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Customizable Executive Education Program

Help your team stay current in a fast changing sector

Open to Canadian organizations and international groups, CUE provides bespoke bootcamps, seminars and workshops.

For years, Ontario has been a leader in powering a sustainable future. The province has rolled out the first comprehensive smart metre initiative in North America and was the first jurisdiction in the world to mandate time-of-use pricing. 

Our customizable program showcases the innovative energy projects happening in Ontario and provides exclusive access to the one-of-a-kind Schneider Electric Smart Grid Laboratory. It provides an excellent opportunity for foreign utilities and companies to learn from Ontario’s experience and avoid potential pitfalls before embarking on similar projects.

Optional daytime and evening networking events can also be added to give groups an exclusive opportunity to connect with Ontario’s energy leaders and policymakers. Join us for one of the best energy training and networking opportunities in the world.

Key features

 Fully customizable (you choose the date, location, length and topics)

 Add networking opportunities, lab tours and meals

 Meet your company's HR needs and training goals

 Led by expert industry instructors

 Participants receive an official record of completion

The Centre for Urban Energy (CUE) at Toronto Metropolitan University offers a bespoke in-class, online or in-the-workplace executive education program for utility and private sector executives.

The program is completely customizable and can last as little as half a day or as long as 12 weeks. 

The program brings high-calibre instructors, including Ontario’s utility executives, technical heads, policymakers and regulators to teach the latest in applied research. The program will facilitate hands-on learning for professionals and utility executives interested in a variety of energy-related topics including smart grid, utility innovation and new business models, energy storage, renewables, energy consrervation, asset management and electricity planning.

In addition, the in-class programming can be complemented with tours, networking events, meals and hands-on training inside our labs.

When designing your program, you may select from the following courses, or suggest your own:

Option 1: Electrical Engineering 101
Electrical Engineering 101 covers the basic properties of electricity, such as power, energy, charge, current and voltage. Concepts such as DC and AC circuit analysis, transformers and electrical machines, interconnected power systems, protection and control, power electronic devices and converters, and renewable energy will also be covered.

Learning outcomes: Participants will be able to understand and explain the basic properties of electricity, such as power, energy, charge, current and voltage

Option 2: 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 3: 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 4: 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 5: 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 6: 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 7: One-Day Hands-On Workshop 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). Real-world case studies of utility implementations (smart metering, renewable integration, advanced distribution management system, energy storage and more) will be explored.

To complement the in-class program, you can add the following options: 

Add-on 1: Lab tours
Tours of the Centre for Urban Energy's state-of-the-art facilities, including the Scheneider Electric Smart Grid Lab, the Transactive Energy Distribution System Lab and Clean Energy Zone can be included.

Add-on 2: Networking events
An unprecedented opportunity to connect with Ontario’s energy leaders and policy makers through a series of networking and facilitated B2B sessions giving particpants the chance to see and learn about Ontario’s electricity system firsthand.

Add-on 3: Meals
Breakfast or lunch, courtesy of Toronto Metropolitan's in-house catering team, can be added to your program. This offers another opportunity for networking and discussion. 


The cost of a customizable package, including in-class instruction and networking activities, is $2,000 + HST per group per day. Group size is typically between six and 12 participants. 

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

Toronto Metropolitan 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 Toronto Metropolitan 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 this customizable program, Toronto Metropolitan 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.

Toronto Metropolitan University is based in Toronto, which is Canada’s largest city and was recently named one of the most innovative cities in the world, external link

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  • SmartGrid Canada
  • Tata Power

"I liked the series because it provided a lot of background context that gave me a better understanding of the current state of the industry."

Tom Aagaard, IESO

"Given the offerings that Ryerson [Toronto Metropolitan] and CUE already have through their executive education program, we were able to build a program that really suited our needs."

Ryan Zade, Government of Ontario

Toronto Metropolitan is committed to providing an accessible learning environment. Please contact us if we need to make any accessibility accommodations to ensure your inclusion in this program.

Where will the program be hosted?
That's up to you! Although we recommend participating in person at the Centre for Urban Energy in Toronto, we have also delivered programs at company workplaces and online. 

How long will the program last?
That's up to you too! We have designed programs that lasted just half a day and up to 12 weeks (with one session per week).

What is the minimum number of participants?
Typically, we require a group booking with a minimum of six participants.

Our group is coming from overseas. Can you arrange accomodation in Toronto?
We don't include accomodation as part of our package, but can connect you with Toronto Metropolitan's international department who can assist with travel, accomodation and logistics. 

Bala Venkatesh

If you have any questions about this program, please contact:

Bala Venkatesh
Academic Director
Centre for Urban Energy at Toronto Metropolitan University
Phone: 416-979-5000, ext. 552974