About the EcoLiving Awards

Through the Scotiabank EcoLiving Awards, we’re recognizing Canadian businesses, entrepreneurs and students dedicated to improving energy efficiency in the home. The Awards give the winners an opportunity to show Canadians new and innovative ways to make their homes eco-friendly. Winners are selected by a diverse panel of expert judges and celebrated at a gala event.

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The Awards

Our panel of judges selects three finalists, including one winner, in 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

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2014 EcoLiving Awards Winners

Three winners have been announced for the Scotiabank EcoLiving Awards. Meet the winners.

The Judges

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 will chiefly manage the centre’s national and international outreach activities and daily operations, overseeing all private and institutional mandates. She will also work to leverage the investments in LCA research development in Québec.


John Godden, Principal at 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, 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.


Mark Salerno, Manager, Ontario Communications and Marketing Centre, CMHC

Mark Salerno is the Manager of Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation’s Ontario Communications and Marketing Centre, where he has had a diverse range of appointments. He excels in forging strategic relationships and unique partnerships through which to creatively share CMHC's vast housing expertise in support of the creation of sustainable housing. Prior to CMHC, Mark was a building science professor at Toronto's Seneca College and served for 10 years as President of SDC Consultants, where he provided design, consulting and project management services for sustainable building design projects. Mark holds a Master of Architecture and a Bachelor of Technology, and is a member of the Royal Architectural Institute of Canada and contributor to numerous boards and committees.


Ed Whittingham, Executive Director of the Pembina Institute

Ed Whittingham was appointed the Executive Director of the Pembina Institute in January 2011. He previously served as the Director of the Institute’s Consulting Services group, leading the team in advising companies, governments, politicians and NGOs on management practices and strategies for sustainable energy. Ed specializes in greenhouse gas management approaches and policies, best practices for incorporating stakeholders’ concerns into decision-making and planning, and cross-sector collaboration around sustainable energy policy initiatives. Ed holds an International MBA from York University’s Schulich School of Business, where he studied as a Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada scholar. He specialized in corporate sustainability and international business during his graduate studies, and conducted Japan-based market research for the United Nations Environment Program.



Meet Previous Winners

•   Where are the 2013 award winners now?
•   See the 2013 EcoLiving Award winners & finalists
•   Where are the 2011 award winners now?


•   The 2014 EcoLiving Awards Call for Entries press release