Son of Immigrant Family Gets to the Top
The chief executive of Wal-Mart Canada, Mario Pilozzi, the child of Italian immigrants, got started in retailing as a 9-year-old, hawking 7-cent bottles of 7-UP to concert-goers at Mount Royal Park in Montreal.
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His many awards include:
- Sam M. Walton Entrepreneur of the Year Award for 2000,
- He was inducted into the Canadian Retail Hall of Fame in 2004
- Named Distinguished Canadian Retailer of the Year for 2007.
- Indicted into the Hardware and Housewares Industry Hall of Fame in 2010
He is most proud of leading Wal-Mart to sustainability: “We have found that there is a great marriage between environmental sustainability and business sustainability,” said Mario Pilozzi, president and CEO of Wal-Mart Canada Corp. “There are many ways we can benefit our environment while benefiting our business. The effect of our lighting reductions is a great example: less lighting means we save more than a million dollars in energy costs while also taking the equivalent of 500 cars off the road for the year.”