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CanSIA's Game Changer Awards

The potential that the Canadian solar industry represents and the momentum, powered by a community of thousands of solar industry workers, are enormous. Those who stand above and rise to the challenges of our industry simply must be celebrated. The Game Changer Awards recognize the excellence of the many individuals and organizations that have helped the solar energy industry mature by pursuing the path that will lead us to an even brighter future.


Solar Industry Leader
Recognizes an individual whose leadership has inspired the growth and development of the solar industry in Canada.  The recipient is honoured for leading by example, demonstrating long-term thinking and a win/win attitude.

Emerging Solar Leader
Presented to a student or recent graduate (age 18 – 35) who demonstrates leadership in promoting the adoption of solar energy.

President’s Solar Award
Recognizes an individual’s volunteer efforts in making a difference. Awarded at the discretion of the President (no nominations).

WIRE Women of Distinction Award
Nominations will be accepted directly through WIRE (Women in Renewable Energy). The award will be presented at CanSIA's Game Changer Awards on May 16, 2016.

WiRE Women of Distinction Awards recognize and celebrate professional women working in the energy sector who go above and beyond business-as-usual, consistently demonstrate outstanding leadership, and have contributed significantly to the expansion and improvement of the power sector. Nominations for the WiRE Woman of Distiction Award for Solar are open. Deadline for submissions is April 8th, 2016.


Solar Adopter
Recognizes a corporation from outside the solar supply-chain whose commitment to solar energy is fostering sustainable awareness practices for itself, its suppliers and its customers.

Project Finance Innovation
The declining cost of solar installations, globally, is being driven in large part by the availability of low-cost financing.  This award will recognize creativity and innovation in Canadian solar energy project financing.

Community/First Nations' Solar Project
Community and First Nations' solar projects serve as natural showcases for solar energy, benefitting both the local populace and the wider environment.  This award will recognize the commitment and excellence by community and First Nations groups that choose to make a difference with solar.

Solar Service Excellence
Recognizes service excellence in the delivery of support services to the solar sector from any of the engineering, construction, legal, accounting, banking and financial service industries, with an emphasis on cost efficiency, ethical practice and/or health and safety excellence..

Solar Thermal Project of the Year
Awarded to the Institutional, Commercial or Industrial (ICI) solar thermal project that, either through high visibility, meaningful stakeholder engagement or innovative features has helped the solar thermal industry become mainstream.

Solar PV Project of the Year
Awarded to the Institutional, Commercial or Industrial (ICI) solar PV project that, either through high visibility, meaningful stakeholder engagement or innovative features, has helped the solar PV industry become mainstream.

Solar Developer of the Year
Recognizes excellence in the responsible development of projects through such practices as meaningful stakeholder engagement, strong project management, predicted output and project returns.

Smart Energy Management
Solar energy is playing an increasingly pivotal role in comprehensive approaches to energy management.  This award will recognize successful efforts to integrate solar into a holistic energy management environment.