CIPEC Leadership Awards

CIPEC Leadership Awards

Natural Resources Canada (NRCan) co-hosts the Energy Summit, Canada’s foremost industrial energy efficiency event. At the conference, the Canadian Industry Program for Energy Conservation (CIPEC) honours companies that have made a significant and innovative contribution to energy efficiency. The CIPEC Leadership Awards recognize the achievements of Canada’s industrial companies and raise awareness that energy efficiency improves the bottom line and contributes to a cleaner environment.

2014 Awards - When to Apply

All entries must be received by March 21, 2014 (new date).

Awards and Announcement

The CIPEC Leadership Awards gives national recognition to industrial companies, students and graduates. NRCan and the CIPEC Executive Board Chair present a plaque/certificate to each award winner during a special ceremony to take place at Energy Summit 2014 (note: this link will open a new tab in your browser).

Awards recipients must agree to a standard publicity announcement arranged by CIPEC that includes details of the recipients to be published:

Find out if your project is eligible and how to apply.

Read about past winners.

Who Can Apply?

To be considered for an award, facilities or companies must be registered with Natural Resources Canada as a CIPEC Leader (or become a CIPEC Leader). Future Leaders Award nominees must be energy-related practitioners who are either enrolled in an academic institution or recently graduated (up to 5 years), and who have completed research or a project pertaining to energy efficiency in the industrial sector.

What Types of Projects Qualify?

All projects nominated for the 2013 CIPEC Leadership Awards must have been completed between June 1, 2011 and March 3, 2014.

The CIPEC Leadership Awards’ six categories recognize significant achievements in energy efficiency and environmental stewardship within Canada’s industrial sector:

  1. Corporate Stewardship - recognizes companies that promote energy efficiency at the corporate level, such as the creation and engagement of an energy management team, the development of a corporate energy management plan or policy, or the implementation of a formalized management system.
  2. Process and Technology Improvements - recognizes companies that reduce energy intensity in an industrial process by improving procedures and equipment such as refrigeration or compressed air systems.
  3. Energy Performance Management - recognizes companies that enhance their monitoring of, measuring of, and reporting on facility or company-wide energy consumption and improve energy performance.
  4. Employee Awareness and Training - recognizes companies that raise employee awareness and understanding of energy efficiency and promote best practices through knowledge exchange.
  5. Integrated Energy Efficiency Strategy - recognizes companies that improve energy efficiency at a facility or company-wide level through a range of initiatives as a result of an integrated strategy.
  6. Future Leaders - recognizes individuals who are studying or have recently graduated and have completed a project (theoretical or applied) that advances industrial energy efficiency in Canada.

Selection Process

Nominations will be reviewed in terms of eligibility, relevance and impact as follows:


  • Projects nominated must be completed between June 1, 2011 and March 3, 2014.
  • Nominees must provide all information in Part 1: Nominee Information (below).
  • Leadership Award nominees are companies or facilities that must be registered as a CIPEC Leader. Information to join CIPEC is available at
  • Future Leaders Award nominees are individuals who are either enrolled in an academic institution or recently graduated, and who have completed a project on energy efficiency in Canada.

Relevance (Used to determine award stream)

  • Energy policy and programs – relates to award category 1.
  • Energy sources, processes and technologies – relates to award category 2.
  • Performance analysis – relates to award category 3.
  • Energy awareness – relates to award category 4.
  • All of the above – relates to award categories 5 and 6.

Impact(Used to determine award recipients)

  • Energy performance – reduction in energy use per unit of production.
  • Innovation – ingenuity and creativity in the use of an improved or novel idea, method, or process.
  • Potential for broad application – transferability to other companies or industry sectors.
  • Environmental contribution – reduction in greenhouse gas emissions and improvement in environmental sustainability.

How to Apply

Nomination deadline is March 21, 2014 (new date). To apply for a 2014 CIPEC Leadership Award, please provide the following information with as much detail as possible and, where applicable, include supporting documentation to help describe the energy efficiency initiative. Please direct any questions and forward completed nominations to:

Canadian Industry Program for Energy Conservation
Natural Resources Canada
580 Booth Street, 12th floor
Ottawa, Ontario K1A 0E4
Fax: 613-992-3161

Part 1: Nominee Information

The following are mandatory requirements.

1.1 Contact Information

  • Company / Institution
  • Address
  • Contact
  • Telephone
  • Title
  • Email

1.2 Background Information

Leadership Awards (Company) Future Leaders Awards (Individual)
a) Describe experience in energy conservation. a) Identify discipline and academic year or graduation date.
b) Identify number of employees and estimate annual energy consumption or cost. b) Provide a Letter of Reference from a professor or supervisor knowledgeable of your project.
c) Provide a Signed Statement indicating that your nomination package is factual. c) Provide a Signed Statement indicating that your nomination package is factual.

For Future Leaders Awards, please note the following: (i) References may be contacted to clarify any information regarding the nomination; and (ii) If your project involves work with a company then consent from the employer or supervisor permitting the release of information is required.

Part 2: Project Information

On additional pages, please provide information about your energy efficiency initiative or project according to the following required categories (below). In the overview category, you may indicate an award that you think best relates to your project. All required categories must be fully addressed in sufficient depth and accompanied where possible by supporting documentation describing the work and achievements that would qualify the nominee for an award, keeping in mind the Selection Process.

Instruction Identify and Describe
Overview Include a, b, c a) Project title or initiative topic (award category optional)
b) Project start date and completion date (month/year)
c) Project objective or purpose
Relevance Address
one or more
(letters d to h)
that are relevant to your project
d) How does your project pertain to energy policy and programs? (e.g., establishing plans, targets, teams)
e) How does your project relate to energy sources?(e.g., using electricity, natural gas, oil, renewable)
f) How does your project relate to process and technology(e.g., improving boilers, furnaces,ventilation, lighting)
g) How does your project relate to performance analysis?
(e.g., installing meters, maintaining records, tracking trends)
h) How does your project relate to energy awareness?
(e.g., organizing workshops, training employees)

Compare benefits
before and after
project completion
one or more
(letters i to l)
to demonstrate
impact of your
i) What is the impact on energy performance?(i.e., energy efficiency and energy intensity)
j) What is the impact in terms of innovation?(i.e., improved or novel idea, method, or process)
k) What is the impact for broader application?
(i.e., transferability to other companies or industry sectors)
l) What is the environmental contribution?(i.e., reduction in greenhouse gas emissions and improvement in environmental sustainability)

Note: Some letters may not be relevant to your project. When a nomination is received, it will be reviewed in terms of eligibility, relevance and impact (Energy Performance, Innovation, Potential for Broad Application, Environmental Contribution). Higher ratings will be given to information that is quantified and based on the quality of information provided (example: insufficient; weak; satisfactory; good; excellent).