The Canadian Solar Industries Association celebrated solar industry leaders and innovators at the annual Game Changer Awards Gala. The awards recognize the contribution of those who have provided service excellence, outstanding leadership or innovation over the last year.
“The solar industry has made huge strides in the last few years. Canada competes globally due in large part to individuals and companies in the solar industry who show leadership, and take innovation, technology, and research to a new level,” said John Gorman, CanSIA President and CEO. “We feel it’s important to recognize special achievements and we congratulate all the winners at the 2015 Game Changer Awards.”
Photo: SunEdison’s Michelle Chislett, first winner of the WiRE Solar Power Woman of Distinction Award
This year, WiRE (Women in Renewable Energy) partnered with CanSIA to institute a new award, the Solar Power Woman of Distinction Award, that recognizes women who have made extraordinary contributions to the solar industry and have excelled in areas as diverse and important as business development, volunteerism, policy and advocacy, technical research and development, project management and public adoption of renewable energy technologies.
The first winner of this award is Michelle Chislett, Vice President & Country Manager at SunEdison.
CanSIA received numerous nominations in all categories and presented awards to the following winners:
• Solar Industry Leader — Brian Bentz, President and CEO of PowerStream Inc.
• Emerging Solar Leader — Jonathan Frank, Business Development Manager at SunEdison
• President’s Solar Award — Jen Aitchison, Partner at Jones Brown
• Solar Adopter — Baka Communications Inc.
• Solar PV Project of the Year — Mosaic Centre for Conscious Community and Commerce
• Project Finance Innovation — Grasshopper Solar
• Community/First Nations’ Solar Project — LutselK’e Dene First Nation
• Solar Service Excellence — SunRise Power
• Solar Thermal Project of the Year — Town of Canmore
• Energy Management — Panasonic Eco Solutions Canada Inc.
• Solar Developer — SunEdison
For more information on the categories and nominees, visit http://gamechangerawards.ca/.