This year’s Powering for Prosperity Awards Gala was an incredible event – bringing together industry leaders in the sustainable energy sector.

Congratulations to all our nominees and award winners for your passion and dedication. Together we can show Ontario and Canada that 100% Sustainable is 100% Achievable!

POWERING FOR PROSPERITY 2018
AWARDS WINNERS

SUSTAINABLE ENTERPRISE OF THE YEAR

Enwave Energy Corporation

Enwave Energy Corporation is a Toronto-based company that provides sustainable energy services in Toronto, Windsor and numerous American cities, including Chicago, Houston, Los Angeles and Portland. In each community, the company operates highly efficient thermal energy plants that distribute steam, hot water and/or chilled water to customer buildings. Customers benefit from reduced operating costs, lower emissions, and increased reliability.

Enwave’s Deep Lake Water Cooling system generates numerous sustainable benefits such as the reduction of a building’s electricity usage up to 90% over traditional cooling equipment use, a reduction in the annual electricity consumption by an equivalent of 7,000 homes, a reduction in the annual water use by the equivalent of 280 Olympic size pools and a reduction in CO2 emissions. Using Deep Lake Water Cooling is equivalent to taking 16,000 cars off the road each year.

NON-PROFIT OF THE YEAR

Women in Renewable Energy

Women in Renewable Energy WiRE promotes the role and recognition of women in the renewable energy industry through programming activities including educational field trips, student bursaries and speed mentoring, awards recognition program, attendance at industry association conferences and events, and networking events.

Milestones this past year include: attained national reach with chapters in Vancouver, Kamloops, Calgary, Edmonton, Montreal, Ottawa, Hamilton and Toronto, engaged 2,000 participants in WiRE events across the country, reached the 10,000 audience level across WiRE communications platforms, supported the launch of EHRC’s Leadership Accord on Gender Diversity in the Canadian Electricity Sector in March 2017 as well as others.

In 2017 WiRE embarked on a capacity building campaign to meet market demand to establish new chapters, to expand established WiRE programming across the country, and to explore how to continue to meet the needs of the energy sector in terms of diversity and inclusion programming and tools.

SUSTAINABLE PROJECT OF THE YEAR

The Joyce Centre for Partnership & Innovation – Mohawk College

The Joyce Centre for Partnership & Innovation (JCP&I) set to open to students Fall 2018, was designed with the sustainable goal to be the first new build at Mohawk College to achieve Net Zero. Designed to incorporate leading-edge technologies and techniques, at 96,000 square feet it is Canada’s largest, and Hamilton’s first, net zero institutional building.

The design team defined the process for achieving net zero through the establishment of an energy budget that would define maximum energy required with a renewable energy that would match or exceed annual energy consumption.

Chosen as one of 16 pilot projects for the Canadian Green Building Council’s Zero Carbon Building Standard, the building has been designed to exceed the requirements for energy harvesting and conservation. The standard assesses carbon use in commercial, institutional and multi-family buildings in Canada.

COMMUNITY PROJECT OF THE YEAR

Karen’s Place Renewable Energy Project – Ottawa Salus Corporation

Salus offers a range of supportive housing options for adults with serious mental illness and concurrent challenges, including addictions, homelessness and cycles of hospitalization. Salus now owns nine apartment buildings, a single family home and 4 shared living homes. In addition, Salus provides housing options in partnership with other social housing providers, cooperatives and private sector landlords through rent supplements and housing allowances which ensure that these options remain affordable for tenants.

Ottawa Salus’ latest project, Karen’s Place on Clementine, is a 42-unit supportive housing apartment building that provides homes to people living with serious mental illness, many of whom were previously homeless. Karen’s Place is also the first affordable housing project built in a cold climate zone in the world, to meet the International Passive House (PHI) standard for energy efficiency, occupant well-being, and durability.

SMARTPRENEUR OF THE YEAR

Warren Abar – iSolara Solar Power

Warren Abar is a Professional Engineer licensed in the Province of Ontario who has a degree in Electrical Engineering focused on Robotics and Control Systems. Warren worked on his first solar project in 1994 as an NSERC student on the BC Advanced House. He saw that solar was a clean energy source that could have a significant impact on climate change. He started to learn more about solar energy and began to design new innovations to improve energy harvest.

