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Energy Exchange is hosting a series of quarterly Influencer Webinars to advance energy and climate systems thinking across the country. 

Beat the Heat

Across Canada, cities are in for an increased number of extreme heat days in the coming summers. This is a significant public health and environmental issue that can lead to heat-related illness and death. At the same time, the growing demand for cooling places enormous burden on the electrical grid, and actually contributes to global warming. To address these challenges, dialogue is necessary to push forward environmentally friendly and universally accessible cooling solutions. On August 20th, 2020, we hosted a webinar looking at some of the issues and challenges around cooling, including energy poverty and moreLearn more > 


Hosted By:

  • Hilary Boucher
  • Shahreen Shehwar


  • Dr. Maryam Rezaei, energy poverty researcher
  • Hanif Montazeri, CEO and co-founder of Enersion
  • Gord Cooke, President of Building Knowledge Canada
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Reimagining Urban Networks

On May 21st, 2020, Pollution Probe hosted a webinar based on our recent work sponsored by The Atmospheric Fund (TAF) exploring options for the GTA to keep its clean, low-emissions electricity system going after the Pickering Nuclear Generating Station shuts down in 2025. With our panelists, we discussed the broader common challenges facing cities across Canada – how to meet growing electricity demand cleanly, keep costs low for consumers, and boost local economies in a post-COVID recovery phase. Learn more > 


Panelists include:

  • Matthew Sachs, COO of Peak Power
  • Julia St. Michael, Director of Sustainability Engagement at Enwave
  • Patrick Lo, Senior Manager, Partnerships in Innovation, Research and Development at the Independent Electricity System Operator (IESO)
  • Geri Yin, Head, Grid Innovation at Alectra GRE&T Centre 
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Youth and Energy: A Growing Voice

On Tuesday September 17, 2019, Energy Exchange held the webinar ‘Youth and Energy: A Growing Voice ‘. Canada’s energy system is changing, and while everyone has a role to play, young people are becoming a stronger voice in the transition. The webinar had energy industry experts talking about the evolving role of youth in the sector and the challenges and opportunities when it comes to youth energy engagement. Learn more > 


Panelists include:

  • Moderated by Emma Hill, Pollution Probe 
  • Eryn Stewart, Indigenous Clean Energy and Lumos Energy
  • Lana Norton, Women of Powerline Technicians
  • Meredith Adler, Student Energy
  • Wesley Normington, Relay Education 


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Pathways for the Future of Natural Gas

On Tuesday June 18, 2019, Energy Exchange held the webinar ‘Pathways for the Future of Natural Gas’. With Canada needing to transition to a low-carbon economy, it’s time to figure out the role of the natural gas system. Pollution Probe examined the challenges, opportunities, and areas for action on the topic. Learn more > 


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Engaging Communities on Energy Planning

On Wednesday December 19, 2018, Energy Exchange held the webinar ‘Engaging Communities on Energy Planning’. Hear from industry leaders from Our Energy Guelph and Foothills Energy Co-Op on the strategies and challenges faced when involving communities on energy decision making. Learn more > 


Panelists include:

  • Moderated by Richard Carlson, Director, Energy Exchange
  • Kirby Calvert and Abhi Kantamneni, Our Energy Guelph
  • David Bunnell, Foothills Energy Co-op
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Women in Energy

On Wednesday, January 31, Energy Exchange’s Women in Energy webinar explored gender diversity in the energy sector and the Leadership Accord on Gender Diversity for the Electricity Industry, and introduced participants to outstanding leaders in energy. Learn more >


Panelists include:

  • Michelle Branigan, CEO of the Electricity Human Resources Council (EHRC)
  • Tabatha Bull, Senior Manager, First Nation and Métis Relations at the IESO
  • Shivani Chotalia, Senior Analyst, Engineering and Projects at NRStor
  • Christina Ellerbeck, Director, Mine and Extraction Development at Suncor Energy
  • Sarah Ivy Simmons, Women in Renewable Energy (WiRE), Advisory Committee Member
  • Moderated by Ingrid Thompson, CEO of Pollution Probe
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Piloting Progress

On Thursday, November 30, Energy Exchange’s webinar Piloting Progress explored the context of innovation and pilot projects in Canada, showcasing specific innovative pilot projects that will help Canada achieve its climate action goals. Project leads shared on-the-ground stories of what they have created. 


Panelists include 

  • Richard Carlson (Moderator), Director of Energy Exchange and Energy Policy at Pollution Probe
  • Mehrdad Mahoutian and Chris Stern, co-founders of Carbicrete
  • Fin MacDonald, Manager of the Zero Carbon Building Initiative from the at Canada Green Building Council
  • Matthew Ferguson, Student Team Member at LaneZero
  • Aisha Bukhari, Senior Manager at the Advanced Energy Centre, MaRS Discovery District
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Powering the Future of Transportation in Canada

On Thursday, September 14, Energy Exchange held a webinar on the future of transportation in Canada, as part of Natural Resources Canada’s Generation Energy initiative. Canada’s experts in transportation led participants in a generative discussion on the future of transportation in Canada’s transition to a low-carbon economy, asking questions including:


  • What energy sources and technologies will power our transportation in 2050? 
  • How will public transit contribute to a low carbon future? 
  • What’s the future of personal mobility? Active transportation? Freight? 
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Energy Exchange has delivered educational forums for senior bureaucrats, policy-makers and leaders in innovation from across Canada. The forums have provided participants with policy, technical, economic, and ecological knowledge to ensure that they are fluent in the most up-to-date and pertinent information when advancing energy management and energy infrastructure initiatives. In addition, the forums have created an opportunity for peer-to-peer exchanges that have enriched participants networks and built bridges between diverse players in energy systems.

The curriculum for the forums is developed and guided by Energy Exchange’s expert staff with consultation and support from partners.

Generation Now Youth and Innovation Forum

On November 22, 2016, Energy Exchange, Pollution Probe and Student Energy hosted the Generation Now Youth and Innovation Forum which united nearly 60 creative young leaders (18 to 29 years old) with established professionals  to transform youth innovations into solutions for the future of our climate and the environment.

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Measurement and Evaluation for Energy Literacy

On September 16, 2015, Energy Exchange hosted a group of energy literacy practitioners to enhance the current state of practice in energy literacy measurements and evaluation. Speakers shared results from new research on energy literacy and practices from the broader energy sector, with discussion on data collection, accessibility and use.

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Manufacturing Forum on Energy Literacy

On March 26, 2015, Energy Exchange hosted a group of operational leaders from the manufacturing sector to explore their energy objectives and ask: where can energy literacy help?

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Government Forum on Energy Literacy

On October 23, 2014, Energy Exchange hosted an energetic and passionate group of 20 participants engaged in energy policy and program delivery at the municipal, provincial and federal level.

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