Upcoming Indigenous Cultural Awareness Workshops

1. Truth & Reconciliation: Context and Calls for Action – April 29th 2016

This workshop will highlight the background and context of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission conclusions, the Calls to Action which apply to higher education, the Faculty of Applied Science & Engineering (FASE), the University’s response, and recommendations on preparations and actions for FASE for 2016 and beyond.

The workshops will be presented by Prof. Suzanne Stewart of the Ontario Institute for Studies in Education, and Canada Research Chair in Aboriginal Homelessness and Life Transitions. It will be presented on two dates at the Bahen Centre in U of T’s Faculty for Applied Science & Engineering.

The seminar will provide important context for DGRC trainees on the findings of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission and the state of Canada-First Nations relations as they look to collaborate and partner with communities in their careers in the energy sector.

2. Aboriginal Outreach Training – May 5, 2016

DGRC Trainees will attend an Aboriginal Outreach Training session held by Mr. Doug Dokis, a member of Dokis First Nation in Northern Ontario. Doug is the Senior Advisor, National Aboriginal Outreach Program for Actua Canada. Previously Doug was the Manager, Aboriginal Sevices & Community Outreach for Nipissing University and now provides support to universities across the country who wish to engage more intentionally and meaningfully with Indigenous and Aboriginal people.

This training is for all Engineering Outreach student staff that will be delivering camps, in-community and in-school workshops over the summer. Learning outcomes include an increased awareness of Traditional Knowledge (TK) through the context of STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Math) outreach, a greater understanding of some of the barriers to education experienced by First Nations people and an increased ability to incorporate a world view into pre-university engineering curriculum.

3. Indigenous Cultural Awareness Workshops: Indigenous Curricular and Co-Curricular Student Experiences at U of T – May 25th 2016

The workshop is presented by Elder Cat Criger and Aboriginal Learning Strategist, Bonnie Jane Maracle. They will demonstrate their methods for including Indigenous perspectives, practices, and pedagogies into their work with students at the University of Toronto. They will share successes and recommendations on how to create a more culturally sensitive environment for Aboriginal students, and to build a network for referrals and consultations. The format will be a 2 part workshop: Indigenous Curricular Student Experiences with Bonnie Jane Maracle, followed by Indigenous Co-Curricular Student Experiences with Elder Cat Criger (Time: 11:00 – 12:45 Curricular Experiences; 12:50 – 1:30 Co-Curricular Experiences)

Congratulations to Cassie Rosen! First prize at WISE 2015

The DGRC program wishes to extend hearty congratulations to Cassie Rosen, undergraduate DGRC trainee, and undergraduate Researcher from U of T’s WERL Lab for receiving First Prize at the WISE (Woman in Science & Engineering) National Conference. Cassie receives the award in the poster competition for presenting her thesis work on designing micro-grids for remote off-grid communities.

Cassie was among DGRC trainees visiting Kitchenuhmaykoosib Inninuwug in Northern Ontario last summer. Congratulations Cassie!

3rd DGRC research symposium

The  CREATE Program in Distributed Generation for Remote Communities held its 3rd research symposium on Friday, November 21st at the University of Toronto.

Oral presentations were delivered by DGRC trainees, and new U of T Faculty member, Prof. Amy Bilton.

Presentations delivered

  • Professor Amy Bilton: Design for Energy and Water Systems for Remote Communities
  • Jayesh Srivastava: Novel insights and logistical challenges in studying resource-scarce communities
  • Mohammadreza Fazeli: Pore Network Modeling for Improved Water Management in PEM Fuel Cells
  • Cassandra Rosen: Development of an Energy Systems Design Tool for Remote Off-Grid Communities
  • Parisa Karimi: Study of the Electrochemical, Physical and Morphological Characteristics of Anode Catalysts for Polymer Electrolyte Membrane Water Electrolysers
  • Dave Yan: KI Reconciliation Trip / Modeling of Electrochemical Systems
Additionally over 50 poster presentations were made by DGRC trainees and students associated with the University of Toronto’s Institute for Sustainable Energy.
Three $1000 awards were made to the top poster presentations, including DGRC trainee Jin Chang for his poster Ab initio Characterization of a Graphene/Copper Capacitor Device

3rd Annual DGRC Research Symposium – November 21st

Join us for our 3rd annual NSERC CREATE Program in Distributed Generation for Remote Communities Research Symposium on Friday, November 21st, 2014 from 1:00pm – 4:00pm.


