SMARTpreneur of the year 2017:

Ryan Duffy and Janet Stewart

And, the recipient of the 2017 SMARTpreneur of the Year Award goes to Ryan Duffy, President and CEO, Blackstone Energy Services. The Powering Prosperity Award Gala was held on February 2 in Toronto. The Award was presented by Janet Stewart, President of SMARTNet Alliance.

Meet the 2017 SMARTpreneur of the Year Nominees!

Click here if you wish to review the criteria for the nominations.

We are pleased to present the 2017 SMARTpreneur of the Year Nominees.  The Award Recipient will be announced on February 2nd, 2017 at the 7th Annual Powering Prosperity Awards Gala hosted by the Ontario Sustainable Energy Association (OSEA).

 

Ryan Duffy, President and CEO, Blackstone Energy Services 

Scott Rouse, Founder & Managing Partner, Energy@Work 

Diana Livshits, Founder & President, Krumpers Solar Blinds 

Steve Hubbard, Co-Owner and Director of Sales and Marketing, Lightenco 

Jeri Rodrigs, Founder & CEO, Rumidifier Home Comfort 

 

 

Ryan Duffy

President and CEO

Blackstone Energy Services

Toronto ON

rduffy@blackstoneenergy.com

www.blackstoneenergy.com 

Ryan Duffy is the President and CEO of Blackstone Energy Services Inc., a Toronto-based firm that manages energy portfolios for a diverse range of companies across North America.  Blackstone is a leading provider of integrated, custom energy management solutions that help large energy users achieve efficiency improvement, renewable generation and carbon offsetting.  Ryan has worked with a number of Fortune 500 companies, including several in the energy space.  During his time at Engage Energy Canada, he helped with the development and commissioning of large co-generation projects and executed the company's first electricity transactions in the newly deregulated Ontario market.  Ryan sits on the Board of Directors of several organizations. 

Click here to find out more about Blackstone Energy Services.

 

Scott Rouse

Founder & Managing Partner

Energy@Work

Toronto ON

Scott.rouse@energy-efficiency.com 

www.energy-efficiency.com 

Energy@Work Inc. is an energy consulting company, proactively engaged in Ontario's energy markets since the electricity market deregulated in 2002.  Scott Rouse is Founder, Managing partner, a Professional Engineer in the Province of Ontario, Certified Energy Manager (CEM), and Certified Sustainable Development Professional (CSDP) with the Association of Energy Engineers.  

Scott has been an active advocate for energy efficiency and willingly shares energy efficiency information in an effort to help Canada improve economically, environmentally, and in social responsibility. Scott achieved North American recognition for developing an energy efficiency program that won Canada and USA's Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Climate Protection Awards through practical and proven solutions.

Click here to find out more about Energy@Work.

 

Diana Livshits

Founder and President

Krumpers Solar Blinds

Ottawa ON

dlivshits@Krumpers.ca 

www.Krumpers.ca 

Diana Livshits is the Founder and President at Krumpers Solar Blinds, a Canadian manufacturer and distributor of smart-tech solar blinds that allow a clear view out your window, while reducing heating and cooling costs by up to 41%.  She has an enduring energy, drive for success and a deep desire to help customers enhance their lifestyle experience while making sure that there is no negative environmental impact.

During the past 8 years of operation, Krumpers Solar Blinds has grown at a rate of over 15 to 20% annually. Krumpers Solar Blinds has garnered the prestigious national Scotiabank "Ecoliving" award in 2015 and the "Innovation of the Year" award from BMO / AirMiles in 2016.

Click here to find out more about Krumpers Solar Blinds.

 

Steve Hubbard

Co-Owner and Director of Sales and Marketing

Lightenco 

Ottawa ON

Steve.Hubbard@Lightenco.com 

www.Lightenco.com

Steve Hubbard is Co-owner and Director of Sales and Marketing at Lightenco, an award-winning turnkey lighting solutions service provider that has been operating across Ontario and Quebec since 2011. He has been focused on developing strong partnerships with various organizations throughout Ontario, designing lighting energy efficiency programs. Since inception, Lightenco has doubled its gross revenue year over year. In five years of business Lightenco has registered over 400 projects representing more than 12 GWh of hydro savings and approximately $900,000 in saveONenergy incentives, supporting decision maker's willingness to pay for greener solutions. At its core Lightenco is a group of lighting specialists that strike to seek a balance between: light quality and quantity, energy efficiency, environmental impacts, educating clients, operators and tenants, and encouraging similar businesses of the advantages to undertaking LED retrofits. Lightenco's strength is providing a turnkey solution designed to unlock barriers of entry for those that are considering the efficiency switch. They help clients understand the need to reduce their energy footprints and understand the impact their lighting systems have both on energy consumption and the push for sustainability.

