Profile: Toby Barazzuol

August 31, 2009 at 1:04 pm Leave a comment

The first in a series of SFU City profiles, featuring instructors, lecturers and panelists in our certificate programs. 

Toby Barazzuol, owner of Eclipse Awards, makers of crystal recognition awards, is a young entrepreneur who tries to integrate green principles into his business and lifestyle.  Dell Canada has also recognized Eclipse as one of the top ten businesses in Canada to creatively employ technology.

He was featured in Business in Vancouver’s 40 Under 40 issue:

Toby head shotToby Barazzuol’s knack for courting marquee clients has helped him build Eclipse Awards International into a seven-employee company nearing $1 million in annual revenue.

Barazzuol’s sales … have resulted in his awards sitting in trophy cabinets of recipients such as former U.S. president Bill Clinton, former astronaut John Glenn and Martin Sheen.  As Barazzuol grew Eclipse he kept his eye on social responsibility.  You can find a complete list of Eclipse’s commitment to social responsibility here.

It doesn’t stop there.  Eclipse is now the first company of its kind to become carbon neutral.   And it’s apparent even as you climb the stairs to his second-floor offices.   When Toby moved his offices to the Downtown East Side, he undertook to reinforce the two-storey building that houses shipping and assembly, administration and even living space in order to support a green roof on top:

Toby Roof garden

Toby on roof

Nor do his efforts stop at his live/work space. Working with the Strathcona Business Improvement Association, Eclipse is looking to redefine Stratchcona as Vancouver’s Green Zone – a community that celebrates sustainability, green business and diversity.

 

 

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