Powering Prosperity Awards Past Winners

2017 Powering Prosperity Award Winners

Community Project of the Year Award

Presenter: Mary Sye, Enbridge Gas Distribution
Award winner: Economic Development Corporation of Wawa, Wawa, Ontario

The Wawa Energy Plan Project demonstrates innovative community engagement, best practices and shines the light on the project lead, Economic Development Corporation of Wawa, whose grassroots and capital initiatives encourages energy conservation in Wawa. The Economic Development Corporation of Wawa (EDC of Wawa)  was contracted to develop the Wawa Municipal Energy Plan (Wawa MEP). An EDC of Wawa Energy Committee was formed to lead and oversee the development of the planning process which was comprised of municipal, community and energy stakeholder representatives. A strong partnership with the local distribution company (LDC) Algoma Power Inc. was maintained throughout this project. The capstone engagement initiative of the plan “Wawa Green Days 2015” was of importance as it reiterated that residents of Wawa are passionate about embracing a culture of conservation and adopting energy plan recommendation into their daily lives. The Wawa Energy Plan created the building blocks to move forward with a strategy that aligns with community, provincial and global sustainability goals by leveraging partnership, research and innovation.

Related Links:
Green Energy Doors Open Blog: Economic Development Corporation of Wawa Lighting the Path for Community Building
Northern Ontario Business: Wawa’s a winner
Wawa-news.com: Wawa Energy Plan Receives Community Project of the Year Award
Sault Star: Wawa Energy Plan Lauded

Manufacturer of the Year Award

Presenter: Matias de Dovitis, Duke Heights BIA
Award winner: Silfab Solar Inc., Mississauga, Ontario

Silfab Solar is a quality international leader in the development, manufacturing and distribution of ultra- high efficiency PV modules with just-in-time manufacturing. Silfab’s state-of-the-art, 300 megawatts manufacturing facility located in Toronto has helped pioneer smart module technology, glass on glass solutions and bifacial modules. Silfab’s technically innovative process produces superior reliability and performance specifically designed for the North American market. Each year their facility in Mississauga contributes over 300 megawatts of solar panels which produce pollution free, clean energy that is put back onto the grid and helps green our energy systems. This 300 megawatts is the equivalent to 557,768,112 pounds of carbon dioxide, which is  the comparable to carbon dioxide emissions from 37, 360 home’s electricity use for one year. They also implement water and energy conservation, landfill reduction and recycling initiatives.

Related Links:
Duke Heights BIA: What’s Happening – Powering Prosperity Awards

 of the Year Award

Presenter: Janet Stewart, SmartNet Alliance
Award winner: Ryan Duffy, Blackstone Energy Services Inc., Toronto, Ontario

Ryan Duffy is the President & CEO of Blackstone Energy Services Inc., a Toronto-based firm that manages energy portfolios for a diverse range of companies across North America. Blackstone is a leading provider of integrated, custom energy management solutions that help large energy users achieve efficiency improvement, renewable generation and carbon offsetting. In 2003, when he started Blackstone from the ground up, Ryan’s vision was to help underserved market of large energy users in North America. Thirteen years later, Blackstone manages approximately $3billion worth of energy portfolios for a diverse range of 700+ clients across North America, and has a client retention of 98%. One of the most important initiatives that Ryan is currently leading is the implementation and growth of the new Energy Solutions team on the Blackstone roster. The Energy Solutions team was created to help hospitals, universities and condominiums minimize their energy consumption and carbon footprint.

Community Developer of the Year Award

Presenter: Dawn Lambe (OSEA Board Member), Biomass North Development Centre
Award winner: Beach Community Energy Co-operative, Toronto, Ontario

BCEC is a renewable energy cooperative based in the east end of Toronto comprised of parents and staff of the Kew Beach Junior Public School. In 2009, BCEC urged the school administration to participate in a competition for a provincial grant for a new school roof, solar panels and other conservation upgrades, which were installed in 2011. In March of 2014, BCEC was awarded a FIT 3.0 contract, which created an investment opportunity for BCEC and achieved commercial operation on September 2, 2016. This pilot project demonstrates the viability of community investment in solar energy on school rooftops. The solar panels on Kew Beach Junior Public School produce one third of the school’s annual electrical needs,15 tonne GHG emission reduction and showcases the power of community collaboration. BCEC sees local public schools as potential community energy hubs that could help reduce the carbon footprint of each neighbourhood.

