On October 23, 2019, 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 eight 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 2019 winners for the Bright Business Community, Engagement, Innovation, Partnership and Leadership Awards.


Nomination forms for the 2020 Bright Business Awards will be posted in February 2020.



Community Award Winner - Membertou First Nation

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.


Engagement Award - Dalhousie University

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.


Innovation Award - ThermAtlantic Energy Products

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.


Partnership Award - Americspec Inspection Services

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


Leadership Award - Hayssam Barhoun, President, EcoSmart Building Energy Solutions

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



2019 Bright Business Award Winners

Commununity  Membertou First Nation - Richard Paul, Chief Operating Officer
Engagement Dalhousie University - Dalhousie's Energy Committee
Innovation ThermAtlantic Energy Products - Benoit Maneckjee, Owner
Partnership Amerispec Inspection Services - Glen Strang, Owner & Linda-Marie Pride, Executive Administrative Director
Leadership EcoSmart Building Energy Solutions - Hayssam Barhoun, President


Past Bright Business Award Winners

2018 Award Winners

Community Town of Bridgewater
Engagement        CBRM Water
Innovation Ecology Action Centre 
Partnership Thinkwell Shift                                                                            
Leadership Bill Murphy

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