Our ongoing efforts to support our communities, to provide leadership in the growing green economy, and to promote conservation and sustainability have not gone unnoticed.

2016

Six consecutive years as a Hamilton-Niagara Top Employer

For the sixth consecutive year, Horizon Utilities has been named one of the top 15 best places to work in the Hamilton-Niagara area. Canada's Top 100 Employers recognized the company for its strong commitment to the long term development of its employees through education, training, dedication to employee well-being, progressive and forward-thinking programs and its community engagement.

This designation is part of the company's ongoing journey to be a leader in the industry while providing an exceptional place to work. See Hamilton-Niagara Top Employer for more details.

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Electrical Safety Champion Award - Electric Utility category (2016)

We are the 2016 Electrical Safety Champion Award winners! Horizon Utilities was selected by Electrical Business Magazine as the winner of the 2016 Electrical Safety Champion Award in the Electric Utility category. Among other things, we were selected for our commitment to safety and for being the first electric utility in Canada to achieve the CSA Z1000 Occupational Health & Safety performance certification. Congratulations to our employees for your commitment to a healthy workplace as we continue to make safety our number one priority!

Electrical Safety Champion Award Winners Brenda Schacht, VP Human Resources accepted the award along with the Health & Safety team: Nancy Capostagno, Doug Matthew and Sue Stangret.

Horizon Utilities Wins Canadian Electricity Association’s (CEA) 2016 Continuous Performance Improvement Award

Horizon Utilities Corporation is very proud to accept the first ever Canadian Electricity Association’s (CEA) award for Continuous Performance Improvement. We were selected as the 2016 winner for demonstrating commitment to continuous improvement and sustainability performance through new projects, programs, and initiatives advancing the interests of the electricity sector. Key factors in awarding Horizon Utilities the award were the result of its decisions to tackle four anchor initiatives for operationalizing sustainable development – iPass, CSA Z1000, ISO 14001 and ISO 50001 – which are very much an example to the electricity industry in Canada. This achievement expands a long list of sustainability awards from the CEA including: Sustainability Company of the Year (2011 and 2012), CEA Environmental Commitment Award 2013 and being the first CEA Member to be designated a “Sustainable Electric Company” in 2013.

CEA Award Max Cananzi, President & CEO of Horizon Utilities accepts the CEA Continuous Performance Improvement award on behalf of Horizon Utilities

Neil Freeman, VP Business Development and Corporate Relations wins CEA’s Individual Sustainability Leadership Award

Horizon Utilities is excited to announce that Neil Freeman, Vice President, Business Development and Corporate Relations, has earned the inaugural “Individual Sustainability Leadership Award” from the Canadian Electricity Association (CEA). Neil was recognized for demonstrating outstanding leadership on sustainability issues within the electricity sector over many years and will be featured in the CEA magazine commemorating its 125th anniversary. The CEA “Individual Sustainability Leadership Award” identifies sustainability leaders across the industry for contributions to community sustainability strategies that encourage participation in local sustainability groups, and public engagement to advance sustainability initiatives.

CEA Award Neil Freeman, VP Business Development and Corporate Relations accepts CEA Individual Sustainability Leadership Award

Eileen Campbell, VP Customer Services, wins CSPN VP of the Year Award

Horizon Utilities is proud to announce our VP Customer Services, Eileen Campbell won the VP of the Year Award from the Customer Service Professionals Network (CSPN). Eileen received the award at the 17th annual CSPN Awards Gala which recognizes the dedication, passion and achievements of employees who contributed to the success of the organization's commitment to service excellence. She was chosen for this honour for being a Customer Service and Community Champion. Eileen’s “Lead by Example” attitude and passion for customer service was evident in the implementation of tools and programs that are responsive to customers’ needs. Eileen has focused on innovative solutions that drive cost efficiencies and bottom-line results to enhance the customer experience. She was recognized for motivating her team to put their best Customer Service attitudes forward to always deliver an exceptional customer experience – and the proof is evident with over a decade of high customer satisfaction results of over 90 per cent. Congratulations Eileen!

Eileen Campbell accepts VP of the Year Award Eileen Campbell, Vice President of Customer Services accepts the CSPN VP of the Year Award.

Horizon Holdings Inc. ranks first in Canada for sustainability

Corporate KnightsHorizon Holdings Inc., the parent company of Horizon Utilities Corporation and Horizon Energy Solutions Inc., has been ranked first in a 2016 national corporate responsibility listing released by Corporate Knights today.