Click here to find out more about Lightenco.

 

Jeri Rodrigs

Founder and CEO

Rumidifier Home Comfort

Ottawa ON

Jrodrigs@Rumidifier.com 

www.Rumidifier.com 

Jeri Rodrigs is a serial inventor and parallel entrepreneur who has many patents in his name.  He has successfully started and managed four multimillion dollar businesses in the recent past. A bachelor of electronics engineering and a recent immigrant to Canada, he has worked as a software architect in multinational wireless companies like Alcatel, Ericsson AB and Nortel Networks before pursuing entrepreneurship full time. His first venture is Rumidifier Home Comforts Inc. founded in 2013. Rumidifier manufactures and sells a full line of Eco-Friendly humidifiers for residential market applications within North America. Rumidifier is "green", "sustainable", and low maintenance; which helps economic development while still conserving, for future generations. Currently, customers can purchase the Rumidifier unit at big box stores such as Home Depot:, Home Hardware, Costco Wholesale, Lowes' home improvement, the TSC, and terra 20, across Canada. 

Click here to find out more about Rumidifier Home Comfort.

 

 

 

 

 

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2017  SMARTpreneur of the Year Nomination Criteria

Every year the Ontario Sustainable Energy Association's Powering Prosperity event recognizes individuals and organizations through its Awards celebration.  SMARTNet Alliance is proud to sponsor the "SMARTpreneur of the Year" Award. 

2017 SMARTpreneur of the Year

Nominees are individuals who have a business providing products and/or services in the sustainable energy sector.  

Ideal candidates should:

  • Own or, with a partner, operate a business (in operation for at least 3 years);
  • Have at least 2 full-time employees;
  • Provide sustainable energy solutions to consumers and/or businesses; 
  • Demonstrate how their business is providing meaningful, well-paying jobs for the citizens of Ontario.

In addition, all nominees must comply with the following:

  • be for projects or initiatives that are located in the province of Ontario or originated in Ontario 
  • be for projects/ initiatives/activities that were completed within the previous 5 years or are still ongoing (Projects with completion dates older than 5 years will not be eligible.) 
  • be for projects or initiatives that incorporate one or several of the following concepts: sustainability, efficiency, community participation, engagement, good governance, responsible leadership, environmental stewardship, fairness

Click here to view the full criteria and General Rules and Guidlines. 

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SMARTpreneur of the year 2016

Congratulations to the 2016 Nominees:

Bruce Noble - Brant Municipal Enterprises

Casey Grey - Cornelis Grey Construction

Anatoli Naoumov - GreenQ Partners

The recipient will be announced on January 28, 2016 at the Powering Prosperity Awards Dinner hosted by the Ontario Sustainable Energy Association.  Click here for the event details and to purchase your ticket!

 

Bruce Noble, Brant Municipal Enterprises

Brant County has accepted the revenue initiatives of both the Green Energy Act and the Municipal Act, as would a smart entrepreneur.

Brant County has formed a municipal corporation, Brant Municipal Enterprises in order to pursue socially beneficial enterprises activities. These activities include, but are not limited to, development of a renewable energy portfolio, conservation initiatives and development of a progressive fibre optic network.

To date, Brant Municipal Enterprises has aggressively built almost 2MW of renewable energy on County assets. The development of this portfolio has created local green jobs, local green energy generation and a long term revenue stream for the County of Brant.

Most recently, on behave of Brant County; Brant Municipal Enterprises has applied for an additional 1.6MW of renewable energy under the FIT 4 Program. This includes a 500KW waterpower application for the Paris Penman's Dam on the Grand River. This dam is owned by Brant County and has been an iconic, tourism attraction in the community for over a century. To repurpose this exiting asset to provide a long term revenue stream for the community is consistent with the goals of Brant Municipal Enterprises, the Green Energy Act and OSEA.

Brant Municipal Enterprises is currently retrofitting the County of Brant's street lights to LED. The LED street light retrofit project will provide the residents of Brant County with a safe, affordable, and future ready lighting solution. Additionally, it will help Brant County reduce their total annual energy consumption by greater than 25% while yielding a high ROI. This retrofit will also assist the County of Brant in achieving their conservation mandate and targets set out in their conservation plan.

Brant Municipal Enterprises has also developed a progressive fibre optic backbone. This fibre optic network provides Brant County residents with smart community technology, affordable connectivity and economic development opportunities. This fibre optic network has helped to retain and attract new businesses to the community.

