CanWEA Awards

Each year the Canadian Wind Energy Association (CanWEA) recognizes visionary leaders and clean energy pioneers for their outstanding contribution to the Canadian wind industry. The first CanWEA award was presented in 1985 and over the past thirty years has grown from one to six award categories including:

R.J. Templin Award: The R.J. Templin Award recognizes an individual or organization that has undertaken scientific, technical, engineering or policy research and development work that has produced results that have served to significantly advance the wind energy industry in Canada.

Friend of Wind Award: The Friend of Wind award is presented to individuals or groups in recognition of outstanding voluntary contributions to advancing awareness of the benefits of wind energy at the community level in Canada.

Matt Holder Community Connection Award:  The Matt Holder Community Connection Award recognizes a CanWEA Member organization or an individual working for a CanWEA Member who embodies responsible, sustainable development through a commitment to understanding a Canadian community and forming meaningful community relationships built on mutual respect and trust.

Individual Leadership Award: The Individual Leadership Award is presented to an individual who has, through their efforts and body of work over time, contributed significantly to the advancement of wind energy in Canada.

Group Leadership Award: The Group Leadership Award recognizes a government, corporation or non-profit organization that has contributed significantly to the advancement of wind energy in Canada.

Wind Energy Project Award: The Wind Energy Project Award highlights the exceptional commitment to responsible and sustainable development through initial development, community engagement, permitting, and construction.

On April 4, 2017 CanWEA announced the recipients of the CanWEA Awards, which honour industry leaders, innovators and supporters for their exceptional work on behalf of wind energy.

Our 2017 award winners – presented by president of CanWEA, Robert Hornung and CanWEA communications and media director, Tracy Walden – are:

R.J. Templin Award recipient GE Energy Consulting. Accepting on behalf of GE Energy Consulting is Bahman Daryanian.

Friend of Wind Award recipient Mayor Randy Hope of the Municipality of Chatham-Kent.

Matt Holder Community Connection Award recipient Adam Rosso.

Individual Leadership Award recipient Jimmy Royer. Accepting on behalf of Jimmy Royer is Tom Levy.

Group Leadership Award recipient Government of Alberta. Accepting via video on behalf of the Government of Alberta is Alberta Premier, Rachel Notley.

Wind Energy Project Award recipient Bull Creek Wind Facility, BluEarth Renewables. Accepting on behalf of the Bull Creek Wind Facility is Mike Jablonicky.

For more information about 2017 CanWEA award winners, visit: CanWEA announces annual award winners.

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Power of Wind Bursary Awards

Every year, CanWEA awards bursary prizes to students entering or in post-secondary education. In 2016, students were invited to share their vision of how wind energy can contribute to Canada’s future by submitting a photo or visual image that illustrates, expresses or in some way conveys that vision.

CanWEA is pleased to announce 2016 Power of Wind contest winners are:


First place: Diana Lawryshyn, Queen’s University


Second place: Renee Stokowski, University of Manitoba


Third place: Taylor Morrison, University of Toronto

Winning submissions and honourable mentions are featured in CanWEA’s 2017 Friends of Wind calendar.


Women in Renewable Energy Award

WiRE Women of Distinction Awards recognize and celebrate professional women working in the energy sector who go above and beyond business-as-usual, consistently demonstrate outstanding leadership, and have contributed significantly to the expansion and improvement of the power sector.

2017 Wind Power Woman of Distinction Winner: Julie Belley Perron

From left: Woman in Renewable Energy founder and co-chair Joanna Osawe; Wind Power Woman of Distinction recipient, Julie Belley Perron; and Woman in Renewable Energy founder and co-chair Rebecca Black.