January 30, 2019
CanSIA's Members are building the future for solar energy in Canada.  Are you with us?
CanSIA has a lot of work to do this year and the support of our members is key to funding the advocacy activities that will drive the industry forward in 2019. If you're not a member of CanSIA, you're not contributing to an industry-wide effort to appeal to consumers, policy-makers, and regulators, sharing all that we know on the benefits of solar to communities and businesses across Canada.
 
Not yet a member? We are halfway through the membership year so you can join today at a 50% prorated fee to try out membership until the end of June, 2019.

Here are the top benefits coming up for our Corporate and Supporter Members:
  • Save $150 per attendee when registering for the Solar Canada Conference to be held in Calgary, May 8-9. REGISTER NOW
  • At upper levels, save up to $865 per 10x10 exhibit space at Solar Canada
  • All CanSIA members will be listed in the 2019 Go Solar Guide handed out to industry and prospective clients at Solar Canada in May, and distributed digitally for even greater reach
  • Listing in CanSIA's online member directory and, if applicable, in Energy Efficiency Alberta's list of qualified solar providers
  • Access to our member news and information service which includes urgent member alerts and a monthly Policy and Research Update
  • The opportunity to weigh in on CanSIA policy and advocacy activities
 
For more information on membership, view our  membership brochure and  complete list of benefits. Questions?  Contact Lisa Hatina, Business Development & Member Relations Manager.
Please read on for some upcoming CanSIA member benefits and services:

CONFERENCES AND NETWORKING OPPORTUNITIES
Conferences and Networking Opportunities
We hope to see you at Solar Canada in Calgary this May!SolarCanada
Network with an estimated 2200 attendees and up to 100 exhibitors representing the entire supply chain: solar integration, development, engineering and EPC, equipment manufacturers, utilities, consultants, federal, provincial and municipal governments, communities, and students.

SOLAR CANADA ANNUAL CONFERENCE & EXPOSITION
May 8-9, 2019
BMO Centre
20 Roundup Way SW
Calgary, AB T2G 2W1

Click here to register. 
Advanced Business Match ABM
ABM events combine a decade of experience in technology-facilitated business development, industry knowledge and the engagement of influential economic partners. All participants are pre-qualified and vetted. This creates a business matching forum like no other. ABM is in tune with the vast opportunities and unique characteristics of your specific region, network or industry, providing fertile ground to achieve unprecedented results.

CanSIA Members receive a 10% discount for ABM events. Upcoming events include:
 

February 25 to 27, 2019
Treaty 4 Territory and Homeland of the M├ętis, Regina, SK
May 13 to 15, 2019
Syilx/Okanagan Territory, 
Penticton, BC

August 26-28
Mississaugas of the New Credit Territory
Toronto, ON
ABM Indigenous: Lower Mainland
November 18-20
Kwantlen, Katzie, Semiahmoo Territory, 
Langley, BC
Forward Summit forwardsummit
CanSIA is excited to announce our participation in the inaugural Forward Summit, the three-day gathering of Indigenous communities and industry leaders. The Summit brings together Indigenous leaders and Canada's major industries at Calgary TELUS Convention Centre to discuss important topics surrounding workforce, finance, economic growth and mutually beneficial partnerships.

The Forward Summit conference program highlights the business and community perspectives on national topics such as Renewable Energy, Market Access, Capacity Building, Major Projects, Procurement and more.
CanSIA sees Forward Summit as an opportunity to further understand and collaborate with Indigenous communities across Canada. Solar energy represents a viable energy solution for remote communities and an economic impression throughout the supply chain.  

Delegates attending Forward Summit have access to three-days of keynotes, panels, roundtables and workshops as well as various networking opportunities including the Opening Night Reception and meeting scheduling through the mobile app. The Clean Tech roundtable - Funding the Future Energy Mix features Guy Lonechild, First Nations Power Authority, Jason Edworthy, BluEarth Renewables, Joseph Duperreault, First Renewables Energy Partners and more.

CanSIA Members get 10% off registration. Members can click here to find out how. 
IPPSA Annual Conference 2019 IPPSA
IPPSA's milestone 25th annual conference comes at the same time as Alberta's capacity market begins. IPPSA's conference provides delegates with updates on what these changes mean for generators and for consumers.   Insights will be shared by those from within the province and by experts who have experienced capacity market changes elsewhere. 2019 also marks Alberta's election year and we've secured leading voices from each major political party to share their views on electricity and climate change policies.   

Click here for more information. 
Women in Renewable Energy Networking Events WiRE
WiRE meet-ups present a welcoming and casual opportunity to meet peers, share ideas and opportunities, and educate colleagues about projects and initiatives of interest to the group. All women working in a field related to renewable energy are invited, as are students and developing professionals who are looking for perspectives on joining the renewable energy sector. Light refreshments are served.

All net working events are for women only. Upcoming events include:

-     Toronto Networking Meet-Up on February 13, 2019
-     Guelph Networking Meet-Up on February 27, 2019
PROFILE BUILDING AND MARKETING OPPORTUNITIES
Corporate and Supporter Members Save 15% on Advertising Naylor
CanSIA is pleased to announce that we continue to work with Naylor Association Solutions as our official integrated media communication partner.
 
Naylor provides advertising, publication and media services that build your company's image and links your brand with Canada's solar industry.
 
Corporate and Supporter Members save 15% on advertising. Click here to see all advertising opportunities and rates.
 
