Program - TrainingTrainees will acquire a diverse array of skills, developed through multidisciplinary co-supervision, industry internships, integrated colloquia, workshops, new course modules, professional development, and training at the St. Lawrence College Wind Turbine Technician Laboratory, and the Nunavut Arctic College Trades Training Facilities.

Multidisciplinary coursework:

Enroll in a variety of cross-disciplinary and cross-institutional courses related to energy, available through the Canadian Universities Graduate Transfer Agreement. CREATE funding will enable students to travel between institutions to receive broader training than any individual institution could provide and to take courses such as Sustainable Energy Systems and Distributed Generation at the University of Toronto, and Solar Photovoltaic Materials, Cells & Systems Engineering and Green Chemistry at Queen’s University.

Specialized training:

  • Energy policy and life cycle assessment training to equip trainees with skills to evaluate the environmental impacts of clean energy technologies and services from beginning to end of product/service life.
  • Access to the SLC Wind Turbine Technician Laboratory: the only wind energy technologist training program in Canada located at the 2nd largest wind farm in Canada (Wolfe Island). Through week-long workshops, students will gain hands-on experience with wind turbines, fiberglass blade repairs, electronics, instrumentation, and computer applications.
  • Trainees will learn to conduct situational assessments and perform case studies of Iqaluit and Fort Severn through video conferencing and site visits accompanied by faculty. Trainees will also have access to Nunavut Arctic College’s state-of-the-art Trades Training facilities.
  • In collaboration with the University of Toronto’s Sustainability Office, support clean energy initiatives on campus as part of a “Living Laboratory” that consists of sustainability projects throughout campus, such as the Athletic Centre solar thermal installation. Trainees will gain hands-on experience with the Living Laboratory through tours, seminars, and collaboratively developed research projects.
  • All trainees will receive mandatory occupational health and safety training, workplace hazardous materials information system training, and site-specific safety training (research lab, field work, industry labs, etc.)


Participate in optional internships that have been committed by our consortium of industry collaborators. Companies have committed multiple internship placements, which range in length from 4-12 months. Trainees will be eligible to complete one internship during their program, with internship goals defined collaboratively by the industry partner and co-supervisors.