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City of Mississauga’s Energy Manager Receives Prestigious Award for the Second Time

Local government | November 29, 2022

The City of Mississauga is pleased to share that Daniela Paraschiv, Manager of Energy Management and Facilities Maintenance, has received the Save on Energy 2021 Energy Manager of the Year Award from The Independent Electricity System Operator (IESO) for the second time in her career.

The award recognizes the effort and dedication the City has shown to create a more sustainable and energy-efficient workplace. Paraschiv is the only Energy Manager in Ontario to receive this recognition twice from the IESO, receiving her first award in 2018.

“On behalf of the City, we’re proud of Daniela and extend our congratulations to her,” said Shari Lichterman, Commissioner, Corporate Services and Chief Financial Officer. “Our energy conservation plan calls for a one per cent energy consumption reduction every year and as a team, we have exceeded this target almost every year, and have achieved many successes in moving forward with our plans to deliver on the City’s energy and climate change mandate.”

The City has set energy conservation targets outlined in its Five Year Energy Conservation Plan (2019-2023) and Climate Change Action Plan to achieve a 40 per cent reduction in energy by 2030 and 80 per cent by 2050.

The following achievements formed the basis for Paraschiv receiving the award:

  • Identifying energy conservation opportunities and implementing energy retrofit projects, such as pool drain water heat recovery and dehumidification unit recommissioning, LED lighting retrofit and Building Automation System recommissioning.
  • Effectively using high-efficiency technology for City lifecycle capital renewal projects, such as variable refrigerant flow (VRF) technology, high-efficiency boilers, hybrid heat pumps and high efficiency roof top units.
  • Implementing operational best practices and ongoing energy performance monitoring.
  • Leading the Energy Management team and seeing the City achieve a 10 per cent reduction in overall energy use, a nine per cent reduction in green house gas (GHG) emissions and a 17 per cent reduction in water use – totalling $2,347,000 in savings.
  • Spearheading energy efficiency/conservation plans and standard operating procedures outlined in the City’s Five Year Energy Conservation Plan (2019-2023).
  • Working to achieve an ENERGY STAR® Certification for Erin Mills Twin Arena (2019, 2020 and 2022) as well as an ISO 50001 certification, making Mississauga the first Canadian municipality to receive this certification.

“I’m humbled to receive this award for the second time,” said Daniela Paraschiv. “We all know that climate change is real and that municipalities are, in many ways, at the front lines of combating that change. Energy is the dominant contributor to climate change and energy efficiency is the key to impacting and reducing its effects. It’s rewarding to lead these initiatives in an organization that sets ambitious targets and supports innovative solutions to achieve them.”

The Energy Manager of the Year Awards celebrate Ontario’s most innovative professional energy managers who deliver lasting value to organizations across the province. Save on Energy has held these industry-leading awards since 2017 to recognize the skill and dedication of these individuals and their organizations’ commitment to energy-efficiency best practices.

Paraschiv was presented this award at the IESO Energy Manager Awards Ceremony on November 24, 2022 at The International Centre in Mississauga – watch her video testimonial online.

For more information about the awards, visit

About the Five Year Energy Conservation Plan (2019-2023)
The City of Mississauga’s Five Year Energy Conservation Plan (2019-2023) provides systematic, data-driven and fact-based processes through a planned list of projects and initiatives, which focus on improving Mississauga’s overall energy performance in corporate buildings.


Daniela Paraschiv (centre) stands with Raj Sheth, Director of Facilities and Property Management, City of Mississauga (left) and representatives from the IESO.


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