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Energy and Innovation Executive Education Program

Ontario is opening one of our best smart grid training and networking opportunities to the world

For years, Ontario has been a leader in powering a sustainable future. The province has rolled out the first comprehensive smart meter initiative in North America and was the first jurisdiction in the world to mandate time-of-use pricing. This is a tremendous opportunity for foreign utilities and companies to learn from Ontario’s experience and avoid potential pitfalls before embarking on similar projects.

The Energy and Innovation Executive Education Program is a customizable program that showcases the innovative smart grid research in Toronto, Canada, and provides exclusive access to the one-of-a-kind Schneider Electric Smart Grid Laboratory. Complementary daytime and evening networking events will give you the opportunity to connect with Ontario’s energy leaders and policy makers.

 

The Centre for Urban Energy (CUE) at Ryerson University offers a customized in-class Executive Education program for utility and private sector executives. The program is based upon CUE’s popular postgraduate Certificate in Energy Management and Innovation. It will be taught at Ryerson University in Toronto, which is Canada’s largest city and was recently named the eighth most innovative city in the world. 

The program brings high calibre instructors, including Ontario’s utility executives, technical heads, policy makers and regulators to teach the latest in applied research. The program will facilitate hands-on learning for professionals and utility executives interested in smart grid planning and offer real-world cases of utility smart grid implementations (smart metering, renewable integration, advanced distribution management system, energy storage and more).

To complement the in-class program, the CUE can provide attendees with an unprecedented opportunity to connect with Ontario’s energy leaders and policy makers. Through a series of networking and facilitated B2B sessions in Toronto you will have the opportunity to see and learn about Ontario’s electricity system firsthand.

The program will be offered in summer 2018It will spread between one and five business days with one course taught per day, complemented by morning or evening networking sessions most days. Instruction will be supplemented with real world examples, case studies and Smart Grid Laboratory sessions.

 Ranked 8th by 2thinknow’s Global Innovation Cities Index, 2016-2017, external link.

The cost of a customizable per day package, including in-class instruction and networking activities, is $2,000 + HST per group per day.  

In addition, the cost of catering is $75 + HST per person per day. This includes breakfast, lunch, and refreshments during two breaks.

Option 1    Electricity Regulation and the Public Policy Debate
This course introduces a wide range of factors that influence the development and implementation of energy policy in Canada. The course will review the social, political, geographic and other pressures that make the energy debate so highly charged in our regionalized country. Students will appreciate how many non-technical issues impinge upon energy policy and why certain policy outcomes seem to be decided by these social and political considerations.

Learning Outcomes: Participants will be able to visualize interplay between politics and bureaucracy.


Option 2    Utility Innovation and New Business Models
This course focuses on the 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. Barriers to innovation and commercialization- technological, financial, and regulatory- will be explored through case studies.

Learning Outcomes: Participants will come away with an understanding of the Innovation challenges facing Ontario’s utilities, which will enable them to develop new business models in their home jurisdiction.


Option 3    An Introduction to Smart Grid
This course will examine the challenges of modernizing and digitizing the electrical grid in Ontario. It will explore the engineering and technological challenges of the smart grid, the issues of privacy and security: third party access to smart grid data; technologies which allow customers to manage their consumption of electricity; and the innovation and economic opportunities of the smart grid.                         

Learning Outcomes:
Participants will become knowledgeable of smart grid technologies and become cognizant of its potential in enabling their utility systems to serve customers the best.


Option 4   Energy Storage, Renewables and Conservation
This course is designed to allow students to explore the technical and policy dimensions of energy storage, renewables and energy conservation, with particular focus on potential contributions to sustainability of urban energy systems in a Canadian and, more particularly, an Ontario-based context.

Learning Outcomes: Participants will learn about the potential of energy storage, renewables and energy conservation through Ontario. They will be able to visualize use of these tools in their respective countries’ systems.

 

Option 5    Utility Asset Management Concepts & Considerations

This course will focus on applying the leading concepts and principles of asset management, including the key elements of context of the organization, leadership, planning, support, operation, performance evaluation, and continual improvement, to meet or exceed utility business objectives.

Learning Outcomes: Participants will develop a deeper understanding of utility asset management covering the risks and opportunities associated with assets, how they link to the organization’s strategic direction, and what is needed to create a state-of-the-art asset management system centred on delivering superior results.


Option 6    One-Day Program in the Schneider Electric Smart Grid Laboratory
Participants will learn from utility experts and will be exposed to utility-grade switchgear, protection and relaying, advanced distribution management system (ADMS), and supervisory control and data acquisition (SCADA).   

Ryerson University, Canada's leader in innovative, career-oriented education, has a compelling and unique research and innovation story. It is at the forefront of employing the leading-edge technologies and is well-positioned to facilitate the knowledge transfer and sharing of the best practices. The Centre for Urban Energy (CUE) at Ryerson University is an academic-industry partnership that is exploring and developing sustainable solutions to urban energy challenges such as the advancement of smart grid technologies, energy policy and regulatory issues, storage, electric vehicles, net-zero homes and renewables. CUE also has conducted round-table sessions capturing a wealth of knowledge critical to the growing technological society.

Through the one-week program, Ryerson University will showcase innovative smart grid research, share the wealth of knowledge that it has gained from industries and utilities, and also provide exclusive access to the one-of-a-kind Schneider Electric Smart Grid Laboratory. By partnering with utilities and industry, CUE will bring high calibre instructors, including utility executives, technical heads, policy makers and regulators. In addition to learning the latest in applied research, the program will also facilitate hands-on learning for professionals and utility executives interested in smart grid planning and most importantly present real-world cases of utility smart grid implementations (smart metering, renewable integration, ADMS, energy storage etc.). The program will also cover Ontario’s smart grid policy and regulation. It is a great opportunity for foreign utilities and companies to learn from Ontario’s experience and avoid potential pitfalls before embarking on similar projects.

Bala Venkatesh
Professor and Academic Director, Centre for Urban Energy
Email: bala@ryerson.ca
Phone: 416-979-5359