Power of Water Canada Conference Recognizes Leadership

2017 Event Awards Excellence in the Waterpower Industry

(November 2, 2017 – Toronto) The 17th annual Power of Water Canada Conference (POWC) was held last week, in Niagara-on-the-Lake, ON. Approximately, four hundred (400) Canadian and International delegates, non-government organizations, First Nations and government representatives attended this event. The event is the largest gathering of the hydroelectric sector in Canada.

“It is always important to recognize the outstanding contribution of individuals and organizations within our industry,” said Paul Norris, President of the Ontario Waterpower Association. “This year’s recipients demonstrate the qualities of leadership and dedication that set an aspirational example for the entire sector.”.”

On the evening of October 24th, the OWA hosted its annual awards ceremony, recognizing the contribution of industry leaders.

Kearon Bennett – R.R. Dodokin Award

The 2017 R.R. Dodokin Award was presented to Kearon Bennett. For virtually his entire career, Kearon has been involved in the development, engineering, operation and promotion of “small-hydro” and distributed generation, primarily in Ontario, but also nationally and internationally. He represented Canada at the IEA Small-Hydro working group for many years. He was directly involved in the development planning and engineering of many small-hydro stations through the “NUG” era and beyond, and for many years was (along with partners) the builder-owner-operator of two (2) plants; one in Ontario and the other in Quebec.

Coral Rapids – Stewardship Award

The 2017 Stewardship Award was presented to Coral Rapids Power (CRP) Over the last decade, (CRP), a wholly-owned company of the Taykwa Tagamou Nation (TTN), has worked in partnership with Ontario Power Generation to advance the development and construction of the 28 MW Peter Sutherland Senior (PSS) GS on New Post Creek.

The station restores the impacted creek to historical flow conditions, while providing a sustainable energy resource that provides long-term economic benefits to TTN. In developing PSS GS, CRP has also created a platform for future sustainable waterpower development opportunities for TTN and other First Nation communities in the Moose River Basin.

Next year’s 18th Annual Power of Water Conference and Tradeshow will be held again at the White Oaks Conference Resort from October 21st – 23rd, 2018. Save the dates!

OPG and Coral Rapids – Partners