Related Links:

Green Energy Doors Open Blog: Beach Community Energy Co-op: Inspiring a Greener Generation

Non-Profit of the Year Award

Presenter: Brooke Hayward, Brant Renewable Energy
Award winner: Sustainability CoLab, Kitchener, Ontario 

Sustainability CoLab launched in January 2014 to scale a successful model from the Waterloo Region of engaging businesses in the solution to climate change. In just 3 years, CoLab has grown to support a network of 8 non-profits in communities across Ontario that are collectively working with 200 businesses locally to set and achieve targets to reduce their environmental impacts. They support their members through 1:1 coaching, providing programs and tools and resources, organizing peers learning opportunities, making connections and building partnerships that will accelerate the launch and growth of their programs. As a backbone organization, CoLab also mobilizes funding, and share the on-the-ground business success stories to build public will and create the political space for more ambitious investments and policies that can accelerate the transition to a more sustainable economy.

Related Links:

Sustainability CoLab News: Sustainability CoLab wins Non-Profit of the Year at Powering Prosperity Awards

Green Energy Doors Open Blog: Sustainability Co Lab – Winner of the Non-Profit of the Year Award

Developer of the Year Award

Presenter: Dan Golberger (OSEA Board Member), Perpetual Energy
Award winner: Anvil Crawler, Elora, Ontario 

Anvil Crawler Development Corp. is a sustainable energy developer that is changing the way people think about green energy. They provide simple, yet powerful options for energy production and storage that are not only good for their clients, but great for the planet.  In just one year, their team has developed an impressive shelf of customizable energy production and storage products, which can be combined to create hybrid energy solutions. Their products include; The Anvil E-house, a customizable pre-outfitted energy inverter room; Micro Combined Heat and Power Systems; Electric Car Charging Stations. With their expertise in construction and renewable energy, the electrical industry, and real estate management, they realize the challenges and needs that need to be met when making the transition to off-grid energy.Their systems have been implemented at dozens of sites across Ontario, saving countless megawatts of power.

Related Links:

Green Energy Doors Open Blog: Anvil Crawler Development Corp: Paving the way for Renewable Energy in Ontario

Sustainable Project of the Year Award

Presenter: Joe Mulhall, Canadian Union of Skilled Workers
Award winner: Canadian Energy, Toronto, Ontario 

Canadian Energy is a leader in renewables and energy storage. Their off-grid Aerospace Assembly/ Operations Hanger is the world’s first ever off-grid aircraft maintenance facility. The project is a collaborative joint-venture between Solar Ship Inc., Canadian Energy and Legacy Building Solutions. The innovation lies in the integration of various commercial off the shelf elements into a pre-engineered building that meets all the government code requirements for a regulated urban airport setting, yet also meets the robust reliability needs of an off-grid, remote setup. Load-shifting micro-grids sources by distributed generation still require a large amount of customized planning, engineering and construction expertise, and Canada is in a position to lead the global race in adapting PV to remote settings.

Related Links: Green Energy Doors Open Blog: Canadian Energy puts Renewable Energy Technology at the Global Forefront

20/20 Leadership Award

Presenter: Zachary McCue (OSEA Board Member), Dickinson Wright LLP
Award winner: Bullfrog Power – Representative: Ron Seftel, Toronto, Ontario

Bullfrog Power has played a unique role over the past ten years in helping Ontario to move closer to achieving a thriving sustainable energy sector through their core renewable energy offerings, which enable businesses and individuals to choose renewable energy (including electricity, biogas and even the transportation sector with biofuel) for their homes or businesses. Through their customers’ support, Bullfrog Power has contributed to the development of more than 70 community-based renewable energy projects across Canada, with more than 20 in Ontario including; Queen’s Solar Education Centre, Kew Beach School Solar Project, ZooShare, SolarShare and Oxford Community Energy Co-operative. Bullfrog Power also hosts regular events for their residential and business customers to continuously engage the bullfrogpowered community.