Brant Municipal Enterprises has worked diligently to help develop joint venture partnerships with our neighbours, Six Nations. Together, the County of Brant and Six Nations has 750KW of joint venture solar projects operational and another 1MW of renewable energy applications submitted to the IESO. These renewable projects have provided an opportunity to strengthen our strong relationship with Six Nations.

Brant Municipal Enterprises has also helped to form our local renewable energy co-operative, SBC Energy Co-op. SBC Energy Co-op has partnered with Brant County on 600KW of roof top solar projects on County Arenas. The local Co-op has provided the residents of Brant County the opportunity to make a competitive rate of return on shares purchased in these projects. The County's vision to provide residents of Brant the opportunity to have ownership in these renewable energy projects been extremely successful and rewarding. Brant has developed a community of supporters and believers in the vision to create a community powered 100% by sustainable energy.

Brant Municipal Enterprises has also helped to develop joint venture partnerships with the private sector in our community. Many businesses in the County have join forces with Brant and Six Nations to partner in renewable energy. This willingness to look outside the box has positioned Brant County to have a competitive edge to attract new economic opportunities and industry to the community.

In addition, Brant Municipal Enterprises has developed many strategic partnerships with local contractors, manufacturers and product suppliers. These partnerships have created local jobs and business opportunities in our community.

There are 440 municipalities in Ontario. Most are small rural municipalities. OSEA has an opportunity to market to this cohort with its recognition of what Brant County is doing. In addition, OSEA can reach new commercial segments. We are available to provide insight into our municipal corporation model as an opportunity to assist OSEA in reaching new municipal members.

www.BrantMunicipal.ca 

 

Casey Grey - Cornelis Grey Construction

What is The Conscious Builder?

It's about never ending improvement and progress towards a healthy, sustainable, environmentally friendly and prosperous future. It's not about saving the earth, it's about saving humanity. Earth will just eject us if we don't cooperate. It was here long before us and will be here long after us. The Conscious Builder is about making conscious decisions. Being aware of how every decision and every action will have an impact on something and someone, somewhere. It's up to us to make sure that those decisions and actions create a positive, lasting change.

We are dedicated to changing the building industry for the better. We are sick and tired of the excuses about why people can't build to a higher standard. It's time to make a change. Here at The Conscious Builder, we only do projects that have a positive impact on the environment and the lives of those who will enjoy the space. The environment provides us with everything we need to live this abundant life so we better take care of it.

Recently, The Conscious Builder has been featured in the Ottawa Citizen and Ottawa Magazine City Home because we are leading by example. We are constantly opening the doors to our Passive House to the public in order to educate people on what's really possible. The sad thing is people don't know that they don't know. This is where we come in. We are here to help people make conscious decisions. Not only when it comes to the environment but also when it comes to their health and their investment. Not only are today's houses harming the environment but they're also harming the health of the people who are living in them and will ultimately cost more money in the long run. This is not right and we're not willing to stand for this anymore. Somebody needs to make a change and that somebody is us. We only hope that more people will follow suit.

The Conscious Builder has also won Customer Satisfaction of the Year 2 years in a row on Houzz.com.

This is something we are very proud of as this is what business is about serving the people. It's about serving in the best possible way without compromising our values.

Consciously and actively engaging on social media (Facebook, Instagram, Twitter), we are sharing our knowledge and skills with the world. Periscope is another medium that gives us the opportunity to create awareness in real time about building and living sustainably. People can reach us through a multitude of channels that ultimately forms The Conscious Builder Community.

www.cgreyconstruction.com

 

Anatoli Naoumov - GreenQ Partners

An Ontario-based start-up consulting engineering company GreenQ Partners started operations in the area of energy management in 2013. Company helps industrial clients reap numerous benefits of energy management in production process through in-depth analysis of consumption patterns.

During 2013-2015 the company has completed several projects for industrial clients operating in Ontario. For this submission we would like to include two examples, both conducted for Weston Foods:

  • Analysis of natural gas consumption at Weston Bakery Sudbury
  • Analysis of electricity consumption at Ready Bake Mississauga


Project conducted for the bakery was of particular value for us: through intelligent analysis GreenQ has helped us pinpoint the deficiency in maintenance procedure that caused over consumption for three years. When the problem was fixed consumption in the bakery came back to specs. This project has been recognized by industry and energy conservation community through several articles in Canada and USA:

  • Bakers Journal
  • CIPEC
  • Energy Manager (Canada)
  • Natural Resources of Canada
  • Energy Manager Today (USA)


GreenQ Partners employs a smart and entrepreneurial business model: determine saving opportunities and business benefits through deep analysis of energy consumption data and company operation procedures. This approach allows to set up and complete more energy projects and do so faster as compared to a pure engineering-based approach commonly used by other companies.

www.greenq.ca
 

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Every year the Ontario Sustainable Energy Association's Powering Prosperity event recognizes individuals and organizations through its Awards celebration.  SMARTNet Alliance is proud to sponsor the "SMARTpreneur of the Year" Award. 

