ELSE Canada | About ELSE

About ELSE

ELSE is a growing network of young professionals, students, and solar advocates (up to 35 yrs.), who are working with the Canadian Solar Industries Association and industry stakeholders to build a strong solar energy future across Canada.


  • We believe solar energy is one of the best clean energy resources available and a key component of the 21st century energy system.
  • Solar creates meaningful employment, contributes to a healthy environment, and helps meet peak electricity demand where it is needed.
  • We believe in a strong solar energy future, today.


A sustainable energy future where solar plays a key role in Canadians’ everyday lives and young professionals and students have a strong voice in energy policy.


Our mission and goals.Professional Development: ELSE fosters Canada’s next generation of clean tech leaders, providing participants with new skills and knowledge, professional development opportunities, and connections within industry and government.

Industry Advocacy: Through working groups, events, online discussions, public campaigns and policy work, we facilitate an honest and thought-provoking public discussion about solar energy, its benefits, and its place in Canada’s energy supply mix. We build fact-based awareness and support for the industry and all types of solar technology.

ELSE Committees:

ELSE operates within the framework of specific committees, including Projects, Programs, Events and Communications. The national board meets bi-weekly and sets goals and strategic priorities for the committees. The committees are headed by a chair and vice-chair from the national board and are open to any ELSE general members who wish to play a more active role in supporting our organization.

Programs Committee

  • Manages the Solar Ambassador Program (SAP), which aims to empower university and college students to engage their campus with the latest industry facts, technology, policy, and career opportunities.

Projects Committee

  • Develops solar projects which serve to raise the profile of solar within Canada or increase Canadian involvement in projects providing critical electrical services to impoverished regions of the world.

Events Committee

  • Plans and executes professional development events throughout the year, including hands-on workshops, power plant and manufacturing facility tours, speaker panels, and networking events.