November 30, 2016  
The countdown to Solar Canada is on!

As we approach this year's Solar Canada conference, we can't help but reflect on how the opportunity for solar has begun to considerably expand across the country. Alberta, for one, is a burgeoning new market that has seen a number of exciting announcements made recently by the Alberta Government: On November 3rd, the details of Alberta's Renewable Electricity Program (REP) were announced and CanSIA initiated the Alberta Renewable Electricity Program (REP) Forum to engage and consult with CanSIA Members and build a coherent response to the Alberta Electric System Operator (AESO)'s stakeholder engagement process.  

One of the imminent benefits to our Members is access to information and engagement in consultations on programs that will grow and sustain the market for solar energy in Alberta and elsewhere across Canada. For those of you considering Corporate or Supporter Membership for your company, a complete list of Member benefits for the 2016/17 membership year, including discounts on the upcoming Solar Canada conference, can be found here.

To our current Members, and especially our Industry Leaders, an enormous thank you for supporting your industry association and demonstrating your commitment to sustaining and growing this industry to its full potential in Canada.

We look forward to seeing many of you at Solar Canada next week! Please click here for the full conference program.
Profile Building & Advertising   
Ensure your company information is up-to-date in CanSIA's online and print directoriesprint
CanSIA Members are listed in our online directory and can update the information in their listing by following the following steps:
  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
Note that CanSIA Members will appear in CanSIA's 2017 Business Listings which will be circulated in print to 1500 companies and sent electronically to over 14,000 individuals in our network. Please ensure that your company information is up to date by January 31, 2017 in time for printing the directory.

Show off your 'Proud Member of CanSIA' logo!proud
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.

As of June of this year, all members have been asked to fill out a form signaling their agreement to the new 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.

If your company is a member of CanSIA and hasn't yet signed the agreement, please visit the Consumer Protection Initiative Page to access and fill out the form.

Industry Development 
Catch up on CanSIA's latest webinars!webinar
CanSIA hosts a number of Members-Only Webinars to offer insights into the current and emerging solar markets in Canada; discussions of how Members can position themselves within new policy and regulatory initiatives; and, market intelligence for business planning.

Over the past month, CanSIA hosted three Members-Only webinars on the following topics:

Solar and Federal Climate Leadership
This webinar included the following information:
  • Status update on the leadership, regulation and investment in support of renewable energy at the federal level in Canada;
  • Status of numerous consultations, such as the Canadian Energy Strategy, Pan-Canadian Climate Change Framework, Budget 2017 and Infrastructure Plan; and,
  • Analysis of the potential impact of the US Presidential election on the Canadian solar market
Alberta Renewable Electricity Program
These two webinars were hosted in conjunction with the Alberta Renewable Electricity Program (REP) Members Forum to engage and consult with CanSIA Members on the program process and timelines, draft commercial term sheets ("Renewable Energy Support Agreements") and other issues in response to the Alberta Electric System Operator (AESO)'s stakeholder engagement, which commenced on November 10th and conclude December 9th 2016.

The first webinar, hosted on November 18th, reviewed AESO's consultation materials and to review key recommendations that CanSIA could present. The second webinar, held on November 28th, was for Members to receive an overview of the feedback that CanSIA has received from Members throughout the process and to review and discuss CanSIA's proposed final recommendations. CanSIA Members are encouraged to review materials and provide feedback as soon as possible.

CanSIA Members can view webinar recordings and other resources on the Network Resources Members-Only Page.

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

Policy and Research Update: November EditionPolicy
Each mont h, 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 month's Policy & Research Update as well as past editions through the Members-Only Portal.

Here are some highlights from November's Policy and Research Update:
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
 
CanSIA Annual General Meeting - December 5, 2016 AGM
The Annual General Meeting (AGM) of Members of the Canadian Solar Industries Association  will be held at the Metro Toronto Convention Center, 255 Front St. West, Room 205, Toronto, ON, M5V 2W6, on Monday, December 5, 2016 at 1:30 pm (Toronto time).

