CanWEA shares a common commitment to Canada’s prosperous transition to clean energy with a network of organizations actively engaging with Canadians to improve energy literacy and facilitate a national conversation on Canada’s energy and climate change choices.
20/20 Catalysts Program
The 20/20 Catalysts Program is a hands-on program designed to support Indigenous communities embarking on clean energy projects. Catalysts work with the guidance of Indigenous leaders and clean energy practitioners to gain the skills and tools needed to maximize the social and economic benefits of clean energy for their communities. CanWEA is proud to be one of the program’s many Clean Energy Collaborators.
The 20/20 Catalysts Program was the 2018 recipient of CanWEA’s Group Leadership Award.
Learn more about the 20/20 Catalysts Program
American Wind Wildlife Institute (AWWI)
AWWI is a partnership of leaders in the wind industry, wildlife management agencies, and science and conservation organizations who collaborate to facilitate the timely and responsible development of wind energy while protecting wildlife and wildlife habitat. AWWI’s unique collaborative structure leads to innovative approaches and independent results, making it possible to understand risk and develop effective solutions to make wind energy safer for wildlife.
View a five-minute video by AWWI that highlights its collaborative approach and the progress made for protecting wildlife while expanding wind energy.
Learn more about AWWI
Bullfrog Power is Canada's leading 100 per cent green energy provider. Started in 2005, bullfrog has powered over 10,000 homes and more than 1,300 businesses. With a vision to be Canada's source for smarter, greener energy solutions, the company aims to inspire and empower people to lead the way to a renewably-powered future.
Many events hosted by the Canadian Wind Energy Association are Bullfrog-powered.
Learn more about Bullfrog Power
Canadian Council on Renewable Electricity (CanCORE)
CanCORE is an initiative of Canada's leading, national renewable electricity associations. The Council works to build public support for the development of renewable electricity resources in order to build a low-carbon energy system. Research, collaboration and communications initiatives focus on encouraging dialogue and building support for the increased use of Canada's abundant renewable electricity resources.
The Canadian Wind Energy Association (CanWEA) is a founding member of CanCORE.
In September 2017, the Canadian Council on Renewable Energy (CanCORE) participated in Generation Energy by presenting a summary of CanCORE's publications. Generation Energy is an initiative of the federal Minister of Natural Resources aimed at answering the question "How does Canada meet its climate goals, create jobs and keep energy affordable?
Learn more about the Canadian Council on Renewable Electricity
Canadian Solar Industries Association (CanSIA)
CanSIA is a national trade association that represents the solar energy industry throughout Canada. Since 1992, CanSIA has worked to develop a strong, efficient, ethical and professional Canadian solar energy industry with capacity to provide innovative solar energy solutions and to play a major role in the global transition to a sustainable, clean-energy future.
Learn more about the Canadian Solar Industries Association
Clean Economy Alliance
The Clean Economy Alliance is a group of 100 organizations united to support an effective Climate Action Plan in Ontario. Created in 2015, the Alliance supports the Ontario government's commitments to a climate change strategy and cap-and-trade program. The Alliance's diverse membership includes Ontario businesses, industry associations, clean tech companies, labour unions, farmers' groups, health advocates and environmental organizations. The Canadian Wind Energy Association (CanWEA) is a proud member of the Clean Economy Alliance.
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Clean Energy Canada
Clean Energy Canada is a climate and clean energy think tank within the Centre for Dialogue at Simon Fraser University. It works to accelerate Canada's transition to clean and renewable energy systems by telling the story of the global shift to clean and low-carbon energy sources. Clean Energy Canada conducts original research, hosts dialogues and aims to inspire and inform policy leadership. In its vision, Canada has become a leader in clean and renewable energy production, consumption, and innovation – benefiting citizens socially, environmentally and economically.
Learn more about Clean Energy Canada
Clean Power Pathways
Clean Power Pathways is a project of the David Suzuki Foundation, focused on integrated renewable energy and clean electricity. Through a three-year collaboration with researchers at the University of Victoria and the University of Regina, Clean Power Pathways aims to explore the most effective approaches for transitioning Canada’s energy system. The project’s first study, Zeroing in on Emissions: Canada’s Clean Power Pathways, was released in May 2019. It presents an extensive review of Canadian decarbonization models and studies.
