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BOMA Toronto receives international recognition for energy conservation success

Tuesday, November 19th 2013 9:13:03am

Media Release

The Association of Energy Engineers awarded BOMA Toronto ‘Energy Project of the Year (Canada Region)’ at the 36th World Energy Engineering Congress in Washington, DC

(Toronto, ON, November 19, 2013) BOMA Toronto is the recipient of Energy Project of the Year (Canada Region) award from the Association of Energy Engineers (AEE) for its former Conservation and Demand Management (CDM) Program. The award acknowledges achievements being made in energy by identifying those who exemplify the very best in their fields.

With the culture of conservation in Ontario shifting, and the general public becoming even more aware of the importance of energy efficiency, BOMA Toronto is pleased to receive this award, and continue playing an important role in bringing awareness to CDM and sustainability in general.

BOMA Toronto is the first and only association in Ontario to have delivered a CDM program directly to end users. While helping to meet provincial energy demand reduction targets, the program sustained an average annual growth of 100% in savings over four years, with its last quarter performance resulting in a record-high 13MW of conservation.

BOMA Toronto stepped up to Ontario’s energy challenge by delivering a unique CDM program that not only served its membership but also served the commercial real-estate industry at large. Funded by the Ontario Power Authority (OPA), the BOMA CDM Program accepted applications between March 2007 and December 2010 and officially wrapped up in 2012. The BOMA model for CDM was simple and effective, was able to effectively engage and motivate the large commercial real estate sector to implement energy efficiency projects.

By the end of 2010, the BOMA CDM Program successfully delivered over 50MW of conservation, making it one of the best performing CDM programs ever delivered to the Ontario market. 50MW is equivalent to enough energy to supply over 15,000 homes for one year (based on Statistics Canada). The success of this program provided the foundation on which the current province-wide program is built.

BOMA Toronto accepted the award in a ceremony late September at the 36th World Energy Engineering Congress in Washington, D.C. Last year BOMA Toronto received a national recognition from the Canadian Society of Association Executives for the same program.

“BOMA Toronto is honoured to receive this award. It reinforces how committed we are to energy conservation in Ontario. This would not have been possible without our participants who applied for the program, our channel partners who helped promote it and evaluate projects, and the Ontario Power Authority. We are very grateful for their support and participation,” stated Chris Conway, President and Chief Staff Officer of BOMA Toronto. BOMA Toronto receiving this award is a testament of its commitment, hard work, creativity and success in delivering its CDM Program.

"BOMA Toronto's Conservation and Demand Management program and ongoing commitment to conservation sets a great example for industry associations across the province, and is something we are looking to see more of going forward. Congratulations on a job well done." Minister Chiarelli, Ministry of Energy.

"BOMA Toronto is a pioneer for energy conservation in commercial buildings, and the OPA is pleased that the CDM program, run in partnership with BOMA Toronto, is receiving international recognition. Our efforts continue to drive a culture of conservation across the province, and all Ontarians are benefiting from the results of this successful program." Andrew Pride, VP, Conservation, Ontario Power Authority.

"BOMA Toronto is a valued partner in our ongoing efforts to advance conservation and demand management in large commercial buildings. This award is well deserved and recognizes the important foundations for CDM that BOMA Toronto helped build in this city." Chris Tyrrell, VP, Customer Care and Chief Conservation Officer, Toronto Hydro.

For more information or to schedule interviews, please contact:
BOMA Toronto: Kirsten Martin, at (416) 596-8065 x222,

The Building Owners and Managers Association of the Greater Toronto Area (BOMA Toronto) is a not-for-profit organization established in 1917. Its members include leading building owners, managers, developers, leasing agents and service providers. BOMA Toronto helps members ensure tenant satisfaction, maximize profits, and enhance asset values for building owners and investors through market intelligence, education, networking, and government advocacy.

The Ontario Power Authority is responsible for ensuring a reliable, sustainable supply of electricity for Ontario. Its key areas of focus are planning the power system for the long term, leading and coordinating conservation initiatives across the province, and ensuring development of needed generation resources.

The Association of Energy Engineers (AEE), founded in 1977, is a nonprofit professional society of over 16,000 members in 89 countries. The mission of AEE is “to promote the scientific and educational interests of those engaged in the energy industry and to foster action for Sustainable Development.”

L to R: Bill Younger, President (AEE); Chris Conway, President & CSO (BOMA Toronto); Bala Gnanam, Director, Sustainability & Building Technologies (BOMA Toronto); Neal Lacheur, Past Chair, BOMA Toronto Board of Directors (Bentall Kennedy); Keith Major, Canadian representative on BOMA International Executive (Bentall Kennedy); Larry Good, Director of International Membership (AEE)