Ontario Energy Association

Ontario Energy Association

September 05, 2007 17:00 ET

Ontario Energy Association (OEA) Announces 2007 'Leader of the Year' and 'Company of the Year' Award Recipients

Annual Awards Dinner Held in Niagara Falls

NIAGARA FALLS, ONTARIO--(Marketwire - Sept. 5, 2007) - The 190-member Ontario Energy Association (OEA) today announced that Mr. James F. Hankinson, President and CEO, Ontario Power Generation (OPG), is the recipient of the 2007 OEA Leader of the Year award.

Energy Savings Group is the 2007 OEA Company of the Year award recipient, and was represented at the Annual Awards Dinner by Mr. Ken Hartwick, President and Mr. Gord Potter, Senior Vice-President, Regulatory Affairs.

"This year's nominees for Leader of the Year and Company of the Year were all outstanding," said Brian Tobin, Co-Chair of the OEA's Annual Awards Selection Committee. "Our two award recipients were judged to be the best of the best for 2007, specifically in the key categories of corporate leadership, customer focus, an ongoing commitment to innovation and continuous improvement, and pursuing the highest standards in operational performance. Jim and his team at OPG, and Energy Savings are both to be commended for their many accomplishments over the past year."

Shane Pospisil, OEA President and CEO and the Selection Committee's other Co-Chair added: "Jim Hankinson has shown a steady hand in guiding his team and organization through some challenging times, and we know that the Minister and Premier both have a great deal of confidence in his abilities and trust his judgment and decisions. Jim is a thoughtful and effective leader, and has clearly demonstrated that he is able to make the tough decisions that have resulted in the new OPG."

"Energy Savings Group - the 2007 Company of the Year recipient - has achieved significant growth since it commenced operations in 1997," Pospisil said. "Energy retailers play an important role in Ontario's energy sector, providing natural gas and electricity customers with important choices, including fixed price contracts and products that support renewable energy supply. While active in Ontario, Energy Savings has also expanded to other jurisdictions in North America, with the company's total North American customer base now at approximately 1.7 million."

The OEA's Annual Awards Selection Committee for 2007 included: The Honourable Brian Tobin, Senior Business Advisor, Fraser Milner Casgrain LLP (Co-Chair); Shane Pospisil, OEA President and CEO (Co-Chair); Orville Cook, OEA Life Member and former OEA Secretary-Treasurer; Dr. Bryne Purchase, Executive Director, Queen's Institute for Energy and Environmental Policy; and Gregor Robinson, OEA Vice-President, Policy and Economic Analysis. Jeff Barnes, Senior Partner, Heenan Blaikie LLP, acted as the independent fairness advisor to the Selection Committee.

The 190-member Ontario Energy Association (OEA) is Ontario's premier energy trade organization, representing firms and organizations involved in the transmission, distribution and marketing of natural gas; and the generation, transmission, distribution and marketing of electricity across the province. OEA members together employ about 32,000 Ontarians and last year accounted for about $35 billion in market revenues.

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