SOURCE: PowerStream Inc.

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April 22, 2015 11:59 ET

PowerStream Once Again Named One of 'Canada's Greenest Employers'

Community-Owned Energy Company Earns Recognition for the Second Consecutive Year

VAUGHAN, ON--(Marketwired - April 22, 2015) - PowerStream has been recognized for its environmental leadership once again by being named one of 'Canada's Greenest Employers' for the second consecutive year.

This annual competition is operated by Mediacorp Canada, the largest Canadian publisher of quality employment information, and is a subset of the 'Canada's Top 100 Employers' project. Companies that earn 'Canada's Greenest Employer' designation have been successful in integrating environmental awareness into their corporate values and culture. Each employer is evaluated by the Mediacorp Canada editors on the following criteria:

  • The unique environmental initiatives and programs they have developed.
  • The extent to which they have been successful in reducing the organization's own environmental footprint.
  • The degree to which their employees are involved in these programs and whether they contribute any unique skills.
  • The extent to which these initiatives have become linked to the employer's public identity and whether they attract new people to the organization.

PowerStream has been successful in developing several employee environmental programs including specialty recycling and waste diversion, carpooling, vanpooling and participation in annual Smart Commute events such as Bike to Work Day. The company also advocates the benefits of energy consumption reduction to its customers through the delivery of Conservation and Demand Management (CDM) programs.

QUOTES

  • "Our commitment to the environment resides at the very core of company's values," said Maurizio Bevilacqua, PowerStream Board Chair and Mayor of the City of Vaughan. "We believe it is our duty to champion initiatives that protect the environment and lay a foundation for a sustainable future."
  • "It's an honour to once again be recognized as one of Canada's Greenest Employers," said Brian Bentz, PowerStream President and CEO. "PowerStream believes it is important to lead by example in this area by engaging our employees, customers and the communities we serve. We are proud to see our environmental initiatives recognized at a national level."

BACKGROUND

  • PowerStream has received several other acknowledgements for its environmental stewardship including the Vaughan Chamber of Commerce 'Environmental Leadership Award' (2015), the Electricity Distributor's Association's 'Environmental Excellence Award' (2013, 2011 and 2009), the 'Smart Commute Employer of the Year' Award' (2013, 2011, and 2009) and the Barrie Chamber of Commerce 'Green Community Award' (2013).
  • Other top employer honours earned by PowerStream include being named one of Greater Toronto's Top Employers' (2015, 2014, 2013 and 2012) and Achievers '50 Most Engaged Workplaces in Canada' (2013 and 2012).

ABOUT POWERSTREAM

PowerStream is a community-owned energy company providing power and related services to more than 375,000 customers residing or owning a business in communities located immediately north of Toronto and in Central Ontario. It is jointly owned by the Cities of Barrie, Markham and Vaughan.

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