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Major corporate awards and achievements

 

2016

CEA President’s Gold Award of Excellence for Employee Safety
The Gold level award goes to member utilities in the top 25 per cent for both All Injury/Illness Frequency and Lost-Time Injury Severity rates for three consecutive years. This recognition places OPG at the top of the electricity industry in terms of employee safety, and is a testament to our continued commitment to occupational health and safety.
  >> Awarded October 2016

CEA Leadership in External Collaboration and Partnerships Award
This award is presented to a company with a strong commitment to external collaboration and partnerships with Indigenous peoples, local communities, and other stakeholders. OPG received this recognition for our joint ventures with Indigenous groups that successfully developed projects to produce safe, renewable and clean hydroelectricity while providing education, training, jobs and contract opportunities to surrounding Indigenous communities.
  >> Awarded October 2016

Corporate Knights Best 50 Corporate Citizens in Canada
In its 15th year, the ranking transparently measures a diverse range of Canadian enterprises on 12 sustainability measures, including carbon productivity, per cent of taxes paid, health and safety performance and leadership. This is the fifth time OPG has been named to the Top 50, since 2011.
  >> Awarded June 2016

Awards from Previous Years

2015 2011 2007 2003
2014 2010 2006 2002
2013 2009 2005 2001
2012 2008 2004

 

2015

CEA Silver President's Award of Excellence for Employee Safety
The Silver level award goes to member utilities in the top 25 per cent for both All Injury/Illness Frequency and Lost-Time Injury Severity rates for two consecutive years. This recognition places OPG at the top of the electricity industry in terms of employee safety, and is a testament to our commitment to occupational health and safety.
  >> Awarded October 2015

Corporate Knights Best 50 Corporate Citizens in Canada
In its 14th year, the ranking transparently measures a diverse range of Canadian enterprises on 12 sustainability measures, including leadership, greenhouse gas productivity and health and safety performance. “Companies named to the Top 50 represent the Canadian standard for who is doing the best job of squeezing productivity out of our valuable resources while respecting the social contract with safe workplaces…and ensuring leadership structures reflect the rich diversity of our society,” said Toby Heaps, CEO of Corporate Knights. This is the fourth time since 2011 OPG has been named to the Top 50.
  >> Awarded June 2015

CEA 2015 Environmental Commitment Award
OPG was recognized for its innovative approach to switching the fuel it uses in electricity generation from coal to biomass. In 2014, OPG retired its coal-fired power plants to generate electricity which proved to be one of the single largest climate change initiative undertaken in North America. As part of this initiative, OPG converted two of its previously coal-fired power plants – Atikokan and Thunder Bay generating stations - to conventional and advanced wood pellet biomass, respectively.The conversion projects demonstrated OPG’s commitment to mitigating its environmental impacts, and to the socio-economic prosperity of northern Ontario communities. In fact, OPG’s efforts have garnered international attention, and other jurisdictions are now looking to follow OPG’s leadership in the phase-out of coal-fired generation and conversion of existing facilities to biomass.
  >> Awarded June 2015

Biomass Magazine’s Groundbreaker of the Year Award
OPG was named Groundbreaker of the Year by Biomass Magazine at the International Biomass Conference and Expo. OPG received this recognition for converting our Atikokan Generating Station to the largest 100 per cent biomass-fired power plant in North America. The $170 million conversion from coal to wood pellets was completed in the summer of 2014, and the facility now generates up to 200 MW of renewable power. OPG also successfully converted our Thunder Bay Generating Station to advanced biomass pellets.
  >> Awarded April 2015

2015 Consulting Engineers of Ontario Award of Merit
OPG, Hatch and the Ministry of Natural Resources and Forestry (MNRF) received this award for Technical Excellence and Innovation for development of the Province’s Dam Safety Risk Assessment Tool. The Dam Safety Risk Assessment Tool was jointly developed by OPG and Hatch with input from the MNRF to provide dam owners and regulators with a consistent means to assess risk and evaluate options for safety improvements.
  >> Awarded April 2015

Timmins Chamber of Commerce Nova Award
OPG and partner Moose Cree First Nation were recognized by the Timmins Chamber of Commerce with the De Beers Canada Aboriginal Partnership Award sponsored by De Beers Canada, for our work together on the recently completed Lower Mattagami Project.
  >> Awarded April 2015

