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Scotiabank EcoLiving Awards 2011 finalists named

May 11, 2011

Scotiabank, in partnership with Green Living Enterprises, has announced the nine finalists of the inaugural Scotiabank EcoLiving Awards, a Canada-wide awards program recognizing businesses, innovators and students for “excellence in the development of home energy efficiency products, services and solutions.”

May 11, 2011  By  Alyssa Dalton

The winners of the $75,000 in award incentives will be named at a gala ceremony at the Art Gallery of Ontario on June 2 during Canadian Environmental Week.

“Scotiabank is pleased to reward and profile outstanding businesses and individuals on the cutting edge of residential energy efficiency innovation in Canada,” said Anatol von Hahn, group head, Canadian Banking, Scotiabank. “The Awards are an important part of our flagship environmental program, EcoLiving, which helps Canadians make greener choices for their homes, reduce their energy bills and take advantage of government rebates. We are excited to recognize and celebrate Canada’s brightest stars in home energy efficiency.”

The judging panel selected the finalists from over 65 comprehensive entries.

Judges included: Tom Rand, Author, Cleantech advisor and practice lead at the MaRs Discovery District; Thomas Mueller, founding director of the Canada Green Building Council; Andr Fauteux, journalist and publisher/editor of La Maison; Lisa Rochon, architecture critic for the Globe and Mail newspaper; and Dr. Rick Smith, executive director of Environmental Defence Canada.


“The calibre of the entries is proof-positive that Canadians are committed to finding solutions to greening the planet with energy-saving innovations as a cornerstone of success,” said Laurie Simmonds, president and CEO, Green Living Enterprises.

“In addition to rewarding leadership and innovation in home energy efficiencies, we hope our program will help encourage further product and service developments and foster public interest and education around the benefits of energy conservation,” added Kaz Flinn, vice president, Corporate Social Responsibility, Scotiabank.

An overarching criterion for all awards recipients is the ability to demonstrate capacity to generate public interest and excitement in energy efficiency through submitted products or solutions, described the panel.


Keep reading to see who made the cut.


The finalists, as determined by the panel, are as follows:

The Scotiabank EcoLiving Business Leadership Award ($50,000): to be awarded to a business or individual who is leading the way in home energy efficiency products, services or solutions.

• BUILD (Winnipeg, Man.) for its pioneering efforts to retrofit low-income homes with energy saving materials and devices.
• Ecobee (Toronto, Ont.) for its development of a wireless enabled Smart Thermostat that can save homeowners up to 20 percent on their heating and cooling costs.
• Tridel Corporation (Toronto, Ont.) for its leadership in allowing its condominium owners to control their energy use.


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The EcoLiving Innovators Award ($15,000): will go to a business or individual who is demonstrating innovation in home energy efficient products, services and solutions.

• EcoPlusHome (Bathurst, N.B.) whose prefabricated family homes put zero demand on the power grid.
• Tiocoat (Woodbridge, Ont.) whose reflective roof coating keeps buildings cool in summer, slash electricity costs and extend a roof’s life.
• The University of Northern British Columbia of (Prince George, B.C.) which heats its campus by converting wood waste from local mills into energy, reducing fossil fuel consumption by 85% and adds no particulates into the air.


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The Scotiabank EcoLiving Student Leadership Award ($10,000): will be awarded to a full-time college or university student who demonstrates promise for the future of home energy conservation.

• Eden Full (Calgary, Alta.), a mechanical engineering student at Princeton University, who invented the SunSaluter, a $10 tracking rotation system that maximizes the output of solar panels so that 40 percent fewer panels are required.
• Patrick Leslie (Kingston, Ont.), a student at Queen’s University, who developed a smart phone application that obtains information about home owner appliances and identifies the most cost-effective ways to cut energy consumption.
• Students at the University of Calgary who created Team Canada’s entry in an international student competition for building energy efficient solar-powered homes that are both mold-and fire-proof.

CLICK HERE for more information on the awards, the finalists, the judging panel and the gala awards ceremony.

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