2019 Call for Applications Now Closed: Energy Council of Canada Energy Policy Fellowship

The Energy Council of Canada Energy Policy Research Fellowship will provide $500,000 over 10 years to graduate students engaged in energy policy research. Annual fellowships valued at up to $15,000 for Master's students and up to $25,000 for Doctoral students will be awarded to eligible full-time graduate students registered at the University of Waterloo. Students must demonstrate interest in energy policy research defined annually by the Waterloo Institute for Sustainable Energy (WISE) in conjunction with Energy Council of Canada.

a) Canada’s Transition to a Low Carbon Energy Economy


  • Are aspirational (or deep) carbon reduction targets feasible in the 2030-2060 time frame and do they create the possibilities of stranded carbon assets?
  • What innovations are required to support an increasing share of non carbon sources of energy in the supply system? 
  • How can policy support for renewable – intermittent - supply sources be harmonized with the technical constraints for reliable operation of the energy system? 
  • What role for Distributed Energy resources, energy efficiency and ICT enabled smart energy networks for a low carbon pathway?
  • Disruptive innovations – social, business and technological – and their impacts on the energy supply chain and resilience of Canada’s energy infrastructure.

b) Energy and Electricity Trade: Barriers and Benefits 

Sub- thematic:

  • What approaches and strategies are required for enhanced inter-provincial and international trade in energy and electricity as an enabler of a low carbon energy future?
  • Identify opportunities for regional networks linking jurisdictions through transmission and large interconnectors taking advantage of fundamental difference in the carbon intensity of the supply-mix of different jurisdictions. 
  • Policies and social strategies for reducing conflict to enable energy trade across provincial boundaries?

c) Energy Sector Regulatory Practices and Evolution


  • Research into the current regulatory practices, identification of the strengths and weaknesses of various regulatory models and identification of what’s needed by regulatory agencies as they become modernized, effective and responsive to current and emerging issues. 

Note: Currently, regulatory agencies are finding it necessary to cope with issues and public concerns which are outside of their traditional areas of activity. Also, the government of Canada is reviewing the mandate and operation of National Energy Board in preparation for reforming the agency. Drawing from the lessons learned in other jurisdictions outside Canada can also be considered for insights that provides the context for this research initiative.


Applications are now being accepted and are to be sent to Laurie Larochelle: no later than 12:00 pm EDT May 31, 2019.

Winners will be notified by July 15, 2019.

Student Poster Opportunity: WISE Energy Day 2019

Energy Day 2019 will once again feature an Innovation Showcase that will include up to 20 spots for students at all points in their academic careers to display a poster highlighting their research, work, or start-up idea. We encourage students from all faculties and institutions to join us and present their work in topics related to sustainable energy.

If you are interested in participating, please contact Jessica Strickler, using the subject line: "Poster Presentation, Energy Day 2019".

All are welcome! Save the Date for September 26, 2019 in Federation hall!

All other inquiries can be directed to Administrative Assistant, Laurie Larochelle at 

Co-op Position Ontario Ministry of Energy, Northern Development and Mines Strategic Policy and Analytics Branch

The Ministry intends to hire a motivated masters-level or advanced undergraduate policy co-op student for the Summer 2019 term (May-January). Primarily located within the Ministry’s Strategic Policy and Research Unit (Energy), the successful candidate may also have opportunities to participate in projects conducted in partnership with other Ministry units.

The Ministry of Energy, Northern Development and Mines works with many partners inside and outside of the government to develop a balanced plan to provide cost-effective, clean and reliable energy to Ontarians and plays an important role in bringing novel technologies from lab to market.

Consider working for the Ministry and contribute to the strategic development of Ontario's energy sector!

What can I expect to do in this role?

Depending on your specific skill set, you will:

  • lead and carry out studies/projects on a variety of files, such as climate resilience, emerging technology trends, and export and innovation strategy, to develop and recommend strategies and policy options
  • research and analyze ministry policies, programs, and Cabinet submissions, develop in-depth reports, present policy options and recommendations to ministry senior management for decision making purposes
  • build stakeholder relationships, gather intelligence, develop consensus, collaborate on policy development or research, and resolve concerns and issues

How do I qualify?

Interpersonal and communication skills:

  • interpersonal and persuasion skills to build and maintain strong relationships with partner branches and ministries, and gain support for ministry policy and program initiatives
  • demonstrated communication skills to prepare reports, briefing notes, cabinet submissions, and correspondence; presentation skills to provide explanations, advice and policy/program recommendations

Research and analytical skills:

  • demonstrated research, analytical and evaluative skills to undertake qualitative and quantitative research, environmental scans and trend analysis
  • ability to process and distill information from a range of sources, and develop policies or solutions to achieve the ministry's and the government's goals.