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2014

Corporate Knights Best 50 Corporate Citizens in Canada
In announcing the 2014 rankings, Corporate Knights’ managing director Doug Morrow observed, “Organizations named to the Best 50 represent the best in corporate sustainability performance,” says Doug Morrow, Corporate Knights’ managing director. “They epitomize the concept of doing more with less.”  The ranking, transparently measures a diverse range of Canadian enterprises on a suite of 12 sustainability metrics, including greenhouse gas productivity and health and safety performance. This is the third time OPG has been recognized in the Top 50.
  >> Awarded June 2014

2014 Sustainable Electricity – Social Responsibility Award
The Canadian Electricity Association (CEA) has recognized OPG for its strong commitment to building and growing mutually beneficial working relationships with First Nations and Métis communities. OPG works with more than 50 First Nations and Métis communities from across Ontario on several electricity projects and partnerships. OPG’s First Nation and Métis Relations Policy guides the development of successful partnerships like the Lac Seul Generating Station and the Lower Mattagami River project.
  >> Awarded June 2014

Environment Sector Technology Transfer Award
OPG received the Electric Power Research Institute (EPRI) Environment Sector Technology Transfer Award. This award recognizes the contributions that OPG’s Performance and Testing team made to the EPRI Biomass Test Burn conducted at Plant Scholz in Florida. The team's project was part of Advanced Biomass work to investigate the technical feasibility of using advanced biomass as a repowering option for OPG's thermal generating stations.  
  >> Awarded February 2014

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2013

Recognition Award for Service to the Community
OPG Nanticoke GS employees were presented with a Recognition Award for service by the Simcoe and District Chamber of Commerce. This award recognizes Nanticoke's contribution of reliable electricity, outreach, environmental initiatives and safety awareness, to the community over the last 40 years.
  >> Awarded December 2013

CEA Vice President's Award for Safety Excellence
OPG was recognized by the Canadian Electricity Association for its outstanding safety performance in 2012. This award represents occupational health and safety achievement in the generation, or transmission and distribution operation sectors. Recipients must be in the top quartile for both all injury/illness frequency and lost-time accident severity rates within their respective business operation.
  >> Awarded November 2013

2013 Canadian Project of the Year
OPG was honoured by the Tunneling Association of Canada with its Canadian Project of the Year award for the Niagara Tunnel Project. The 10.2 kilometre Niagara Tunnel project was completed with a safety record that was twice as good as the industry average. Construction involved the world’s largest hard rock tunnel boring machine.
  >> Awarded November 2013

Corporate Knights Best 50 Corporate Citizens in Canada
In announcing the 2013 rankings, Corporate Knights’ managing director Doug Morrow observed that the organizations chosen for this honour “stand out as top performers on a suite of forward-looking, financially relevant sustainability metrics” – including leadership diversity, low greenhouse gas levels, and health and safety performance. This is the second time Corporate Knights has acknowledged OPG for its corporate citizenship. It was previously listed in 2011.
  >> Awarded June 2013

Nuclear Excellence Award
OPG's Fred Dermarkar, Vice President of Engineer Strategy, was named the recipient of the prestigious Nuclear Exellence Award by the World Association of Nuclear Operators (WANO), recognizing OPG's contributions to the overall WANO Post-Fukushima Response.
  >> Awarded June 13, 2013

2012 Canadian Diversity Champion
OPG’s Barb Keenan, Senior Vice President, People and Culture, was recognized as a Canadian Diversity Champion by the Women of Influence organization. Canadian Diversity Champions are senior leaders recognized for their consistent dedication and commitment to leading and developing innovative diversity initiatives and programs in the workplace. Barb Keenan has supported a number of initiatives that recognize diversity and inclusiveness across OPG, including the Code of Business Conduct, the Empowered Women Leadership Training program and employee resource groups such as the Native Circle.
  >> Awarded 2013

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2012

Environmental Earth Angels Environmental Achievement Award
OPG’s Darlington Nuclear generating station received the 2012 Environmental Achievement Award from the Environmental Earth Angels. The award recognizes Darlington’s leadership and commitment to “many years of outstanding biodiversity improvements and environmental education programs.”
  >> Awarded December 2012

