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News Release

Smart Energy Communities Award Finalists


Oct 3, 2016

Ottawa, Ontario – October 3, 2016. Today, QUEST announced the finalists for the 2016 Smart Energy Communities Awards which will be presented at QUEST’s 10th Annual Conference and Tradeshow – Smart Energy Communities for Jobs, Infrastructure and Climate Change taking place October 17-19 at the Westin, Calgary.

The Smart Energy Communities Awards are presented annually by QUEST – Quality Urban Energy Systems of Tomorrow – to recognize leadership and innovation in advancing Smart Energy Communities in Canada. Smart Energy Communities improve energy efficiency, enhance reliability, cut costs, and reduce greenhouse gas emissions.

“We would like to congratulate all finalists,” said Brent Gilmour, Executive Director at QUEST. “The annual awards are an important opportunity to recognize leadership and innovation in developing Smart Energy Communities in Canada.”

“Today, more than ever, governments, utilities and energy service providers, the real-estate sector (owners, operators, builders), and the product and professional service sectors are developing the energy projects, buildings and neighbourhoods that are defining Smart Energy Communities,” said Ken Ogilvie, Co-Chair of the Selection Committee. “Our awards provide an opportunity to recognize the best in their class.”

“We had a very strong group of nominations this year that demonstrated exciting work happening at the community level and we would like to thank all those who submitted an application,” said Yves Hennekens, Co-Chair of the Selection Committee.

The Awards are presented in three principal Smart Energy Communities sectors: (1) Local Public Service Sector, (2) Real Estate Sector and (3) Utility and Energy Service Providers. The three finalists in each category in alphabetical order are:

Local Public Service Sector:


The City of North Vancouver, BC

for the Moodyville showcase community.


The City of Richmond, BC

for its Alexandra District Energy Utility – Clean, efficient energy for now and the future.


The City of Saint John, NB

for its Municipal Energy Efficiency Program – A Collaborative Municipal Approach to Environmental Sustainability and Fiscal Accountability.

Real Estate Sector:


Ameresco and the City of London

for the comprehensive improvement project to enhance energy efficiency at the Canada Games Aquatic Centre.


Housing Nova Scotia

for its affordable Housing Duplex with Passive House Standards.


Landmark Group of Companies

for Bearspaw Crossing, a smart energy community that makes sustainable living easier to achieve for first time home owners.

Utility & Energy Service Provider:


Enbridge Gas Distribution’s

Savings by Design Program – created to assist builders design and construct buildings and houses with higher energy performance.


Kambo Green Solutions

for its energy efficiency project for the remote First Nation community of Wuikinuxv.


Solar Global Solutions

for its turnkey Net Zero Energy system as part of the construction of the new Pictou Landing First Nation Band office.

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