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Saint John Energy VP named one of Canada’s Clean50 leaders

Canada’s Clean50 today announced that Ryan Mitchell is being singled out for championing a strategy for growth driven by innovation and the pursuit of cleaner energy solutions.

SAINT JOHN, N.B. – Saint John Energy’s approach to creating the Utility of the Future for its customers is garnering national attention as its vice-president is being named one of Canada’s Clean50 leaders for 2021.

Canada’s Clean50 today announced that Ryan Mitchell, Saint John Energy’s vice-president and chief development officer, is being singled out for championing a strategy for growth that includes a smart power grid enabled with advanced artificial intelligence and the Burchill Wind Project that will power about 15 per cent of the city with clean energy.

“We’re so proud of Ryan for receiving this prestigious recognition. It echoes all we know about him already – a leader with integrity, dedicated to doing what’s right for the future of his community,” said Ray Robinson, president and CEO of Saint John Energy.

The Clean50 awards are announced annually by Delta Management Group and the Clean50 organization to recognize those 50 individuals or small teams across 16 different categories who have done the most to advance the cause of sustainability and clean capitalism in Canada.

“I’m flattered to be among Canada’s Clean50 leaders, but this award really belongs to everyone at Saint John Energy working tirelessly to build on our organization’s incredible legacy and embrace a new energy future for our city and our customers,” said Mitchell, who is recognized in the Traditional Energy & Generation category.

“I love to throw out ideas for where we might go and what we might do and help to create a framework for success – Saint John Energy employees are the ones who run with it. They amaze me with their ingenuity and dedication.”

A record number of nominees – more than 900 individuals – were considered for the Clean50 for 2021.
Championing a Strategy for Growth

In choosing Mitchell for the recognition, organizers noted: “Ryan is championing a strategy of growth driven by innovation and the pursuit of cleaner energy solutions, where the centrepiece is the creation of a smart grid driven by advanced artificial intelligence.

“The sophisticated, $13 million power grid bolsters efficiency, curbs GHG emissions, and ties in a significant injection of renewable energy. The project aims to smooth peaks in energy demand and involved the world’s first installation of a Tesla Megapack battery. Saint John Energy also spearheaded the Burchill Wind Project, enabling them to provide about 15 per cent of the power needs for the city while saving millions of dollars a year in energy purchasing costs.”

Gavin Pitchford, award founder and Clean50 executive director, said it was “extremely difficult” to choose the final 50 honorees.

“There is no vaccine for climate change – but these remarkable Canadian leaders provide some hope we can find ways to slow it down, and also ensure Canada is positioned for the low-carbon economy,” said Pitchford, who is also CEO of Delta Management Group.

“The individuals we chose for the Clean50 this year are true leaders, and should be an inspiration for all Canadians.”

Assuming COVID restrictions have been relaxed, Pitchford said, approximately 120 past and incoming Clean50 honourees will gather at the Clean50 Summit 10.0 in Toronto on Sept. 30 to spend a day amongst peers and colleagues tackling critical sustainability challenges facing Canada.

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