2012 CEA Sustainability Company of the Year
OPG was recognized by the Canadian Electricity Association for its commitment to minimizing its environmental footprint through innovative initiatives and partnerships. The award also recognizes OPG's active engagement with Aboriginal Peoples and stakeholders.
  >> Awarded June 2012

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2011

Safe Communities of Pickering-Ajax 2011 Ambassador for Safety Business Partner Award
OPG was recognized on Oct. 6, 2011 for its outstanding commitment to safety at the annual Partners in Prevention Conference at Deer Creek Golf Course and Country Club. The award recognizes volunteers and organizations for their dedication to making Canada the safest country in the world to live, learn, work and play.
  >> Awarded October 2011

Corporate Knights Best 50 Corporate Citizens in Canada
OPG is named one of the 50 top corporate citizens in Canada by Corporate Knights magazine, the “magazine for clean capitalism,” in its 10th annual ranking.
  >> Awarded June 2011

Ontario Historical Society President’s Award
OPG received the Ontario Historical Society 2010 President’s Award for its strong support of the OHS’s Reading and Remembrance Programme, reaching well over 100,000 students.
  >> Awarded June 2011

Regional Outstanding Corporate Award
The Canadian Diabetes Association (CDA) presented OPG with the Regional Outstanding Corporate Award at its Regional Annual Meeting, in recognition of OPG’s extraordinary ongoing financial support and commitment to the CDA.
  >> Awarded May 2011

Environmental Earth Angels Environmental Achievement Award
OPG’s Pickering Nuclear generating station received the 2011 Environmental Achievement Award from the Environmental Earth Angels. The award recognizes Pickering’s “many years of outstanding biodiversity and education.”
  >> Awarded April 2011

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2010

Corporate Habitat of the Year Award
OPG’s Niagara Plant Group (NPG) won the prestigious Corporate Habitat of the Year Award from the Wildlife Habitat Council. The award is presented to a facility which continues to demonstrate excellence in the areas of wildlife habitat enhancement and restoration. This is the WHC’s highest honour. NPG was chosen out of 185 sites across North America.
  >> Awarded November 2010

Catalyst Canada Award
The Catalyst Canada Honours Award recognizes Canadian corporate leaders’ commitment to the promotion of women in business. OPG Treasurer Colleen Sidford was one of three inaugural recipients of this award.
  >> Award announced in July and awarded in October 2010

Infrastructure Health and Safety Association’s ZeroQuest Platinum Award
OPG received the ZeroQuest Platinum Award from the Infrastructure Health and Safety Association awarded at IHSA’s Annual General Meeting in Toronto. The award recognizes OPG’s efforts to sustain and continuously improve its safety performance, health and safety management systems and safety culture. This is the highest level of recognition a company can achieve in the ZeroQuest program.
  >> Awarded June 2010

Pickering Local Business Civic Award
OPG was awarded the Local Business Civic Award from Pickering Mayor Dave Ryan at a ceremony at the Pickering City Hall. OPG received the award for its wide range of community partnerships, programs and employee volunteerism. The award is given annually to organizations that make significant contributions to Pickering’s economy and community.
  >> Awarded May 2010

Nova Awards
OPG’s Northeast Plant Group was recognized with the Business Contribution to the Community award at the annual Nova Award ceremonies, held by the Timmins Chamber of Commerce. The award recognizes OPG’s support of local community initiatives and organizations as well as the many volunteer hours contributed by its employees.
  >> Awarded May 2010

Organization of Candu Industries Chairman's Award
The organization of CANDU industries (OCI), based in Durham Region, award OPG the Chairman's Award in recognition of outstanding support and contribution to the Ontario nuclear industry.
  >> Awarded April 2010

 

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2009

CLOCA Watershed Award
OPG’s Darlington and Pickering nuclear stations received the 2009 CLOCA Watershed award from the Central Lake Ontario Conservation Authority (CLOCA) in recognition of OPG’s sponsorship of the annual Durham Children’s Groundwater Festival.
  >> Awarded December 2009