Corporate Knights magazine unveiled its annual Future 40 Responsible Corporate Leaders in Canada list, highlighting public and privately held Canadian corporations that are top sustainability performers. Horizon Holdings made the list for its third consecutive year, topping a total of 107 organizations considered in 2016. The ranking assesses entities on their environmental, social and governance performance based on objective and transparent metrics.

Smart Commute Sliver Workplace 2016

Horizon Utilities has earned the Smart Commute Silver Workplace designation for 2016. It recognizes our commitment to providing programs that offer our employees commuting options. This designation supports the company's leadership in corporate social responsibility and contributes to a healthier workplace.

Smart Commute is a program of Metrolinx and the municipalities in the Greater Toronto and Hamilton area. The organization helps local employers and commuters, explore different commuting choices like carpooling, cycling and transit. The goal is to ease gridlock, improve air quality and reduce greenhouse gas emissions while making a person's commute less expensive and more enjoyable.

2015

Excellence Canada with the Silver Award - Healthy Work place category

Horizon Utilities was proud to be recognized by Excellence Canada with the Silver Award for outstanding performance in the Healthy Workplace category. Horizon Utilities was one of 19 award recipients across Canada and the only electric utility to make the 2015 list of winners for this prestigious designation. The award is based on Excellence Canada's Canadian Healthy Workplace Framework developed in partnership with Health Canada and in association with professionals from the health and wellness sectors. Winners were recognized for exceptional performance in Innovation & Wellness; Quality; Healthy Workplace; and Mental Health at Work. This achievement, aligns with Horizon Utilities' philosophy of continuously improving in areas of wellness and occupational health and safety.

Excellence Canada with the Silver Award Photo Left to Right: Eileen Campbell (Vice President of Customer Services – Horizon Utilities) Doug Matthews (Manager, Healthy Workplace and Safety – Horizon Utilities) Brenda Schacht (VP Human Resources – Horizon Utilities) Kathy Lerette (VP Utility Operations – Horizon Utilities) Sue Stangret (Health & Safety Specialist - Horizon Utilities) Nancy Capostagno (Administrator Claims and Disability - Horizon Utilities)

The Learning Partnership - Canada's Outstanding Employer Award

Horizon Utilities won Canada's Outstanding Employer Award, a National award for promoting learning among students. Horizon Utilities was selected from a pool of 75,000 organizations across Canada by The Learning Partnership as 1 of 15 recipient of Canada's Outstanding Employer Award for inspiring kids to imagine a brighter future through its annual Take Our Kids to Work™ program. Horizon Utilities has participated in The Learning Partnership's Take Our Kids to Work day program for the past 10 consecutive years. An ad announcing award winners was published nationally in the Globe and Mail with a photo featuring Horizon Utilities.

Canada's Outstanding Employer Award

Five consecutive years as a Hamilton-Niagara Top Employer

For the fifth consecutive year, Horizon Utilities has been named one of the top 15 best places to work in the Hamilton-Niagara area. Canada's Top 100 Employers recognized the company for its ongoing initiatives towards continuous learning and professional skills development through in-house and online training programs and apprenticeship opportunities. This designation is part of the company's ongoing journey to be a leader in the industry while providing an exceptional place to work for employee education, safety, forward-thinking programs and community engagement. See Hamilton-Niagara Top Employer for more details.

Hamilton-Niagara Top Employer Award 

IHSA President's Award - 750,000 hours without a lost-time injury

Horizon Utilities Corporation was recognized with the Infrastructure Health & Safety Association President's Award for reaching another significant safety milestone – 750,000 hours without a lost-time injury. This achievement, which is part of the company's ongoing journey to be accident and injury free, was made possible through the commitment of all employees to make safety their number one priority.

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Photo Left to Right: Max Cananzi(President & CEO – Horizon Utilities) Kathy Lerette (VP Utility Operations – Horizon Utilities) Enzo Garritano (Acting President and CEO - Infrastructure Health & Safety Association) Brenda Schacht (VP Human Resources – Horizon Utilities) Doug Matthews (Manager, Healthy Workplace and Safety – Horizon Utilities)

MarCom Award - Conservation Gold

Horizon Utilities was recognized for its innovative 'Just Ask Us' conservation campaign with a Gold MARCOM Award in 2014. Horizon Utilities received the Gold award for its customer engagement campaign designed to encourage customers to be proactive in energy conservation. The campaign encourages Horizon customers to call on energy savings experts to help find solutions to reduce energy use and save money.