Related Links:

Green Energy Doors Open Blog: Bullfrog Power – Winner of the 20/20 Leader of the Year Award

Special Recognition Awards

Special Recognition Award for most outstanding Green Energy Doors Open 2016 Host

Presenter: Dr. Dianne Saxe, Environmental Commissioner of Ontario
Winner: Sea Container Cabin, Trent Lakes, Ontario

Nestled in Kawartha Lakes lies an off-grid sea container cabin made of 7 shipping containers. Designed by Jason Rioux, Vice President of NRStor and founder of Sea Container Cabin, the ‘Octopod’ features a unique Hub-and-Spoke design. His goal was to design and build a one-of-a-kind off-grid sea container cabin prototype in the outskirts of Toronto to establish design and construction techniques that will benefit future projects. The cabin is completely off-grid and independent of all municipal services, 1 KW solar power system for the entire cabin. All construction is conducted by local tradespeople and materials were purchased from local businesses and manufacturers. During Green Energy Doors Open, Sea Container Cabin was effective in drawing attention to their event and the overall campaign through radio and newspaper interviews. The Sea Container Cabin is inspiring a growing number of shipping container cabin enthusiasts across Canada and around the world.

Special Recognition Award for Excellence in Conservation

Presenter: Dr. Christine Koenig, Ontario Sustainability Service (OSEA Board Member)
Winner : Savings by Design by Enbridge Gas Distribution, North York, Ontario

Enbridge Gas Distribution is committed to delivering energy efficiency programs that promote environmental stewardship, conservation, education and benefits to customers.  The Savings by Design program improves the efficiency of new homes and buildings and helps owners to save their energy costs by offering support and financial incentives during the design and construction phases. Their Home Energy Conservation program has been encouraging homeowners to conserve energy and reduce utility bills through energy audits before and after energy-efficient upgrades. Over the course of 4 years, nearly 20,000 households have participated in the program, and overall the portfolio has exceeded above 25% in annual gas savings.

Special Recognition Award for Most Innovative Business Model

Presenter: Obie Agusiegbe (OSEA Board Member) (EnvironFocus and Director of OSEA)
Winner: Polaron Solartech Corporation, Scarborough, Ontario

Polaron Solartech Corp is a BBB accredited business that strives to provide customers with the best innovative solar programs in Ontario. They offer an all-inclusive package that includes design developing, financial planning, installation and professional maintenance. Their dedicated team works tirelessly to ensure that each step is accomplished with care and precision so that their customers get both the quality of a good solar panel system and the highest quantity of savings.

2016 Powering Prosperity Award Winners

20/20 Leadership Award

Chatham-Kent Mayor Randy Hope , recognized for his leadership in promoting sustainable economic growth in his community with green energy and community engagement as a priority.

Developer of the Year Award

Whitesand First Nation, a far-northern First Nation community who has worked very hard and over many years to get the permission to build a 3.64 MW combined heat and power biomass plant, which will provide electricity to three communities. In 2016, Whitesand First Nation is expected to begin construction on the project that will provide the region with a steady stream of revenue, local jobs and an ample reliable, clean supply of electricity.

of the Year Award

Brant Municipal Enterprises was awarded the prize in recognition of its pursuit to bring socially beneficial activities, include the development of a renewable energy portfolio, conservation initiatives and the development of a progressive fibre optic network, to its community.

Sustainable Project of the Year Award

Ernestown Wind Park, a development by Horizon Legacy Group. Ernestown Wind Park is a small, low impact, 10 MW facility that is partially owned by a First Nation community and located near Kingston, Ontario.

Aboriginal Project of the Year Award

Six Nation of the Grand River Development Corporation (SNDC), recognized for its profound commitment to renewable energy in Ontario. To date, SNDC has direct ownership in a portfolio that exceeds 600MW of installed wind and solar generation locally, generating revenue for the community and creating jobs for their people.

Community Project of the Year Award (Two recipients)

Camp Kawartha, recognized for the leadership in growing sustainability awareness amongst students of all ages.

Ottawa Renewable Energy Co-operative (OREC). In September of 2015, OREC completed a solar project on the rooftop of Maurice Lapointe High School in Kanata’s Bridlewood neighbourhood, which was Ottawa’s 1,000th solar rooftop installation. The project is 100 per cent owned and financed by Ottawa residents through OREC’s community-based business model.

2015 Powering Prosperity Award Winners

20/20 Leadership Award

Jonathan J. Dogterom, MaRS Discovery District. Jonathan ensures that MaRS Cleantech is at the vanguard of innovation engaging diverse sector stakeholders while undertaking research and providing support to emerging entrepreneurs. Under his leadership MaRS Cleantech now supports more than 175 ventures, half of which are sustainable energy related, leveraging hundreds of thousands in investment and spurring more than 1000 jobs.

