Dr. Michael Ross, the Chair of Northern Energy Innovation, has partnered with Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada (NSERC) and the Northern Energy Consortium (NEC), made up of ATCO Electric Yukon, Northwest Territories Power Corporation, Qulliq Energy Corporation, and Yukon Energy Corporation, to address reducing the reliance on diesel and supporting the integration of renewables across the territories.
Northern Energy Consortium (NEC) agree that the most effective way to find solutions for their common issues is to join to combine knowledge and resources.
Research results are shared, and knowledge is transferred between Yukon College, Aurora College, and Arctic College in NWT and Nunavut and members of the NEC. Relationships are established between contacts in the scientific community and industry partners, creating a mutually beneficial partnership that address energy challenges and support knowledge transfer.
Northern Energy Innovation is integrated in the teaching environment of Yukon College to advance the skills development of students and designs research projects with opportunities for learning. The program employs a team of early career professionals, university and college students. There are student opportunities on each project; combining a learning experience with the opportunity to gain skills for the workplace.