Ontario Returns to Acceptance of Renewable Energy

As we continue to see major efforts to decarbonize, we are pleased to see that the Government of Ontario energy plans include the acceptance of renewable energy and energy storage options. While the IESO (Independent Electricity System Operator) will request competitive bids for large-scale utility size projects, it is expected that incorporating these major Ontario renewable energy projects will bring down the cost of renewables generally given that their size will also help lower the costs of renewables for these large projects. This will help lower costs on smaller Ontario projects as renewable industry suppliers return to Ontario and Ontario-based ones, especially our OSEA members, once again have the opportunity to grow and thrive.

OSEA is actively monitoring the progress of these renewable energy initiatives at both the OEB (Ontario Energy Board) that may set the parameters and the IESO that will procure these projects.

As well we are following the Canadian government’s clean energy tax credit regulation development and the funding program for solar rooftop projects as well as other clean energy technologies our members supply.

We had a successful recent in person Beyond Net Zero Symposium that is recorded and available to view at our U tube channel. Watch here

The various panels covered the various areas of sustainable energy options that OSEA now will cover. Our initial purpose was to support the Ontario Feed in Tariff many years ago. We now take a holistic approach to all energy options as each has its own attributes and different cost and benefits.

Board Chair Report

We are pleased to welcome Emil AlyevAndrew Halford, R. Anthony Warner and Namiz Nusafer to our growing Board of Directors. We also thank John Van Egmond for his Board contributions as he departs and welcome Evelyn Butler to the Board and thank her for her volunteering as administrative assistant and now acting as our Board Secretary. The Board meets monthly to develop programs and strategies to serve our OSEA members.

OSEA Participation Report

OSEA recently participated in the IESO  Stakeholders Committee meeting to ensure that our sector’s voice is heard and seen. OSEA members attended a number of energy related events last month. These were the ONEIA Energy Breakfast meeting where we heard Minister Smith speak on new nuclear builds and the need for storage before procuring new renewables.

OSEA members attended the Sustainable Engineers Association (SEA) at the University of Toronto sponsored by Climate Positive Energy who we collaborate with. We met many students who did not know of OSEA and may now join.

OSEA members attended 2  Rethink Sustainability Initiatives events. One was on the Built Environment and the second event was on Climate Change and Energy. Toronto Hydro suggested they are making investments to accommodate the distributed energy resources such as solar on buildings. University of Toronto announced they are planning to build a Microgrid Demonstration Centre with others at the Downsview Airport site.

Upcoming Events that OSEA supports:

EarthDay Conference& Trade Show “Agritech”

The Lumesmart Earth Day Conference and Trade Show is an annual event dedicated to promoting sustainability and environmental awareness. In 2024, the conference will focus on the intersection of agriculture and technology, also known as agritech.

Attendees can expect to learn about the latest innovations in agritech, sustainable farming practices, and how technology can help address environmental challenges in the agricultural industry. The event will be hybrid on Monday, April 22 from 1 – 4 pm  – Ontario Investment and Trade Centre at  250 Yonge St, Toronto, ON M5B 2L7. Online Link will be sent by email. REGISTER NOW

 National Building Decarbonization Forum

OSEA is supporting the National Building Decarbonization Forum: Pathways to Electrification April 17-18 in Ottawa. We have the following discount code OSEA@BDA2024 for members to use if interested. Register here.


OSEA is supporting the Ontario’s tech event of the year – #DiscoveryX – is back and better than ever! April 17 – 18, 2024 -Enercare Centre 100 Princes’ Blvd, Exhibition Place, Toronto

– Gain insights from leaders across the industry

– Network with top professionals and expand your connections

– Secure your next business deal

– Touch, feel, and experience groundbreaking technology

– Hosted by @Ontario Centre of Innovation

See and hear from trailblazers in: CleanTech, Agritech, Advanced Manufacturing and Construction, Autonomous and Electric Vehicles, Life Sciences, MedTech, AI, Investors and More! Get your ticket now: Register here.

Publicity pack for partners

Register now to join us at EHRC’s Agents of Change 2024!

On April 10, join us at EHRC’s annual event Agents of Change 2024, an inspiring event filled with industry-leading speakers, new initiatives, and strategies to strengthen leadership and HR in the electricity sector. Learn more and discuss new effective practices to create inclusive workplaces where everyone feels valued, respected, and heard.

Agents of Change is a transformative forum where industry leaders, HR professionals, and DEI champions unite to discuss innovation and achieve hiring and retention goals. Come and explore new ideas to drive progress in the electricity sector. Together, we can create inclusive workplaces where every voice matters.

Book your spot or a table for your team TODAY!

For any queries, please contact:

Aishwarya Chauhan (she/her) Digital Media Specialist Chauhan@ehrc.ca


Transitioning to zero-emissions vehicles may be one of the biggest challenges that organizations will face in the coming years. Electric Autonomy’s EV & Charging Expo is the place to learn about and experience everything EV-related from installing charging infrastructure to fleet electrification, all under one roof. Register for the event to meet and network with experts, vendors and industry peers.