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Eileen Campbell, Vice President of Customer Services accepts the MarCom Gold award for Conservation.

MarCom Award - Corporate Social Responsibility Gold

Horizon Utilities Corporation received the Gold MarCom Award for its 2014 Sustainability-based Annual Report. With more than 6,500 entries from Canada, the United States and 15 other countries, Horizon Utilities won the award for its Sustainability-based Annual Report in the Corporate Social Responsibility category. Horizon Utilities is proud of its triple bottom line Global Reporting Initiative™ reporting and leverages its assets and resources to contribute to the sustainability of its communities.

2014

Canadian Urban Institute 'Brownie' Award

Horizon Utilities took home a Canadian Urban Institute (CIU) 'Brownie'  Award in the Legislation, Policy and Program Initiative category at the 2014 Canadian Brownfields Conference in Toronto. The company was recognized for excellence in brownfield redevelopment by transforming contaminated sites into "great places".  See the 'Brownie' Award media release for more details.

Brownie Award Neil Freeman, Vice President, Business Development, with the Canadian Urban Institute Brownie Award.

Top 10 Employer- Four years and counting!

Top 10 EmployersFor the fourth consecutive year, Horizon Utilities has been named  one of the top 10 best places to work in the Hamilton-Niagara area. Canada's Top 100  Employers recognized the company for its ongoing initiatives towards continuous learning and professional skills development through in-house  and online training programs and apprenticeship opportunities. 
See Hamilton-Niagara Top 10 Employer media release for more details. 

Award of Merit- Niagara Peninsula Conservation Authority

Horizon Utilities has earned an Award of Merit for its work on the 12 Mile Creek Vegetation Project and its continued dedication to commitment and conservation.

A team of volunteers and partners worked together to create a quality habitat for wild life in hydro corridors near Hillcrest Avenue in St. Catharines. The project will increase biological diversity and will also lower maintenance costs over time. See the 12 Mile Creek media release for more details.

Metrolinx Smart Commute Employer of the Year Award

Horizon Utilities has been named the 2014  Metrolinx Smart Commute Employer of the Year for the Hamilton region.

The company was selected for its outstanding achievement in the areas of commitment, leadership, innovation and delivering results when promoting alternative methods of transportation to employees. See the Smart Commute Employer of the Year media release for more details.

Smart Commute Joseph Almeida, Director, Supply Chain Management, accepts the Metrolinx Smart Commute Employer of the Year 2014 Award from Adam Arnold, Smart Commute Hamilton.

2013

Top 10 Employer for third straight year

Horizon Utilities Corporation is pleased to announce that the company has been voted one of Hamilton-Niagara's Top 10 Employers for the third year in a row.

This designation, organized by the authors of Canada's Top 100 Employers list, recognizes employers in the Hamilton-Niagara area that lead their industries in providing exceptional places to work in terms of progressive and forward-thinking programs. See Horizon's Hamilton-Niagara Top 10 Employer media release for more details.

Bruce Trail Conservancy Patron Award

Horizon Utilities has partnered with the Bruce Trail Conservancy (BTC) for several years. Horizon employees volunteer annually to plant trees or help remove invasive species and the company sponsors educational signage and other projects.

On November 14, 2013, the Bruce Trail Conservancy presented us with a Patron Award in recognition of our ongoing support.

Bruce Trail Conservancy presented to Horizon Utilities (left to right)  Neil Freeman, Vice President, Business Development, Adrian Phillips, Environmental Management & Sustainable Development Specialist, and Glen Winn, Director, Construction and Maintenance Services, accept Horizon Utilities' Patron Award from BTC Board Member Peter Leeney.

QUEST Community Energy Builder Award - Utility

Horizon Utilities Corporation is the winner of the Quality Urban Energy Systems of Tomorrow (QUEST) Community Energy Builder Award recognizing leadership and innovation in advancing smart energy communities in Canada.

The QUEST Community Energy Builder Awards are part of the 2013 QUEST conference and trade show that was held in Markham on November 12-14.

Horizon Utilities is the recipient in the Utility category for our innovative Smart Growth Connection Policy and our Energy Conservation Mapping Project.  For more information on the award, see our news release.