1:00 – 2:00 – Lunch and Poster Session, held jointly with the University of Toronto’s Institute for Sustainable Energy

2:00 – 4:00 – Presentations by select Faculty and Trainees.

DGRC trainees from a broad range of academic disciplines will deliver oral and poster presentations addressing their research projects in areas such as fuel cells, waste water treatment, wind optimization and many others with the goal of developing clean energy technologies for distributed generation systems that work in the remote settings of Canada.

We invite our industry partners and other interested groups to learn about the research work of our trainees, including opportunities for collaboration and industry internships.

The poster session will also feature research work from outstanding students associated with the Institute for Sustainable Energy.

Friday, November 21, 2014
1 p.m. – 4:00 research symposium
Galbraith Building, U of T St. George Campus
Room GB202, 35 St. George Street, Toronto
Invited industry members are welcome to extend this invitation to any interested parties within their organization. Please contact, DGRC Associate Director, Professor Aimy Bazylak (abazylak@mie.utoronto.ca, 416-946-5031) or program coordinator Kristian Galberg (kristian@mie.utoronto.ca, 416-978-2821) with any questions.

DGRC trainee Jongmin Lee inaugural winner of Mercedes-Benz Canada Fellowship in Fuel Cell Research

Congratulations to DGRC trainee Jongmin Lee, the inaugural winner of the new Mercedes-Benz Canada Fellowship in Fuel Cell Research.

Through a generous donation from Mercedes-Benz Canada., the Institute for Sustainable Energy in the Faculty of Applied Science and Engineering is pleased to award this scholarship to a student registered in either a Master of Applied Science (MASc) program or a Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) program in the Faculty.

In 2012 Mercedes-Benz Canada opened the world’s first automated automotive facility dedicated to the production and production technology development of fuel cell stacks. The 3,300 m2 facility is located in Burnaby, B.C. representing the leading role Mercedes-Benz, and its parent company Daimler, will play in the commercialization of fuel cell technology.

Below, Jongmin pictured with DGRC Associate Director Dr. Aimy Bazylak, and JoAnne Caza, Director of Communications and Public Relations at Mercedes-Benz Canada.

Sept 25th at 5:30 – The Power of Aboriginal-Renewable Energy Partnerships: Catalyzing Sustainable Energy Opportunities


The Power of Aboriginal-Renewable Energy Partnerships: Catalyzing Sustainable Energy Opportunities

Date: Wednesday, September 25th, 5:30 – 7:00 pm

Venue: Bahen Centre for Information Technology, room 1180, 40 St. George Street, Toronto,




  • Young Professionals in Energy
  • Bullfrog Power
  • Corporate Knights Magazine
  • Ontario Sustainable Energy Association
  • Community Power Fund
  • Toronto Atmospheric Fund


  • Welcome & Introductions by David Sinton, Director ISE
  • Aboriginal Power presentation by Chris Henderson, Author
  • Audience Interaction Session – facilitated by Kristyn Annis, Young Professionals in Energy
  • Book Signing & Networking

Speaker Bio: 

Chris HChris Henderson is the Author of Aboriginal Power.

For the past two and a half decades his professional focus has been at the intersection of clean energy, sustainable development, environmental action, economic development and Aboriginal communities.  He is Canada’s most respected commentator on Aboriginal clean energy opportunities, and acts a Clean Energy Advisor to over a dozen indigenous communities from coast-to-coast-to-coast.

