Top educators and industry professionals from Canada and Germany will come together next week at the E3 Symposium: Education for a Sustainable Energy Economy to address where each stands in the sustainable energy field, where they are going and how they will get there.
Presented by York University and Centennial College, the one-day symposium will take place Tuesday, May 22 at the Markham Convergence Centre, 7271 Warden Ave. in Markham.
“York is pleased to participate in the E3 Symposium,” said Robert Haché, vice-president research & innovation. “We are proud of our strong tradition of excellence in collaborative and innovative research in environmental studies. This symposium provides an opportunity for leading researchers, industry experts, students and government officials to share knowledge and exchange ideas to move forward on sustainable energy initiatives.”
Haché will deliver the opening remarks beginning at 9am.
Peter Love, adjunct professor in York’s Faculty of Environmental Studies (FES), will then discuss policies and actions, looking at how the public sector is fostering a sustainable energy economy.
In the afternoon, York Professor Jose Etcheverry of FES will discuss education in energy, addressing the challenges facing the rapid deployment of energy training in Canada’s postsecondary institutions. Speakers in this session will also look at the challenge of developing appropriate standards and accreditation for emerging energy professions and the challenge to create sufficient internal capacity in energy training development and delivery.
Other sessions will examine skilled labour and what can be learned from energy sector companies and organizations, the future of a sustainable energy economy and profitability through sustainability.
Speakers and breakout sessions will highlight the relevant topics of today, as well as trends for the future. They will explore the international scene, the status of sustainable energy world leaders and where at they going, and look at where Ontario fits into the picture.
Other speakers will include:
- Vicki Bismilla, vice-president of academics, Centennial College
- Brian Kelly, manager of sustainability, Region of Durham
- El-Hedi Maloufi, professor, Centennial College
- Elmar Bollin, a professor at Hochschule Offenburg, University of Applied Sciences, Germany
- JoAnne Butler, vice-president of electricity resources, Ontario Power Authority
- Rob Rasshotte, director of learning services, Canadian Standards Association
- Jesika Briones, research analyst, Cleantech Sector, MaRS
- Cristina Toma, a professor at Centennial College
For more information, visit the E3 Symposium: Education for a Sustainable Energy Economy website.