At the AGM, both the CanSIA Chair, Utilia Amaral,  and President & CEO, John Gorman, provide their annual reports, highlighting many of the accomplishments and challenges over the year. Other Association business conducted during the AGM includes the announcement of the new Board of Directors, approval of the audited financial statements, reviewing any applicable membership fee increases, the approval of the auditors for the upcoming year, among other business.

A well-functioning and transparent Association that represents industry interests should be the priority of all members, so be sure to attend the AGM each year!

CanSIA Members are encouraged to review the '2016 AGM Materials' on CanSIA's Members-Only Annual General Meeting Page.

Join the Climate Technology Centre & NetworkCTCN
The Climate Technology Centre & Network (CTCN) was recently established to facilitate the transfer of technology to developing countries and emerging markets. The CTCN promotes the accelerated development and transfer of climate technologies at the request of developing countries for energy-efficient, low-carbon and climate-resilient development.
CTCN is looking to build its network base in Canada. Membership is free and provides opportunities to bid on projects, develop networks, and exchange knowledge internationally.

CanSIA Members can access further information on the Members-Only Business Opportunities Page.

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

Canada Green Corps Youth to Ignite Canada's Green Economy!green
Canada Green Corps (CGC) is UNA-Canada's new innovative youth employment programme designed to bridge 150 talented, yet un-and-underemployed, Canadian youth to meaningful employment to ignite Canada's green economy. CGC participants will undertake work-integrated learning placements with various companies, governments, associations, universities and civil society organizations across Canada. Partner organizations who hire a CGC participant will receive a wage subsidy of approximately 50%. Placements are set to commence January, 2017.

In addition to their work experience, CGC participants may help to identify and address environmental "quick wins" in their communities and workplaces, thereby contributing to the reduction of environmental impacts and increasing overall sustainability.

For more info, please visit http://unac.org/unac-projects/canada-green-corps/

Interested employer organization and youth should forward questions to: Project Officer, Julie-Pier Nadeau at Julie-Pier.Nadeau@unac.org OR Project Officer, Kanchan Muti at Kanchan.Muti@unac.org

Events  
Solar Canada - less than a week away! solcan
Here are three reasons why you'll want to join thousands of attendees and hundreds of exhibitors from around the globe at Canada's biggest solar show.
  1. Hear from Jeremy Rifkin, the renowned economic and social theorist, about technological change and how it is redefining our electricity sector and economy.
  2. Assess the opportunity of key new policies including the Pan-Canadian Climate Change Framework, Alberta's Climate Leadership Plan and Ontario's Long Term Energy Plan.
  3. Become informed about other trends and drivers redefining the solar industry in Canada including climate policy, community-solar, storage and smart-grid.
The Solar Canada program is now posted!

CanSIA Corporate and Supporter Members save up to $250 on full conference registration. Join before you register to get the discount.

World Smart Energy Weekweek
Date: March 1 - 3, 2017
Location: Tokyo, Japan

The Embassy of Canada to Japan is planning to participate in World Smart Energy Week 2017, which will take place from Mar 1 - 3, 2017 in Big Sight in Tokyo. World Smart Energy Week is an annual event and one of the world's largest international Clean Technologies / Renewable Energy trade shows.   In 2016, it attracted 1,513 exhibitors from across the globe and the number of the visitors was 63,420.  It includes exhibitions, conferences and B to B meetings covering a wide range of cutting-edge products & technologies from various energy sub¬sectors. 

This is an opportunity for Canadian companies interested in the Asian smart energy market to learn about the latest industry trends and market developments, obtain firsthand information about new projects and gain insights into where market opportunities exist. Canadian clients will have the opportunity to interact with not only Japanese, but also other Asia-Region potential partners. So far, Trade Commissioners from Korea, Taiwan, Thailand, and Manila are planning to participate.

CanSIA Members can access further information on the Members-Only Business Opportunities Page.

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

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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