About the Program

Making connections. Building relationships. Learning by doing.

The 20/20 Catalysts Program is an award-winning interactive three-month program that connects First Nations, Inuit and Métis Catalysts to a network of Indigenous and non-Indigenous Clean Energy Project Mentors and Coaching Specialists involved in clean energy project development – including: energy efficiency, solar, wind, hydro, biomass, and geothermal, both on and off-grid.

Catalysts will learn from Program Mentors, Coaches and each other by sharing experiences and lessons learned from past projects. Ultimately, Catalysts will walk away from the Program with the skills, tools, and resources to maximize the social and economic benefits their community gains through participation in clean energy projects.

Program Goals

There is no substitute for local knowledge and good relationships. External experts offer valuable advice, but achieving benefits, creating social change, and investing and utilizing project earnings require in-house leadership. Through the Program, we aim to connect Catalysts with program mentors from across the country to help them acquire fundamental clean energy skills and know-how, which they can bring back to their communities.

Catalysts will be encouraged to share their program experiences and tools with others in their communities. This may come in the form of employment skills, community planning, financial management, or any number of other features that foster the involvement of community members.

The ultimate goal of the 20/20 Catalyst Program is to help indigenous communities get to a point where they feel confident and prepared to partner on clean energy projects and get the most out of that partnership. Communities will be ready to capitalize on projects presented to them and seek out clean energy development opportunities of their own.

On-site Intensives

Our On-site Intensive Sessions will be held at unique facilities situated in the heart of Canada’s natural landscape. These facilities foster a comfortable learning environment that enables creativity and collaboration.

Below are the dates and locations for 2019.

British Columbia

May 5-10,  2019

Northwest Territories

June 16-21, 2019


July 21-26, 2019

Program Mentors

The Program will be led and supported by 25+ of the most knowledgeable and experienced Indigenous leaders and clean energy practitioners from across the country. All of our Program Mentors bring valued experiences with clean energy project development and have a deep familiarity with Indigenous culture, traditions and values. Our Program Mentors will facilitate learning sessions using a variety of teaching techniques exposing Catalysts to the breadth and depth of project development.


One of the most unique aspects and important aspects of the 20/20 Program is the personalized professional coaching available for each Catalyst. Over the course of the Program, participants will have six one-on-one and three group sessions. The coaching helps Catalysts unlock their leadership potential, overcome barriers, and reflect on what it all means for them and how they want to act on it.

The ice Network

Catalysts will join the Indigenous Clean Energy Network, an innovative online platform where Catalysts can connect with current and past Catalysts and mentors. The platform has been designed to:

  • Enable collaboration on clean energy projects;
  • Allow individuals to dive deeper into a topic through access to relevant articles, presentations, and tools;
  • Foster continued learning with the latest clean energy news and resources; and
  • Support collective action on key issues related to Indigenous clean energy.


The 20/20 Catalysts Program is a proud recipient of the 2018 Canadian Wind Energy Association's 2018 Group Leadership Award. This award recognizes visionary leaders and clean energy pioneers for their outstanding contribution to the Canadian wind industry. To learn more about the award, please visit CanWEA's site.