A first-of-its-kind capacity development initiative, the 20/20 Catalysts Program is delivered by Indigenous and non-Indigenous community and technical mentors who are experienced and knowledgeable in transitioning to renewable energy. The Program includes experiential learning including, energy efficiency and conservation, policy and infrastructure development, advanced energy systems and large renewable energy projects.
The Program is designed to be flexible to accommodate each participant & community’s needs. The on-site intensive sessions cover the spectrum of clean energy, and the supplemental Learning-into-Practice activities between on-sites is when Catalysts apply the knowledge and skills gained from the program into action. Throughout the program, Catalysts are supported by peers, mentors, coaches, ICE staff, and through the ICE Network.
There is NO cost to the applicant, but the applicant must commit to all virtual and on-site learning, including:
The 20/20 Catalyst Program is not a passive experience. We expect Catalysts to actively engage in the Program activities and bring the skills and knowledge they gain back to their community. There is also a significant time commitment that must be made. Over the three months of the Program, Catalysts must participate in:
- 3 – Week-long On-site Intensive Sessions;
- 9 – One-on-one coaching and/mentoring sessions;
- 6 – Online webinar sessions;
- 3 – Weekly Action Plans; and
We understand that issues do arise, and we will work with Catalysts through any challenges they face and make alternate arrangements where needed.
The 20/20 Catalysts Program focuses on five Energy Skills Categories. Each category is broken down into 4-5 key session topics.
- Human Resource Skills Development & Training
- Project Management
- Employment Strategies and Procurement
- Apprenticeships & Mentoring
- Partnerships with Stakeholders
- Economic and Entrepreneurial Opportunities
- Clean Energy Project Feasibility Studies
- Environmental Regulations & Permitting
- Clean Energy Project Construction and Operations
- Project Site Management and Control
- Introduction to Energy Systems
- Equity Options & Structures
- Financing Terms & Conditions
- Financial Risk Reduction and Management
- Community Trusts and Reinvestments
- Identifying Community Energy Needs
- Understanding Energy Landscapes
- Community Energy and Education Engagement Strategies
- Creating and Implementing a Community Energy Plan