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The Canadian Wind Energy Association (CanWEA) has announced the winners of its annual awards, which recognize organizations and individuals who have worked diligently to advance the Canadian wind energy industry.

The following awards were presented at the annual CanWEA Conference and Exhibition, which was held this week in Toronto.

Matt Holder Community Connection Award.
Winner: Mike Jablonicky (TransAlta), for his outstanding engagement with the community of Wolfe Island and his hard work and dedication to ensure the wind farm was a welcomed addition to the community.

Individual Leadership Award. Winner: Mike Crawley (International Power - GDF Suez), for his active participation in shaping and growing the industry through several committees and being an exemplary ambassador for the wind energy industry.

Group Leadership Award. Winner: Henvey Inlet First Nation, for being a leader in First Nations participation in wind energy development and for passing on its experience to allow for this trend to continue in the future.

R.J. Templin Award. Winner: PowerShift Atlantic, for its innovative research and development programs in the Maritimes aimed at finding more effective ways to integrate wind energy onto the electricity system.

Friend of Wind Award.
Winners: Reinout von Martels (farmer and landowner in Ridgetown, Ontario), for actively supporting wind energy development in Chatham-Kent by attending municipal council meetings, writing letters and speaking widely of his pro-wind opinions in the media; and Heidi Eijgel and David Glass (farmers in Pincher Creek, Alberta), for their efforts in promoting the industry as objective citizens, for their genuine belief in wind energy as a source of clean power and for standing up to share that view.


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