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ELSE's Solar Ambassadors

The start of a new school year means something different to everyone, but for the ELSE team, it means putting our Solar Ambassadors program into high gear!  This year, the ELSE team has welcomed over 40 Solar Ambassadors (SA’s) to our professional development program, which includes representation from various provinces throughout the country. To date, there are three chapters that are formally recognized as student clubs on their campuses (University of Toronto, University of Waterloo, and Niagara College). There are also eight schools that have a Solar Ambassador presence (York University, Ryerson University, Centennial College, McMaster University, Queen’s University, Concordia University, UOIT, and the University of Calgary).  To prep for September’s school start, the new and returning SA’s worked alongside the National ELSE SA Committee throughout the summer to develop opportunities to share their love for solar at their respective schools and it was certainly a hit!  Students came in droves to ELSE-sponsored school events and ELSE campus exhibits to learn more about how solar can become a bigger part of their lives, and maybe even a career path.  Following the success of Frosh Week, the ELSE SA chapters are looking to accomplish great things all across Canada this year. From competing in solar design competitions, touring solar manufacturing facilities, hosting a Green Careers conference, to organizing speaker events… there are many things to look forward to as an ELSE SA!

Entrepreneurs in Renewable Energy Series:

What does it take to be an entrepreneur in the renewable energy industry?

How do you identify opportunities? How to get started?

What do you need along the way? How to raise capital?

What motivates entrepreneurs? What to do when you encounter obstacles?

What is the most important quality in an entrepreneur? …

Our speakers will share their personal experiences and give advice for the audience.

This is an event for learning and networking!

Find out more and get your tickets here.

ELSE AB Presents: Solar Club Kick-Off

Join us on Wednesday, October 7th at the University of Calgary in Math Sciences 217 at 1:30pm. We're looking to provide students and young professionals with an opportunity to meet and listen to members of the solar energy industry and to possibly become a part of it themselves. David Kelly, CEO of SkyFire Energy, the largest solar energy installer in Western Canada will be presenting, as well as Brodie Yyelland,  Chair of ELSE Alberta.  We will be introducing a new solar energy student club at the University of Calgary and will finish with a tour of the Cenovus Spo'pi Solar House.

Full Registration Here

Renewable Energy Research Study: Call for Applicants!

Emerging Leaders for Solar Energy (ELSE) is looking for members to contribute to an industry research study led by Smart Mint Search Inc. recruiter, Sarah Giesbrecht.



Smart Mint Search is a boutique recruitment agency that specializes in the sustainable, renewable, and green industries. Sarah Giesbrecht, Sr. Recruitment Consultant at Smart Mint, has designed a research study that will identify the current state of careers in the renewable energy industry in Canada and perform an industry analysis to determine what this all means for career opportunities in the future.

Volunteer Responsibilities:

Through the assistance of Sarah Giesbrecht, ELSE-member volunteers will be expected to assist with issuing surveys, arranging and conducting in-depth interviews, and combing through metrics to prepare an industry report to be reviewed nationwide. Volunteers are expected to contribute 2-3 hours/week to the research study starting from September 18th to November 30th, 2015.

Benefit to Volunteers:

If selected to participate in this research study, volunteers can look forward to the many benefits associated including learning more about the renewable energy industry, obtaining work experience for your resume, connecting with industry professionals, potential of having special mention on a national industry paper, reference letters and having access to a senior recruiter in the renewable energy industry.

Evaluation Process:

Resumes must be sent to by Sunday, September 13th, 2015 at midnight (EST).

Note: Only those applicants selected for an interview will be contacted.


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