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2017 Ontario Sustainable Energy Association - Powering Prosperity Award Winners

Friday, February 3rd 2017 1:34:08pm

Media Release

2017 Ontario Sustainable Energy Association - Powering Prosperity Award Winners

(TORONTO, ON February 2, 2017) The 2017 Ontario Sustainable Energy Association - Powering Prosperity Awards were presented during the Powering Prosperity Gala & Ceremony. The awards honour the champions of Ontario's sustainable energy sector.

The award presentation ceremonies occurred after a speech by Hon. Glen Murray, Ontario’s Minister of the Environment and Climate Change, and keynote speaker Dr. Harry Lehmann, Head of Division I for “Environmental Planning and Sustainable Strategies” of the German Federal Environment Agency.

Special recognition awards:

Special Recognition Award for most outstanding Green Energy Doors Open 2016 Host -
Presenter: Dr. Dianne Saxe, Environmental Commissioner of Ontario
Winner: SeaContainerCabin.com, Bracebridge, Ontario

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

Special Recognition Award for Most Innovative Business Model -
Presenter: Obie Agusiegbe (OSEA Board Member)(EnvironFocus and Director of OSEA)
Winner: Polaron Solar Tech, Scarborough, Ontario

Powering Prosperity Award Winners:  

Community Project of the Year Award

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

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

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

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

Non-Profit of the Year Award
Award winner: Sustainability CoLab, Kitchener, Ontario
Presenter: Brooke Hayward, Brant Renewable Energy

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

Sustainable Project of the Year Award
Award winner: Canadian Energy, Toronto, Ontario
Presenter: Joe Mulhall, Canadian Union of Skilled Workers

20/20 Leadership Award
Award winner: Bullfrog Power - Representative: Ron Seftel, Toronto, Ontario
Presenter: Zachary McCue (OSEA Board Member), Dickinson Wright LLP

For more information, to schedule interviews or award presentation photos, please contact:Don Huff, ECO Strategy, huffd@ecostrategy.ca, 416-972-7401 or (C) 416 -805-7720


The Ontario Sustainable Energy Association (OSEA), works to initiate, facilitate and support the work of local sustainable energy organizations through membership services and province wide capacity-building and non-partisan policy work. It promotes the benefits of Community Power and renewable energy through advocacy, public outreach and capacity building.

About the 2017 OSEA Powering Prosperity Award Winners:

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.

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.

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.

Beach Community Energy Co-operative (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.

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 across Ontario that are collectively working with 200 businesses locally to set and achieve targets to reduce their environmental impacts.

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.
Canadian Energy is a leader in renewables and energy storage. Their off-grid Aerospace
Assembly/ Operations Hanger built in 2016 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.

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.