National Event Recognizes Leadership in the Waterpower Industry

2015 Power of Water Canada Conference and Tradeshow Celebrates Success

TORONTO, Oct. 26, 2015 /CNW/ - Almost 400 Canadian and International delegates from the waterpower industry, non-government organizations, First Nations and government agencies attended the 15th annual Power of Water Canada Conference last week, making it the largest to date.

Educational sessions at this year's conference highlighted First Nation Projects, Fish Protection, New Technologies, Public Engagement, Best Management Practices, Climate Change and much more. The annual conference also featured the largest tradeshow with over sixty (60) exhibitors showcasing leading edge products and services.

"This year's event was outstanding," said Paul Norris, President of the Ontario Waterpower Association. "In today's evolving policy environment, it's increasingly important for the industry – large and small – to come together with key partners and regulators to advance shared objectives."

On the evening of October 19th, the OWA hosted its annual awards ceremony, recognizing the contribution of industry leaders. Mr. Alfred Mohino, KGS Group, received the R.R. Dodokin Award. This award recognizes the outstanding contribution of an individual to the advancement of waterpower in Ontario.

Mr. Mohino's waterpower career spans forty (40) years and his legacy in Ontario is reflected in the talent and expertise of turbine engineers in the province and to the advocacy and introduction of new technology on which Ontario based businesses now depend. Mr. Mohino has dedicated his career, engineering knowledge and experience to the cause of keeping hydro equipment running reliably, safely and more productively.

Hutchinson Environmental Sciences was presented with the OWA's Innovation award, which recognizes those organizations that have shown leadership in the development of important advancements which will result in benefits to the waterpower industry. Hutchinson's work on two Best Management Practices made a significant contribution to current and future new project development.

Hydromega Services Inc. was recognized for their leadership in environmental sustainability with the Stewardship award. Hydromega partnered with three (3) communities on the Kapuskasing River Project and with the Dokis First Nation on the Okikendawt project on the French River. Their approach and dedication to sustainable development has advanced not only environmental and economic benefits, but building positive and productive partnerships.

Next year's 16th Annual Power of Water Conference will be held again at the White Oaks Conference Resort from October 17th – 19th. Save the dates!

The OWA was founded in 2001 to represent the common and collective interests of the province's original renewable energy sector – waterpower. More than 160 members are committed to advancing responsible resource management and sustainable development.

SOURCE Ontario Waterpower Association

For further information: Stephanie Landers, Communications and Public Outreach Coordinator, Ontario Waterpower Association, 866-743-1500 ext. 25,

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