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CGC Invests $10,000 in St. Lawrence College Foundation

2011-12-08

Markham (Ontario), December 7, 2011 – The Canadian GeoExchange Coalition today proudly announced that its board of directors have approved a one-time $10,000 contribution to the St. Lawrence College Foundation.

The gift will be used to establish an endowed bursary fund in support of a Canadian GeoExchange Coalition Scholarship at the College. This contribution will be endowed and matched by the Ontario government through the Ontario Trust for Student Support initiative. The resulting $20,000 endowment is expected generate an annual award of $1,000 for a student studying in the College’s new Geothermal Engineering Technician program. The contribution was officially remitted during an awards dinner at the CGC annual conference in Markham.

St Lawrence College’s Geothermal Engineering Technician program will produce skilled workers for the geothermal energy industry, which is growing rapidly to meet the demands for clean, renewable and domestic energy. Combining hands-on experience with theory, the program addresses geothermal system sizing, specification and design for both residential and industrial-size applications. Coursework includes fundamental engineering maths, relevant sciences and thermodynamics, with graduates trained to work in the geothermal heat pump field as system installers and designers. The program is designed in cooperation with the Canadian GeoExchange Coalition.

“We’re delighted to have the support of the CGC. They have been great partners throughout the development of this program and they clearly understand that students need all the support that they can get to be successful,” says Don Young, Dean, Faculty of Applied Science at St. Lawrence College.

“CGC Board members thought that the scholarship would also help recognize Ontario’s weight within CGC membership as well as the province’s importance for the industry. The creation of this scholarship is an important addition to the CGC Ontario Caucus activities and an excellent complement to the CGC Bursary Program,” said Denis Tanguay, CGC’s President & CEO.

In the coming weeks, the CGC will work with St. Lawrence College to define award criteria. Since Ontario is matching the contribution, award application will be restricted to those students who are residents of Ontario and who have a demonstrated financial need.

In 2006 CGC and its industry stakeholders made a commitment to work with Canadian colleges to build and incorporate locally-appropriate geothermal heat pump training in curriculum. This growing industry-college relationship is unique in North America and throughout the world geothermal industry. Training material is available to all Canadian colleges interested in pursing the CGC’s market transformation goals; St. Lawrence is one of 18 Canadian college or college system members, of the CGC Education & Training Network.

The Canadian GeoExchange Coalition acts as the industry catalyst to unite private and public sector stakeholders, and to expand the market for geothermal heat pump technology in Canada. As the nexus of information, training, certification, standards and public awareness, we work to build the necessary infrastructure to foster Canadian industry growth. Website: www.geoexchange.ca


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For inquiries, please contact: Ted Kantrowitz (514) 807-7559, extension 34 ted@geoexchange.ca

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