July 27, 2016
Make your voice heard.
Join a CanSIA Member Forum

Over the past few years, we have seen a change in what matters most to our members. When we surveyed our members in March of 2015, we were not surprised to see policy influence top the list as CanSIA's most important member service. We introduced Strategic Projects as well as Member Forums last year to engage our members both deeply and broadly in policy development, and to ensure that CanSIA can advocate as effectively as possible on their behalf.

We are proud to report that members increasingly perceive CanSIA as an effective policy influencer and we believe that this is to the credit of our members who have committed themselves to working together to build and sustain a strong market for solar in Canada.

Our members are currently working together in the following Member Forums:
  • Alberta Distribution - Connected Solar Forum
  • CanSIA and CanWEA Pan-Canadian Climate Change Framework Working Group
  • Climate Change Action Plan Forum (ON)
  • FIT 5 Forum (ON)
  • LRP II Procurement Proposal Forum (ON)
Corporate and Supporter 1 members can sign up for Forums through the Members-Only Forums Page or can send us an email request to be added.

Thank you for your continued commitment to solar energy in Canada!


Lisa Hatina
Business Development & Member Relations Manager
 Learning Opportunities 
How to Survive and Thrive in International MarketsThrive
  Date: Tuesday, August 9, 2016
Time: 1:00 p.m. - 2:00 p.m. ET
Cost: Free
Join the Canadian Trade Commissioner Service (TCS) and Export Development Canada (EDC) for a free webinar, How to survive and thrive in international markets. The panelists will offer insight and expert advice on how to effectively enter emerging markets plus they will share proven export strategies to manage market uncertainty. Learn to:
  • Identify your next 'hot' export market
  • Assess your competitive advantage in the market
  • Maximize your return from business opportunities
  • Monitor market fluctuations & spot key trends
CanSIA Members get 10% discount on SESA's Fall WorkshopsSESA
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.

Workshops coming up this Fall include:

Photovoltaic System Design and Modelling, Edmonton and Calgary
Edmonton - September 16-18, 2016
Calgary - October 28-30, 2016
Create Effective Technical Contracts for the Solar Industry
Edmonton, Alberta - September 24, 2016

Members can click here to learn more about these workshops and how to access the 10% discount.

Business Opportunities  
Receive a Wage Subsidy for hiring a Canada Green Corps participan t Green
Canada Green Corps (CGC) is a results-focused, work-integrated learning program that is designed to bridge talented, yet un- and underemployed Canadian youth to meaningful employment in Canada's emerging green economy.

CGC participants possess a range of academic backgrounds - such as business, finance, marketing and engineering - that can immediately assist partner organizations in carrying out their operations more effectively. By hosting a CGC participant, partner organizations receive an approximate 50% wage subsidy based on an average wage of $17/hour. CGC participants bring a fresh perspective to organizations, often finding innovative and more efficient solutions to "the way we've always done it". The six-month work placement offers a convenient trial period to assess how much potential a recent graduate has. It's also an opportunity to carry out a new social media campaign, catch up on a project that has been put on the backburner, or free up some of time of more senior staff.

CGC placements will begin during the last week of September and first week of October.

For more information, please contact Scott Bohachyk at scott.bohachyk@unac.org.

Solar Decathlon Team Seeking Industry Support in Exchange for RecognitionDecathlon
The Solar Decathlon is an award-winning competition, which challenges universities from all over the world to build a full-scale, cutting edge, solar-powered house. Team Toronto, which is made of students and faculty members from University of Toronto, Ryerson University and Seneca College, is one of the finalists that will be competing in the 2017 Solar Decathlon hosted by China. We are looking for industry partners to help us with in-kind and monetary donations. This opportunity will offer you great exposure before, during, and after the competition through our website, promotional materials, local media attention, sponsor events and displays in the home itself.

To discuss this opportunity in more detail, please contact:

Vincent Racine, B.Sc. M.Pl.
Business Coordinator, Team Toronto
(647) 975-2413

 Event Discounts
Edmonton Networking Mixer - Tonight! mixer
Mem bers of CanSIA are invited to join us for a Solar Networking Mixer tonight, Wednesday, July 27th from 7:00 PM to 10:00 PM at Yellowhead Brewery in Edmonton, Alberta.

Companies focused on residential, commercial and community-scale solar will benefit from this casual networking mixer. CanSIA staff will be on hand for discussions of distribution-connected policy and regulatory frameworks for solar electricity generation in Alberta.

