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A Canadian First: CEA Designates Horizon Utilities Corporation as a Sustainable Electricity CompanyTM

OTTAWA, Ontario – April 24, 2013.  The Canadian Electricity Association (CEA) announced today that Horizon Utilities Corporation, an electricity distributor that serves residential, commercial and industrial customers in Hamilton and St. Catharine’s, Ontario,  has been designated as the first ever Sustainable Electricity CompanyTM   in Canada.


“This is a historic day for the Canadian electricity sector,” said Jim Burpee, President and CEO of the Canadian Electricity Association.  “I congratulate Horizon Utilities for attaining this brand designation based on internationally recognized standards.”

The Sustainable Electricity CompanyTM designation was established by CEA for utilities across Canada and worldwide.  The designation requires utilities to commit to ISO 14001 standards on Environmental Management Systems and ISO 26000 guidance on Social Responsibility.  In addition, companies must also pass a third-party external verification to validate the implementation of CEA brand criteria.


“We’re very honoured and humbled to be recognized by CEA for our commitment to advancing sustainable business practices in our operations,” said Max Cananzi, President and CEO of Horizon Utilities Corporation.  “This is an exciting day for Horizon Utilities and the electricity sector.  It is also validation of a strategy we introduced several years ago as part of our commitment to contributing to the sustainability of our communities.”


CEA encourages all utilities to adopt, use and adhere to the new Sustainable Electricity Company™ brand criteria as a tangible and visible demonstration of their commitment to sustainability.


“I am impressed with the level of commitment the sector has dedicated to sustainability over the last few years, and I particularly congratulate Horizon Utilities for the leadership it has shown,” said David Morrison, President  and CEO of Yukon Energy Corporation and Executive Chair of the CEA Sustainability Committee.

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