Wildlife Habitat Council’s Conservation, Education and Outreach (CEO) Award
OPG received the Wildlife Habitat Council’s CEO award. The award recognizes companies with a history of striving for excellence in biodiversity.
  >> Awarded November 2009

Wildlife Habitat Council’s Community Partner of the Year Award
The Nanticoke generating station was honoured with the WHC’s Community Partner of the Year award, which recognizes an organization or individual for significant contribution to a site's wildlife habitat enhancement and conservation education programs.
  >> Awarded November 2009

Wildlife Habitat Council Certification
OPG’s R.H. Saunders hydroelectric generating station’s “Wildlife at Work” program was certified for two years by the Wildlife Habitat Council.
  >> Awarded November 2009

 

Canada’s Top 100 Employers
OPG was named as one of Canada’s Top 100 Employers for 2010. This was the third year in a row that OPG received this recognition.
  >> Awarded October 2009

Greater Toronto Top 75 Award
OPG was chosen as one of Greater Toronto’s Top 75 Employers for the fourth year in a row OPG.
  >> Awarded October 2009

Ontario Energy Association’s (OEA) Leader of the Year
OEA named Wayne Robbins, OPG’s Chief Nuclear Officer, as “Leader of the Year” for his “determination to get the job done with overwhelming regard for employees’ health and safety.”
  >> Awarded September 2009

Electrical and Utility Safety Association (E&USA) ZeroQuest Gold Award
Electrical and Utility Safety Association (E&USA) presented OPG with its ZeroQuest Gold Award for maintaining a high level of safety performance for four consecutive years. OPG is the only company in the ZeroQuest program to achieve this milestone.
  >> Awarded Summer 2009

Ontario Environmental Leaders Program
The Ontario government announced that OPG’s Niagara Plant Group was the newest member of Ontario's Environmental Leaders program, in recognition of nine innovative pollution reduction commitments to reduce their environmental footprint.
  >> Announced June 2009

Thunder Bay Chamber of Commerce Environmental Stewardship Award
OPG’s Thunder Bay generating station won the Environmental Stewardship Award at the Thunder Bay Chamber of Commerce Annual Business Awards.
  >> Awarded April 2009

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2008

Lake Superior Bi-National Forum Award
The Thunder Bay Generating Station was recognized for ongoing initiatives to reduce toxins in Lake Superior and a voluntary program of continuous measuring of emissions. The Lake Superior BiNational Forum is a public advisory body funded by Environment Canada and the Environmental Protection Agency.
  >> Awarded November 2008

Wildlife Habitat Council’s (WHC) Corporate Habitat of the Year Award
OPG’s Darlington nuclear generating station was selected from 146 sites across North America to receive the Corporate Habitat of the Year Award from the WHC. The award recognizes continuous site improvement in wildlife habitat enhancement and restoration, and use of lands for teaching.
  >> Awarded November 2008

Wildlife Habitat Council and Ducks Unlimited, Wings over Wetlands Award
OPG received international environmental recognition after being awarded the Wings over Wetlands Award; a joint recognition from the Wildlife Habitat Council and Ducks Unlimited. The award recognizes “exemplary corporate participation in wetland stewardship.”
  >> Awarded November 2008

Ambassador for Safety Business Partner Award
OPG was recognized by Safe Communities for Pickering-Ajax (SCOPA), for outstanding commitment to safety at the Industrial Accident Prevention Association’s Spirit Conference at Deer Creek Golf Course and Country Club. OPG received this award from SCOPA on behalf of its 7,200 employees working in Durham Region.
  >> Awarded October 2008

Ontario Energy Association’s (OEA) Energy Company of the Year
The OEA named the Portlands Energy Centre (PEC), a partnership between OPG and TransCanada Energy, as “Energy Company of the Year.” The PEC was recognized for “its vision and dedication to bringing a key 550 MW combined cycle natural gas generating station on line…on time and on budget."
  >> Awarded September 2008

2008 Community Recognition Award
The Darlington nuclear generating station was given a Community Recognition Award by Community Living Oshawa/Clarington, at its annual general meeting for the station’s outstanding contribution to enriching the lives of people with intellectual disabilities.
  >> Awarded September 2008