If you are interested in joining us tonight, email info@cansia.ca to find out more details.
Solar West west
With new policies that address climate change and economic diversification, the Canadian western provinces provide a unique opportunity for renewable energy companies, particularly solar energy.
  • HEAR First-hand about new policies and market dynamics evolving in Western Canada.
  • CONNECT and network with policy makers from all levels of government, solar energy professionals and other stakeholders.
  • LEARN about the new market opportunities for the solar industry through the evolving policy and market dynamics in Western Canada.

CanSIA members save $150 on full conference pass -  Register here today!  


Solar Canadasolcan
Registration for Solar Canada is officially open! With the whirlwind of changes in the federal and provincial environmental and energy policies, Solar Canada is a must attend to position your company for the new market reality. This year will be more exciting than ever with Jeremy Rifkin as Solar Canada Keynote speaker! Register here at the early bird prices!

*CanSIA Corporate and Supporter Members get $200 off a full conference pass and up to $600 off a 10X10 booth at the trade show.*

Join The 28th Annual Canadian Power Conference & Networking Centre on November 15 & 16, 2016 at the Metro Toronto Convention Centre. Hear the industry's top experts pinpoint their key issues. Participate in the interactive panels and discussions. Check out the Power Networking Centre featuring select exhibiting sponsors, along with dedicated, unique and diverse networking opportunities.

CanSIA Members can access a discounted rate on the Members-Only Event Discounts Page.

Solar Power Internationalpower

Solar Power International is one of the largest gatherings of solar installers, manufacturers, and energy storage professional for four days of networking and thought leadership - join for September 12-15, 2016, in Las Vegas.

CanSIA Members can access a discounted rate on the Members-Only Event Discounts Page.

2016 Canadian Utilities Equipment and Engineering (CUEE) Exhibition Show CUEE
Canadian Utilities Equipment and Engineering (CUEE) is taking place from September 13-14, 2016 at the International Centre in Mississauga, Ontario. Developed over 45 years ago, CUEE is Canada's most important distribution and transmission trade show.  It brings together thousands of professionals including contractors, engineers, trades personnel and key buyers from municipalities and utilities. 

CanSIA Members can access a discounted rate on the Members-Only Event Discounts Page.

Myanmar Green Energy Summit Myanmar
The Myanmar Green Energy Summit  2016 will be held on August 15-16, 2016 and Global Water Conference 2016 will be held on August 17-18, 2016 under the umbrella of Sustainable Energy & Water Resources Management Week to address pertinent issues of energy & water in Myanmar. CanSIA members will receive exclusive exhibition booth and delegate registration discounts.

CanSIA Members can access a discounted rate on the Members-Only Event Discounts Page.

CanSIA Announcements   
Changes to Circulation of CanSIA's Policy & Research Updatepolicy
The solar industry is changing. CanSIA is seeing a trend in the increasing value of policy and market information made available through our monthly Policy & Research Update. CanSIA members show their commitment to the industry in many ways, one of which is their financial support of CanSIA's work on behalf of the industry through their annual membership fees. In recognition of that support, it is only fair that CanSIA members enjoy greater access to valuable information than non-members. To this end, CanSIA will no longer circulate our monthly Policy & Research Update to non-members as of September 1st. CanSIA will, however, continue to circulate the communication to policy-makers, regulators and other stakeholders of importance to our industry.

Here are some highlights from July's Policy and Research Update:
CanSIA Members can access this Policy & Research Update as well as past editions through the Members-Only Portal.

To learn more about the benefits of a CanSIA membership, do not hesitate to contact Lisa Hatina, Business Development and Member Relations Manager, at membership@cansia.ca

Have you signaled your agreement to CanSIA's Solar Business Code of Conduct?code
Protecting and serving consumers by ensuring a fair, safe and informed marketplace is important to CanSIA and to our member companies. In order to safeguard consumers and help ensure a high standard of conduct for members, CanSIA has developed new Consumer Protection Initiatives including the Solar Business Code of Conduct and the Complaint Resolution and Disciplinary Process. All materials are available here.

All CanSIA members must agree to adhere to the Solar Business Code of Conduct, cooperate with its Complaint Resolution and Disciplinary Process and subsequent actions taken by CanSIA to enforce the code.

To adhere to this requirement, we ask that all members complete an agreement form, accessible here.

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 the "Organization Profile" tab where you can view, update and save all of your company information.


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