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Postgraduate Certificate in Energy Management and Innovation

Develop your career in a rapidly changing sector

In the energy sector, for every two people retiring from the workforce, there is only one joining. This is not sustainable, particularly in a sector that is growing rapidly.

This certificate program, developed in cooperation with the G. Raymond Chang School of Continuing Education, provides adult learners with an opportunity to acquire a level of knowledge and expertise that will permit them to contribute effectively to energy management, conservation, sustainability and public policy governing this regulated sector; and to energy innovation, entrepreneurship, and the challenges and opportunities for developing new energy technologies and business enterprises. 

Students benefit from guest lecturers from across the energy sector.

A distance education version of the course is available online.

Please PDF filecompare the course with our professional master's diploma in energy and innovation to help decide which program is right for you.

Individuals seeking to expand their expertise, change or advance their careers in the energy sector and those seeking professional development leading to management and leadership roles.

"This program is driven by the needs of the sector. The certificate allows those already in the energy industry to get the knowledge they need to advance into management or leadership roles, and it allows those looking to break into the industry the understanding they need to start their own energy business."

— Bala Venkatesh, Academic Director

Dan McGiilvray
Distinguished Visiting Professor, Research and Innovation Office, Faculty of Engineering & Architectural Science, Ryerson University; Associate, Yeates School of Graduate Studies, Ryerson University

Course: Energy Innovation

Sheikh Nahyaan
General Manager, Grid Operations & Emergency Management, Toronto Hydro

Course: Trends in Smart Grid

Gary Thompson
Lead, Generation Planning and System Studies, Toronto Hydro; Honorary Fellow, Centre for Urban Energy

Course: Trends in Energy Conservation

Sean Conway
Honorary Fellow, Centre for Urban Energy

Course: Public Policy in Energy

Mature student status and evidence of relevant college or university level coursework or mature student status together with relevant industrial or professional experience.

The successful completion of six courses with a cumulative grade point average of 1.67 or higher.

Energy Innovation (CTEC 241)
This course explores drivers for innovation in Ontario’s energy sector, the opportunities for new business, and the challenges of moving from the idea stage to the marketplace. PDF fileDownload course outline.

Trends in Smart Grid (CTEC 264)
This course examines the challenges of modernizing and digitizing the electrical grid in Ontario. It explores the engineering and technological challenges of the smart grid and issues of privacy and security.

Trends in Energy Conservation (CTEC 269)  
This course explores the technical and policy dimensions of energy conservation, energy efficiency and demand response, with particular focus on potential contributions to sustainability of urban energy systems.

Public Policy in Energy (CTEC 282)
This course introduces students to the wide range of factors that influence the development and implementation of energy policy in Canada.

Students select a total of two electives:

  • Current Topics in Energy Management and Innovation (CKEI 140)
  • Environmental Economics (CECN 510)
  • Renewable Energy and Green Technology (CKES 190)
  • Fundamentals of Project Management (CTEC 210)
  • Fundamentals in Sustainability I (CKSS 100) 

"Thanks to Ryerson for all the industry research that you provide your students. I can see how the knowledge I'm learning is setting me up for future success in my business."

— Kathleen Brown, current student

"This course provides an interesting overview of the political and environmental changes that are driving the need for new technologies in the sector. Guest lecturers from across the industry provide valuable insight into how the energy sector got to where it is today."

— JoAnne Hosick, Engineer/Technical Officer, System Performance, IESO

"With the sharing of knowledge and experience by several guest speakers from the industry, I gained understanding of the challenges that an innovative leader or entrepreneur will face. This course is inspiring and stimulated my interest in energy innovation; I strongly believe that many others will benefit from this certificate program in the coming years."

— Siu Ming Edward Mok, Professional Engineer

"An excellent introduction and overview of the many aspects involved in securing our energy future. It will definitely open doors in the energy sector for me upon completion."

— Kevin Daniel, current student

"My experience through this certificate has highlighted our future energy options, a better understanding of how markets perform and a focus on innovation and energy entrepreneurship tied to skills required to be a better manager or business owner."

— Patrick McMahon, Director, Products and Community, EnergyMobile

PDF fileThis information sheet provides detailed information on registration and enrollment. If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact Program Director, Anne-Marie Brinsmead, and she will respond promptly.