For more information on how to power your brand with CanSIA, please contact Angela McDougall, 1-800-665-2456 ext. 3625 or email amcdougall@naylor.com.
Canada's Go Solar Guide & Directory  is a unique opportunity to reach both CanSIA members and solar consumers across the country in an easy to reference annual guide.
Distribution: 2,500 copies
Available: April
 
SOLutions Magazine is distributed to 100% of CanSIA members and contains valuable and current industry editorial for key stakeholders across Canada.
Distribution: 1,500 copies
Available: November
 
Solar Beat eNewsletter  provides timely industry topics and association news.
Distribution: 15,000 inboxes
Available: Bi-monthly
 
Audience retargeting solution allows for the creation of highly targeted ad campaigns to reach your desired audience around the web.
Cansia.ca unique visits: 50,000 (annually)
Show off your 'Proud Member of CanSIA' logo!memberlogo
Build trust with consumers and demonstrate your commitment to the success and satisfaction of your clients by proudly displaying your CanSIA member logo on your website and corporate materials. 

All CanSIA Members agree to the Solar Business Code of Conduct and Complaint Resolution and Disciplinary Process. These initiatives help our industry convey a consumer focus by setting clear standards that CanSIA members agree to adhere in the conduct of their business and offer expanded resources to which they can refer when evaluating the decision to go solar. 

More than ever, all members of CanSIA, especially those who deal directly with consumers, should actively display their "Proud Member of CanSIA" logo. CanSIA Members can access their "Proud Member of CanSIA" logo on the CanSIA Member Logo Members-Only Page
Update your company information for CanSIA's online and print directories by February 15, 2019directoryinfo
CanSIA Members are listed in our online directory and printed in CanSIA's 2019 Go Solar Guide. Update your company information by following the steps listed below:
  1. Log in to CanSIA's Members-Only Portal (contact us if you have forgotten your login information)
  2. Click on 'Manage Your Membership Account' in the menu bar on the right
  3. Click on 'Update Company Information' in submenu
  4. Ensure your company description, address and contacts are all up-to-date

Please ensure that your company information is up-to-date by February 15, 2019 in time for printing CanSIA's 2019 Go Solar Guide.

Solar Market News and Information
Trading Up: Equipping Ontario Trades with the Skills of the Future CAGBC
The Canada Green Building Council has released a report that provides an action plan to close the low-carbon skills gap in the Ontario Construction industry.

Entitled "Trading Up: Equipping Ontario Trades with the Skills of the Future," the report puts forward recommendations for new types of training, incentives and construction processes that will help the trades workforce support the construction and mass retrofit of buildings that lower greenhouse gas emissions. 

Click here to read the full report. 
CanSIA News Roundupnewsroundup
CanSIA members can now access a weekly roundup of articles related to solar energy in Canada. These can be found under the News section on the homepage of your member portal once you have signed in. Members can click here to see our latest roundup for the week of January 21.
CanSIA Network Resources Networkresources
Missed a webinar or want to re-vist a past one? CanSIA members can find recordings of past webinars in the Networks and Forums section of the Member Portal. 

Members can click here to access webinar recordings. 
Policy Development & Advocacy

Act Today - Check out CanSIA's 'Power for the People' Grassroots Campaign!powerforthepeople

CanSIA is excited to be running our  Power for the People, a digital, grassroots campaign to build public support for the Government of Ontario to introduce regulations that make solar more affordable and accessible.

The campaign will raise awareness about the many benefits of solar. The digital platform makes it easy for Ontario residents to send customizable e-mails to their local Members of Provincial Parliament. This lets supporters like you tell their own stories.

We need your help spreading the word! If you're an Ontario resident, you can start by signing up for the campaign through  this link, and sending the website to your team, employees, and personal network
Policy and Research Update: November Edition PandR
Each month, CanSIA Members are sent the Policy and Research Update which provides the essential news on all policy and regulatory matters.  CanSIA Members can access this last week's Policy & Research Update as well as past editions through the Members-Only Portal under 'Member Communications'.

Here are some highlights from the latest edition of CanSIA's Policy and Research Update:
Training Events
Solar Panel Installation Training with Stardust Solar stardust
Stardust Solar is offering solar installation training in different provinces across Canada.

Their courses will provide you with knowledge needed to install solar energy systems. They will show you how to design your system, procure the correct parts, mount your solar array, optimize the system for maximum yield, connect the modules in a circuit, and start producing clean energy. You do not need to have any electrical experience to take these courses.

Upcoming courses include:
  • Saskatoon, SK from February 9-12
  • Winnipeg, MB from February 16-19
  • Burnaby, BC from March 2-6
  • Hamilton, ON from March 2-5
  • Mississauga, ON from March 9-12
  • Prince George,  BC from March 16-19
  • Pointe-Claire, QC from 23-26
  • Ottawa, ON from March 30-April 2
  • Kamloops, BC from March 30-April 2
Stardust Solar is offering CanSIA members a 15% discount on course fees. Members can click here to learn more.
SESA Workshops SESAWorkshop

The Solar Energy Society of Alberta (SESA) is a non-profit, educational organization, which serves as a resource for government, educational institutions and the public at large. SESA holds seminars, workshops, and classes  and is offering 10% off one course registration per year for Corporate Members of CanSIA. Interested members should  email Daniel Kielback  for a discount code to use when registering online.

Upcoming workshops include: 


Check out the  SESA Website for a full list of workshops.
Already a CanSIA member? Ensure your company profile information is up to date. Have your account administrator log into the Members-Only Portal and click on "Manage Your Membership Account" where you can view, update and save all of your company information.