CanWEA Sets Out To Crown Leaders In Canadian Wind Industry


If someone comes to your mind when you think of leaders and champions in Canada’s wind industry, the Canadian Wind Energy Association (CanWEA) is inviting you to nominate him or her for the association’s 32nd annual awards.

Six awards will be handed out at next year’s CanWEA Awards Dinner, held in conjunction with the CanWEA Spring Forum, taking place on April 4 at the Hilton Lac-Leamy Hotel in Gatineau, Quebec.

The first-ever CanWEA award, the R.J. Templin Award, was given in 1985 to recognize “scientific, technical, engineering or policy research and development work that has produced results that have served to significantly advance the wind energy industry in Canada,” CanWEA explains.

Kathy Wong, the association’s director of business development, tells NAW that CanWEA is “looking to cast the net as wide as possible” in terms of this year’s candidates: Whether it’s a co-worker, peer, organization, industry executive, environmental advocate, technology leader or even yourself, the door is wide open to “outstanding contributors in the industry,” she says.

The finalists will be announced next February, and at April’s Awards Dinner, the six chosen ones will join a “prestigious list of winners over the last 30 years,” explains Wong.

Besides the R.J. Templin Award, the other categories include the Friend of Wind Award, Matt Holder Community Connection Award, Individual Leadership Award, Group Leadership Award, and Wind Energy Project Award.

Wong notes that more than 200 industry stakeholders are expected to attend this year’s Spring Forum, which last year touted the attendance of several prominent Canadian leaders: Catherine McKenna, the country’s federal minister of environment and climate change; Pierre Arcand, Quebec’s minister of energy and natural resources; and Bob Chiarelli, Ontario’s minister of energy.

Eligible to both CanWEA and non-CanWEA members, the nominations will soon open on Sept. 12 and will run through the end of November.

More information on the CanWEA Awards, including last year’s winners, can be found here.

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