Aboriginal Project of the Year Award

Matt Jamieson, Six Nations of the Grand River. Matt Jamieson is his community’s sustainable energy champion heading up Six Nation’s Economic Development office. He has worked tirelessly to build local capacity and knowledge while negotiating mutually beneficial partnerships with Brant County’s renewables arm and Samsung.  The solar and wind projects that have and are being built are resulting in local jobs, significant non-government income, reduced dependency on the Federal funding, stronger ties and collaboration with Brant County and a deep sense of community pride.

Community Project of the Year Award (Two recipients)

Oxford Community Energy Co-operative Inc. The Oxford Community Energy Co-operative was developed to share up to 49% of an 18MW wind farm near Woodstock Ontario.  Originally initiated by the Developer Prowind with the assistance of Ontario Sustainability Services, OREC, in less than a year, has become fully operational, professionally managed by local community leaders and has raised close to $5 million with more than 50% of the investment coming from the local vicinity.

SolarShare Co-operative. Since 2011, SolarShare co-operative has been at the forefront of the Community Power landscape, enabling citizens to invest in solar energy projects across Ontario.  Solar share reaches about 50,000 people annually through it outreach, has secured more than 700 investors, completed 25 projects and collectively raised $5.5 million in bonds. SolarShare is the first Renewable Energy Co-operative to achieve RRSP eligibility and continues to support the democratization of energy through renewables.

Developer of the Year Award

Brant Renewable Energy. As a municipal entity, Brant Renewable Energy has secured 1.3 MW of FIT rooftop contracts, helped many residents install solar, partnered with Six Nations, Sustainability Brant Renewable Energy Coop and various businesses on several groundbreaking projects, installed electric charging stations and is now investing in communications infrastructure and a potential hydro site. Brant’s various initiatives are providing good green jobs to local contractors, reducing the county’s emissions, empowering local residents, strengthening ties with its neighbours and generating significant non-tax based revenue.

Manufacturer of the Year Award (Two recipients)

Celestica. As a company that develops, designs, manufactures and tests renewable energy products such as solar panels and inverters, Celestica is a key cog in the sustainable energy supply chain. Celestica is committed to integrating sustainable practices into its manufacturing and business processes. In the past year Celestica has launched a modeling process to identify ways to reduce energy use when producing solar panels as well as a Sustainable Workspace Program to educate and engage its employees.

Gerald van Decker, RenewABILITY Energy Inc. Gerald manufacturers the DWHR Power-Pipe, an energy efficiency solution that passively captures thermal energy from a building’s drain water that would otherwise be wasted, and can reduce heating energy consumption by 20-35%. Gerald has been a strong advocate in Canada, the US, France, the UK and the Netherlands for the incorporation of the Power-Pipe into their building codes. The use of this smart technology is becoming increasingly common practice with over 35,000 systems now installed in Ontario.

of the Year Award

Phillip Playfair, Lowfoot. Lowfoot was founded in 2009 to leverage the data produced by smart meters to drive consumer behavioural change in the Ontario and Texas markets. Lowfoot works with utilities and energy providers to forecast load, understand consumer behavior  incent change and empower users with demand management self-service tools. Lowfoot is based in Toronto and currently has 5 employees. The company is focused on expanding its market share in the United States and Ontario and is beginning to market its services in Latin America and Europe.

Sustainable Project of the Year Award (Two recipients)

Local Improvement Charges, Industrial/Commercial/Institutional Buildings and District Energy Project; Sonja E. Persram, H. Robert (Bob) Bach, Michael Singleton. The Local Improvement Charges (LIC) initiative harnesses municipality’s ability to borrow low cost money by helping participating commercial, industrial and institutional property owners finance deep sustainable energy, water and stormwater management retrofits. The money borrowed is amortized and repaid over time through the property owner’s property tax bill and are designed to result in no net cost to the municipalities with administrative costs paid by the participating owners. The LIC team is currently working with three municipalities that are are looking at piloting a three-year program that will include development of district heating systems and other options for property owners.

Park Property Management Inc. Park Property Management is a testament to how affordable and quality rental accommodations can be provided at a reasonable cost improving people’s lives through community empowerment, community and private space revitalization, increased comfort and lower bills while reducing carbon emissions and improving efficiency. Park Property with the support of the United Way’s Tower Neighbourhood Renewal pilot program, Enbridge, the City of Toronto, the Federation of Rental Housing Providers of Ontario and Toronto Hydro engaged the community of Thorncliffe Park, dovetailing equipment and building retrofits with energy efficiency education and community building efforts. Park Property Management is an inspiration to other building owners and property managers as well as the residents of the Thorncliffe and an industry leader in building management and sustainability practices.

Thank you to our 2017 supporters!

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