Chris plays a leadership role in the domain of Aboriginal Power, acting as:

  1. President of Lumos Energy Clean Energy Value Advisors Inc.
  2. Program Designer and Lead Mentor, 20/20 Catalysts Program
  3. National Coordinator, Aboriginal Clean Energy (ACE) Network
  4. Managing Director, Canadian Aboriginal Fund for Energy (CAFÉ)

Aboriginal communities, governments, utilities, private corporations, independent power development companies and financing firms regularly seek Chris’ strategic advice to catalyze clean energy projects and markets.

In 1988, Chris co-founded The Delphi Group, a leading national environmental consulting firm that has been at the forefront of efforts to combat climate change through cutting edge business strategies, innovative technologies and new economic thinking.

As head of Lumos Energy Chris wears multiple hats.  Through long-standing relationships with First Nations, Métis and Inuit communities he works to make hydro, wind and biomass projects a reality that can fuel sustainable prosperity for Canada’s First Peoples.  He acts as a mentor for Aboriginal clean energy leaders country-wide.

DGRC visits Kitchenuhmaykoosib Inninuwug

Representatives of the DGRC program took advantage of a unique invitation by the youth of Kitchenuhmaykoosib Inninuwug in northern Ontario to visit and learn about their community. The trip provided a first hand opportunity to learn about the current and future energy and waster water needs of the community, while touring the community’s facilities and infrastructure.

KI airport – DGRC trainee Essam El-Sahwi and program coordinator Kristian Galberg

Houses in KI

Eddie and Essam discuss water treatment in KI

Chief Donny Morris, Sam Mckay, Deputy Chief Darryl Sainnawap, and other leaders in KI discuss some of the challenges facing the community

Graduation day in KI

DGRC Symposium

The NSERC CREATE Program in Distributed Generation for Remote Communities (DGRC) held its second research symposium on June 25th with presentations by DGRC faculty and trainees. Dean Cristina Amon (Director, DGRC) delivered the opening remarks to an audience that included students, faculty and industry partners.

The DGRC program enters its 3rd year in September and provides trainees the opportunity to study energy systems for remote communities. A focus in the coming year will be to provide more internships, professional development courses and workshops, and opportunities for field research like the recent visit to Kitchenuhmaykoosib Inninuwug.

DGRC Research Symposium – June 25th 1:00 – 3:30

CREATE Program in Distributed Generation for Remote Communities Research Symposium

When: Jun 25, 1:00 – 3:30
Where:  Bahen 1220
RSVP required: Click here to RSVP

The NSERC CREATE Program in Distributed Generation for Remote Communities (DGRC) is hosting a Research Symposium on Tuesday, June 25th at 1:00pm, with oral and poster presentations by DGRC trainees. The meeting also provides an opportunity for partners from industry to learn about the exciting research being conducted through this program.

Refreshments provided.


1:10        Opening remarks – Dean Cristina Amon

1:15        Program Update – Professor Aimy Bazylak

1:20        Professor Warren Mabee, Queens
“Biorefining, energy and climate”

1:50        Francisco Contreras Cordero (Supervisor: Professor Cristina Amon)
“Hybrid Energy Systems: Modeling & Optimization”

2:10        Essam El-Sahwi (Supervisor: Professor Francis Dawson)
“Energy considerations Waste water Treatment for Canada’s Remote Communities”

2:30        Coffee Break

2:50        James Hinebaugh (Supervisor: Professor Aimy Bazylak)
“Pore Scale Investigations of Two Phase Flow in PEM Fuel Cell Electrodes”

3:10        Professor Keryn Lian, U of T
“Development of Advanced Materials for Energy Storage Systems in Extreme Conditions”

3:30        Closing Remarks


Prof. Peter Lehn recipient of U of T’s Inventors of the Year award

Congratulations to Professor Peter Lehn for being one of U of T’s ten Inventors of the Year. Professor Lehn has invented a new power electronic circuit topology for ultra high efficiency power conversion from low voltage to high voltage dc.