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CIPEC Annual Report 2010

CIPEC Leadership Awards – 10 Companies

Every two years, innovative Canadian companies compete for the CIPEC Leadership Awards. The winners must demonstrate a significant and innovative contribution to energy efficiency. Only 10 winners are chosen.

Award winners are honoured at the CIPEC Leadership Awards ceremony – the signature event at the CIPEC biannual industrial energy efficiency conference. The Energy 2009 conference drew more than 400 industry leaders to Toronto on November 24 and 25. The conference was co-hosted by CIPEC and Canadian Manufacturers and Exporters – a member of CIPEC and a leader in promoting energy-saving practices with industry.

To be eligible for the CIPEC Leadership Awards, all applicants had to register as CIPEC Leaders, and only projects begun after June 1, 2007, could qualify. The projects were evaluated by a panel of judges against five criteria:

  1. Improved energy intensity – reduced energy use per unit of production
  2. Innovation – creativity and ingenuity
  3. Potential for broader application – transferability to other companies or industry sectors
  4. Contribution to the environment – reduction in greenhouse gas emissions and improvement in environmental sustainability
  5. Cost-effectiveness – return on investment, payback period and improved competitiveness

Five Categories of Awards

Winning projects were as diverse as the products their companies produce, but they all had one thing in common – an outstanding commitment to improving industrial energy efficiency.

1. Corporate Stewardship

Winners in the category promoted energy efficiency at the corporate level by creating an energy management team or developing a corporate energy management plan.


Frito Lay Canada, 25 locations across Canada, for combining people, leadership and an intense focus on energy efficiency

La fromagerie St-Guillaume, St-Guillaume, Quebec, for targeting energy efficiency through corporate policy

2. Process and Technology Improvements

These winning companies changed equipment and procedures to reduce the energy intensity of an industrial process.


Miralis, Rimouski, Quebec, for simultaneously increasing production and decreasing energy consumption

McCain Foods (Canada), Carberry, Manitoba, for recovering waste heat

3. Monitoring and Tracking

These winners enhanced their ability to provide accurate reports on facility- or company-wide energy consumption.


Redpath Sugar Ltd., Toronto, Ontario, for benchmarking energy use

Alcoa Canada Primary Metals, four Quebec locations, for monitoring and tracking furnace energy consumption

4. Employee Awareness and Training

Award winners in this category helped their employees develop a broader awareness and understanding of energy efficiency opportunities, best practices, and the environmental and economic advantages of energy management.


Husky Injection Molding Systems, Bolton, Ontario, for driving energy efficiency throughout the manufacturing process with employee awareness and training

Molson Coors Canada, Vancouver, British Columbia, for increasing employee awareness and energy management skills with an energy conservation program

5. Integrated Energy Efficiency Strategy

These winners reduced the overall energy consumption of their facility or company through a combination of initiatives.


Alberta Newsprint Company, Whitecourt, Alberta, for establishing an integrated energy efficiency strategy to reduce electricity consumption

Broan-NuTone Canada, Mississauga, Ontario, for reducing process energy consumption with a cross-functional team