Specific technical knowledge would be an asset, but is not required:

  • knowledge of the broad economic, environmental, legal, and political issues underlying policy development in the energy sector
  • knowledge of (climate) resilience and climate change adaptation
  • knowledge of provincial and ministry strategic directions, policy, commitments and legislation related to the energy sector

The Ministry is committed to a respectful, diverse, inclusive and accessible workplace. We encourage candidates from traditionally under-represented groups to self-identify and especially welcome applications from Indigenous candidates.

How do I apply?

Please direct applications and inquiries to Joerg Wittenbrinck ( Submit your application electronically by Tuesday, November 20, 2018 and include, preferably as a single PDF file:

  • a cover letter
  • your resume

Interviews, in Toronto or via teleconference, are planned for the week of November 26-30.

Student Poster Opportunity at the Building Science Symposium

As a part of our October 31 Building Science Symposium in Federation Hall, we are providing the opportunity for students to present their research to individuals from the government, industry and academic communities. There are 20 student poster spots available for showing and the first 10 to apply will be given financial assistance up to $50.00 CAD for printing costs.

Panel presentations, posters & discussions will focus on:

  • The Business of Future Low-Carbon Buildings
  • Innovation in Achieving Low-Carbon Buildings
  • Technologies for a low-carbon future

We ask that you forward this opportunity to interested colleagues and students.

Please contact Jessica Strickler to register or for more information:

Congratulations to the 2018 Energy Council of Canada Energy Policy Research Fellowship Recipients


Civil & Environmental Engineering


Management Sciences


Science, Bioscience, Technology & Public Policy

Geography & Environmental Management

Electrical & Computer Engineering


Sustainability Management


Sustainability Management


WISER: Women in Sustainable Energy Research

Written by Energy Council of Canada Energy Policy Fellows Bronwyn Lazowski and Stephanie Whitney


As two women scholars in the early stages of our academic careers, we were thrilled to take part in a Research Communication Workshop on February 26, 2018. This full-day workshop included a half-day of training on op-ed writing and a half-day of training on media interviews. The event was organized by the Women In Sustainable Energy Research (WISER) group, using funds from an NSERC Connection Grant, and run by Informed Opinions.

Energy, behavior, decisions: these are just 3 of dozens of important subjects that are significantly underrepresented in the Canadian mainstream media when women’s voices are missing as subject matter experts in newspaper articles and broadcasts. A new study, commissioned by Informed Opinions, reviewed over 1,400 articles and broadcast segments from seven Canadian newspapers and media outlets from October to December 2015, and found that men accounted for 71% of experts quoted or interviewed for newspaper articles and broadcast segments.

As our research focuses on the nexus of these subjects – Bronwyn researches smart grid technologies in the residential context, and Stephanie examines energy management decision-making in the commercial sector – we were keen to equip ourselves with knowledge and tools about how to promote our research findings to a broader, non-academic audience.

Here are five things we learned about each writing op-eds and preparing for media interviews. We hope that these tips are useful for our female and male colleagues alike.

Writing Op-Eds

  • Write your thesis statement
  • Identify at least 3 supporting pieces of evidence
  • Anticipate and concisely refute an expected counter-argument
  • Identify a hook that links your issue to the news
  • Pique curiosity with your opening sentence

Media Interview Skills 

  • Take opportunities to build relationships with media outlets that cover topics that you are interested in and can add value to with your opinion
  • If contacted for an interview, find out what the news story is about and what the interview entails
  • Pay close attention to what the reporter thinks he/she needs, and determine how your expertise can add value to the news story
  • Practice delivering your key messages in short sound bites, using simple terms and vivid examples or analogies
  • Learn to bridge away from irrelevant questions or statements that you don’t support

We both left the workshop feeling motivated, encouraged, and empowered to actively participate in local, provincial, and national conversations about energy, behaviour, and decision-making by policy-makers and other key stakeholders in this space. If/when our research is showcased in the media, WISE will make this information available to its membership.

Learn more about WISER on their website:

Join us for lunch!

We frequently host a lunch for WISE faculty and their students. This provides a terrific opportunity to meet other researchers in a relaxed setting.

Sign up for notices by filling out our online form.

Want to put your skills to work with WISE?

We often hire co-ops in all fields throughout the year. Please send your resume, cover letter, and transcripts to Please note that we give priority to Waterloo students.

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