Warren developed two concentrating photovoltaic/thermal systems using parabolic and wave guide technology. Recognizing that new innovations were only practical if they could be delivered, Warren started iSolara Solar Power in 2003 to design and install high quality, high performance systems designed to last. Since that time iSolara has installed more than 650 systems and over 10+ MW AC of solar electric.

LEADER OF THE YEAR

Dana Decent – Manager, Intact Centre on Climate Adaptation, University of Waterloo

Dana Decent is Manager of the Intact Centre on Climate Adaptation, an applied research centre with a national focus at the University of Waterloo. The Intact Centre establishes best practices to help homeowners, communities, governments and businesses to implement timely solutions that limit the impacts of climate change and extreme weather. As Manager, she directs the Intact Centre’s operational functions and leads research to support the centre’s programs. She is currently leading a study on the health impacts of flooding.

Prior to working with the Intact Centre, Dana Decent spent five years in sustainable business operations, reporting and research across corporate, government and non-profit sectors, including positions at Sun Life Financial and Sustainability CoLab. Dana Decent holds a B.E.S (Honours) in Environment and Business from the University of Waterloo. She is a recipient of the annual St. Paul’s University College Young Alumni Award and Corporate Knights’ Top 30 Under 30 for her sustainability leadership.

GREEN ENERGY DOORS OPEN SPECIAL RECOGNITION AWARD

Steam Whistle Brewing

The Steam Whistle story begins in the spring of 1998 when three friends were on a canoe trip in the Ontario heartland. Greg Taylor, Cam Heaps and Greg Cromwell had all been colleagues at one of Canada’s premier microbreweries producing quality beer in the late 1980’s and 90’s – before it was bought out by a national brewer and closed down. As they sat around the campfire, the self-named “Three Fired Guys” dreamed of running their own brewery one day. They wanted to make a Pilsner that would compete with the best in the world. They wrote a plan and quickly attracted investors with their vision and passion.

Since the first batch of Steam Whistle Pilsner rolled off the line in March, 2000 we have been proudly using our unique green glass bottle which is made with 30% more glass. This means the same bottle can potentially be washed, inspected and refilled more than 45 times – about three times as many as the industry standard brown bottle.  Steam Whistle Brewing made the conscious choice in 2007 to support our friends at Bullfrog Power and help save our planet. Our Brewery chooses clean, renewable power with Bullfrog for 100% of our electricity requirements.  Since 2006, Steam Whistle Brewing has been using bio diesel in our delivery trucks. Canada Clean Fuels delivers their B20 Bio Diesel to our parking lot with a tanker during overnight hours to fill up all our trucks, a great convenience for our drivers. The largest trucks in our fleet have sizable fuel tanks and so run almost 100% of the time on Bio Diesel.  Since the year 2000, Steam Whistle Brewing has opted to use Enwave’s Deep Water Cooling for temperature control in our building instead of conventional air conditioners that rely on harmful CFC refrigerants and eat up valuable energy. The icy cold water drawn through intake pipes deep in Lake Ontario moves through our facilities giving off chill (prior to it travelling to Toronto household taps) and helps provide a comfortable working environment for our staff each summer. We also use this deep lake cooling when our beer is refrigerated for 3-4 weeks during the ‘lagering’ process of making our Pilsner.

SPECIAL RECOGNITION AWARD

Landmark Home Solutions

In 1987 brother’s Steve and Brian Mason, saw a need for exceptional quality windows in the Niagara Region. They had no investors, no experience only a vision of greatness. The next few years certainly came with its trials and tribulations, a less than stellar marketing plan and a few hundred window designs that didn’t make the cut. This only made us stronger and even more determined to get this right. Almost 30 years later, we are incredibly proud to employ over 150 dedicated associates, self-manufacture, offer multiple products, and service all of Ontario. Our goal is simple really, we want to make and install the best windows possible, windows we would enjoy in our own homes.

Special Thanks to Enbridge, SMARTNetAlliance, Polaron, and CUSW, for their unrelenting support and confidence in OSEA and Powering for Prosperity.

A huge congratulations to all the winners once again! See you next year!

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This means that Bullfrog Power’s generators put 100% green power onto the grid to match the amount of electricity the event uses, displacing energy from polluting sources. Across Canada, Bullfrog’s green electricity comes from a blend of wind and low-impact hydro power sourced from new Canadian renewable energy facilities.

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