TORONTO, June 6, 2013 /CNW/ - They created new types of housing, web and
mobile tracking tools and innovative design — all to help show
Canadians how to use less energy and save on energy bills. Three
winners of the 2013 Scotiabank EcoLiving Awards were named today for
their innovations in home energy efficiency and took home $75,000 in
award incentives -- the largest award of its kind in Canada. The
winners were announced at a gala ceremony at the Art Gallery of
Ontario, attended by some 150 guests, including leaders in innovation,
clean energy technology and finance.
"Scotiabank is proud to showcase the products, services and ideas of
this year's 2013 Scotiabank EcoLiving Awards winners, which show us
what is possible in home energy efficiency," said Chris Hodgson,
Scotiabank's Group Head of Global Wealth Management, who hosted today's
red carpet event. "They raise awareness about Canadian-made solutions
and innovation and show us that being sustainable is good for the
environment, the marketplace and also for our wallets."
The Awards are an important part of Scotiabank's signature Canadian
environmental program, EcoLiving, introduced last year to help
Canadians make greener choices for their homes, reduce their energy
bills and take advantage of government rebates. More information on the
program is available at www.ecoliving.scotiabank.com.
More than 78 entries for the awards came from across Canada, a 28 per
cent increase from the last awards. The Scotiabank EcoLiving Awards
program is unique in its focus on public awareness. As part of the
award criteria, applicants must demonstrate capacity to generate public
interest and excitement in energy efficiency through their solutions.
The Scotiabank EcoLiving Business Leadership Award, valued at $50,000, was awarded to Lanefab Design/Build in Vancouver, British Columbia, a company that integrated the design and construction of small scale,
fully independent homes with energy efficiency, design quality and
scalable-sustainability, while adding density to neighborhoods and
preserving existing community homes.
The Scotiabank EcoLiving Innovators Award valued at $15,000 was awarded to Quinzee from Toronto, Ontario, a company that built a web and mobile application to enable Ontarians
with smart meters to be smarter homeowners. Using consumer social
benchmarking as a motivator for influencing efficient energy choices
and behaviours, consumers can easily track and compare their energy use
The Scotiabank EcoLiving Student Leadership Award, valued at $10,000 was awarded to Benjamin Gillies, a University of Manitoba graduate who created a prototype for the
FAACE (Functional, Affordable, Attractive, Compact and Efficient)
apartment complex. Featuring modern design and furnishing, the complex
provides compact and efficient apartments that are functional and can
reduce occupants' carbon footprint.
Winners were selected by an independent judging panel including: Valerie
Becaert, Executive Director of the FQRNT/FQRSC; Thomas Mueller,
Founding Director of the Canada Green Building Council; Yves Perrier,
Architect and Sustainable Building consultant; Ed Whittingham,
Executive Director of the Pembina Institute; and Tyler Hamilton,
Editor-in-Chief and associate publisher of Corporate Knights.
"Change is best lead by example, and the Scotiabank EcoLiving Awards are
a crucial contribution to showcasing how home energy efficiencies are
within the grasp of every Canadian," said Laurie Simmonds, CEO and
President of Green Living Enterprises. "We are proud to support
Scotiabank in its efforts to embolden Canadians as they pursue
sustainable lifestyle choices."
Full information on the awards, all finalists, the judging panel, the
gala awards ceremony and photos and videos is available exclusively on
Scotiabank's EcoLiving website, http://ecoliving.scotiabank.com/awards.
About the Scotiabank EcoLiving Program
The Scotiabank EcoLiving Program launched in June 2010. The website, www.scotiabank.com/ecoliving, is a unique online consumer resource that provides home greening
options together with 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. The website includes project planning tools and a financial
calculator to allow visitors to compare products and rebates, plan and
finance their projects and see the savings that can result from each
energy efficient renovation. The EcoLiving magazine is available twice
yearly in Scotiabank branches.
About Green Living Enterprises
Green Living Enterprises is Canada's leading cause-marketing agency
focused on social and environmental program development. Our team is
led by award-winning industry experts in the fields of brand and
program development, custom content, advertising, marketing and
communications, and event management. Green Living Enterprises also
includes Greenlivingonline.com and The Green Living Show, Canada's
largest consumer show, dedicated to easy and simple solutions for
leading a healthy and sustainable lifestyle.
Image with caption: "L-R: Vancouver's Lanefab Design/Build, Winnipeg student Benjamin Gillies and Toronto's Quinzee named 2013 Scotiabank EcoLiving Award winners. Photo courtesy Sam Santos/George Pimental Photography. (CNW Group/Scotiabank)". Image available at: http://photos.newswire.ca/images/download/20130606_C5446_PHOTO_EN_27670.jpg
For further information:
Annette Borger, Green Living Enterprises, 416-988-7086, email@example.com
Nadine Jahangir, Scotiabank Media Communications, 416-933-2927, firstname.lastname@example.org.
For information on the awards, finalists, judging panel, the gala awards ceremony, and for photos and videos, visit Scotiabank's EcoLiving website http://ecoliving.scotiabank.com/awards.
The first EcoLiving Awards were presented in 2011 to winners from across Canada. Learn more about their solutions and progress at http://ecoliving.scotiabank.com/articles/where-are-they-now.