Every year, the Canadian wind energy industry celebrates visionary leaders and clean energy pioneers during its Annual Conference and Exhibition. This year, CanWEA presented awards that recognize organizations and individuals who have made significant contributions to the Canadian wind energy industry. Our 2014 award winners are:
Wind Energy Project Award: Awarded for the first time in 2013, the CanWEA Wind Energy Project Award will be awarded annually to an operating Canadian wind energy project that has demonstrated an exceptional commitment to responsible and sustainable development in all phases of the project life-cycle: initial development, community engagement, permitting, construction and operations.
Awarded to: Montérégie Wind Farm, Kruger Énergie
Matt Holder Community Connection Award: First awarded in 2012, the Matt Holder Community Connection Award is awarded annually to an individual working for a CanWEA member who embodies the mandate of responsible and sustainable development through a commitment to understanding a Canadian community and forming meaningful relationships within that community built on mutual respect and trust.
Awarded to: Jim Wilgar, GDF SUEZ Canada
Friend of Wind Award: First awarded in 2009, the CanWEA Friend of Wind award is awarded annually to individuals or groups not employed by the wind energy industry in recognition of outstanding voluntary contributions they have made to advance awareness of the benefits of wind energy at the community level in Canada.
Awarded to: Mike Barnard (Barnard On Wind); Claude Canuel (former Mayor, Matane); Nicole Appleby (former Mayor, New Richmond); François Roussy (former Mayor, Gaspé)
Individual Leadership Award: First awarded in 2003, the CanWEA Individual Leadership Award is awarded annually to an individual working in the wind energy industry for a CanWEA Member who has, through their own efforts and body of work over time, contributed significantly to the advancement of wind energy in Canada.
Awarded to: Gavin Lowe, Operations Manager, Renewables at Suncor Energy; Hugues Girardin, Vice-President, Development at Boralex
Group Leadership Award: First awarded in 2001, the CanWEA Group Leadership Award is awarded annually to a government, corporation or non-profit organization that has, contributed significantly to the advancement of wind energy in Canada.
Awarded to: Millbrook First Nation
R.J. Templin Award: First awarded in 1985, the R.J. Templin Award is awarded to any individual or organization who 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.
Awarded to: Frédéric Côté, General Manager, TechnoCentre éolien