TORONTO, Nov. 7, 2014 /CNW/ - Last night the Energy Council of Canada (ECC) presented Anthony Haines with its 2014 Canadian Energy Person of the Year (CEPY) Award.
The event opened with remarks from Ontario's Minister of Energy, the Honourable Bob Chiarelli, as well as a video message from the Premier of Ontario, the Honourable Kathleen Wynne. Also participating in the ceremony were municipal, provincial and federal officials, and other energy sector leaders.
Mr. Haines was awarded the CEPY Award for his dedicated service as the head of one of Canada's largest electricity utilities, as well as his steadfast leadership during the 2013 ice storm. The ECC also celebrated the outstanding efforts and contributions of the men and women at all local electricity utilities who work to provide reliable power every day, on the eve of the one year anniversary of the December 2013 ice storm
"Safe, reliable electricity underpins our daily lives, our businesses and our economy" said Colin Andersen, Chair of the ECC and CEO of the Ontario Power Authority. "We depend on it day in and day out and events like the Toronto ice storm remind us just how vital the work of these men and women is."
Mr. Haines was nominated for the Award by the City of Toronto's City Manager, Joseph Pennachetti, in recognition of Mr. Haines' exceptional leadership of the city's electricity utility, which delivers electricity to approximately 2.5 million people in the City of Toronto.
The Canadian Energy Person of the Year Award, established in 2001, recognizes and pays tribute to a Canadian energy leader who has made a significant impact in the field of energy at the national and international level.
A critical characteristic for nominees is that they must demonstrate a strong sense of social responsibility and giving back to the community. They focus on as well as environmental as well as social issues. . Anthony's passion for community giving is illustrated in his commitment to the Greater Toronto United Way as Public Sector Chair, his work with several Toronto charities and as a member of the Finance Committee for the Pan Am Games, Toronto 2015. Their forward thinking and innovative spirit inspires other energy leaders to promote the Canadian energy sector and Canada's role on the world energy stage
"I am honoured to receive this award and be among its distinguished recipients," said Haines. "This award is really a testament to the talented and creative senior leaders at Toronto Hydro and, most importantly, the men and women at Toronto Hydro who work hard every day to keep the power on and put our customers first."
The Sunnybrook Burn Unit was selected by Mr, Haines to receive a charitable donation provided by the Energy Council of Canada in recognition of the annual CEPY award,
As the 2014 Canadian Energy Person of the Year, Mr. Haines will serve as an ambassador of Canada's energy sector, demonstrating a clear vision and commitment to fostering the sustainable use and development of energy for the benefit of all.
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The Energy Council of Canada is the Canadian Member Committee of the World Energy Council. With 60 members from across Canada's energy sector, the Energy Council is a non-profit organization dedicated to forging a better understanding of energy issues in order to optimally shape the energy sector for the benefit of all Canadians.
Image with caption: "From left to right: Marie-Jose Nadeau; Colin Andersen; Hon. Bob Chiarelli; David Williams; Anthony Haines; Bob Hamilton; Graham Campbell; Jim Hinds. (CNW Group/Energy Council of Canada)". Image available at: http://photos.newswire.ca/images/download/20141107_C4078_PHOTO_EN_7691.jpg
SOURCE: Energy Council of Canada
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