Ottawa, the capital of Canada, provides students with an opportunity to lead sustainable energy policy, conduct climate change research, and create innovative engineering solutions for sustainability for the country. There is a need for student engagement or well-established student groups to complement leading interdisciplinary research. The city's Student Energy Chapter at Carleton University (SEC) seeks to address this gap by providing interdisciplinary engagement opportunities and bridging professional and academic opportunities for all Carleton students.
Our objective is to serve as an interdisciplinary forum for student engagement across disciplines—such as engineering, business, public affairs, and the sciences—on energy through debates, speaker series, workshops, and networking events.
The organization shall work to:
Provide students with an interdisciplinary space to learn and discuss energy issues, and a space to develop, discuss, and forward energy solutions.
Educate students on the different sources of energy available, as well as the different sides on energy debates, professional and academic opportunities in the sector.
Provide the necessary learning tools for students to have a seat at the table on energy discussions pertaining to Canada and the globe.
Co-Founder & President: Maheep Sandhu
Oversee dealings with external affairs, facilitate long-term strategy
Vice-President Finance: Fritz Okrah
Treasurer functions, accounting, and finance.
Vice-President Internal: Quinn McKinney
Organize internal communications and operationalize the strategy
Vice-President Communications & Marketing: Beatrice Borres
Advertising, marketing of events and outreach to students, social media
Vice-President Social: David McInerney
Facilitate member engagement, organize Enerbeers series
Vice-President Sponsorship: Ben Risk
Build financial and in-kind support to off-set chapter operational costs, ensuring sponsor recognition is provided and relationships are maintained
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Innovation Jam: Ottawa's Sustainability Challenge
Date: Annual Event
A unique opportunity to turn classroom learning and ideas into action. Formatted as a hackathon, groups pitch their ideas to improve sustainability at Carleton or Ottawa in front of a panel of five experts in the fields of sustainability and environmental protection. The winning team will get a $5,000 sponsorship to develop their idea, as well as the opportunity to present their plan to the City of Ottawa Environment and Climate Protection Committee.
Minister of Environment and Climate Change, Catherine McKenna, David Chernushenko, the Committee Chair and city councilor, attended as keynote speakers and encouraged students to get involved in the international climate change conversation.
Women in Energy: Panel Discussion and Networking Event
Date: The day before International Women's Day on March 7th, 2018
Five inspiring women in the energy sector with unique career paths all shared their experiences as a woman in the industry and highlighted the importance of diversity in the field. The event was moderated by Meredith Adler, Executive Director at Student Energy!
Generation Energy: Ottawa Youth Forum
Date: Ottawa's regional GenEng was held on September 29th, 2017. The Generation Energy Conference was from October 10th-12th, 2017.
What does Canada’s 2050 energy landscape look like to you?
Our VP Internal, Mary Gramiak, had the opportunity to represent and share the answers given by Ottawa's youth to this question by attending the nation-wide energy conference in Winnipeg, Manitoba. The conference was held to try and determine the country’s long-term energy vision and Mary represented not only Student Energy Carleton, but also youth voices from across the National Capital Region.
Each of the 13 youth delegates was responsible for holding a regional dialogue in their hometowns before attending, and from there they worked together to create a report which was representative of youth perspectives from across the country. Despite the glaring geographic differences, a number of similarities emerged; youth from across the country see the 2050 Canadian energy landscape as one which is decarbonized, decentralized, and sustainable.
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