Dates: May 1-2, 2024
Location: Toronto, ON

Register to attend or exhibit at EVandChargingExpo.com

Use promo code: OSEA30 to receive a 30% discount off the Expo Pass.

OSEA Member Drive Opportunities:

New members: OSEA welcomes the new members that joined and those that renewed their membership. One new member is FNnano Canada Inc that provides an amazing nano coating that saves cooling energy and cleans the air while doing it.  We are working together to get the technology accepted by the SaveonEnergy program that has the customs solutions incentive back in the program. It offers $1200/kW of summer peak reductions. See the website at www.fnnano.ca and contact me at david@ontario-sea.org for more information.

Fair Grant Member Igor Chigrin, Business Funding Expert

We’re happy to share with you a new Program for manufacturers – Sustainable Manufacturing Challenge that opened its application portal on March 25, 2024.

The Sustainable Manufacturing Challenge, supported by Next Generation Manufacturing Canada (NGen), is seeking projects that will support Canada’s path to net-zero greenhouse gas emissions and target challenges like emissions reduction.


The challenge reimburses up to 35% of total eligible costs incurred by industry partners.

Program Timeline

Screening Deadline: June 26, 2024, at 5:00 pm Eastern Time. Failing to meet this deadline will mean the proposal will not be considered for funding.

Final Application Deadline: September 18, 2024, at 5:00 pm Eastern Time.

Decisions and Project Start when the applicants can start incurring project expenses: December 2024.

Need help with the government funding programs but don’t know where to start or how to prepare an application?

Fill out the Eligibility Check form at https://www.fairgrantwriting.ca/eligibility to find out.

Resilient World Institute, a strategic partner of OSEA, offers OSEA members a 10% discount on select courses: Join OSEA and then Contact Leon@RWInstitute.ca or (416) 473-4614 to arrange for the discount.

Intensive 1-3 day micro-credential training classes for energy and building sector professionals including engineers, architects, building operators, facility managers and government officials. Resilient World Institute professional training classes are taught by industry experts and are designed for immediate application in your workplace.


Thu, Apr 4 E103 Introductory Energy Plus Energy Modelling In Person

Tue, Apr 16 E101 Introductory eQuest Energy Modelling In Person

Tue/Wed Apr 23/24 E201 Advanced eQuest Energy Modelling In Person

Fri, Apr 26 E110 Pathogen Protection for Building Surfaces Online

Sat, June 1  E102 Introductory Hot 2000 Energy Modelling Online

Mon, May 6+ E113 Environmental & Cleantech CFD Applications Online

Mon, May 13 E108 Urban Decarbonization & Renewable Energy Online

Sat, June 1  E102 Introductory Hot 2000 Energy Modelling In Person

Thu, June 6 E112 Building Envelope & HVAC Commissioning In Person


Membership Drive

OSEA’s membership continues to grow but there are still a large number of our newsletter subscribers who have not yet joined or rejoined OSEA officially through paid membership. If you are part of the sustainable energy sector, OSEA is your voice and your ally, and we need you to be become an active member of our team to better serve our vitally important industry. In addition, we continue to increase the range of the benefits you can leverage through your investment in OSEA membership. Click here to make a modest investment in your business and become part of OSEA today!

Please contact us if you are interested in volunteering to become more active in OSEA. Areas of activity that we would like to see more support for include:

  • Event Planning & Hosting
  • Communications and Outreach
  • Information Technology Management
  • Membership Recruitment
  • Committee Work
  • Board of Directors

Ontario’s sustainable energy community is large, and we need far more like-minded individuals, companies, and organizations to affiliate with us for our voice to be effectively heard, and our sustainable energy sector to prosper. Now is the best time to join OSEA as a member or as a sponsor. 

David Katz, MBA, Chair

Ontario Sustainable Energy Association




The very first benefit of joining OSEA is that your company name and logo will appear on our exclusive OSEA ONLY Member Directory which appears on every page of our website.

Please make sure to complete your company profile with your contact name, your email address, website and a description that tells our massive email audience about the products and/or services you offer.


It’s Time to Update Your OSEA Profile

As an OSEA subscriber you have a profile in our database that help us to serve you and our sustainable energy community. Your profile let’s us know what your interests are which helps us to plan and prioritize our programs and initiatives. The more complete your profile is, the better we can serve you. Please update your listing using your contact login.

We also need to know if you have retired or left our sector and no longer need to be an email subscriber. We track our newsletter emails and need to remove those that do not open our newsletters as we pay for each delivery and as a nonprofit organization, we need to keep our costs down.

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David Katz, Chair, David@Ontario-SEA.org

Leon Wasser, Vice-Chair, Leon@Ontario-SEA.org

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