Energy Trailblazer Program

Welcome to the program

Efficiency Canada is the national voice for an energy efficient economy. Our mission is to create a sustainable environment and better life for all Canadians by making our country a global leader in energy efficiency policy, technology, and jobs. With energy efficiency playing an increasingly prominent role in Canada’s climate plans, the demand for thousands of skilled workers is needed right now. As an Energy Trailblazer, your role is vital to the future of Canada’s workforce and sustainable development goals.

Meet our Energy Trailblazers

Take an inside look into real people working real jobs in energy efficiency while leading the future of Canada’s sustainable development goals.

Ruvi Mugara

Ruvi Mugara

Director of Projects, Thinkwell Shift

Kirk Johnson

Kirk Johnson

President, Eco-Efficiency Consulting


Shannon Giebelhaus

Clean Energy Improvement Program Team Lead, Alberta Municipalities

Fatima Crerar

Fatima Crerar

Strategy & Partnerships VP, The Atmospheric Fund


Fellipe Falluh

Founder, Retrofit Construction


Nikki Muswaggon

Program Manager, Keewatin Tribal Council Inc

Afaf Azzouz

Afaf Azzouz

Senior Manager, Sustainability and Climate, Deloitte


Will Gonell

Owner, Gonell Homes Inc.


Yash Vyas

PhD Building Science Candidate, Toronto Metropolitan University


Abiran Raveenthiran

Vice President,
VxV Solutions Inc

Defining the work

Are you a trailblazer?

Lead the way and raise your profile in the sector.

Are you a storyteller?

Convey the benefits of the purpose-driven work you do every day.

Are you a mentor?

Guide other diverse Canadians on their pathways to success.

How to break through in the energy efficiency industry

It’s so inspiring to talk to a grade one student who wants to know about climate change and what they can do to reduce their carbon footprint.

Ruvi Mugara

Director of Projects, Thinkwell Shift

What to expect as an Energy Trailblazer

Efficiency Canada wants to celebrate your ingenuity by creating a platform that helps establish and amplify your place in the sector but also helps create a road map for other diverse Canadians to follow.

Connect to a national team of reputable efficiency leaders

Amplify your work and/or business in the green sector

Receive mentorship & support from industry insiders

Share your expertise with diverse communities

Benefits of being an Energy Trailblazer

Connecting with industry insiders
Networking is key in growing relationships and acts as the gateway to career development. Build rapport and share best practices, opportunities and networks within the workforce. Our team has organized two virtual sessions that will include employers, allies, the sector’s leading change-makers, organizations and municipalities. Energy Trailblazers will work on their ‘soft skills’ and receive the unique opportunity to ‘meet and greet’ with industry insiders from coast-to-coast without having to leave home.

Amplifying your voice
All Energy Trailblazers will be featured on our Career Hub on Efficiency Canada’s website. In addition, the Efficiency Canada team will source events for our Energy Trailblazers where each participant will be paired with two speaking engagements of their choice—including, but not limited to, Efficiency Canada events, as well as the Becoming Series. You will have the opportunity to build authority in your areas of expertise and gain further exposure.

Traveling to a strategic retreat
All Energy Trailblazers will meet in-person at a picturesque retreat centre to participate in a 3-day strategic session on professional goal-setting, sharing industry knowledge and building camaraderie within a newly emerging sector. The Energy Trailblazers will participate in an Energy Efficiency panel discussion which will be broadcasted live from our website.

Participating in an ‘Each One Teach One’ community model
Mentorship and diverse representation are both necessary factors in this growing sector. Energy Trailblazers can take advantage of a two-tier mentorship model in which each participant will be paired with a mentor of their choice, as well as, a mentee who is looking to transition from the oil and gas industry to the energy efficiency sector. Community engagement promotes a ‘pay it forward’ approach for participants to build authority in their mentorship roles while receiving honorariums.

Extra perks

Professional headshots

Honourariums for speaking at events

Professional branding via press and high-level digital assets

Professional bios

I was not expecting to walk into such a blend of truly interesting and supportive individuals. I cannot wait to unlock the collaboration and change this diverse group is capable of!


Vice President, VxV Solutions Inc.

Our commitment to Diversity, Equity & Inclusion

In the spirit of diversity and inclusion, Efficiency Canada’s Energy Trailblazers program is our way of challenging the sector’s limitations. Therefore, while the program is open to all Canadians working within the energy efficiency sector, we created a criteria that seeks to address this imbalance.

We welcome participants from one or more of the following equity seeking groups:

– First Nations, Inuit and Métis peoples
– Black and People of Colour
– People who identify as 2SLGBTQAI+
– New Canadians
– Youth (aged 16 – 30)
– People living in rural areas
– People living with disabilities
– Womxn 


I’ve done many things and have shifted so many times… I really wanted to be in the renewables sector but I was faced with a lot of discouragement from both men and women, saying that because I am a woman and don’t have a lot of experience, I wouldn’t get a job… but here I am today as an energy advisor and it’s because of all these skills I’ve gained from my past.


Registered Energy Advisor and Trainer, VT Group of Companies

Diversity in the energy efficiency sector

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