THE GROWTH OF THE INDUSTRY HAS BEEN EXPONENTIAL, RESULTING IN A HEALTHY BASE OF DEVELOPERS, MANUFACTURERS, FINANCERS, LAWYERS, ENGINEERS, AND OTHER PROFESSIONALS.
THE FUTURE’S BRIGHT,
THE FUTURE’S SOLAR
Sustainable Business Magazine talks to John Gorman, president and CEO of the Canadian Solar Industries Association (CanSIA), about the national trade association that represents over 500 solar energy companies across Canada. Written by Liam Kelleher.
The Canadian Solar Industries Association (CanSIA), a non-profit trade association, has been working to create a dynamic, ethical, and robust solar energy industry for its many members across Canada since 1992. A strong mission statement outlines their aim to play a crucial role in steering Canada and the rest of the world towards a future of sustainable and clean energy. CanSIA works to facilitate the growth of the solar 38 | SUSTAINABLE BUSINESS MAGAZINE
industry across Canada through education, creating networking opportunities, and the development of renewable energy policy. GROWING TOWARDS THE SUN John Gorman describes how even before taking over as president of CanSIA in 2012 he was witness to the explosive growth of the solar industry. “A trade association was set up focusing on the solar thermal indus-
try. It was relatively small at the time and membership based. Technology was the focus until about five years ago when Ontario introduced a feed – in – tariff program to encourage and promote greater use of renewable energy sources . From then, it went from being something of a science experiment to being serious business.” The program resulted in rapid growth within Ontario of both CanSIA and the solar energy