Deep Dives Module

Career Track 1: Entrepreneurship

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The Entrepreneurship Career Track encompasses opportunities for youth to lead and guide their own path separate from an employer. This track will include an exploration of entrepreneurial opportunities in the energy space as well as essential skills and training to become established as a business owner or self-employed individual.

Did you know?

  • The Indigenous business community as a whole is more than 50,000 strong, and approximately 12% of these are considered to be major, community-owned businesses.
  • The average Indigenous Peoples are generating new businesses is nine times the Canadian average.

Source: The 2020 Ontario Aboriginal Business Survey

Job profiles:

  • Community Energy Liaison
  • Energy Consultant
  • Business Owner

Job Profiles

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Job Profile 1

Community Energy Liaison

Job description - The community energy liaison is a person motivated to help his/her community achieve energy goals by coordinating energy-related initiatives for the benefit of the community. The community energy liaison will lead energy planning and energy conservation activities within the community context to reduce energy consumption as well as identifying the potential for community-scale renewable energy projects.

Median income: $39.90/Hour

Alternative job titles

  • Community Energy Champion
  • Sustainability Champion
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Job prospects
by 2029

Total Job openings:

1941

New Jobs:

642

Replacement:

1299

Requirements

  • Have a keen interest in becoming a Clean Energy Champion in their community.
  • Experience working with clean energy at the community level is desirable, but a willingness and interest to learn about clean energy initiatives may also be considered.
  • Experience conducting community outreach and coordination is usually required.
  • Previous experience with data collecting and analysis is usually required.
  • Experience in grant, proposal, and report writing.
  • Proficiency with Microsoft Office programs.

Skills

  • Strategic thinking and problem-solving skills to identify the root cause of disputes and use efficient techniques to solve problems.
  • Leadership and organization skills to lead clean energy projects and initiatives in the community.
  • Effective communication skills to build good relationships with everyone involved in the project and present relevant information to all types of audiences.
  • Effective coordination, and time management skills to plan the project within the estimated time and without going over the pre-determined budget.
  • Ability to administer and coordinate energy-related programs and initiatives effectively.
  • Ability to address key project issues as well as make recommendations to the involved parties.

Main Duties

  • Lead energy planning and energy conservation activities.
  • Trail-blaze the development of community-scale clean energy projects.
  • Operate as an important education and energy conservation asset for the community.
  • Build a supportive working relationship between the community members and potential partnerships.
  • Administer energy-related programs and initiatives.
  • Manage and develop project proposals, project planning and budgeting for energy-related initiatives in the community.

Training Opportunities

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Job Profile 2

Energy Consultant

Job description – The energy consultant is an enthusiastic, driven and knowledgeable person with a background in energy and/or engineering. The energy consultant advises clients, companies, and/or small organizations to address issues that can range from energy-savings practices to studying the feasibility of initiating clean energy projects. In addition, the energy consultant may work with the company’s internal team to develop an effective energy management plan based on the company’s current usage and practices. Energy consultants are normally employed by government departments, consulting firms, environmental and conservation organizations, or they may be self-employed.

Median income: $39.90/Hour

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Job prospects
by 2029

Total Job openings:

1941

New Jobs:

642

Replacement:

1299

Requirements

  • A 4-year bachelor's degree in a related discipline may be required for this occupation.
  • Extensive and proven knowledge of the clean energy industry.
  • A combination of education, knowledge and work-related experience is usually required for this occupation.
  • Proven experience of working and collaborating in a multi-stakeholder environment is usually required.
  • Strong knowledge of environmental management practices and the associated legislation and regulations.

Skills

  • Effective communication skills to convey the necessary information among the various project stakeholders.
  • Strong organizational and attention to detail skills to analyze and synthesize pertinent business information and propose viable solutions.
  • Analytical skills to evaluate and develop sustainable initiatives within the company.
  • Leadership skills to hold meetings with senior management to discuss the development of the company and the clean energy related initiatives taken.
  • Ability to operate successfully in a constantly changing, fast-paced environment.
  • Ability to work with and deliver key messages to a variety of audiences.

Main Duties

  • Improve energy efficiency by introducing activities aimed at using renewable energy sources or mitigating greenhouse gas emissions.
  • Plan sustainability-related project strategies with internal and external stakeholders.
  • Provide advice and consultancy on energy consumption in the company and propose best industry practices.
  • Consult with owners and clients to set sustainability objectives as well as work with other professionals to develop pertinent strategies.
  • Monitor indicators of environmental sustainability, including energy usage, natural resource usage, materials selection, waste generation and disposal, and recycling rates.
  • Evaluate the proposed initiatives, keeping in mind considerations such as cost-benefit, technical feasibility, and acceptance.

Training Opportunities

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Job Profile 3

Business Owner

Job description - Clean energy business owners are individuals with strong knowledge and background in the clean energy field combined with solid experience in business models. They are usually visionary people, with a high aptitude for entrepreneurship, and a keen sense of business and financial plans. In the area of clean energy, entrepreneurs have stood out with innovative ideas in the market, covering a niche that is expanding and having the opportunity to position themselves in a booming sector.

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Job prospects
by -

Total Job openings:

0

New Jobs:

0

Replacement:

0

Requirements

There are no specific requirements for business owners/entrepreneurs, however, it is interesting to have a good technical and practical knowledge of the area in which the business is going to operate.

Skills

The skills of each business owner/entrepreneur vary according to the area of business. However, some skills are commonly found among entrepreneurs:

  • Good leadership and time-management skills.
  • Good decision-making skills.
  • Good communication and interpersonal skills.
  • Strong Strategic Planning skills.
  • Finance and Accounting skills.
  • Negotiation skills.
  • General Management skills.

Main Duties

  • Plan and direct the operations of the business.
  • Define and establish goals for the business and meet with prospective investors and clients.
  • Hire personnel, define tasks, develop and/or provide training, and prepare work schedules.
  • Supervise and manage the entire range of activities associated with the company's products and services, such as marketing, distribution, and sales.
  • Analyze the company's financial situation to determine means of increasing profits and reducing expenses.
  • Assess the overall current situation of the company and determine the future direction of the business.

Training Opportunities