Horizon Utilities receives 2013 QUEST Community Energy Builder Award Horizon Utilities' Neil Freeman, Vice President, Business Development, left, receives the 2013 QUEST Community Energy Builder Award for Utilities from Gord Reynolds, Chief Innovation Officer, Capgemini Canada Inc. and awards Gala emcee Mary Wiens, CBC Metro Morning.

BLOOM Sustainability Leadership Award

Bloom Logo Horizon Utilities won the 2013 BLOOM Sustainability Leadership Award in the institutional/municipal category at the Sustainability Applied 2013 Gala Dinner and Awards Ceremony on October 1 in Mississauga.

The BLOOM Sustainability Leadership Awards recognize organizations that excel in creating value through their sustainability strategy, actions and outcomes. See Horizon's BLOOM Award media release for more details. 

Environmental Commitment Award - Canadian Electricity Association

Horizon Utilities' innovative energy conservation mapping initiative was honoured by the Canadian Electricity Association (CEA) with its prestigious 2013 Environmental Commitment Award, which was presented at the CEA Sustainable Electricity Awards dinner in Calgary on June 13, 2013. See Horizon's CEA Environmental Commitment Award media release for more details.

Award of Merit - Hamilton Environmentalists of the Year

The Hamilton Environmentalists of the Year Awards Committee presented Horizon Utilities Corporation with an Award of Merit at its annual banquet on June 5.

The Environmentalists of the Year Awards are presented each year to recognize individuals, groups, students and businesses in the Hamilton area for excellence in environmental efforts.

Horizon Utilities was recognized with an Award of Merit for incorporating environmentally responsible behavior and sustainable environmental practices into its business. See Horizon's Hamilton Environmentalists of the Year media release for more information.

First Sustainable Electricity Company designation -Canadian Electricity Association

Sustainable Electricity Company Logo On April 24, the Canadian Electricity Association (CEA) announced that Horizon Utilities is the first company in Canada to earn its Sustainable Electricity CompanyTM designation.

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 guidelines on Social Responsibility. In addition, companies must also pass a third-party external verification to validate the implementation of CEA brand criteria. See Horizon's CEA Sustainable Electricity Company Designation media release for more details. 

Horizon Utilities surpasses two million hours worked without a lost-time injury

In March 2013, Horizon Utilities achieved a significant safety milestone for the first time in its history - two million hours worked without a lost-time injury. See Horizon's 2 million hours media release for more details. 

Environmental Excellence Award - Electricity Distributors Association

An innovative project designed by Horizon Utilities Corporation to identify which customers can benefit most from energy conservation programs won the prestigious 2013 Environmental Excellence Award from the Electricity Distributors Association (EDA) on March 18, 2013.

Horizon receiving Environmental Award

Rather than customers having to determine their own conservation needs, Horizon Utilities' unique "energy mapping" tailors Conservation and Demand Management (CDM) programs for residential and commercial customers with pinpoint accuracy. The project links individual electricity consumption for all customers in Hamilton and St. Catharines with key building attributes like square metres of floor area. Horizon Utilities' energy mapping tool is the first of its kind in Canada to match energy use data with the delivery of tailored conservation programs. See Horizon's EDA Environmental Excellence Award media release for more details. 

2012

Second consecutive Sustainability Company of the Year Award

Sustainability Company of the Year Award

Horizon Utilities is the first company to ever be named the Sustainability Company of the Year by the Canadian Electricity Association for two consecutive years -- 2011 and 2012.

Top 10 Employer for second straight year

Top 10 Employer Award

Horizon Utilities was selected as one of the Top 10 Employers in Hamilton-Niagara for the second straight year. The designation is bestowed by the authors of Canada's Top 100. Horizon Utilities is focused on remaining the employer of choice for its current employees but also to recruit future talent. The company was selected because it offers a comprehensive benefits package and a rewarding work environment for its employees.

Smart Commute Workplace

Smart Commute Logo

Horizon Utilities has earned the Smart Commute Workplace designation. It recognizes our commitment to providing programs that offer our employees commuting options. This designation supports the company's leadership in corporate social responsibility and contributes to a healthier workplace.

