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2010 Community Power Award winners announced

Monday, November 15th 2010 7:58:17pm

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
2010 Community Power Award winners announced!

(Toronto, ON November 15, 2010) The OSEA 2010 Community Power Awards were presented tonight during the Community Power Awards Banquet & Ceremony. The award winners are individuals who have made significant contributions to the Community Power movement in Ontario and globally.

The award presentation followed a keynote speech by Gord Miller, Ontario’s Environmental Commissioner.

The awards were presented by the previous year’s winner in each category.

The 2010 award category and winners are:
Community Power Leader:
2010 Award winner: Marion Fraser
2009 winner and award presenter: George Smitherman, former Minister of Energy and Infrastructure

We would not have a Green Energy and Green Economy Act if it wasn't for Marion Fraser.  As a champion of conservation and Community Power she has worked tirelessly and often without any recognition within government, as an intervenor at the OEB and as the architect of many documents and briefings including the original white paper scoping out the idea of the Green Energy Act.  Marion is humble, a mentor and advisor to many of us and well deserving of tonight’s Community Power leadership award.

International Community Power Award:
2010 Award winner: Preben Maegaard
Out going OSEA Chair: Robert Hellier, Manager of the Centennial College Energy Institute

Dr. Preben Maegaard has founded and led numerous organizations to advance the principles of community power, energy efficiency and renewable energy around the world.  His training facility known as the Folke Center in Denmark has for decades provided the citizens of the world with the practical experience and knowledge necessary to implement the vision of a 100% renewable energy system.  Preben is a mentor to many of us and can be truly considered the father of the Community Power movement.

Aboriginal Community Power Award
2010 Award winner: Grant Taibossigai
2009 winner and award presenter: Michael Fox, founding director of the First Nation Energy Alliance

Grant Taibossgai is the Economic Development officer of M'Chigeeng First Nation located on Manitoulin Island.  As project manager of the Meer wind project he has tirelessly and with great tenacity secured one of the first 100% aboriginal controlled FIT contracts for a 8MW project.  Like so many champions in the Community Power sector he is humble, hardworking, always quick to lend a hand and committed 100% to advancing his community and addressing climate change.  Grant is a great example for all of us to emulate and the M'Chigeeng project will be a great model for other First Nations to look to in the future.


Rural Community Power Award
2010 Award winner: Glen Estill
2009 winner and award presenter: Paul Norris, founding president of the Ontario Waterpower Association

As a pioneer of Ontario's wind industry Glen Estill represents the ideal of what a developer should be.  Glen has successfully developed a number of projects in his community of Lions Head and has always actively worked with his neighbours to ensure that they are not just a step in the process but partners in the project.  Glen continues to champion renewable energy by helping spur wind and solar initiatives in his community helping others help themselves, while being an articulate voice of reason online through his blog and within the larger renewable energy sector.

Urban Community Power Award
2010 Award winner: Rob McMonagle
2009 winner and award presenter: Ken Traynor, Consultant, Our Power

It is a beautiful thing when leaders and visionaries are able to help all of us shift paradigms and create new opportunities for the future.  Rob McMonagle has for decades been a champion of change, first working in the field as an installer, then heading up the Canadian Solar Industries Association and now as a city staffer responsible for tying together the social, environmental and economic benefits of renewable energy across Toronto.  Rob is working from the inside out helping shape policies and programs to make urban community and commercial power a driving force for Toronto's prosperity and a great example of the type of bureaucrat every municipality needs as we transition to a cleaner, greener future.

“I would like to congratulate this year’s Community Power Award winners”, said Kristopher Stevens, Executive Director of OSEA. “They have all made outstanding contributions to the Community Power movement and their work continues to inspire all of us to champion and do our part ensuring a sustainable, 100% renewable future.”

The Community Power Conference will continue until 5:00 p.m. on November 16, 2010 with sessions focusing on forming and financing Community Power projects, Aboriginal perspectives on Community Power and community engagement.

The Power Networking Centre Trade Show, presented in conjunction with the Association of Power Producers of Ontario will end at 3:30 p.m. on November 17, 2010.

For more information, please contact Maria Leung, Environmental Communication Options, mleung@ecostrategy.ca, or call 416-972-7401 (office) or 416-829-5932 (on-site).

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The Community Power Conference 2010 is Ontario’s single largest annual gathering of Community Power producers, proponents and supporters. Together with the Power Networking Centre trade show, the conference attracts industry regulators, commercial and Community Power generators, farmers and First Nation and Métis delegations.

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.