Copperleaf Does Canstruction Vancouver 2015

May 15, 2015 Judi Hess

There’s no better feeling than doing something great for the community in which you live and work. We here at Copperleaf got to do just that in April—and had a great time doing it, which was a bonus!

A group of about 13 of us entered the first-ever Copperleaf team in Canstruction Vancouver, an annual event where local corporate, professional and school teams are challenged to build giant sculptures entirely (or almost entirely) out of non-perishable food items. After the build day, the sculptures were on display for the public for 2 weeks at three venues in the heart of Vancouver. We then regrouped for a “de-Canstruction” where all the food items were packed up and shipped to the Greater Vancouver Food Bank.

At the close of the 2015 competition, almost 75,000 cans of food were donated—that’s just under 37,000 pounds of food!

Canstruction challenged us to combine our creativity and technical skills to come up with an idea and design that fit in this year’s theme: Fact or Fiction. With our own distinctly Copperleaf take on the moon landing, our sculpture, entitled “CANspiracy Theory” consisted of just under 4,000 cans of tuna, diced tomatoes, marshmallows and shredded coconut. What a combo right? Bonus to anyone that can come up with a delicious recipe to make from those ingredients!

As you can see in this 1 minute time lapse video, six hours literally flew by. We didn’t win any awards, but that only gives us added incentive to get even more creative and ambitious in 2016 and we’re definitely up to the challenge!

Check out some of the winning sculptures and final results here.

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Judi Hess

Judi has been the CEO of Copperleaf since 2009. She was recently named one of Canada's Most Admired CEOs, an EY Entrepreneur Of The Year National Winner, and winner of the BC CEO award.

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