Jean-François Nolet, CanWEA’s Vice-president – Policy, Government and Public Affairs, serves on the Clean Power Pathways Advisory Committee.
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Electricity Human Resources Canada
The mission of Electricity Human Resources Canada (EHRC) is to strengthen the ability of the Canadian electricity industry to meet the current and future needs of its highly skilled, safety-focused, and diverse workforce. EHRC does this by promoting career opportunities within the industry, working with organizations to recruit and retain talented employees, and by conducting and sharing valuable research about human resources in Canada's electricity industry.
The Canadian Wind Energy Association (CanWEA) is a proud Advocate of the EHRC's Leadership Accord on Gender Diversity in the Canadian Electricity Industry, an initiative which aims to improve opportunities for women in the electricity industry. CanWEA is also a supporter of EHCR's Empowering Futures program, a Student Work Integrated Learning Program, designed to create up to 1000 new jobs for post-secondary students in the electricity sector over 4 years starting in 2018.
In addition, CanWEA is a stakeholder in the EHRC's 2017-2022 Labour Market Information Study for Canada's Electricity Industry, which highlights industry's pressing need for workforce planning and development strategies. While working on the national perspective EHRC also worked in tandem, with stakeholders in Alberta to examine the impact of a rapidly changing landscape, including the increased focus on renewables, the move away from coal and the impact this will have on employment in the sector. Results from this study were integrated with the National LMI Study report and are also available as a stand-alone report.
Learn more about the EHRC
The Energy Council of Canada (ECC)
The Energy Council of Canada brings together senior energy executives from all energy industry sectors and government to engage in national, continental, and global energy activities. Its members share their expertise and work collaboratively on matters related to energy in Canada and abroad. CanWEA joins other industry associations as a member of the Energy Council of Canada.
In 2019, CanWEA participated in the ECC’s new initiative, the Canadian Energy Compendium, which highlights innovations and accomplishments in the Canadian energy sector. The inaugural project focused on energy projects or initiatives that have brought net benefits to Indigenous communities. Visit the 2019 Compendium to read CanWEA’s contribution.
As part of its Canada 150 celebrations in 2017, the ECC invited Canadian energy leaders to reflect on energy developments to date and provide insights on what's ahead in a series of letters. Find CanWEA’s story at Energy in Canada @150 and Beyond!
Learn more about the Energy Council of Canada
Equal by 30
Equal by 30 is a public commitment by public and private sector organizations to work towards equal pay, equal leadership and equal opportunities for women in the clean energy sector by 2030. Through Equal by 30 – an international initiative arising out of the annual Clean Energy Ministerial (CEM) global forum – a growing number of governments, associations and companies are formally committing to actions to close the gender gap and advance women’s participation in the clean energy transition (see Canada’s commitments). Equal by 30 was launched at the 2018 CEM in Copenhagen, and the progress of its signatories will be showcased in May 2019 at the 2019 CEM in Vancouver.
Building on its existing engagement in support of gender equality in its sector, CanWEA is an Equal by 30 signatory.
Follow #Equalby30 on Twitter. Learn more about Equal by 30
Global Wind Energy Council (GWEC)
GWEC is a member-based organization that represents the global wind energy sector. The members of GWEC include over 1,500 companies, organizations and institutions in more than 90 countries, including CanWEA. GWEC works at the highest international political level to create a better policy environment for wind power. GWEC and its members are active all over the world, educating local and national governments and international agencies about the benefits of wind power.
Each spring, GWEC releases its Global Wind Report, which includes a comprehensive section on Canada. The report is GWEC’s flagship publication, the industry’s premiere global report and a widely-used source of data. Every year, GWEC also sponsors a wind energy photo contest open to all to celebrate the many benefits of wind energy around the globe. Winners are announced on Global Wind Day – June 15.
