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April 22, 2016 10:24 ET

PowerStream Once Again Recognized as One of 'Canada's Greenest Employers'

Community-Owned Utility Acknowledged for Environmental Leadership for Third Consecutive Year

VAUGHAN, ON--(Marketwired - April 22, 2016) - PowerStream has been recognized for its commitment to sustainability by being named one of 'Canada's Greenest Employers' for the third consecutive year.

A subset of the 'Canada's Top 100 Employers' project, 'Canada's Greenest Employers' is an annual competition operated by Mediacorp Canada, the country's largest publisher of quality employment information. The green designation recognizes companies who are leaders in integrating environmental awareness and practices into their corporate mandate and culture.

Organizations are evaluated by Mediacorp Canada based 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 environmental footprint;
  • The degree to which their employees are involved in these programs and whether they contribute any unique skills; and
  • 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 recognized for its various successful green employee programs including carpooling, vanpooling and participation in annual Smart Commute events, as well as for its specialty recycling and waste diversion initiatives. The utility was also acknowledged for its commitment to creating innovative solutions to energy-grid demand, as demonstrated through its many solar and smart grid projects, including its residential solar-storage initiative, Advanced Power Pricing program and Micro Grid Demonstration Project. The company also advocates the benefits of energy efficiency and conservation through its many Conservation and Demand Management (CDM) programs.

QUOTES

  • "Demonstrating socially-responsible business practices is fundamental to our corporate values," said Maurizio Bevilacqua, PowerStream Board Chair and Mayor of the City of Vaughan. "As such, we continuously strive to integrate environmental stewardship into our business planning and culture."
  • "PowerStream is proud to be recognized again as one of Canada's Greenest Employers," said Brian Bentz, PowerStream President and CEO. "Our goal is to continue being a leader in this area by engaging our employees, customers and the communities we serve in our environmental vision."

BACKGROUND

  • PowerStream has received multiple environmental acknowledgments 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 Regional Employer of the Year' (2015, 2013, 2011 and 2009), and the Barrie Chamber of Commerce 'Green Community Award' (2013).
  • Other earned top employer honours include being named one of Greater Toronto's Top Employers (2016, 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 that provides 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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