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Waterpower champions recognized at 2014 OWA conference


October 30, 2014
By Anthony Capkun


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October 30, 2014 – On the evening of October 20—during its 2014 Power of Water Canada Conference—the Ontario Waterpower Association (OWA) hosted its annual awards ceremony, recognizing the contribution of industry leaders. Congratulations to the following:

Paul Young, Orillia Power Corp.
Young received the R.R. Dodokin Award, which recognizes the outstanding contribution of an individual to the advancement of waterpower in Ontario, and is named after the late Ronald R. Dodokin, who was “a driving force in Ontario’s waterpower industry” in the 1980s and 1990s.

“Mr. Young has had an exemplary career in the waterpower industry, with over 37 years acting as both a consultant and as an operator of waterpower facilities. Paul exemplifies dedication, commitment and passion towards waterpower every day,” said Keith McAllister, president & CEO of Orillia Power Corp. (Photo 1 © OWA)

GreenBug Energy Inc.
GreenBug was presented with the Innovation Award, which recognizes organizations that have shown leadership through the development of advancements that will result in benefits to the waterpower industry. GreenBug designed, constructed, installed and commissioned a 7kW waterpower project on private property located on Nanticoke Creek in Norfolk County utilizing Archimedes Screw technology. (Photo 2 © OWA)

OPG and Moose Cree First Nation
Ontario Power Generation and the Moose Cree were recognized for their leadership in environmental sustainability with the Stewardship Award, which is presented annually to organizations that have demonstrated leadership in the waterpower industry in sustainable development, preservation of the environment through various environmental initiatives, creating positive dialogue with local communities, safeguarding public health & safety, and/or building capacity among First Nations communities through co-development.

OWA reports over 375 delegates from the waterpower industry, non-government organizations, First Nation communities and provincial and federal government agencies attended the conference, where educational sessions highlighted energy storage, facility contracting strategies, integrated approaches to waterpower development and Northern Boreal Land Use planning. The event also featured its largest tradeshow yet, with over 50 exhibitors.

The 15th Annual Power of Water Canada Conference is being held October 18-20, 2015, at the White Oaks Conference Resort in Niagara-on-the-Lake, Ont.