ERTH Corporation is pleased to announce that Chris White, President and CEO, has been named to Canada’s Clean50 list for 2021 for his activities in evolving the traditional utility business model by embracing distributed clean energy resources.
“Canada’s Clean50 Awards are announced annually by Delta Management Group and the Clean50 organization to recognize those 50 individuals or small teams, from 16 different categories, who have done the most to advance the cause of sustainability and clean capitalism in Canada over the past 2 years,” said Gavin Pitchford, CEO, Delta Management Group. “Chris White was chosen after rigourous screening and research by Delta Management, with advice from internal researchers and external advisors, and was among Honourees selected from an initial pool of approximately 900 well qualified nominees. Delta’s criteria in determining Honourees is to carefully consider actual measurable accomplishments, demonstrated innovation, collaboration with other organizations, and the power of Chris’ contribution to inspire other Canadians to take similar action.”
White and ERTH were commended for work in the Traditional Energy category. Under his leadership since 2016, the electricity distributor and energy service provider has embraced community solar and energy efficiency retrofitting. One of their projects, ERTH Community Power, represents a partnership of 9 municipalities in Ontario created to develop solar facilities on municipal buildings. In the first year of operation, their 7 solar projects generated 1,000 MWh while offsetting 20 million tonnes of CO2 and is expected to generate over $4 million for local stakeholders over the life of the project. ERTH also has a Turnkey LED Streetlight Upgrade Program, completing retrofits for over 60 municipalities and saving over 15,330 MWh/year. “The Clean50 Honourees come from such a broad array of backgrounds, such that only a few individuals are able to be recognized within any given category,” continues Pitchford. “To receive a Clean50 award is truly indicative of both industry and personal leadership in the Traditional Energy category.”
The Clean50 are nominated in one of 16 categories; leaders in each of the categories are then made part of the distinguished Clean16. As the leader in the Traditional Energy category, Chris was also named to Canada’s 2021 Clean16. “The 2021 Clean16 are truly the leaders of the leaders in sustainability in Canada. The competition for the top spot this year in every instance left us with a record number of great choices – and to be selected from amongst such a strong group of peers is truly a testament to the contribution Chris White has made to helping make Canada more sustainable for all Canadians,” says Pitchford.
White is honoured to receive such a prestigious individual award but recognizes that the efforts are due to a committed group of employees, board members and communities. “This acknowledgment recognizes the hard work and the commitment of the ERTH team and its stakeholders to clean energy and energy efficiency,” expressed Chris. “The Clean50 and Clean16 awards let us know that ERTH is on the right path and it inspires us to continue embracing a sustainable future.”
About ERTH Corporation:
ERTH Corporation is a diverse group of companies with its origins in the utility industry. Owned by nine municipal shareholders, ERTH distributes electricity to 15 communities in southwestern Ontario and it has grown to be a leading provider of products and services in many industries including utility, energy retailer, municipal, and commercial and industrial to name a few. With customers across North America, ERTH is committed to improving the overall customer experience while helping to lower operating and maintenance expenses for our customers. For further details on ERTH Corporation, please visit www.erthcorp.com.
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About Delta Management Group / Canada’s Clean50:
Leading ESG, sustainability and clean tech search firm Delta Management Group in 2011 founded, and remains the steward of the Canada’s Clean50 awards, created to annually identify, recognize and connect 50 sustainability leaders from every sector of Canadian endeavor, in order to facilitate understanding, collaboration and innovation in the fight to keep climate change impacts below 1.5 degrees C. Ancillary awards also recognize 20 Emerging Leaders and the Top Sustainability Projects of the year, as well as bestow Lifetime Achievement designations. For details on Canada’s 2021 Clean50, visit the Clean50 website: https://clean50.com
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