08/24/2012

Ottawa, Ontario, August 24, 2012. The Honourable Kathleen Wynne, Minister of Municipal Affairs and Housing, and immediate AMO Past President Gary McNamara, presented a P.J. Marshall Certificate of Merit to the City of Hamilton.
The Award, for enhancements to the Woodward Avenue Wastewater Treatment Plant, was presented August 21, on the main stage of the 2012 AMO Conference in Ottawa. A Certificate of Merit recognizes projects that exhibit some but not necessarily all of the P.J. Marshall Award’s criteria: innovation, tangible benefits, improved efficiency, innovative financing and transferability.

"In these times of increasing customer expectations, declining budgets and environmental challenges, this project showcases Hamilton's ability to turn challenges into opportunities," said City of Hamilton Mayor, Bob Bratina. "City staff and Council deserve to be congratulated for their vision and commitment on this project."

Hamilton is enhancing its Woodward Avenue Wastewater Treatment Plant so that in addition to producing electricity and heat from its digesters, it will also produce natural gas – a unique twist and expansion of an already leading edge use of technology. The product will be used in City natural gas vehicles and injected into the local grid operated by Union Gas. The City received a P.J. Marshall Certificate of Merit in 2008 for this treatment facility, as it was one of the largest-scale examples of biogas cogeneration in Canada.  

“This impressive project demonstrates how one good idea can lead to yet another,” said immediate past AMO President Gary McNamara. “It takes wastewater and rather than flaring to the environment, it converts it to a revenue stream and a re-usable product.”

The P.J. Marshall Award is an annual competitive process organized by AMO that involves the Ministry of Municipal Affairs and Housing and the Centre for Public-Private Partnerships. Awards acknowledge municipalities who have demonstrated leadership and innovation in public-private partnerships. Submissions by Ontario municipalities are judged by a panel on their creativity and success in implementing new, innovative ways of serving the public. 

This year, one Plaque Award and two Certificates of Merit were awarded. The Region of Waterloo received a P.J. Marshall Plaque Award for its Transit Inventory Management Services Initiative. A Certificate of Merit was also presented to the City of Brampton, for its use of IT solutions to improve Fire Services response times.

AMO is a non-profit organization representing almost all of Ontario’s 444 municipal governments.  AMO supports strong and effective municipal government in Ontario and promotes the value of municipal government as a vital and essential component of Ontario and Canada’s political system.  

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