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Community Comes Together to Build a Future without Hunger at Annual Canstruction®

March 19th, 2019Media Releases

Kitchener, ON – March 19, 2019 – Using their creativity and more than 30,000 cans, 15 local businesses and community groups helped to feed approximately one in six individuals in Waterloo Region.

The 12th Annual Canstruction® Waterloo Region – a week-long event held at Conestoga Mall – wrapped up on Sunday and raised an impressive 120,533 meals, bringing the event’s grand total to over one million meals since 2008.

“There are more than 34,000 men, women and children in our community in need of hunger relief services and events like Canstruction® have a significant impact,” said Wendi Campbell, CEO, The Food Bank of Waterloo Region. “The event provides thousands of pounds of food and raises awareness about hunger in a unique way. This is particularly important at this time of year, as we head into the spring and summer months, where donations typically slow down.”

New this year was the addition of Try-A-Build, where community and corporate groups were invited to experience Canstruction® on a smaller, more manageable scale. Thanks to the eight teams and our event sponsor, Julie D. Martin (Century 21 Heritage House Ltd., Brokerage) an additional 7,147 meals were raised for The Food Bank.

The following teams competed and those in bold were named Try-A-Build Daily Champions: Habitat for Humanity, Julie D. Martin (Century 21 Heritage House Ltd., Brokerage), Grand Valley Construction Association, Master of Public Service – University of Waterloo, NCR, BorgWarner Waterloo Inc., Alert Labs Inc. – Team A, and Alert Labs Inc. – Team B.

All the food and funds raised during Canstruction® Waterloo Region are used to provide food for the 220 emergency hampers and the 1,600 community meals distributed every day through the Community Food Assistance Network. The Community Food Assistance Network is a system of 100+ community programs and agency partners providing food and connection to other vital supports needed by children, seniors, families and individuals – every day.

And the winners are…

During the week, the community was encouraged to donate-to-vote in person or online for their favourite structure, which determined the People’s Choice Award. This year, we are excited to announce the 2019 Canstruction® Waterloo Region People’s Choice Award goes to: Shine a Light on Hunger from Quadro Engineering, with Hunger Strikes When You Have Nothing But Peanuts from Brock Solutions as the runner up.

Judging for the remaining categories – Structural Ingenuity, Best Meal, Best Use of Labels, Most Cans, Honourable Mention and Judges’ Favourite – took place on March 9, 2019. The judges – Angie Hill (99.5 KFUN radio host), Anne MacGregor (Elements Casino Grand River), Suzanne Doyle (Elements Casino Brantford), Chef D (Chef D TV Host), Doug Lockston (Conestoga College professor), Carly Verhoeven (Home Hardware), Julie D. Martin (Century 21 Heritage House Ltd., Brokerage), Marcus Karunananthan (Eyes on King), Christine Inoque (Eye View Optical), Lisa Morell (Morell Kelly) and Bruce Kelly (Morell Kelly) – have awarded the following winners:

  • Structural Ingenuity – MTE Consultants Inc. – One Small Snack for Man, One Giant Meal for Mankind
  • Best Meal – IBI Group – Tropi-CAN Vacation
  • Best Use of Labels – Stantec – The Hungering Cold
  • Most Cans – Muslim Association of Canada – Canada’s Safe Passage for Refugees
  • Best Original Design – MTE Consultants Inc. – One Small Snack for Man, One Giant Meal for Mankind
  • Judges’ Favorite – Quadro Engineering – Shine a Light on Hunger

This year’s event featured 15 teams: ABA Architects, Brock Solutions, C3Water, Conestoga College, Dillon Consulting Ltd., IBI Group, MTE Consultants Inc., Muslim Association of Canada, Quadro Engineering, Rombald Inc., Stantec, Stubbe’s Precast, University of Waterloo Engineering Society, WalterFedy, and Wilfrid Laurier University – Science Building.

Thank you to our incredible sponsors: 99.5 KFUN, Bell Media, CAA Waterloo, Julie D. Martin Century 21 Heritage House Ltd. Brokerage, Clintar, Conestoga Mall, Elements Casino, Eye View Optical, Eyes on King, Strassburger Windows and Doors, The Pickle Barrel, Waterloo Record Community Partnerships Program, Waterloo Taxi, and Westmount Signs & Printing.

If you are interested in participating in Canstruction® Waterloo Region 2020, visit our website:

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About The Food Bank

The Food Bank of Waterloo Region is a charitable organization whose vision is “To channel our community’s energy so no one goes hungry.”  In Waterloo Region, 1 in 20 households needs food support. The Food Bank distributes 70,000 pounds of fresh, frozen and non-perishable food each week to 100 community programs and agency partners.

About Canstruction®

Canstruction® is a unique, international event engaging designers, architects and engineers to use their talents to help those struggling with food insecurity. The event raises funds, food and awareness for local food banks. In Waterloo Region, Canstruction® has raised food and funds to provide more than 1,000,000 meals since 2008. Each year more than 100,000 visitors to Conestoga Mall enjoy seeing the amazing creations and vote with their financial donations to select the “People’s Choice winner.