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Halifax Residents Take Home $50,000 Prize at 2014 Scotiabank EcoLiving Awards

Jennifer Corson and Keith Robertson of Solterre Design Honoured With Scotiabank EcoLiving Business Leadership Award

HALIFAX, NS--(Marketwired - June 06, 2014) - Scotiabank crowned three winners of the Scotiabank EcoLiving Awards last evening at a Gala ceremony to honour all finalists. Jennifer Corson and her husband and business partner Keith Robertson took home the top prize as winners of the $50,000 Scotiabank EcoLiving Business Leadership Award. 

Solterre Design expands the boundaries of green building through three steps: shape, study, and share. Solterre shapes cost-effective and small footprint designs, providing accessible and affordable high-performance housing. Solterre studies the results of its work through ongoing monitoring, and shares this research with industry colleagues, students and clients.

"We are delighted to celebrate the extraordinary efforts of our winners," said Craig Thompson, Scotiabank's Senior Vice President, Atlantic Region. "Each one stands at the forefront of residential energy conservation in Canada and is playing a critical role in pushing both dialogue and action, helping Canadians make greener choices for their homes, reduce their energy bills, and save money."

The Scotiabank EcoLiving Awards are part of the Bank's customer focused environmental program, Scotiabank EcoLiving. Introduced in 2010, this program is uniquely focused on educating Canadians on the benefits of home energy efficiency and green home improvements.

The other 2014 Scotiabank EcoLiving Awards winners are:

                                                                            
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                          Yining (Fiona) Yuan and Christopher Tegho         
                          Energy Management and Power                       
Student Leadership Award  Disaggregation                             $10,000
                          McGill University, Montreal, Quebec               
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                          Tim Johnson                                       
    Innovation Award      EnergyMobile Studios Inc.                  $15,000
                          Ottawa, Ontario                                   
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Nominations for the 2014 Scotiabank EcoLiving Awards came in from all across Canada. Each one showcased innovative, creative solutions by businesses and individuals who are dedicated to enabling residential energy efficiency. 

The Scotiabank EcoLiving Awards Gala took place at the Art Gallery of Ontario and was attended by more than 175 Scotiabank customers and leaders from the clean energy technology sector.

For more information about the Scotiabank EcoLiving Awards, the 2014 Finalists, our Judges and the Scotiabank EcoLiving program overall, please visit http://ecoliving.scotiabank.com.

About Scotiabank EcoLiving
Scotiabank's EcoLiving, which launched in 2010, is a unique program focused on educating Canadians on the shared benefits of home energy efficiency and green home improvements. With its emphasis on demonstrating how people can save money by saving energy, and at the same time reduce their impact on climate change, Scotiabank's EcoLiving program communicates the advantages of energy efficiency and sustainable practices. The EcoLiving website includes a financial calculator and information on government rebates, which allow users to plan and finance their projects and see the savings that can result from environmentally friendly renovations. As energy prices continue to increase and residential energy efficiency continues to be a factor in renovation trends, EcoLiving is a resource that provides users with the tools to make informed decisions.

About Scotiabank
Scotiabank is a leading financial services provider in over 55 countries and Canada's most international bank. Through our team of more than 86,000 employees, Scotiabank and its affiliates offer a broad range of products and services, including personal and commercial banking, wealth management, corporate and investment banking to over 21 million customers. With assets of $792 billion (as at April 30, 2014), Scotiabank trades on the Toronto (TSX: BNS) and New York (NYSE: BNS) Exchanges. Scotiabank distributes the Bank's media releases using Marketwired. For more information please visit www.scotiabank.com.

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For further information or media inquiries:

Devinder Lamsar
Scotiabank Media Communications
416-933-1171

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