Join the Indigenous clean energy movement and embark on a learning experience of a lifetime
The 20/20 Catalysts Program is an intensive Indigenous clean energy capacity-building program unlike any other. The Program provides practical and applied learning about renewable energy projects, community energy planning, energy efficiency and conservation, business management, and advanced energy systems. In addition, participants (‘Catalysts’) are supported to move clean energy projects forward on the ground.
Learn more about our 20/20 Catalysts family.
The program includes:
Program Mentors and Coaches
Taking place from May to July every year, the 20/20 Catalysts Program is led by 35+ of the most knowledgeable and experienced Indigenous leaders and clean energy practitioners from coast to coast to coast.
This award-winning program connects First Nations, Inuit, and Métis Catalysts to a network of 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.
All our program mentors bring valued experiences and facilitate learning sessions using various teaching techniques, exposing Catalysts to the breadth and depth of project development all the way to project completion, including hands-on learning.
There is no cost to the applicants, but they must commit to all virtual and on-site learning. Throughout the program, Catalysts are supported by peers, mentors, coaches, ICE staff, and through the ICE Network.
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:
Catalysts will learn from experts and colleagues through shared experiences and lessons from past projects. Ultimately, they will walk away from the Program with the skills, tools, and resources necessary to maximize the social and economic benefits that communities can gain through participation in clean energy projects.
The Program focuses on five Energy Skills Categories. Each category is broken down into key session topics.
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. Locations are selected strategically based on their proximity to renewable energy projects.
On-site Locations 2023
April 30, 2023 – May 5, 2023
June 11 – 16, 2023
July 23 – 28, 2023
Get Involved with the 20/20 Catalysts Program
There are many ways you can get involved in the 20/20 Catalysts Program! You may apply to be a Catalyst, become a mentor or support the program financially.
Become a Catalyst
We accept 20 participants per year into the Program. If you are interested in applying to the program, please take a moment to join the ICE Network, participate in our monthly ICE Power Hour.
Please contact Justice Morningstar, 20/20 Catalysts Program Manager, if you have any questions about the Program.
Applications for the 2024 cohort will open in April, 2023.
Become a Mentor
Program Mentors are experienced Indigenous leaders and clean energy practitioners who possess deep familiarity with Indigenous culture, traditions, and values. Program Mentors are available to support Catalysts before, during, and after the 20/20 Catalysts Program.
Program coaches provide one-on-one personal and professional development support to each Catalyst – helping them grow their leadership skills.
Support the Program
The 20/20 Catalysts Program depends on contributions from private, government and charitable organizations. Donations to the program can be made through the Ottawa Community Foundation. An income tax receipt will be provided for your donation.
When you donate to the 20/20 Catalysts Program you are committing to the growth of clean energy projects across Canada!
20/20 Catalysts Contributors and Collaborators
If you are interested in collaborating with or supporting the 20/20 Catalysts program, please do not hesitate to reach out to us.