2010 Lifetime Achievement Award Recipients

Geoff Cape

GeoffCapeGeoff is the founder of Evergreen and has been its Executive Director since its inception in 1990.  Evergreen is focused on the idea of integrating nature in urban design and in 2010 it opened the Evergreen Brick Works as an international centre for the sustainable cities.  Brick Works comprises over 200,000 square feet of buildings and 41 acres of restored industrial quarry lands in the heart of downtown Toronto.

Geoff is also an author and public speaker on urban space planning and themes related to social innovation.  He is a founding member of the World Entrepreneurship Forum Evian and a participant at the World Economic Forum, Davos.  Geoff was recognized as one of Canada’s Top 40 Under 40, is an Ashoka Fellow, won the Peter F. Drucker Award, and was also awarded the Governor General’s Golden Jubilee Medal for significant contributions to the building of a fair and just Canadian society.  In 2007, Geoff was named the Canadian Social Entrepreneur of the Year by the Schwab Foundation.

Ed Lowens

EdLowensEd studied history and economics at York University and completed an executive management training program at the T. Eaton Co.  After ten years in management, he moved to consulting and led teams on precedent-setting projects for over 35 years, advancing the art and science of sustainable planning, design, and manufacturing.

Working with leading-edge engineering firms including DST, Keen, Stantec, and Halsall, Ed consulted on over 100 international sustainability projects including many LEED buildings.  He is an author, expert witness, adjunct professor of sustainable design, and a frequent speaker with a focus on capacity building at the state-of-the-art level.

Patrick Guran

PatrickGuranPatrick is the Chief Energy Conservation Officer for PowerStream and has worked in the electricity industry of over 26 years.  He has worked at the manager level in a variety of areas, providing him with an excellent opportunity to fully develop the skills necessary to manage conservation and demand management issues at the local level.

Patrick currently sits on numerous executive committees that are working to provide a collective direction to meet the Ontario Government’s mandate of peak load reductions.  From the start of his career at PowerStream, Patrick has supported, led, and driven initiatives focusing on conservation and renewable energy, long before it became popular or mandated.  Recently, his attention has turned to energy savings in the IT industry and, under Patrick’s leadership, PowerStream is the first utility in the province to develop an energy efficiency program focused solely on data centres.  This program complements a full range of conservation programs that the utility operates, again under Patrick’s leadership.

Patrick is an avid adventurer, outdoorsman, and cyclist who has traveled the world in pursuit of these interests.

Dianne Young (Outstanding Achievement)

DianneYoungDianne is a dedicated proponent of corporate and environmental responsibility and currently sits as Chair of the Exhibition Place GREENSmart team.  As a testament to Dianne’s efforts, Exhibition Place is the first entertainment, convention, and exhibition facility (and one of only ten organizations) to be inducted into the Ontario Environmental Leaders Program.  In October 2009, Allstream Centre joined Direct Energy Centre as Canada’s first Centre to target LEED Silver certification and will continue to demonstrate high profile events with a focus on environmental responsibility.

Exhibition Place and Direct Energy Centre have been the recipients of numerous environmental achievement awards over the years, including the 2010 UFI Operations Award for its energy initiatives, the 2008 Platinum Facility Management Award from the Recycling Council of Ontario, the 2006 Outstanding Achievement in Innovation in Business Solutions Award from IAEE, and the 2006 Solar Award for the Solar Photovoltaic Project of the Year from CanSIA.

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