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Gemini Power Corp.

Toronto, Ontario
Grant of Arms, Supporters, Flag and Badge
April 15, 2014
Vol. VI, p. 342

Click on each image to enlarge. The blazon and symbolism for each element will accompany the enlarged image.


Blazon

Arms

Per fess serpentine Vert and Or two beavers naiant that in chief contourné, all within a bordure engrailed counterchanged;

Crest

A demi-thunderbird Vert beaked and rayonné Or;

Supporters

Two Mishipeshuweg Or armed and embellished Vert standing on poplar and birch branches proper;

Motto

NIBWAAKAAWIN;

Badge

A roundel engrailed per pale serpentine Sable and Gules charged with two beavers, that to the dexter uriant Or, that to the sinister hauriant Argent;

Flag

A banner of the Arms;


Symbolism

Arms

Green indicates Gemini Power’s commitment to sustainable energy. The wavy horizontal line alludes to a wave and a dam, while the division line of the border indicates electrical energy. The beavers refer to previous generations of businesses in the family of Dr. Michael Dan, the founder of Gemini Power: Beaver Power, founded by Dr. Dan’s father, and Beaver Bus Lines, founded by Dr. Dan’s grandfather. The pair of them allude to the name Gemini, “the twins” of the Zodiac.

Crest

The thunderbird, a creature from First Nations folklore, represents electrical power as well as the partnerships Gemini Power undertakes with First Nations communities.

Supporters

In Anishinaabe and other First Nations mythology, the Mishipeshu, or Mishibizhhiw, is a water-dwelling lynx- or panther-like creature complementary to the thunderbird. Here it indicates the potential power in bodies of water, and pays tribute to the traditions of the First Nations communities with which Gemini Power works. The branches refer to the local setting of Gemini’s projects, and the fact that aspen, poplar and birch are used by one of Gemini’s subsidiaries, Aspenware, to create compostable cutlery.

Motto

This Anishinaabe word means “Wisdom”.

Badge

This uses the main symbols of the shield, in the four traditional First Nations colours.

Flag

The symbolism of this emblem is found in other element(s) of this record.


Background

Canada Gazette Information

The announcement of the Letters Patent was made on March 14, 2015, in Volume 149, page 500 of the Canada Gazette.


Artist Information

Creator(s)
Original concept of Bruce Patterson, Deputy Chief Herald of Canada, assisted by the heralds of the Canadian Heraldic Authority.

Painter
Linda Nicholson

Calligrapher
Shirley Mangione


Recipient Information

Civil Institution
Profit Organization