SEI Partners

Climate change presents one of the greatest challenges humanity has ever faced and unsustainable energy systems lie at the heart of the problem. The Sustainable Energy Initiative's work is important to tackling climate change by supporting the efforts to build a new green energy economy in Ontario and partnerships that expand our resources and expertise are needed to get there.

Our institutional, corporate, and individual partners and donors are key contributors to the effort to tackle these complicated issues and we thank them for their support. They play a key role in developing a stronger foundation, that helps to further improve an understanding amongst disciplines of the current and most critical issues relating to sustainable energy in Ontario. Through this integrative approach to learning, resources can be shared to support similar initiatives to reach a larger audience and further disseminate important knowledge. Thanks to their generosity we are able to help train tomorrow’s leaders in sustainable energy.


Alectra is the second largest municipally-owned electricity distribution company in Ontario, delivering power to more than 335,000 customers residing or owning a business in communities located immediately north of Toronto and in Central Ontario. The company, jointly owned by the municipalities of Barrie, Markham and Vaughan, is committed to providing its customers with safe, reliable and efficient service.

Ontario Network for Sustainable Energy Policy

The Ontario Network for Sustainable Energy Policy is a multi-disciplinary network based in Ontario universities focused on the promotion of sustainable energy policy. It encourages researchers from many disciplines (including engineering, economics, law, political science, sociology, management, and environmental science) to develop research, teaching and public outreach activities and dialogue around sustainable energy policy.

Toronto Region Conservation Authority (TRCA)

With decades of practical experience in protecting the environment, educating young people, and engaging communities, TRCA works with governments, businesses, and individuals to build a greener, cleaner, healthier place to live.

Ontario Climate Consortium (OCC)

Established in 2011, the OCC works collaboratively with university researchers and partners from the public, private and NGO sectors on projects aimed at answering specific questions related to climate change and creating the intelligence necessary to address climate risk.

Quality Urban Energy Systems of Tomorrow (QUEST)

QUEST is a national non-government organization that works to accelerate the adoption of efficient and integrated community-scale energy systems in Canada by informing, inspiring, and connecting decision-makers. The organization commissions research, communicates best practices, convenes government, utility, and private-sector leaders, and works directly with local authorities to implement on-the-ground solutions. QUEST recognizes communities that have embraced these principles by referring to them as Smart Energy Communities.

George Cedric Metcalf Foundation

The mission of the George Cedric Metcalf Charitable Foundation is to enhance the effectiveness of people and organizations working together to help Canadians imagine and build a just, healthy, and creative society.

Independent Electricity System Operator

The Independent Electricity System Operator (IESO) works at the heart of Ontario's power system. The IESO delivers key services across the electricity sector including: managing the power system in real-time, planning for the province's future energy needs, enabling conservation and designing a more efficient electricity marketplace to support sector evolution.

Centre for German and European Studies, York University

The Canadian Centre for German and European Studies was founded as a cooperative project of the German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD), the Université de Montréal and York University.

Aalborg University

Aalborg University offers education and research within the fields of natural sciences, social sciences, humanities, technical and health sciences. Aalborg University currently consolidates and further develops its profile as a dynamic and innovative research and educational institution oriented towards the surrounding world. It is characterised by combining a keen engagement in local, regional, and national issues with an active commitment to international collaboration.

Folkecenter for Renewable Energy

The Nordic Folkecenter for Renewable Energy is a non-profit, independent, organization that provides research, development of technology, training and information for the manufacture, industrial innovation and implementation of renewable energy technologies and energy savings in Denmark and throughout the world. It obtains support from local authorities, national and international agencies, and the industry.