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Iron & Earth
Iron & Earth is led by oil sands workers committed to incorporating more renewable energy projects into their work scope. Founded as a platform to engage in renewable energy development issues, and to empower workers to advocate for an energy future they can be proud of creating, Iron & Earth has a vision for a sustainable energy future for Canada – one that would ensure the health and equity of workers, our families, communities, economy, and the environment. Since conception their membership has grown to include workers from a variety of industrial trades, including boilermakers, electricians, pipe fitters, iron workers, and labourers, all advocating for retraining in renewable energy technologies and broad investment in green energy going forward.
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Lethbridge College – Wind Turbine Technician Program
Lethbridge College in Lethbridge, Alberta offers hundreds of in-class and online credit courses and more than 50 career-training programs, applied degrees and apprenticeships. Its Wind Turbine Technician program is a certificate program that teaches the secrets to capturing wind and turning it into power. Students learn how to diagnose and maintain both mechanical and electrical wind turbine equipment while gaining practical experience through a training tower located right on campus. Students are trained to meet national and international training standards recognized by major wind manufacturers worldwide.
The Wind Turbine Technician Program College and CanWEA collaborate to connect students and industry.
To celebrate the tenth anniversary of the Wind Turbine Technician program, Lethbridge College has created cardboard wind turbine cut-outs which can be ordered for events and open houses. Interested parties should contact college instructor Christopher DeLisle (firstname.lastname@example.org).
Learn more about Lethbridge College's Wind Turbine Technician Program
Let's Talk Energy
Let's Talk Energy is an energy awareness and literacy initiative of the Canada Science and Technology Museums Corporation. Bringing together a national network of partners and advisors, Let's Talk Energy informs and engages Canadians on energy topics and encourages them to explore the link between energy, the economy and the environment. The initiative has engaged more than nine million people since 2011 through exhibitions, school programs and kits, social media, virtual tools and events across Canada.
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Plug'n Drive is a non-profit organization working to encourage the adoption of electric vehicles across Canada. It promotes public awareness of electric vehicles, the development of charging infrastructure and the adoption of government policies that make switching to an electric vehicle easier. Through its "EV Roadshow," Plug'n Drive has engaged with over 50,000 individuals at trade shows and community events across Ontario.
Learn more about Plug'n Drive
Positive Energy - Institute for Science, Society and Policy, University of Ottawa
The University of Ottawa's Positive Energy project seeks to strengthen public confidence in Canadian energy policy, regulation and decision-making through evidence-based research and analysis, engagement and recommendations for action. Their latest report, released in March 2019, is Canada’s Energy Future in an Age of Climate Change: How Partisanship, Polarization and Parochialism are Eroding Public Confidence. This report examines the growing levels of political and economic uncertainty, partisanship, parochialism and polarization within and beyond Canada that are creating an increasingly challenging environment for those charting Canada’s energy future. It discusses why Canada is facing these challenges, what their impacts are on public confidence in energy and climate decision-makers, and what needs to be done to move forward. The report is built on a March 2017 paper System Under Stress.
Robert Hornung, President, CanWEA is on the Advisory Council of the Positive Energy project.
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Relay Education is a Canadian charity that delivers renewable energy education programs in classrooms and communities across Canada. The organization educates, inspires and assists people in building a 100 per cent renewable energy future. Relay engages over 18,000 students and adults every year to increase energy literacy, build interest in green careers and foster the next generation of renewable energy leaders.
Through in-class workshops such as Green Collar Careers, students explore career opportunities in sustainability, environment, energy and other related fields, while field trips to wind turbines or rooftop solar installations allow students to see renewable energy projects up close. Relay Education also works with Indigenous communities to co-develop tailored education and skills-building programs.
Learn more about Relay Education
Women in Renewable Energy (WiRE)
WiRE is a non-profit group that advances the role and recognition of women in the energy sector. WiRE supports the development of professional women across the power industry through programming that includes educational field trips, networking events, recognition awards, student bursaries, speed mentoring and more. WiRE has chapters in Toronto, Montreal, Ottawa and Calgary with several others under development.
Learn more about Women in Renewable Energy
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