On October 16, 2018, we recognized Nova Scotia’s best-in-class energy efficient organizations, individuals and communities with the Bright Business Awards. Award winners are industry leaders who inspire others to think and act differently and help distinguish Nova Scotia as a Canadian leader in energy efficiency.

Over the past seven years, we handed out over 40 Bright Business Awards. That’s 40 businesses, individuals and communities who have recognized the benefits of energy efficiency – and acted.

We are happy to share the 2018 winners for the Bright Business Community, Engagement, Innovation, Partnership and Leadership Awards.

Nomination period for 2019 Bright Business Awards coming early Spring 2019.

2018 Bright Business Award Winners

Community Award

Recognizes a Nova Scotia city, town, village, local service district, not-for-profit organization, or group that has excelled in energy efficiency campaigns or projects.

Congratulations to the Town of Bridgewater for winning the 2018 Community Award. 

Accepting the award on behalf of the Town of Bridgewater is (Left) Myles Cornish, Onsite Energy Manager for the Town of Bridgewater. Pictured with (Right) Christine Murray, The Breton Law Group, Community Award Sponsor 2018.


Watch their Award video!



Engagement Award

Recognizes an organization’s leadership and commitment to energy efficiency in Nova Scotia through activities such as planning, project development, energy management, and employee engagement.

Congratulations to CBRM Water for winning the 2018 Engagement Award. 

Accepting the award on behalf of CBRM Water is (Left) Greg Campbell, Water Systems Engineer at CBRM Water Utility. Pictured with (Right) Jess Burgess, Éconoler, on behalf of the Canadian Institute for Energy Training (CIET), Engagement Award Sponsor 2018.


Watch their Award video!



Innovation Award

Recognizes an innovative energy efficiency project, service, tool or technology that resulted in substantial energy savings and has the potential to be adopted within Nova Scotia or the respective industry.

Congratulations to the Ecology Action Centre for winning the 2018 Innovation Award. 

Accepting the award on behalf of the Ecology Action Centre is (Left to right) Jordan Willet, Solterre Design, Maggy Burns and Emma Norton, Ecology Action Centre. Pictured with (Far right) Daryl Genge, Springboard Atlantic, Innovation Award Sponsor 2018.


Watch their Award video!



Partnership Award

Recognizes the outstanding delivery of energy efficiency solutions, services or education by an Efficiency Nova Scotia Partner or Network Member.

Congratulations to Thinkwell Shift for winning the 2018 Partnership Award. 

Accepting the award on behalf of Thinkwell Shift is Len Preeper, Carrie MacDonald and the team of Thinkwell Shift. Pictured with Fay Dickinson and Courtney Stevens, Collins Barrow Nova Scotia Inc., Partnership Award Sponsor 2018.


Watch their Award video!



Leadership Award

Recognizes an individual’s leadership, contribution and impact on the energy efficiency industry in Nova Scotia or the respective industry.

Congratulations to Bill Murphy, Director of Building, Facilities, Parks, Grounds, Recreation at the Cape Breton Regional Municipality for winning the 2018 Leadership Award. 

Accepting the award on behalf of Bill is (Left) Wayne MacDonald, Director of Engineering and Public Works at Cape Breton Regional Municipality. Pictured with (Right) Jeff MacCallum, Divert NS, Leadership Award Sponsor 2018.


Watch Bill's Award video!




Past Bright Business Award Winners

2017 Award Winners

Community Cape Breton University
Engagement        Nova Scotia Community College
Innovation Green Power Labs Inc.
Partnership Energy Performance Services (EPS/Canada) Inc.                 
Leadership Caleb Howden

2016 Award Winners

Community The Municipality of the District of Guysborough Read their story.
Engagement              Farnell Packaging Read their story.
Innovation Housing Nova Scotia & Passive Design Solutions  
Partnership Streamline Engineering Services Read their story.
Leadership Rochelle Owen Read her story.

2015 Award Winners

Small Business  Truro Nissan
Large Business Intertape Polymer Group (IPG)
Community Halifax Regional School Board
Engagement Cape Breton Regional Municipality
Partnership ARCA Canada
Innovation Power Strength & Energy Solutions Ltd.                   
Leadership Ian Storey

2014 Award Winners

Small Business Burnside Farms   
Large Business Nova Scotia Liquor Commission
Community Town of Bridgewater
Engagement Halifax Regional Water Commission                       
Partnership Trinity Maintenance Solutions Ltd
Innovation Valley Resource Waste Management
Leadership Steven Dixon

2013 Award Winners

Light Star Vimiga Enterprises Inc
Shooting Star Oxford Frozen Foods
Bright Star Dalhousie University
North Star Capital District Health Authority                    
Guiding Star Summerhill
Rising Star Hawkins House
Shining Star Phillip Cox

2012 Award Winners

Light Star Joy Gift and Jewellery                                      
Shooting Star Mount Saint Vincent University (MSVU)
Bright Star Sobeys
North Star Michelin
Guiding Star Nedco
Rising Star Lobster R Us
Shining Star Dale Robertson