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SWITCH Open Meeting - July 2016 - Harriet Waterman

  • 08 Jul 2016
  • 8:00 AM - 10:00 AM
  • Innovation Park (945 Princess Street)

Join Kingston's sustainable energy community at this free meeting featuring a presentation by a sustainable energy expert, introductions, sector news, networking, and refreshments.


The IRAP Youth-Green Program
Harriet Waterman
Industrial Technology Advisor
National Research Council IRAP Program

Harriet has had a diverse career in industrial engineering, corporate and commercial banking, entrepreneurial ventures, consulting and currently, government. Organizations she has worked for include Imperial Oil, the Toronto-Dominion Bank, and two small global technology companies as owner/operator. Harriet holds a B.A. Sc. in Industrial Engineering and an M.B.A. She is a Professional Engineer and Board Member of SWITCH.


The Youth-Green Program allows SMEs to receive a financial contribution geared towards supporting a portion of the salary costs of a youth candidate, who will work on technical opportunities within the firm and on non-technical but technology-related projects such as:

  • research and development, engineering, and multimedia;
  • development of new products and processes;
  • market analysis for a new technology-based product;
  • business development related to science and technology activities; and
  • improvement of customer services, etc.

To be considered "Green," one of the following criteria is required:

  • Does the nature of your business align with green economy sectors or industries?
  • Is the Youth internship expected to produce an environmental benefit?

More information on the program can be found here

The Future of Microgrids: Options For Kingston

Nigel Etherington, P.Eng.
Isla Power Inc.

Nigel is the co-founder of Isla Power, a company that develops grid-connected and grid-independent renewable energy projects, including large-scale solar PV, hybrid energy systems, energy storage, and mini-grids. The company is focused in areas where renewable energy and efficiency can reduce the cost of energy and displace traditional fossil fuel supply.

Nigel holds a B.Sc. (Hons) in Engineering Physics from Queen’s University and a M.Sc. degree from the University of London in England. He is a licensed Professional Engineer and a member of the Canadian Solar Industries Association Board of Directors. In 2013 Nigel was CANSIA’s President Award winner and chair of EUCI's conference 'Securing Ontario's Grid of the Future - Together'.

Refreshments sponsored by:


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c/o Kingston Economic Development Corporation

420 - 366 King St. E., Kingston, Ontario, K7K 6Y3

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