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.  On April 4, 2017 the awards will be presented at the CanWEA Awards Dinner which will take place at the Hilton Lac-Leamy Hotel in Gatineau, Quebec. This evening of entertainment and celebration will bring together dynamic and powerful stakeholders in the Canadian wind industry providing an excellent opportunity to entertain clients, network with peers and brand your company as an industry leader.

Nominations will open September 12 and close November 30, 2016. 

Do you know an individual or organization that should be recognized for their outstanding contribution to the Canadian wind industry? CanWEA encourages members and non-members alike to submit a nomination.

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 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 working for a CanWEA Member in the wind energy industry 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.

Our 2015 award winners – presented by president of CanWEA, Robert Hornung and CanWEA board chair, Ben Greenhouse – are:


R.J. Templin Award recipients Loren Knopper, Senior Associate & Senior Risk Assessor, Stantec and Chris Ollson, Vice President, Strategic Development, Intrinsik Environmental Sciences.


Friend of Wind Award recipient Sandra de Jong.


Matt Holder Community Connection Award recipient Frits de Kiewit, Director, Development, Invenergy Wind Canada LLC.


Individual Leadership Award recipient Peter Clibbon, Senior Vice President, Development at Renewable Energy Systems Canada Inc.


Group Leadership Award recipient the Municipality of the District of Guysborough in Nova Scotia.


Wind Energy Project Award recipient Blackspring Ridge Wind Project, EDF EN Canada and Enbridge Inc.

For more information about 2015 CanWEA award winners, visit: Canadian Wind Energy Association announces annual award winners

Download the 2017 CanWEA Awards Nomination Form

For any questions, email

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’s Wind Power Woman of Distinction Award will be presented at the CanWEA Awards Dinner.

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.

Nominations will open November 1st and close December 30th. See WiRE to nominate.

2015 Wind Power Woman of Distinction Winner:


Terry Kwas, Manager, Environment, Health & Safety – Wind, TransAlta