Smart Commute is a program of Metrolinx and the municipalities in the Greater Toronto and Hamilton area. The organization helps local employers and commuters, explore different commuting choices like carpooling, cycling and transit. Their goal is to ease gridlock, improve air quality and reduce greenhouse gas emissions while making a person's commute less expensive and more enjoyable

2011

Sustainability Company of the Year Award

Sustainability Company of the Year Award

Horizon Utilities Corporation was honoured with the prestigious Sustainability Company of the Year Award by the Canadian Electricity Association. The award recognizes our organization-wide sustainability efforts and acknowledges the company's success against the three foundational pillars of sustainability – environmental, social and economic.

ISO 14001:2004 certification

ISO 14001:2004 certification

Horizon Utilities introduced a comprehensive Environmental Management System (EMS) in 2011. An EMS helps co-ordinate all environmental activities into one integrated framework to improve the overall efficiency and effectiveness of Horizon Utilities' environmental programs and processes. The quality and depth of the new EMS was key to our successful International Organization of Standardization (ISO) 14001:2004 certification. Forty-six new environmental work procedures and five new policies were implemented in 2011 to support ISO 14001:2004. We also delivered extensive training across the organization — seeking to take our employees' understanding of environmental and regulatory issues to a higher level. Our EMS implementation and its adherence to ISO 14001 standards are exemplar of the equal commitment we have made to the environment in our day-to-day operations.

Top 10 Hamilton-Niagara Employer

Top 10 Employer

Horizon Utilities' overall commitment to its employees and their well-being was recognized as we were named a Top 10 Employer in the Hamilton-Niagara area. This designation, organized by the authors of Canada's Top 100 Employers list, recognizes employers in the Hamilton-Niagara area that lead their industries in providing exceptional places to work, in terms of progressive and forward-thinking programs.

One million hours worked without a lost-time injury

For the second time Horizon Utilities achieved a significant safety milestone – one million hours worked without a lost-time injury. Our record has benefited greatly from the strong support of the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers and the company's Joint Health and Safety Committee, which includes management and union representatives. This milestone served as a clear indication to management that our employees have made a personal commitment to working safely.

ISO 26000

Horizon Utilities became the first LDC in Ontario to adopt ISO 26000, the International Organization for Standardization's guidelines for Social Responsibility. ISO 26000 offers an overview on socially responsible corporate behaviour and possible actions. Unlike other ISO standards that are certifiable, ISO 26000 provides guidelines only. Horizon voluntarily adopted that direction, further demonstrating its commitment to sustainable development. The company engaged a third party to review our practices and processes to ensure we are following the roadmap outlined through this international standard.

2010

Hamilton Employer Champion Award

We received the Hamilton Employer Champion Award from the Industry Education Council of Hamilton. Nominated by Mohawk College, Horizon Utilities was commended for our ongoing investment in education, beginning with programs such as Generation Conservation, kidzpower®, Power for Tomorrow, Reality House and Play it Safe.

Excellence in Business Award

Excellence in Business Award

The St. Catharines-Thorold Chamber of Commerce presented Horizon Utilities with the Excellence in Business Award. We were cited for our commitment to building a sustainable community, discontinuing the use of plastic water bottles in all of our facilities, and reducing our carbon footprint by introducing energy conservation measures at Horizon facilities that have reduced CO2 emissions by more than 28 tonnes per year.

2009

Company of the Year Award

Company of the Year Award

Horizon Utilities was named Company of the Year by the Ontario Energy Association for our leadership in sustainable development. The award is an important validation of a culture that has taken root at Horizon. It endorses the commitment of our employees to help us grow as a valued contributor to the sustainability of our communities.

Electrical & Utilities Safety Association President's Awards

Our employees won successive Electrical & Utilities Safety Association President's Awards for every 250,000 hours worked without a lost-time injury. We ended the year having achieved a significant milestone – one million hours worked without a lost-time incident.

ISO 9001:2008 Standard

Horizon Utilities' Customer Connections department was one of the few meter service providers in Canada to receive registration to the ISO 9001:2008 Standard. The department is also accredited to Measurement Canada's S-A-01 Standard and certified under the Independent Electricity System Operator (IESO) as a Meter Service Provider.

2006

Local Distribution Company Performance Excellence Award

Horizon Utilities was the first recipient of the Ontario Power Generation's Local Distribution Company Performance Excellence Award. The award recognized our outstanding success in merging the electricity distribution companies in Hamilton and St. Catharines and our exceptional performance subsequent to the merger.