Donna McFarlane, vice-president of Communications, Marketing and External Relations at Durham College, presents Durham CollegeAlumna Lorelei Hepburn with the Ajax-Pickering Board of Trade Business Person of the Year Award at the board's annual awardsdinner.
Durham College alumna Lorelei Hepburn continued to enjoy the fruits of her labour this month when the 1994 graduate of the college'sEnvironmental Technology program was named the Ajax-Pickering Board of Trade's Business Person of the Year at its annual galadinner on October 14.
Hepburn, the founder, president and chief executive officer of The Environmental Factor, a lawn care company specializing in pesticide-and chemical-free products, has been creating natural and environmentally friendly lawn and garden solutions for 20 years.
After starting her business from her driveway in 1991, she moved it to an industrial site in Ajax, Ont. and then expanded into other areasof Ontario and to New Brunswick and British Columbia. She is now contemplating opening another facility in Buffalo, New York and inGreece.
"I am so humbled and honored to be included in a class of individuals and companies," said Hepburn. "I have worked very hard at what Ilove to do. Success is judged in many ways.The Environmental Technology program at Durham Collegehas opened many doors to workwith other universities to develop new product for Canada and the United States."
The award comes just months after Hepburn appeared on the popular CBC program, Dragons' Den, a show that enablesbusinesspeople to pitch their ideas for new business concepts and products and earn funding from a panel of Canadian businessexperts.
Hepburn successfully secured a deal with all five industry dragons on earlier this year, with the dragons offering to invest $250,000 inThe Environmental Factor with 11 per cent royalty until accrued, followed by 5.5 per cent in perpetuity.
The show, which used a greenvention approach for the episode in which Hepburn appeared, saw her present the Nemaglobe, aspherical biodegradable container with a natural worm inside that eliminates white grubs found in grass. In the end, an appropriatecontract couldn't be reached and Hepburn walked away from the deal.
Hepburn was received the Durham College Alumni of Distinction in 2001 and is currently a member of the college's EnvironmentalTechnology program advisory committee.
The Ajax-Pickering Board of Trade Business Person of the Year Award is celebrated annually and recognizes the businessachievements of companies and individuals within the cities of Ajax and Pickering. With more than 600 members, the board representsevery sector of the local economy and has established itself as a trusted voice of the business community.