Bright Business 2020 Update

In light of ongoing public health restrictions related to COVID-19, Efficiency Nova Scotia has made the difficult decision to cancel our 2020 Bright Business Conference and Awards.

We recognize the Conference and Awards is an important event for the industry and that many will be disappointed by this news. Given the uncertainty about public health restrictions for public gatherings, we believe the best decision is to exercise an abundance of caution and cancel an event that brings together over 300 people from around the world.

The 2020 Bright Business Awards will also be postponed to fall 2021. Any nominations received so far will be kept until the judging process starts closer to the 2021 event. Nominations will also continue to be accepted throughout the rest of the year, with the judging and awarding process to be held in the summer and fall of 2021.

We thank you for your continued support of the Bright Business Conference and Awards, and we look forward to celebrating Nova Scotia’s energy efficiency industry with you in 2021.



Award recipients are industry leaders who inspire others to think and act differently and help distinguish Nova Scotia as a Canadian leader in energy efficiency. The Bright Business Awards rely upon nominations to help us recognize the deserving recipients. Anyone can apply or nominate another deserving business, community group or person for any of the award categories.

Nominate yourself, another deserving business, community group or individual in any of the five award categories by filling out the corresponding Award Nomination Form below.


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.

50% – Scope of campaign or project
30% – Level of engagement within the community
20% – Demonstrated energy efficiency culture change in community

Bright Business Community Award Nomination Form


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.

50% – Scope of activities
30% – Level of engagement within the organization
20% – Demonstrated energy efficiency culture change from efforts

Bright Business Engagement Award Nomination Form


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.

80% – Innovation behind the project, service, tool or technology
10% – Demonstrated savings and implementation within Nova Scotia or the respective industry
10% – Overall impact and advancement it provides to the energy efficiency industry

Bright Business Innovation Award Nomination Form


Partnership Award

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

60% – Support for the growth of the energy efficiency industry in Nova Scotia
30% – Scope and impact on people reached
10% – Level of customer satisfaction

Bright Business Partnership Award Nomination Form

Leadership Award

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

80% – Overall leadership and impact on the energy efficiency industry in Nova Scotia
10% – Scope of involvement in energy efficiency industry
10% – Demonstrated outstanding contribution in advancing the energy efficiency industry, established either over a long period of time or over a short period but with high impact

Bright Business Leadership Award Nomination Form




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 award recipients below. 

2020 Community Award Winner - Membertou First Nation


2020 Engagement Award - Dalhousie University


2020 Innovation Award - ThermAtlantic Energy Products


2020 Partnership Award - Americspec Inspection Services


2020 Leadership Award - Hayssam Barhoun, President, EcoSmart Building Energy Solutions



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