2016 SMARTpreneur of the Year

Nominees are individuals who have recently started a business in the sustainable energy sector. Ideal candidates should:

  • Own/operate an early stage business (a business that has been in operation for 2-5 years);
  • Provide sustainable energy solutions to consumers and/or businesses; and
  • Have proof of successes.

In addition, all nominees must comply with the following:

  • be for projects or initiatives that are located in the province of Ontario or originated in Ontario 
  • be for projects/ initiatives/ activities that were completed within the previous 5 years or are still ongoing (Projects with completion dates older than 5 years will not be eligible.) 
  • be for projects or initiatives that incorporate one or several of the following concepts: sustainability, efficiency, community participation, engagement, good governance, responsible leadership, environmental stewardship, fairness

 

Click here to view the full criteria and General Rules and Guidlines. 

The deadline for nominations is November 29, 2015 - 11:59pm. - 

Nominate a SMARTpreneur TODAY!

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2015 SMARTpreneur of the Year

Congratulations to the 2015 SMARTpreneur of the Year Recipient:  Phillip Playfair of Lowfoot! 

The 2015 SMARTpreneur of the Year award nominees were:  

Brian Monrad
AVEtec Energy Corporation

For the past decade, Brian has applied his skills in law and accounting as an entrepreneur in innovative aspects of the cleantec industry in Ontario.

As President and CEO of AVEtec Energy Corporation, he has worked with Ontario inventor Louis Michaud to found AVEtec which is doing innovative R&D on the Atmospheric Vortex Engine with development of prototypes and research projects completed at the University of Western Ontario and Lambton College with SR&ED tax incentives and funding from OCE, NSERC and the Breakout Labs program of the Thiel Foundation.

He combined CRCE tax incentives with FIT incentives for community based projects to structure the financing of an 800 kW Enercon wind turbine in Zurich Ontario which continues to be owned and operated by Magnum Wind Energy Corp. with a small group of Ontario investors including Brian and his wife Cathie.

He applied a similar structure to found a second community based single turbine wind energy project which obtained a FIT contract for a 2.5 MW project now under development by Quixote One Wind Energy Corp.

 

Anatoli Naoumov
Green Q Partners

GreenQ Partners is Ontario-based start-up consulting company, which started operations in energy conservation area in 2013.

Company helps industrial clients identify and quantify energy saving opportunities (natural gas, electricity, water) in production process through detailed analysis of their consumption patterns. Such analysis uncovers opportunities and confirms results of implemented energy efficiency measures.

During 2013-2014 the company has completed several projects for industrial clients operating in Ontario. For this submission we would like to include two examples, both conducted for Weston Foods:

• Analysis of natural gas consumption at Weston Bakery Sudbury

• Analysis of electricity consumption at Ready Bake Mississauga

Business cases describing both projects are included in the submission.

Project conducted for the bakery was of particular value for us: through intelligent analysis GreenQ has helped us pinpoint the deficiency in maintenance procedure that caused over consumption for three years. Since the problem was fixed in January 2014 the bakery is on the track to save about 30,000 m3 of natural gas by the end of the year. This project has been recognized by industry and energy conservation community through several articles in Canada and USA:

• Bakers Journal

• CIPEC

• Energy Manager (Canada)

• Natural Resources of Canada

• Energy Manager Today (USA)

GreenQ Partners employs deep analysis of energy consumption data to uncover saving opportunities that otherwise are difficult to spot.

 

Phillip Playfair
Lowfoot

Lowfoot was founded to leverage the potential of smart meters in the Ontario and Texas markets. Starting out as a direct to consumer business, by 2013 Lowfoot's model had evolved into a business to business to consumer application as utilities and energy providers began using Lowfoot's unique set of communication and big data programs to service their customers.

Achievements:

2010 – Launched Application in the Ontario and Texas Markets

2012 – Signed Peterborough Utilities and Ottawa River Power as clients

2013 – Signed one Dutch and two Texas Clients

2014 – Signed 6 new contracts

Lowfoot is based in Toronto, Ontario and currently has 5 employees (and growing!). The company is focused on expanding its market share in the United States and Ontario and is beginning to market its services in Latin America and Europe. Recent enhancements to the service offering include: supporting traditional analog meters, load forecasting services and demand management self-service tools.

 

The recipient was announced at the Powering Prosperity Awards Gala on January 29th, 2015, hosted by the Ontario Sustainable Energy Association