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OSEA – Powering Prosperity Awards

January 29, 2015 - Vaughan, Ontario, Canada

For more than thirteen years the Ontario Sustainable Energy Association has been at the vanguard of the energy sector working with organizations to champion sustainable energy to power, heat, cool, and move Ontario’s prosperity, creating good jobs, resilient communities, and healthy environments.

On January 29, 2015 OSEA turns the spotlight on the champions of our sector, honouring them during OSEA’s annual Powering Prosperity Awards dinner at La Primavera Banquet Hall in Vaughan.

CISCO’s Dr. Rick Huijbrejts, a visionary in the area of innovation, sustainable energy, and smart communities, will be joining OSEA as the evening’s keynote speaker. Dr. Huijbrejts has been named one of the “Top 35 People to Watch” by Realcomm and will speak about the critical drivers and opportunities for our sector in the 21st century.

Award Categories

The 20/20 Leadership Award – Nominees will have demonstrated leadership in Ontario advancing OSEA’s 20/20 Roadmap vision of a thriving sustainable energy sector to power, heat, cool and move Ontario’s prosperity with good jobs, resilient communities and healthy environments. Ideal candidates should have also been engaged in a initiative that:

  • Promotes or is creating a more reliable, decentralised, integrated, flexible and affordable energy system built around portfolios of sustainable energy solutions
  • Creates collaborations between the community, public and private sustainable energy sectors

Developer of the Year – Nominees are affiliated with a sustainable energy developer, contractor, or construction company, either as owner or employee. Ideal candidates should have been engaged in a sustainable energy project site that demonstrates the shift to a new energy paradigm in terms of:

  • Water and energy efficiency and conservation;
  • Integrated and distributed sustainable energy solutions to power, heat, cool and move including infrastructure and data management;
  • Maximizing local social, economic and environmental benefits.

Best Manufacturer – Nominees are affiliated with a business that manufactures components for the sustainable energy supply chain or that have adopted significant sustainable energy solutions as part of their enterprise. Ideal candidates should demonstrate the following:

  • Integration of sustainable practices to save on energy, waste, water, etc. in its manufacturing process to save energy;
  • Motivation of the work force to adopt sustainable practices (i.e. smart commuting, recycling, avoiding resource waste, energy saving, etc.) in their everyday work lives;
  • Innovation in technology or processes that significantly advance the sustainable energy sector or manufacturing in general.

Smartpreneur of the Year Award – Nominees are individuals who have recently started a business in the sustainable energy sector. Ideal candidates should:

  • Own/operate a start-up/early stage business (a business that has been in operation for not longer than 2 years);
  • Provide sustainable energy solutions to consumers and/or businesses; and
  • Have proof of successes.

Sustainable Energy Project of the Year – Nominees are affiliated with a community, public or commercial organization that is involved in the development of sustainable energy projects (including but not limited to: renewable energy, combined heat and power, district energy, energy storage, green transportation, smart energy networks, energy monitoring, conservation or energy efficiency projects). Ideal candidates should have been involved in projects that demonstrate:

  • Integrated distributed sustainable energy solutions;
  • Local community consultation best practices;
  • A new and innovative approach to community participation & local economic development.

Aboriginal Project of the Year – Nominees are affiliated with a First Nation, Inuit or Metis community, not-for-profit or business organization that is involved in the development of sustainable energy projects (including but not limited to: renewable energy, combined heat and power, district energy, energy storage, green transportation, smart energy networks, energy monitoring, conservation or energy efficiency projects) as proponents, partners, hosts or champions. Ideal candidates should demonstrate:

  • Leadership within the local community;
  • Leadership within the sustainable energy community;
  • Best practices for community engagement and/or partnership.

Community Project of the Year – Nominees are affiliated with a municipality, co-operative, faith based organization or other community group that is involved in the development of sustainable energy projects (including but not limited to: renewable energy, combined heat and power, district energy, energy storage, green transportation, smart energy networks, energy monitoring, conservation or energy efficiency projects) as proponents, partners, hosts or enablers. Ideal candidates should demonstrate:

  • Leadership within the local community;
  • Leadership within the sustainable energy community;
  • Best practices for community engagement and/or partnership.

Please join OSEA and an impressive network of more than 500 sector decision-makers including developers, builders, manufacturers, suppliers, government representatives, and community leaders for an evening of networking, celebration, and learning.

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