MONTREAL, Nov. 3 /CNW Telbec/ - The Canadian Wind Energy Association
(CanWEA) recognized organizations and individuals who have worked to
advance the Canadian wind energy industry during its gala Awards
Banquet yesterday as part of its 26th annual Conference and Exhibition.
Awards were presented in four categories: Individual Leadership, Group
Leadership, the R.J. Templin Award for scientific, technical,
engineering work and the Friend of Wind award.
CanWEA award winners for 2010 are:
Individual Leadership Award: John and Ross Keating
John Keating is the former CEO of Canadian Hydro Developers, Inc., a
company he co-founded in 1989 with his brother Ross Keating, who for
many years was the President and Chief Operating Officer. Canadian
Hydro was solely focused on low-impact electric power generation in
Canada. At the time it was acquired by TransAlta Corporation in October
2009, with assets valued at $1.64 billion, Canadian Hydro was Canada's
largest and most successful pure-play renewable energy developer.
Group Leadership Award: The Wind Energy TechnoCentre
The Wind Energy TechnoCentre is a not-for-profit organisation whose
mission is to contribute to the development of an industrial wind
energy network in Québec, able to compete on North American and world
stages, while positioning the Gaspé Peninsula and Magdalen Islands as
being central to this emerging niche of Québec's economy. The Wind
Energy TechnoCentre has four principal areas of endeavour: technical
assistance for businesses, applied research, economic development and
R.J. Templin Award: Liuchen Chang
Dr. Liuchen Chang has been key in the establishment of the University of
New Brunswick's Department of Engineering, Test Facility for Wind and
Solar Energy Conversion Systems.
Dr. Chang was instrumental in establishing the NSERC Wind Energy
Strategic Network (WESNet), Canada's nation-wide wind energy research
collective and multi-partner alliance that includes leading researchers
from 16 Canadian universities in six provinces.
Friend of Wind Award : Garry Matthews
Garry Matthews was a teacher, a farmer, and a municipal visionary.
He played a leadership role in embracing new opportunities for
Melancthon township in Ontario and saw the potential for personal and
municipal benefits from wind energy. He was at the helm during
Ontario's early wind energy developments in area and was named Dufferin
Newsmaker of the Year in 2005 for his involvement in wind power.
Sadly, Mr. Matthews passed away on September 27th, 2010. His dedication
to community, his leadership, and his commitment to building a cleaner
future for our children will never be forgotten.
"We are proud to recognize this year's award winners for their
contributions to the wind energy industry in Canada," said CanWEA
President Robert Hornung. "Their efforts and achievements have helped
ensure that Canada's wind energy industry is well on its way to
reaching its goal of providing 20 per cent of the country's electricity
needs by 2025."
CanWEA is the voice of Canada's wind energy industry, actively promoting
the responsible and sustainable growth of wind energy on behalf of its
more than 450 members. A national non-profit association, CanWEA serves
as Canada's leading source of credible information about wind energy
and its social, economic and environmental benefits. The report WindVision 2025 - A Strategy for Québec is available at the following address: http://www.canwea.ca/windvision_quebec_e.php
SOURCE Canadian Wind Energy Association
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