TORONTO, ONTARIO--(Marketwire - May 24, 2012) - Solar Network International is excited to announce that nominations are now open for the first annual SolarVision Awards. "This award will celebrate the visionaries who have made possible the gains in solar energy in Ontario," said Jacob Travis, President of Solar Network International. Nominees will be recognized at a gala on June 25 at Solar Network's SSX ONTARIO: Solar Summit & eXpo 2012 being held at the Metro Toronto Convention Centre.
Nominations are being sought from a wide range of initiatives and projects, including those at municipal, institutional, K - 12 and post-secondary locations; urban and rural sites; and in aboriginal communities. Submissions that recognize leadership in public education and public relations from the not-for-profit, corporate and political sphere are also encouraged. Nominees can be Ontario individuals, institutions, businesses, organizations, municipalities or partnerships.
The criteria for nominations and the nomination form are available at www.solarvisionawards.org.
All eligible nominees will be recognized and an Awards Committee will determine those deserving special acknowledgment. The members of the Awards Committee are known for their commitment to a renewable energy future with demonstrated actions in support of that commitment:
- Angela Bischoff, Outreach Director, Ontario Clean Air Alliance
- Richard Corley, Partner, Blake, Cassels & Graydon LLP; Director, Community Power Fund
- Timothy Murphy, Partner, McMillan LLP; Former MPP; Former Chief of Staff to Prime Minister Paul Martin
- Timothy Nash, President, Strategic Sustainable Investments; Director of Sustainability Research, Ethical Markets Media
- Todd Ross, Chair, Toronto Atmospheric Fund
- Sheena Sharp, President, Ontario Association of Architects; Principal, Coolearth Architecture
- George Smitherman, Chairman & Principal, G&G Global Solutions; Former Ontario Minister of Energy & Infrastructure; Initiator of Ontario's Green Energy Act (2009)
- Jacob Travis, President, Solar Network International; Founder, Ontario Solar Academy
"We are fortunate to have assembled this outstanding committee to review the nominees," said Rob Newman, Director of the SolarVision Awards. "They are leaders committed to a future for solar in Ontario and they recognize the importance of honouring the people making it happen."
Solar Network International, a not-for-profit organization based in Toronto, Ontario, is committed to advancing solar energy for all stakeholders. Co-founders Jacob Travis and Graham Fowler, recognized thought leaders in Canada's solar energy field, are dedicated to strengthening key emerging markets in the Americas through events on regional opportunities and challenges.