Energy Manager of the Year Awards

Recognizing Ontario’s leading energy management professionals

The Energy Manager of the Year Awards celebrate Ontario’s most innovative professional energy managers who deliver lasting value to organizations across the province. Save on Energy has held these industry-leading awards since 2017 to recognize the skill and dedication of these individuals and their organizations' commitment to energy-efficiency best practices.

Nominations for the 2022 Energy Manager of the Year Awards have now closed.

Meet the 2021 winners

Chris Shilton

CityHousing Hamilton

At CityHousing Hamilton, Chris Shilton, is focused on identifying energy efficiency and conservation projects, which are key to the city’s goal to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and lower operating costs. Chris actively leverages funding opportunities to revitalize the city’s housing stock – and his efforts have saved CityHousing Hamilton $1.5 million a year in operational costs.

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Daniela Paraschiv

City of Mississauga

Daniela Paraschiv is the first energy manager in Ontario to win the Energy Manager of the Year award twice. Daniela and the City of Mississauga’s energy management team are committed to finding innovative solutions to conserve energy use in city buildings. Their efforts, supported by Save on Energy programs, have helped the city to achieve more than 12,447 MWh of energy savings.

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Paul Mellecke

General Dynamics Land Systems

At General Dynamics Land Systems, Paul Mellecke is part of a cross-functional energy management group that includes individuals from production, maintenance, facilities, quality, communications and supply chain management. The team is focused on helping the company reduce its carbon footprint by 40 percent by 2034. In 2021, General Dynamics saved $160,000 by managing its energy use.

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Ehson Ameer

Magna Polycon

At Magna Polycon, Ehson Ameer leads the strategic energy management program where he actively manages energy audits, creates strategies to save energy, and develops business cases for capital expenditures – and most importantly, drives organizational change. Ehson’s work reflects his continuous improvement mindset and contributes to Magna International’s goals of becoming carbon neutral across all its plants by 2030.

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Behzad Hosseinpour

Maple Leaf Foods

At Maple Leaf Foods, Behzad Hosseinpour works to identify high-priority energy-saving projects at its Hannon plan to meet the company’s corporate sustainability goals. Behzad is focused on helping Maple Leaf be the most sustainable protein company on earth. “That is the guiding star for me and for all of us here,” Behzad says.

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Shailesh Abhang and Emily Huang

Unity Health

At Unity Health, Shailesh Abhang and Emily Huang are constantly on the lookout for ways to conserve and reduce energy consumption. While they are not frontline healthcare workers, they play an important role that directly influences patients well being. “This is a role that comes with a lot of responsibility,” says Shailesh. “It is rewarding work that has such a big impact on the lives of the patients,” says Emily.

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Jerome James

Jerome James

Jerome is recognized for his efforts integrating energy efficiency into industrial projects such as central compressed air systems and their controllers. He was able to monitor progress toward energy reduction goals by using historical energy consumption data. He has also initiated and implemented cross-departmental dialogue and information sharing about sustainable energy practices, which has resulted in greater organizational collaboration and lasting improvements in energy behaviours.