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Why we are trusted

Emerge Knowledge is a dynamic team of Environmental and Technology professionals who are passionate about contributing new ideas to advance sustainability.

We've earned a solid reputation through serving a wide range of clients including national and state/provincial government agencies, leading community and educational organizations, and small to medium size enterprises.

We take a team based approach to client service by actively listening to our clients to understand the evolving needs of our community. Each year we also participate in more than 20 national and state/provincial recycling conferences in North America to build new relationships and nurture lasting ones.

"Our experience working with the staff at Emerge Knowledge consistently exceeds our expectations."

Brooke Nash, Branch Chief Municipal Waste Reduction Program
Massachusetts Department of Environmental Protection

Our Commitment

To help sustainability professionals achieve their goals

We are dedicated to providing innovative software tools and reliable support to help communities and organizations achieve waste reduction targets.

We walk the talk

We put our environmental and human values into action. We actively minimize waste, recycle, compost, source organic and fair trade products, use energy efficiently, and value sustainable transportation.

Team members who use public transit receive 100% employer-sponsored Eco-Passes (many of us walk or ride our bikes).

To nurture our environment

We will continue to foster a creative and cohesive work culture. We encourage open dialogue, skill diversity, and creativity to facilitate the cross-pollination of ideas.

We further build relationships by "working" together outside of the office; playing ball hockey and baseball, enjoying summer barbecues, and even visiting the local MRF (really!) are examples of how we nurture the Emerge Knowledge family.

Our Roots

In October of 1990 Rick Penner worked with a group of dedicated volunteers to bring an exciting new idea to life: set up a store to sell donated used building materials and use the profits to support Habitat for Humanity building projects. Rick coined the name, wrote the business plan, and launched the very first "Habitat ReStore" in May of 1991. The new concept successfully made used building materials available to the general public at greatly reduced prices and prevented valuable materials (hardwood floors! used bricks! good windows!) from being sent to the local landfill.

The Habitat ReStore in Winnipeg was the first of its kind, but there are now over 800 ReStores across North America generating hundreds of millions of dollars in revenue each year to support Habitat for Humanity's home building program for low-income families. Millions of pounds of reusable materials are diverted from landfills each year.

Emerge Knowledge

Emerge Knowledge was founded in February of 2001. In August of 2011, Emerge Knowledge launched Re-TRAC Connect™ after 8 years of success serving clients and more than 13,000 Re-TRAC™ classic users. Today, Re-TRAC Connect™ supports over 20,000 users across the world, and our user community is rapidly expanding.

Become an Emergineer!

Join our innovative team and work with a team of experienced and dedicated solutions managers, developers, designers, environmental specialists, and marketers.

Current Openings:

Emerge Knowledge

  • 401-250 McDermot Avenue
  • Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada
  • R3B 0S5

Phone: (204) 772-7239

Toll Free: 888-600-3907

Rick Penner
Jennifer Peters
Operations & Account Services
Chris Ronson
General Inquiries

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