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-Project Mentors and Coaching Specialists involved in clean energy project development both on and off-grid, such as solar and wind farming, hydro, bioenergy, microgrids and storage, and energy efficiency upgrades.   

As a Catalyst, you will learn from experts and fellow colleagues through shared experiences and lessons learned from past projects. Ultimately, you will walk away from the Program with the skills, tools, and resources to maximize the social and economic benefits their community can gain through participation in clean energy projects.  

 

Program Goals

Catalysts will be connected with program mentors and ICE’s network from across the country to acquire fundamental clean energy skills, such as know-hows to create social change and gain economic benefits. This is then brought back to communities and applied to community-led projects.

Catalysts are encouraged to share their program experiences and resources  with other community members to promote social and economic benefits of their project vision. . This may be done through employment training and skills development, community planning, financial management, and other methods to foster and educate community members about the importance of clean energy and sustainability. 

The ultimate goal of the 20/20 Catalyst Program is to create clean energy leaders, that feel confident and prepared to develop successful clean energy projects and  effective partnerships. By equipping communities, they will be ready to capitalize on and seek out clean energy development opportunities

On-site Intensives

On-site Intensive Sessions are held in unique locations across Canada’s natural landscape. Each location fosters a comfortable and open learning environment that enables creativity and collaboration, and are selected strategically based on their proximity to renewable energy projects. 

Below are the locations for 2022. 

Kelowna, British Columbia

May 1-6 2022

Nunavut

July 10-17 2022

Alton, Ontario

August 14-19 2022

Program Mentors

The Program is led and supported by 35+ of the most knowledgeable and experienced Indigenous leaders and clean energy practitioners from across the country. All our Program Mentors bring valued experiences with clean energy project development and working with Indigenous communities.  Mentors facilitate learning sessions using a variety of teaching techniques, exposing Catalysts to the breadth and depth of project development all the way to project completion, including hands-on learning. 

Coaching

A unique and important aspect of the 20/20 Catalysts Program is personalized professional coaching. Over the course of the Program, participants will have access to one-on-one and group coaching sessions. Coaching can help Catalysts unlock your leadership potential, overcome barriers, and allow you to reflect and work on personal and work-specific goals. 

The ice Network

Catalysts will join the Indigenous Clean Energy Network, an innovative online platform where Catalysts 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. 

    2018 CANWEA GROUP LEADERSHIP AWARD

    The 20/20 Catalysts Program is the proud recipient of the 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.