EXTERNAL EVENT: Solar Seminar Series by Solar Energy Society of Alberta (Cal)

28 Mar. 2017


Are you interested in attending the seminars in Edmonton? Try this event to see when Edmonton's seminars will take place.

Seminar Calgary Seminar
Solar Drinks in Calgary

Mar 28
The Gateway Pub
5-7 PM

Solar On Your Home - Wow, Now and How!

Mar 28
Orpheus Theatre
7 PM

For more information, please refer to the Solar Energy Society of Alberta website.

Alberta - A Renewable Energy Superpower?

Meeting the challenges of utilizing Alberta's world-class solar and wind resources

Patrick Bateman - Director of Market Intelligence & Research, Canadian Solar Industries Association
Evan Wilson - Regional Director, Prairies, Canadian Wind Energy Association

Alberta's ambitious, clean energy development plans face significant regulatory, technical and political challenges. Although many jurisdictions around the world have been able to rapidly advance renewables, Alberta's electricity market, utility structure and resources are relatively unique. Mr Bateman and Mr. Wilson have extensive experience with renewable energy regulatory and policy strategy. Both have actively consulted with the Alberta government. They will be addressing many of the myths that abound regarding supply reliability, power quality, environmental impact and ratepayer costs. 

Patrick's professional background includes over six years of renewable energy policy and regulatory research and analysis, stakeholder relations and communications in Europe and in Canada. He holds an MSc in Renewable Energy and a BSc in Environmental Science. Patrick has been heavily involved in communication between the Alberta Government and the solar community over the past year, during the formation of Alberta's Climate Leadership Plan. 

Evan Wilson has been similarly involved in consultation with the new provincial government, in his position as Regional Director, Prairies at the Canadian Wind Energy Association. His background includes extensive experience in pipelines, finance, solar, and wind. He holds both a BA and MA in Political Science and Government, and is well positioned to provide information on the growing Alberta renewables industry. 

Opportunities for Women in Renewable Energy

Joanna Osawe - Business Development Manager, DMC Power
Jen Atchison - Vice President, Sustainable Energy Insurance

Alberta's young but rapidly growing clean energy sector offers many opportunities for women. Women in Renewable Energy (WiRE) encourages and supports women to enter this dynamic field. Although based in Ontario, WiRE plans to be active in Alberta. WiRE offers educational field trips, monthly networking meetings, an awards recognition program, student bursaries, and communications and engagement initiatives. Come hear about the challenges, rewards and resources available in this growing industry. 

Joanna Osawe is the co-founder of Women in Renewable Energy. Joanna has over 10 years of management experience at leading renewable energy sector companies. She has worked in Canada and USA, carrying complex projects through many stages. She believes that renewable energy and emerging technologies play a vital role in Canada's energy mix. 

Jen Aitchison is currently serving as Women in Renewable Energy founding committee member and education subcommittee co-chair. With over 14 years experience, Jen recently received the 2015 Canadian Solar Industry Association President's award for her work as Fire Safety Committee Chair that was responsible for the PV Fire Safety Manual and Training rolled out to firefighters in 2015. Jen Aitchison is also a Vice President at the Jones Brown Toronto Office with a practice area focus on renewable energy and sustainability risks. Jones Brown is a privately held Canadian insurance brokerage and strategic consultancy. 

The Solar Opportunity - Working in the Industtry

Presentations and Panel Discussion - Panelists TBA
Moderated by Brandy Burdeniuk, Principal, EcoAmmo

Alberta's solar generating capacity has been growing by 100% per year for the past three years with no sign of a slow down. The industry needs installers, designers, sales people and equipment manufacturers and suppliers. Looking for meaningful, gainful employment in an industry with a bright future? Several presenters will explain how to get into the industry. What training is needed? What kinds of jobs are available? How does one set up a solar business? What is it like to work in the field? A panel of Albertan's who make their living in the solar industry will share their experiences and answer your questions about this burgeoning field.