Almost 400 Canadian and international delegates from the waterpower industry, non-government organizations, First Nations and government agencies attended the Ontario Waterpower Association’s 16th Annual Power of Water Canada Conference in Ontario, Canada, the week of Oct. 16.
On the evening of Oct. 18, the OWA hosted its annual awards ceremony, recognizing the contribution of industry leaders.
The 2016 R.R. Dodokin award
The 2016 R.R. Dodokin award was presented to the family of the late Ian R. Kerr of Brookfield Renewable. The award recognizes outstanding contributions of an individual to the advancement of waterpower in Ontario. OWA and Brookfield Renewable have also established two bursaries — scholarships to attend a college or university — in Kerr’s name at Memorial University based in St. John’s, Newfoundland and Labrador.
Kerr helped establish and grow Brookfield Renewable, taking on various leadership roles during his career in the organization, according to an OWA press release. He also gave his time to help develop the next generation of leaders in the renewable energy industry.
The engineer served as a member of the OWA Board of Directors in the roles of chair and vice chair and made a significant contribution to OWA during his tenure.
Innovation and Stewardship awards
Pic Mobert Hydro Inc. was presented with OWA’s Innovation award and the Stewardship award.
The Innovation award recognizes leadership in the development of important advancements benefitting to the waterpower industry.
The Stewardship award recognized Pic Mobert Hydro for its leadership in environmental sustainability for the 18.9-MW Gitchi Animki (White River) hydroelectric project that includes two generating stations — Gitchi Animki Bezhig, and Gitchi Animki Niizh.
The project was developed and is owned by the Pic Mobert Hydro Power Joint Venture. The organization is a joint venture of subsidiary companies of the Pic Mobert First Nation and Regional Power, a fully-owned subsidiary of Manulife and operates 11 hydroelectric facilities that have a total generating capacity of 107 MW.
The development is located in the traditional territory of the Netamasakomik People of the Pic Mobert First Nation and was one of the first contracted under the Ontario Power Authority Feed-in Tariff program.
“This year’s event once again created outstanding networking and educational opportunities,” said Paul Norris, OWA president. “In today’s evolving policy environment, it’s increasingly important for the industry — large and small — to come together with key partners and regulators to advance shared objectives.”