Blog Page

Emerging Leaders for Solar Energy is working in collaboration with the Great Climate Race to raise funds for OrcaLab, a world-renowned, research centre situated on a remote island off the BC coast, near Alert Bay, which has been researching orcas and other whales for more than four decades. In 2013, OrcaLab installed a solar system to reduce dependence on gas generators. They are now taking the project further to meet almost all their energy needs using renewable energy only. The OrcaLab solar project is being organized by ELSE and will serve as an educational opportunity for students involved in solar energy. “We are excited to be working with ELSE to be helping to fund the transition off diesel power for OrcaLab Not only is this good for the climate but the cost savings for the facility can help do more good work monitoring and learning about the resident orcas we all love” said Great Climate Race co-founder Ben West. “ELSE is participating because we strongly believe that solar energy is one of the most compelling clean energy resources available to us today” said Julie Guérin co-Chair, National Board of Directors at ELSE. “Solar energy creates meaningful employment; contributes to a healthy environment; and it helps meet electricity demands or helps those who are off the grid, like the OrcaLab. We’re very happy to be supporting the Great Climate Race and working towards achieving our goal of raising an additional $16,000 to complete this project.” ELSE members outside of Vancouver will join others from around the world in The Great Climate Race — International Virtual Race. “with chapters in four provinces, and a presence at 17 Canadian universities and we’ll have upwards of 1000 participants in the race either locally or virtually across the country” said Guérin. Please visit the ELSE fundraising page or this OrcaLab blog post for more details.

Completing your resume is one thing but getting past the interview is a whole other ball game. When you're interviewing for a job, you know you need to sell the hiring manager on why your background, skills and industry experience are a match for the position. But there's one crucial piece of the puzzle that you shouldn't overlook: Is your personality right for the job? Join us on October 19th to find out what are the top qualities employers are looking for their hiring. We’ll share what important skills you’ll want to highlight during an interview and give employers an idea of who you are and how well you’ll fit in the team.   Schedule: 5:45PM - 6PM Registration 6PM - 6:15PM Introductions 6:15PM - 6:35PM Interview Skills (Do’s & Don’ts) - Smart Mint 6:35PM - 6:55PM Top 10 Interview Mistakes - Schulich  6:55PM - 7:20PM 5 Tips to Succeeding From The Very First Day - PowerHub 7:20PM - 7:40PM Reach Your Potential - Focus Inspired 7:40PM - 8PM Getting Experience When You Have No Experience - MPower 8PM - 9PM Networking   Find out all the details and reserve your tickets today!

The ELSE Mentorship Program Launch held on July 6th at the Centre for Social Innovation in Toronto was a HUGE success! We brought together an incredible mix of mentors & mentees for an interactive evening of networking, group discussions, and Q&A on key topics essential for upcoming professionals to embark on a career in this industry. Targeting students, recent graduates and young professionals less than 35 years of age, this first-of-its-kind program in Canada matches mentees with two experienced industry professionals for one-hour in-person sessions. If you haven’t signed up already, learn more about the program today!   Be sure to check out the event photos. A big thanks to Kristin Lau for sharing her expertise, showing her artwork, and for providing ELSE these images from the event.

ELSE Mentorship Program was successfully launched on July 6th! You can now sign-up & login to view and select a Mentor. We are looking for experienced professionals in the solar/renewable energy industry, to participate as mentors. The program connects experienced professionals of various roles in the renewable energy/solar industry to new grads/young professionals. The purpose is to provide mentees with industry insight, career advice, and contacts.  Once Mentees select a Mentor, it is the Mentee's responsibility to reach out and coordinate a time to meet. Mentors will be notified by email when they are selected. Tip: Complete your profile the best you can including a profile picture. This is the first impression you will make on your Mentor. If you have any questions, feel free to email 

Reserve your tickets today!

TREC Education is holding its 4th annual School's Out Party fundraiser at the Steam Whistle Brewery in Toronto. More than 200 energy and environment professionals will celebrate and raise support for TREC Education’s children’s education programs. Get your tickets while they last!

Are you a young professional in BC or Alberta who is passionate about solar energy? Emerging Leaders for Solar Energy (ELSE) British Columbia and Alberta are looking for new Provincial Board Members! There are 8 positions open across both boards:  Board Co-Chair (BC: 1, Alberta: 1)  Projects Chair (BC: 1, Alberta: 1)  Communications Chair (Alberta: 1)  Communications Committee, General Board Member (BC: 1)  Solar Ambassadors Committee, General Board Member (BC: 1)  Events Committee, General Board Member (BC: 1)  Interested? Find out more by downloading the Board Member Application Package. The deadline to apply is June 17th, 2016. Applicants for Co-Chair and Committee Chair positions on the board of directors are required to commit to a minimum of 2 terms, with a “term” beginning and ending July 6th. The expected weekly time commitment is approximately 2-4 hours, and applicants must be 35 years of age or younger.  Contact or  for questions or clarifications.

On Saturday May 7th, the 9th annual Toronto Hydro Kids World of Energy Festival was held at Evergreen Brick Works in Toronto. The festival was targeted towards kids in grades 5 and 6 to help them learn about different forms of renewable energy. ELSE held a workshop at the festival to showcase the power of solar energy and how it can be harnessed in a variety of different ways. To demonstrate, ELSE’s booth had a homemade solar oven that used tinfoil to reflect rays from the sun and make s’mores. This event was a great opportunity for young professionals involved with ELSE to interact with kids in the Toronto area and help get them excited about conservation and renewable energy. The festival day was sunny and warm and all who attended had a great day of fun and education. Both the Kids World of Energy Festival and ELSE’s workshop were a complete success!  

Find out more and let us know you're coming today!