First-ever awards program to honour innovation in home energy savings/
efficiency products, services and solutions
TORONTO, May 10 /CNW/ - Scotiabank, in partnership with Green Living
Enterprises, today announced the nine finalists of the inaugural
Scotiabank EcoLiving Awards, a Canada-wide awards program recognizing
businesses, innovators and students for excellence in the development
of home energy efficiency products, services and solutions. The winners
of the $75,000 in award incentives will be announced at a gala ceremony
at the Art Gallery of Ontario on June 2, 2011 during Canadian
"Scotiabank is pleased to reward and profile outstanding businesses and
individuals on the cutting edge of residential energy efficiency
innovation in Canada," said Anatol von Hahn, Group Head, Canadian
Banking, Scotiabank. "The Awards are an important part of our flagship
environmental program, EcoLiving, which helps Canadians make greener
choices for their homes, reduce their energy bills and take advantage
of government rebates. We are excited to recognize and celebrate
Canada's brightest stars in home energy efficiency."
An independent judging panel selected the finalists from over 65
comprehensive entries. Judges included: Tom Rand, Author, Cleantech
Advisor and Practice Lead at the MaRs Discovery District, Thomas
Mueller, Founding Director of the Canada Green Building Council, André
Fauteux, journalist and publisher/editor of La Maison, Lisa Rochon, architecture critic for the Globe and Mail and Dr, Rick Smith, Executive Director of Environmental Defence Canada.
"The calibre of the entries is proof-positive that Canadians are
committed to finding solutions to greening the planet with
energy-saving innovations as a cornerstone of success," says Laurie
Simmonds, CEO and President, Green Living Enterprises. "Scotiabank is
taking a leadership role by recognizing businesses, innovators and
students implementing and developing energy-saving ideas."
The Scotiabank EcoLiving Awards program is unique in its focus on public
awareness. An overarching criterion for all awards recipients is the
ability to demonstrate capacity to generate public interest and
excitement in energy efficiency through submitted products or
The finalists are as follows:
The Scotiabank EcoLiving Business Leadership Award ($50,000): to be awarded to a business or individual who is leading the way in
home energy efficiency products, services or solutions.
BUILD of (Winnipeg, Manitoba) for its pioneering efforts to retrofit low-income homes with energy
saving materials and devices.
Ecobee of (Toronto, Ontario) for its development of a wireless enabled Smart Thermostat that can save
homeowners up to 20 percent on their heating and cooling costs.
Tridel Corporation of (Toronto, Ontario) for its leadership in allowing its condominium owners to control their
The EcoLiving Innovators Award ($15,000): will go to a business or individual who is demonstrating innovation
in home energy efficient products, services and solutions.
EcoPlusHome of (Bathurst, New Brunswick) whose prefabricated family homes put zero demand on the power grid.
Tiocoat of (Woodbridge, Ontario) whose reflective roof coating keeps buildings cool in summer, slash
electricity costs and extend a roof's life.
The University of Northern British Columbia of (Prince George, British Columbia) which heats its campus by converting wood waste from local mills into
energy, reducing fossil fuel consumption by 85 percent and adds no
particulates into the air.
The Scotiabank EcoLiving Student Leadership Award ($10,000): will be awarded to a full-time college or university student who
demonstrates promise for the future of home energy conservation.
Eden Full of (Calgary, Alberta), a mechanical engineering student at Princeton University, who invented
the SunSaluter, a $10 tracking rotation system that maximizes the
output of solar panels so that 40 percent fewer panels are required.
Patrick Leslie of (Kingston, Ontario), a student at Queen's University in Kingston, Ontario, who developed a
smart phone application that obtains information about home owner
appliances and identifies the most cost-effective ways to cut energy
Students at the University of Calgary who created Team Canada's entry in an international student competition
for building energy efficient solar-powered homes that are both
"The Scotiabank EcoLiving Awards program provides an important and
unique opportunity to help build awareness of the environmental and
economic savings that come with having a more energy efficient home,"
said Kaz Flinn, Vice President, Corporate Social Responsibility,
Scotiabank. "In addition to rewarding leadership and innovation in home
energy efficiencies, we hope our program will help encourage further
product and service developments and foster public interest and
education around the benefits of energy conservation."
Full information on the awards, the finalists, the judging panel and the
gala awards ceremony is available exclusively on Scotiabank's EcoLiving
About the Scotiabank EcoLiving Program
The Scotiabank EcoLiving Program, introduced in June 2010, is
Scotiabank's Canadian flagship environmental program designed to help
Canadians discover how they can make greener choices for their homes,
reduce their energy bills and take advantage of government rebates. The
EcoLiving website (www.ecoliving.scotiabank.com) is a cornerstone of the program and a unique online consumer resource.
The site offers government rebate and financial savings information all
in one place - providing an easy-to-use resource for Canadians to learn
about, plan and compare green home improvement options. EcoLiving
Magazine, a bi-annual publication, features seasonally specific home
greening information and tips. Through the Scotiabank EcoLiving Awards,
Canadian businesses, innovators and students dedicated to improving
residential energy efficiency will be recognized and honoured. The
first three award recipients will be announced on June 2, 2011.
Scotiabank is one of North America's premier financial institutions and
Canada's most international bank. With more than 70,000 employees,
Scotiabank Group and its affiliates serve some 18.6 million customers
in more than 50 countries around the world. Scotiabank offers a broad
range of products and services including personal, commercial,
corporate and investment banking. With assets above $541 billion (as at
January 31, 2011), Scotiabank trades on the Toronto (BNS) and New York
Exchanges (BNS). For more information please visit www.scotiabank.com.
Green Living Enterprises is a pioneer and leader in developing social
and environmental marketing programs that keep consumers and clients at
the forefront of the green agenda. Green Living Enterprises is a
full-service, one-stop solution for green marketing, product and
program development, custom publishing, and event management. Green
Living Enterprises, an authentically green company, also includes
Greenlivingonline.com and The Green Living Show, North America's
largest green consumer show, dedicated to easy and workable solutions
for leading a sustainable lifestyle.
For further information:
Annette Borger, Green Living Enterprises, 416-988-7086, firstname.lastname@example.org
Deborah Clark, Scotiabank Media Communications, 416-933-0646, email@example.com