Public involvement helps us engage our community in meaningful conversations as we learn to better serve our customers and support Kingston’s goal of becoming A Smart and Livable 21st Century City.
Building our Community
Employees raised $25,564.16 for United Way KFL&A, achieving the Cornerstone Achievement Award and Sapphire Britton Smith Foundation Leadership Award. Congratulations!
Utilities Kingston electricity crews built and installed an osprey nesting platform in the heart of the Elbow Lake Environmental Education Centre. We donated a wood pole that was no longer in service, as well as the time and materials to build and install the platform.
Twenty Years Incorporated; 150 Years Serving Kingston!
In 2020, we proudly celebrated 20 years since the incorporation of Utilities Kingston. We’ve been serving Kingston, in one form or another, since 1847, when we were known as the Kingston Gas Light Company.
We have a long-standing history of helping to build our community, and our customers place their trust in us. Thank you to all employees for your contributions, as we continue to ensure the safe and reliable delivery of utility services.
Boards and Memberships
We’re part of the fabric of our community and proud to serve on these boards and memberships:
- Institute for Catastrophic Loss Reduction (ICLR) - Municipal Advisory Committee
- Ontario Water Consortium (OWC) Net Zero Working Group – Member
- SWITCH – Board of Directors
- Sensus Partner and Advisor Network – Canadian Subcommittee Chair; General Membership Vice Chair
- Plug’n Drive – Board of Directors
- Ontario Municipal Water Association (OMWA) - Board of Directors
- Ontario Regional Common Ground Alliance (ORCGA) – Kingston Region Geographic Council - Co-Chair
- Ontario Regional Common Ground Alliance (ORCGA) – Gas/Oil Distribution Stakeholder Group - Board Member
- Canadian Standards Association (CSA) – Member
- Canadian BioGas Association - Renewable Natural Gas Information Network - Member
- Canadian Gas Association (CGA) - Health and Safety Committee - Member
- Canadian Gas Association (CGA) - Asset Integrity Management Task Force - Member
- Canadian Gas Association (CGA) – Hydrogen Information Network – Member
- Infrastructure Health and Safety Association (IHSA) Kingston Labour-Management Health & Safety committees – Construction - Member
- Independent Electricity System Operator (IESO) Achievable Potential Study Group
- Technical Standards and Safety Authority (TSSA) Oil and Gas Pipeline Risk Reduction Committee – Member
- TSSA Natural Gas Risk Reduction Committee - Member
- Canadian Coalition on Wastewater-Related COVID-19 Research - Consortium Leader
- Membership in the following organizations, serving on various sub-committees:
- Canadian Electricity Association
- Utility Technology Council
- Intelligent Community Forum
- Utility Standards Forum
- Electricity Distributors Association
- Greater Kingston Chamber of Commerce
- American Water Works Association
- Ontario Water Works Association
- Canadian Water and Wastewater Association
- Canadian Water Network - Municipal Consortium
- Water Research Foundation
- Kingston Home Builders Association
- Ontario Energy Association
- Ontario Good Roads Association
- Canadian Water Network – Contaminants of Emerging Concern Working Group
Through local sponsorship, we give back to the community we serve:
- St. Lawrence College – Kingston Hydro Award for Sustainable Energy Leadership, presented to J. Skibinski.
- Greater Kingston Chamber of Commerce, Business Before Business Breakfast Series
- Greater Kingston Chamber of Commerce, State of the City
- Queen's University, Water Environment Conference
- United Way of KFL&A (banner program, 2020)
- Limestone Learning Foundation, Sandra Davidson Golf Classic
Innovation through Research Partnerships
Continued improvement and innovation are our focus in these recent research partnerships. Thanks to our partners for these opportunities!
- Queen’s University, Beaty Water Research Centre – Wastewater Surveillance Program initial research for SARS CoV-2 prevalence in area with low case counts of COVID-19.
- Queen’s University on their NSERC-funded project “Pipe Liner Evaluations and Connection Studies (“PipeLEACS”).
- Queen’s University MITACS project for Utilities Kingston on “Optimizing Anaerobic Digester Start-up and Operation”, and evaluation of Island Water Technologies biological activity sensor as an indicator of digester health.
- Queen’s University TEAM Project “Kingston Municipal Campus Solar Carport Feasibility Assessment”.
- GridSmartCity-McMaster University “ICE-HARVEST” research project, an Integrated Community Energy system, using a small generator to generate electricity, and harvesting the waste heat from the generator to use in a community energy system.