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Awards and achievements

At Ontario Power Generation, we strive to make positive impacts through all of our operations in communities across the province.

And sometimes our efforts are recognized with corporate awards and achievements for which we’re extremely grateful.

Learn more about our awards and the worldwide recognition our efforts receive.

2018 Corporate Award of Excellence from Employee Assistance Society of North America

OPG was one of only two Canadian winners of the 2018 Corporate Award of Excellence from EASNA.

These awards showcase excellence, innovation and the impact of employee assistance programs in the workplace. OPG was recognized for our commitment to a culture that values safety and recognizes mental health is critical to a company’s success. OPG received this award in March 2018 and previously in 2010.

2017 Canadian Electricity Association Sustainable Electricity Award

OPG’s Biodiversity program received recognition from the Canadian Electricity Association at its 2017 Sustainable Electricity awards event.

Our biodiversity program operates on many levels at our site communities and across Ontario. Sustainable practices and responsible corporate policies are mandatory requirements by all CEA members. OPG demonstrated unrivalled commitment to providing electricity services in a sustainable, safe, reliable and cost-effective manner.

Learn more about OPG's many biodiversity programs.

2017 Corporate Knights Best 50 Corporate Citizens in Canada

This annual ranking recognizes the Canadian companies setting standards for the advancement of a more fair and sustainable world.

Corporate Knights uses publicly-disclosed data to measure a diverse range of Canadian enterprises on sustainability measures, citizenship indicators, and sector-specific indicators such as renewable energy investments and clean air productivity.

2016 awards

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Awarded in October 2016, the CEA’s gold level award goes to member utilities in the top 25% for both All Injury/Illness Frequency and Lost-Time Injury Severity rates for three consecutive years. This recognition placed 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 in October 2016, it 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 in June 2016, the ranking transparently measured a diverse range of Canadian enterprises on 12 sustainability measures, including carbon productivity, percent of taxes paid, health and safety performance, and leadership.

2015 awards

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Awarded in October 2015, the Silver level award goes to member utilities in the top 25% for both All Injury/Illness Frequency and Lost-Time Injury Severity rates for two consecutive years. This recognition placed OPG at the top of the electricity industry for employee safety and is a testament to our commitment to occupational health and safety.

Awarded in June 2015, the ranking transparently measured a diverse range of Canadian enterprises on 12 sustainability measures, including leadership, greenhouse gas productivity and health and safety performance.

Said CEO Corporate Knights Toby Heaps, “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.”

Awarded in June 2015, OPG was recognized for our innovative approach to switching the fuel for electricity generation from coal to biomass. In 2014, OPG retired its coal-fired power plants. This one of the single largest climate change actions in the world. OPG’s efforts garnered international attention and other jurisdictions looked to follow OPG’s leadership in the phase-out of coal-fired generation.

Awarded in April 2015, 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% 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.

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

2014 awards

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Awarded in June 2014. Corporate Knights’ managing director Doug Morrow observed, “Organizations named to the Best 50 represent the best in corporate sustainability performance. 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.

Awarded in June 2014, the CEA recognized OPG for our 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 in February 2014, OPG was recognized for our Performance and Testing team’s contributions to the EPRI Biomass Test Burn conducted at Plant Scholz, 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.

2013 awards

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Awarded in December 2013, it was presented to employees at OPG’s Nanticoke Generating Station to recognize Nanticoke's contribution of reliable electricity, outreach, environmental initiatives and safety awareness to the community for over 40 years.

Awarded in November 2013, OPG was recognized by the CEA for outstanding safety performance in 2012, representing occupational health and safety achievement in the generation or transmission and distribution operation sectors.

Awarded in November 2013, OPG was honoured to receive this award for the Niagara Tunnel Project. The 10.2 kilometre 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 in June 2013. Corporate Knights’ managing director Doug Morrow noted 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.

Awarded June 2013. OPG's Fred Dermarkar, Vice President of Engineering Strategy, was the recipient of the prestigious WANO award which recognized contributions to WANO’s overall post-Fukushima response.

2012 awards

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Awarded in December 2012, OPG’s Darlington Nuclear Generating Station received the award that recognizes its leadership and commitment to years of outstanding biodiversity improvements and environmental education programs.

Awarded in 2013, OPG’s Barb Keenan, Senior Vice President of People and Culture, was recognized as a Canadian diversity champion — senior leaders who are consistent in their dedication and commitment to leading and developing innovative diversity initiatives and programs in the workplace. Barb supported diversity and inclusiveness initiatives across OPG, including the Code of Business Conduct, Empowered Women Leadership Training, and employee resource groups such as the Native Circle.

Awarded in June 2012, OPG was recognized for our commitment to minimizing our environmental footprint through innovative initiatives and partnerships, and our active engagement with Aboriginal Peoples and stakeholders.