Hackett Group Award
OPG’s Finance Organization received World Class Recognition award from the Hackett Group., a U.S. based global strategic advisory firm specializing in best practice advisory, benchmarking and consulting services.
  >> Awarded September 2008

Canadian Electricity Association (CEA), Gold Award
OPG received the CEA’s President's Award of Excellence for Employee Safety for 2007 Gold Award. The Gold Award is given for three consecutive years of achieving top quartile performance in both 'All Injury/Illness Frequency' and 'Lost-Time Severity' rates.
  >> Awarded August 2008

Electrical and Utility Safety Association (E&USA) ZeroQuest Gold Award
Electrical and Utility Safety Association (E&USA) presented OPG with its ZeroQuest Gold Award for maintaining a high level of safety performance for three consecutive years. OPG is the only company in the ZeroQuest program to achieve this milestone.
  >> Awarded Summer 2008

Jessica Markland Partnership Award
OPG Nuclear received Jessica Markland Partnership Award from the Regional Municipality of Durham and Durham Environmental Advisory Committee, in recognition of its co-operative efforts to enhance the natural environment.
  >> Awarded May 2008

City of Pickering – Environment Leadership Award
OPG received an Environment Award at the Annual Civic Awards at Pickering City Hall for its commitment to good environmental practices and for partnerships with the city of Pickering, and other community groups on sustainability initiatives.
  >> Awarded May 2008

Wildlife Habitat Council, Signature of Sustainability Award
OPG's Darlington nuclear station was awarded a Signature of Sustainability Award in recognition of its “exemplary involvement in biodiversity conservation” and for going above and beyond certification standards.
  >> Awarded February 2008

United Way of Ajax-Pickering-Uxbridge Corporate Citizenship Award
OPG's Pickering nuclear generating station received a Corporate Citizenship Award at the Annual Touchdown event at Deer Creek Banquet Hall in Ajax.
  >> Awarded February 2008

Zero Waste Action Team’s (ZWAT) Local Zero Hero Certificate
OPG's Thunder Bay generating station received a certificate for exceptional efforts to eliminate waste, manage resources, and promote local jobs and economic self-sufficiency. ZWAT is a self-supported organization of members from the commercial, industrial, institutional and community sectors.
  >> Awarded January 2008

 

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2007

Ontario Energy Association’s (OEA) Energy Leader of the Year
OEA named OPG President and CEO, Jim Hankinson its “Leader of the Year,” for showing “a steady hand in guiding his team and organization” and for his ability “to make the tough decisions that have resulted in the new OPG."
  >> Awarded September 2007

Silver President's Award of Excellence
OPG received the Canadian Electricity Association’s Silver President’s Award of Excellence in recognition of two consecutive years of top quartile employee safety performance.
  >> Awarded December 2007

Wildlife Habitat Council 2007 Corporate Habitat of the Year Award
OPG's Pickering Nuclear station received the prestigious 2007 Corporate Habitat of the Year Award from the Wildlife Habitat Council (WHC). The station was judged the best of the 105 sites that received WHC re-certification in 2007.
  >> Awarded November 2007

Kincardine 2006 Business of the Year Award
OPG was awarded the 2006 Business of the Year Award by the Kincardine and District Chamber of Commerce for exhibiting excellence in business growth, customer service and community leadership.
  >> Awarded Mar. 30, 2007

 

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2006

City of Pickering 2005 Civic Award
OPG's Pickering nuclear generating station was awarded a 2005 Civic Award by the City of Pickering. This award is given to Pickering businesses that are outstanding in participation and support of community activities.
  >> Awarded May 15, 2006

 

2005 Municipal Green Award
The Thunder Bay generating station was awarded a Municipal Green Award by the Thunder Bay City Council.
  >> Awarded Feb. 6, 2006

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2005

Central Lake Ontario Conservation Authority Watershed Award
OPG's Pickering nuclear generating station received a Watershed Award from the Central Lake Ontario Conservation Authority.
  >> Awarded Dec. 6, 2005

 

2005 United Way Corporate Citizenship Award
OPG's Pickering nuclear generating station received a Corporate Citizenship Award from the United Way.
  >> Awarded 2005

