final step so we can model a paperless company.  Or at least a nearly-paperless company that only uses 100% recycled paper!  

 

Our Beautiful Historic Building – a five-year plan to retrofit  

 

We feel very fortunate to be working every day in a beautiful historical building.  The original renovations in 1985 were done with the utmost of care in terms of respecting the historical details while bringing it up to code and energy efficiency of the day.  We’ve been looking into building envelope improvements, geothermal and alternative heating solutions, a green rooftop proposal, sustainable energy opportunities, and composting toilet system. We’ll be presenting our 5-year capital improvement plan and budget for senior staff review and board review by early spring. 

 

Planting Lots of Trees!

 

In the spirit of the season of giving, Telpay is pleased to announce a $250,000 gift to the City of Winnipeg’s Million Tree Challenge through Tree Canada.  We are looking at ways that we can be active participants, especially improving our urban core which we know is sorely lacking in trees.   Over the coming 5 years, we look forward to seeing many Telpay Trees throughout the City of Winnipeg.  

 

Spreading the word far and wide – Let’s make waves.  

 

In a highly competitive corporate world, we now need to shift gears and look at our collective issues.  The environment is the most time-sensitive issue of our day.  But it also offers us an opportunity to become more aware, that we may solve many problems by working together.  Our Telpay 2020 Green Resolutions is but one initiative.  We want to share all our improvements so that we might help others as well.  So stay tuned!  

2020 Telpay Green New Year’s Resolutions 

Green Action PlanIn The MediaTree Planting

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As the trees come into their full fall beauty, Telpay is back with a slate of events to expand our commitment to the environment including a Fruit and Berry forest for the Neeginan Centre, Elzéar Goulet Park planting of 200 trees, and an online seminar with tree guru, Rodney Sidloski and a community tree giveaway event. 


National Tree Day - September 23

On September 23, National Tree Day at 11:30 am, Telpay with the Neeginan Centre, will announce it’s plan to plant a Fruit and Berry Forest at the Higgins and Main Street location. Telpay and the Neeginan Centre will also plant a White Spruce tree honouring former parliamentarian and long-time Board Member and Chair of Tree Canada, Dorothy Dobbie. Mayor Bowman will be in attendance. “This is an important project both environmentally as well as socially as it provides increase food security to the downtown area,” said Cora Jalonen, CEO of Telpay. “Telpay will be looking for these kinds of opportunities over the coming 5 years of our commitment to the Million Tree Challenge.” 

Digital Q & A with Rodney Sidloski - September 25 

Join us for an online information session with HELP Shelterbelt CEO Rodney Sidloski talking about his method of tree planting. Rodney will present his patented method of growing saplings by floating them in dugouts. His method drastically reduces the costs of raising trees. Rodney will be making a short presentation and then open the floor to discussion from those attending the session. Register in advance for this session here.  

Elzéar Goulet Park - September 26

As many events had to be cancelled in the spring, Telpay is pleased to now fulfil its commitment to planting 200 trees at Elzéar Goulet Park on September 26th. The tree planting by Telpay staff and volunteers will begin at 10:00 am with speeches at 1:00 pm. Mayor Bowman, William Loewen, founder of Telpay, and Val Vint, great-great-grand-daughter of Elzéar Goulet will present short speeches. “I’m grateful for the donation and leadership shown by TelPay in the early stages of the Million Tree Challenge”, said Mayor Brian Bowman. “The Million Tree Challenge creates an opportunity to grow and promote our tree canopy, loved by all Winnipeggers. Telpay’s commitment to the Million Tree Challenge shows how our local businesses play an integral role in our community.” 

Community Tree Giveaway - October 3 

A community tree giveaway is planned for October 3rd from 1:00 pm - 4:00 pm. This tree giveaway will be set up as a drive-thru pick-up at the Neeginan Centre parking lot and open to all citizens of Winnipeg who would like to plant fall trees. Three thousand trees will be given away that day. Individuals who plant new trees on their property can now register them at: Winnipeg.ca/milliontrees so they can be counted towards our collective goal of one million! 

About the One Million Tree Challenge 

The Million Tree Challenge is a vision to protect and expand Winnipeg’s tree canopy. The goal is to plant a million new trees in Winnipeg as the city’s population grows toward one million residents. The efforts would result in a net expansion of the growth of their tree canopy that will go beyond replacing existing trees lost to age, disease, or other impairments. 

Telpay Spring Campaign a Success Despite Covid-19 

This spring, despite the chaos of Covid-19, Telpay’s staff, customers, and partners achieved the goal of planting 5000 trees as part of the Million Tree Challenge through Tree Canada.  


 Planting trees and maintaining our existing forests is a practical and economical way to combat the effects of climate change. Trees beautify our communities, provide shade, and give us a sense of place. If you would like to make your own donation to Winnipeg’s One Million Tree Challenge, visit Winnipeg.ca/milliontrees 

How to Plant Telpay Trees

Telpay Spring Revitalization of Winnipeg's One Million Tree Challenge

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Telpay, in association with Tree Canada, is resuming its efforts to revitalize Winnipeg’s environment as part of the One Million Tree Challenge. 


A plan to plant 1,500 trees in residential properties is underway. Trees have been offered to our customers, our billers and other connected business partners located in Winnipeg, as well as friends and family of our Winnipeg staff. 


 Among the organizations that have already engaged in this program is Dakota Community Centre. The Telpay customer has requested 250 trees for its expansive neighbourhood property. 


 Planting trees and maintaining our existing forests is a practical and economical way to combat the effects of climate change. Trees beautify our communities, provide shade and give us a sense of place. If you would like to make your own donation to Winnipeg’s One Million Tree Challenge, visit Winnipeg.ca/milliontrees 

How to Plant Telpay Trees