CanWEA marks Global Wind Day with launch of expanded Power of Wind contest

Students, members of general public invited to share their vision of a renewable energy future

OTTAWA, June 15, 2017 /CNW/ - The Canadian Wind Energy Association (CanWEA) is launching its seventh annual Power of Wind contest* to celebrate Global Wind Day, held every year on June 15 to give people in Canada and around the world an opportunity to explore wind energy and how it works.

Contestants are invited to submit a photo or visual image that conveys their vision of how wind energy can contribute to Canada's future. This year's Power of Wind contest* is open to post-secondary students and members of the general public. The top two student entries will each receive a $1,000 bursary, with a third $1,000 prize awarded to the best submission from a non-student.

Winning entries will be announced in the fall issue of CanWEA's WindSight magazine and, along with up to 10 honourable mentions, will be featured in the 2018 Friends of Wind calendar.

The deadline for submissions is August 1, 2017.


"The world is in the midst of a transition to a low-carbon future, and this ninth anniversary of Global Wind Day is a good time to reflect on the important role wind energy will play in this shift.  That's what the Power of Wind contest is all about, and we're looking forward to seeing the creative ways Canadians find to present their views on an issue that is so important to our economic growth and environmental sustainability."

- Robert Hornung, President, CanWEA

"Past Power of Wind contests have been focussed on post-secondary students, but with more and more Canadians experiencing the clean air and local economic benefits of wind power, we wanted to offer an opportunity for everyone to share their vision for a renewable energy future and the possibilities it holds."  

- Lejla Latifovic, Senior Communications Advisor, CanWEA   


  • Additional information on the Power of Wind contest and its terms and conditions can be found on the Friends of Wind website.
  • The 2018 Friends of Wind calendar is supported by wind energy industry leaders and is distributed to a broad audience that includes industry participants, communities, schools, and the general public. The calendar is printed in both official languages and can be ordered online.
  • Over the last six years, the annual Power of Wind contest has attracted more than a thousand thoughtful and creative submissions about the importance of building a renewable energy future. The winner of last year's contest was Queen's University student Diana Lawryshyn.
  • Global Wind Day is the international annual day for discovering the power of wind and its potential to reshape energy systems, decarbonize economies, and boost jobs and growth. More information about the day, and the thousands of public events being held around the world, is available at the Global Wind Day website.
  • CanWEA was part of the judging panel for WindEurope's Global Wind Day photo competition, Capture the Power of Wind 2017. The winning photographs were unveiled June 15, and are displayed on the WindEurope and Global Wind Energy Council websites, as well as across all social media channels.

*Note: This Contest is intended for viewing and participation in all Canadian provinces and territories with the exception of Québec.



About the Canadian Wind Energy Association (CanWEA):

CanWEA is the voice of Canada's wind energy industry, actively promoting the responsible and sustainable growth of wind energy. 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. Join us on Facebook, follow us on Twitter and LinkedIn. Learn more at

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For further information: for interview opportunities, please contact: Lejla Latifovic, Senior Communications Advisor, Canadian Wind Energy Association, 613-234-8716 x 241 or 1-800-922-6932 x 241,


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