Monthly Archives: October 2015
Ottawa, Ontario – October 29, 2015. The City of Guelph, Enmax Corporation and Windmill Developments were announced as the 2015 winners of the QUEST Community Energy Builder Awards at the annual QUEST Gala Dinner & Awards Ceremony on October 27 in Toronto, Ontario.
The Community Energy Builder Awards are presented annually by QUEST to recognize leadership and innovation in advancing Smart Energy Communities in Canada. Awards are presented in three categories that reflect the key implementing sectors of Smart Energy Communities: Local Government, Real Estate Sector, and Utility and Energy Service Providers.
“Smart Energy Communities are now being recognized as one solution in meeting Canada’s federal, provincial and territorial energy and climate goals,” said Brent Gilmour, Executive Director of QUEST. “QUEST congratulates the 2015 award winners who represent some of the most progressive stakeholders leading the development of Smart Energy Communities in Canada.”
The Winner of the 2015 Community Energy Builder Award for “Local Government” is the City of Guelph, Ontario, for its emerging Guelph Energy Efficiency Retrofit Strategy (GEERS) as a major component of its Community Energy Initiative.
“This award is an honour. GEERS is a critical component of Guelph’s Community Energy Initiative (CEI). With final approval to implement by Council, GEERS will have a critical role is contributing to the targets of the CEI. Thank you QUEST for your valuable support,” said Robert Kerr, Manager of Community Energy at the City of Guelph.
The Winner of the 2015 Community Energy Builder Award for “Utility and Energy Service Providers” is ENMAX Corporation for its plans to integrate Combined Heat and Power (CHP) into its Calgary District Energy Centre.
“ENMAX is extremely excited and proud to have received the 2015 Community Energy Builders Award. The integration of Combined Heat and Power into the ENMAX District Energy Centre is consistent with our strategy of growing our generation and retail portfolios, will benefit Albertans through the reduction of Greenhouse Gas (GHG) emissions in the electricity generation process, and also demonstrates how powering Alberta’s communities can take many forms,” said Patrick Bohan, Director, District Energy and Combined Heat & Power.
The Winner of the 2015 Community Energy Builder Award for “Real Estate Sector” is Windmill Developments for the Eddy Condominium which offers six storeys of green, urban condos that set new standards for architecture, design and smart, healthy living in Ottawa, and which exceeds energy efficiency standards by 50% and incorporates a geo-exchange heating/cooling system.
“We are incredibly honoured to have received the QUEST award. We like to view The Eddy as a model for green intensification: energy efficient, low carbon footprint, appropriate for the community, stylish, fun and healthy,” said Rodney Wilts, Partner, Windmill Development Group Ltd. “Awards like QUEST’s help incentivize the development community to strive to do better, and recognize those projects that help raise the bar.”
QUEST is a non-profit organization that conducts research, engagement and advocacy to advance Smart Energy Communities in Canada. Smart Energy Communities improve energy efficiency, enhance reliability, cut costs, and reduce greenhouse gas emissions. With the help of 8 provincial and regional Caucuses, QUEST brings together key stakeholders from government, utilities & energy providers, the real estate sector among others to transform Canada’s 5400 communities into Smart Energy Communities. Follow us: @QUESTCanada
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Kitigan Zibi, October 8, 2015 – Kitigan Zibi’s only general contracting company, Decontie Construction, has been awarded a $4.5 million contract by Hydro-Québec to dismantle the abandoned Corbeau Hydroelectric Station adjacent to the reserve, which is located near Maniwaki, Quebec.
The project, which is the company’s first off-reserve project, will create 20 new jobs for Algonquin Anishinabeg tradespeople. Positions include carpenters, labourers, truck drivers, shovel operators and security personnel.
“Kitigan Zibi, like many reserves, has a very high unemployment rate,” said Andrew Decontie, President and founder of Decontie Construction. “We’re very proud to be able to bring new opportunities and work to our community.”
Because of existing systemic barriers, on-reserve Algonquins and other First Nations experience difficulties in obtaining trade certifications and securing work off-reserve despite having the necessary schooling and work experience. Until now, Algonquin tradespeople from the community have been limited to working on construction projects within Kitigan Zibi.
Given the proximity of this project to the reserve, and the fact that the land on which the hydro station sits is in the process of being retroceded to the community of Kitigan Zibi, a special administrative zone was created by la Commission de la construction du Québec (CCQ) to enable Algonquin Anishinabe workers to be employed on this project.
“This is an unprecedented opportunity for our company to create real jobs outside the reserve,” said Andrew Decontie. “With this contract and work at the Zibi redevelopment project about to get underway, we’re building momentum for our People. It’s a concrete example of self-determination in keeping with the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples.”
The Corbeau demolition project is expected to begin immediately and to continue until the spring. Unique to this project, Decontie Construction is the lead contractor and will be engaging two non-First Nation companies – Milestone Environmental Contracting and DemoPLUS – to conduct specialty services such as the decontamination work and asbestos and lead removal.
The three companies will also work together on the Zibi redevelopment project about to start in Ottawa and Gatineau, which will follow the same model of recruiting, hiring, training and certifying an Algonquin workforce. A similar special administrative zone that will be used at Corbeau is currently in discussion with the CCQ.
Ottawa-based Windmill Developments announced this summer it has partnered with Decontie Construction on the Zibi project. In addition to remediation and construction work on this 15-year, $1.2 billion project, Decontie will have the specific mandate of assisting interested Algonquin workers in obtaining the necessary training and certification to ensure they meet all of the required labour regulations and standards to be able to work off reserve.
“Together, we’re working on initiatives that will bring tangible and lasting benefits to present and future generations of Algonquin Anishinabe,” said Jeff Westeinde, Chairman of Windmill Developments and a director at Milestone Environmental Contracting. “It’s more than the creation of jobs — which in itself is a big deal. It’s about creating a sustainable model of employment and self-determination that other companies can emulate. Industry needs a rethink. We want to prove that it’s advantageous to collaborate with the Algonquin community. ”
About Decontie Construction Inc.
Decontie Construction Inc. is licensed as a General Contractor (Level 1.3) under the Régie du bâtiment du Québec, allowing the company to construct any type of development, residential or commercial, on or off-reserve. Its founder Andrew Decontie, a First Nation Algonquin Anishinabe from Kitigan Zibi Anishinabeg, has worked in the construction sector for over 20 years. His passion for the construction industry and the betterment of his People originates from a legacy of family and community members who were forced to leave Canada in the 50’s, 60’s and 70’s to find work throughout the United States.
For more information or to request an interview:
Algonquin Liaison Officer