Winners Selected in the Generating Innovation Crowdsourcing Challenge

On Wednesday, August 16, four Veolia North America employees gathered in Boston for a day-long innovation workshop.

Seven Veolia employees posing in conference room after Crowdsourcing Challenge.
Pictured from left to right: John Gibson, Art Fagerstrom, Melissa Demsky, Christina Salinas, Mark Higginbottom, George Hengerle and Jason Salgo

In May, Veolia North America asked all of its employees to share their ideas using a new, innovation-based platform. With more than 8,000 employees solving complex challenges in water, waste and energy across the U.S. and Canada, Veolia North America wanted to foster employees’ personal expertise and encourage them to collaborate across each service line.

Ultimately, the ideas that were submitted reflected the strengths of our workforce: finding a better way to solve a complex problem. Three ideas were selected for their potential to positive affect the business. From getting more involved in the communities we serve, to a detailed plan for capturing sustainable cost-savings and a fresh way of optimizing an existing offer to our customers, each idea was considered to be of the highest caliber.

The four finalists who selected these three ideas then gathered in Boston to collaborate and improve their ideas, leveraging their varied skillsets and specialties.

This collaboration proved to be successful, when after presenting all three ideas, the judges (comprised of multiple Senior Leadership Team members) decided to pursue all three concepts and award Melissa Demsky, Art Fagerstrom, Mark Higginbottom and Christina Salinas the grand prize.

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