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2015 Scotiabank EcoLiving Awards winners announced

Scotiabank is proud to announce the winners for the Scotiabank EcoLiving Awards, who are each doing their part to create a more ecofriendly future. Read more.

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We want to recognize the Canadian businesses, entrepreneurs and students who are dedicated to sustainable living and green energy while improving energy efficiency in the home. After all, what they develop today to make homes more eco-friendly can help us all continue to live green tomorrow.

Big eco friendly ideas deserve really big prizes

Our panel of expert judges will award one winner in each of the following categories:

$50,000

Business Leadership Award

For a business providing eco-friendly products or services to the residential sector.

$15,000

Innovation Award

For a prototype of a recently launched eco-friendly product or service for the residential sector.

$10,000

Student Leadership Award

For the post-secondary student with an innovative concept or prototype aimed at energy conservation.

Contest status: closed

Sorry, we are currently not accepting applications for this year’s EcoLiving Awards.


Key dates:

Call for entries:

Dec. 15, 2014 to Mar. 31, 2015

Finalist announced:

April 22, 2015

Winners announced:

June 3, 2015

Our 2014 EcoLiving Award Winners

Business Leadership Award

Jennifer Corson and Keith Robertson, Halifax

Jennifer Corson and Keith Robertson, Halifax

Prize: $50,000

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Innovation Award

Tim Johnson, Ottawa

Tim Johnson, Ottawa

Prize: $25,000


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Student Leadership Award

Yining (Fiona) Yuan & Christopher Tegho, McGill University

Yining (Fiona) Yuan & Christopher Tegho, McGill University

Prize: $10,000

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This year's EcoLiving Awards Judges

Valérie Bécaert

Valérie Bécaert

Executive Director, CIRAIG

Ms. Bécaert holds a Ph.D. in chemical engineering from École Polytechnique de Montréal and joined the CIRAIG in 2005. She has since held several positions within the centre as a research assistant and scientific coordinator, as the assistant director of the FQRNT/FQRSC network and now as the executive director. She has demonstrated her leadership and teambuilding skills and developed in-depth knowledge of academic research, specializing in contaminated site management and life cycle assessment.

Ms. Bécaert chiefly manages the Centre’s national and international outreach activities and daily operations, overseeing all private and institutional mandates. She also works to leverage the investments in LCA research development in Québec.

John Godden

John Godden

Principal, Clearsphere

John Godden has more than 30 years of experience as a home and heating system designer and hands-on builder. His projects have included the CHBC EnviroHome “Clearsphere.” A graduate of the Bachelor of Environmental Studies at the University of Waterloo, John is a leading energy-rater and consultant for the R-2000, ENERGY STAR, EnerGuide and LEED for Homes programs. John is the President of the Canadian Residential Energy Service Network (CRESNET) and the founder of the Sustainable Housing Foundation, and he was a member of the national technical committee that developed the LEED Canada for Homes program.

John co-designed ENERGY STAR workshops for builders and advisors in Ontario and regularly delivers seminars on air-tightness, better building practices, and green sales and marketing.

Shawn McCarthy

Shawn McCarthy

Global Energy Reporter, The Globe and Mail

Shawn McCarthy is the global energy reporter for The Globe and Mail, working in the paper’s Ottawa bureau for the Report on Business. In that role, Shawn covers the energy sector, including oil and gas, electricity generation, renewable energy and demand side issues. He deals with major economic trends at a national, continental and international level, with a particular focus on federal policy and environmental regulations. He also covers environmental issues such as climate change and the debate over hydraulic fracturing (fracking). He was nominated for a National Newspaper Award for his coverage of the energy sector in 2009.

A native of Philadelphia, Shawn attended the University of Alberta and attained a bachelor’s degree in English literature. He also has a master’s degree in journalism from Carleton University, and completed the Canadian Securities Course.

John Roberts

John Roberts

Vice President of Small Business, Canadian Banking

John Roberts is the Vice President of Small Business, Canadian Banking.  In this role, John provides strategic leadership for the Small Business segment by focusing on customer acquisition and retention, revenue growth opportunities and continuous improvement of Small Business processes and policies.

John joined Scotiabank in Ottawa, Ontario in 1981 and has held progressively senior Retail and Commercial Branch banking roles in both District and Regional positions, including District Vice President in Ontario Region.

John is the proud father of a son and daughter, who are both in the Financial Services Industry.

Ed Johnston

Ed Johnston

Vice-President, Enterprise Sustainability, Canadian Tire Corp., Ltd.

Ed Johnston is Vice-President of Enterprise Sustainability for Canadian Tire Corporation. With over 36 years of experience in the retail industry, Ed is responsible for leading the Company’s social and environmental responsibility initiatives across all banners.

Since joining the Company in 1994, Ed has held a number of progressively senior roles, including VP of Sourcing Services where he was responsible for Canadian Tire’s merchandising support functions – global sourcing, product quality, packaging, reverse flow, ethical sourcing and product legislative governance. During this time, Ed delivered substantial ($100’s of millions) cost reduction and avoidance initiatives while protecting the Canadian Tire brand. He also oversaw the opening of a new regional sourcing office in Shanghai, China.

Prior to this, Ed was VP of Living and Fixing, formally known as Home Products, and was responsible for over $3 billion in sales and accountable for profitability, inventory, innovation, marketing, in-store presentation and private label branding.  

Ed holds a Bachelor of Administration degree, with a major in business and minor in electrical engineering, from Concordia University.