Canadian Design-Build Institute First Place Award of Excellence
OPG's new Nuclear Support Building at 889 Brock Road in Pickering was awarded the First Place Award of Exellence by the Canadian Design-Build Institute.
  >> Awarded 2005

Professional Engineers of Ontario 2005 Citizenship Award
OPG employee Kevin Lockey received a Citizenship Award from the Professional Engineers of Ontario.
  >> Awarded Nov. 19, 2005

Canadian Standards Association (CSA) Award of Merit
OPG employee Nick van Den Brekel received an Award of Merit from the CSA, for excellence and dedication in providing exceptional value in the development and advancement of standards in the nuclear program.
  >> Awarded 2005

Grand Erie Training and Adjustment Board "Champion Employer Award"
OPG's Nanticoke generation station received a Champion Employer Award from the Grand Erie Training and Adjusment Board, for its outstanding contribution to high-school students' workplace learning.
  >> Awarded April 2005

Electrical & Utilities Safety Association's (E&USA) "Gold Award"
OPG received the E&USA's Gold Award for excellence in building and maintaining a strong safety management system and safety culture at the 90th Annual General Meeting of the E&USA. The award is the E&USA's highest distinction for excellence in safety.
  >> Awarded May 2005

Sarnia Lambton Environmental Association's President's Award
OPG's Lambton generating station received the President's Award from the Sarnia Lambton Environmental Association for "continued outstanding environmental performance through the installation of SCR equipment."
  >> Awarded 2005

National Hydropower Association 2005 Hydro Achievement Award
OPG's R.H. Saunders generating station received a Hydro Achievement Award the in the category of Technological Solutions. The award recognized the station's Concrete and Generating Equipment Rehabilitation.
  >> Awarded April 2005

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2004

United Way of Ajax-Pickering-Uxbridge Community Support Award
OPG's Pickering nuclear generating station received a Community Support Award from the United Way of Ajax-Pickering-Uxbridge, for outstanding contributions to the community.
  >> Awarded 2004

Outstanding Stewardship of America's Rivers Awards
OPG's R.H. Saunders generating station received an Outstanding Stewardship of America's Rivers Award from the National Hydro Power Association, for work on the Madawaska River Projects.
  >> Awarded 2004

Canadian Mental Health Association Work and Well Being Award
OPG's Lambton generation station received this award which is given to an organization that has demonstrated strong promotion of mental health issues in the workplace and good co-operation between the employer, employee and community agencies within the workplace.
  >> Awarded June 2004

Friends of the Second Marsh Director's Award for Service
OPG received this award in recognition of the many partnership activities between the environment organization and Darlington Nuclear, including Yellowfish Road, rain barrel distribution, education outreach, and enhancement efforts on the marsh itself.
  >> Awarded September 2004

 

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2003

2003 Business Excellence Award
OPG's Pickering nuclear generating station received a Business Exellence Award from the Ajax-Pickering Board of Trade for its community support and contribution to the local economy.
  >> Awarded 2003

Clarington Board of Trade Business of the Year Award
OPG's Darlington nuclear generating station received a Business of the Year Award from the Clarington Board of Trade, recognizing their "dedication not only to the community, but to their employees as well."
  >> Awarded 2003

 

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2002

2002 Corporate Citizen of the Year Award
OPG's Darlington nuclear generating station received the Corporate Citizen of the Year Award from the Municipality of Clarington for its ongoing community commitment. OPG was cited for its role in "supporting many local educational, environmental and cultural initiatives in Clarington and the Region of Durham." This was the first time the award was given to a previous winner.
  >> Awarded 2002

 

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2001

2001 Corporate Citizen of the Year Award
OPG's Darlington nuclear generating station received the Corporate Citizen of the Year Award from the Municipality of Clarington.
  >> Awarded 2001

Outstanding Stewardship of America's Rivers Award
OPG received this award for excellence in habitat enhancement, environmental restoration, recreational improvement, mitigation and fish passage. The award was specifically given for OPG's environmental contribution to the Madawaska River Hydroelectric Project on the Madawaska River, Ontario. This was the third consecutive time OPG/Ontario Hydro won this award.
  >> Awarded 2001