CGC and ACCC Partner on a new renewable energy training model

    Training to take place at Red River College in Winnipeg, March 19-21.

    MONTREAL, March 16 /CNW Telbec/ - The Canadian GeoExchange Coalition
(CGC) and the Association of Canadian Community Colleges (ACCC) announced
today the organization of Canada's first joint national training of college
and institute instructors for geoexchange technology. This event follows a
Call for Expressions of Interest issued to ACCC member institutions in
December 2006. Nineteen (19) delegates from across the country were selected,
representing fourteen (14) different colleges/institutes.
    "Colleges/institutes from across Canada are responding enthusiastically
to this call and we are delighted, though not surprised, by the response,"
stated Paul Brennan, Vice-President of Partnership Programs for ACCC. "This
program evolved out of the Canadian colleges/institutes' hard work and real
interest in renewable technologies, and comes directly from the training work
that ACCC has consistently engaged in through partnership with the federal
government. The CGC is the first industry association to partner using this
model, and employ a unique and exciting milestone in Canada's approach toward
training the workforce in the renewable energy sector," he added.
    The objective of this training session is to introduce geoexchange
technology into the curriculum of Canadian college and institutes. The
participants in the Winnipeg training session are all qualified
college/institute instructors. They will share theoretical and practical field
experiences while familiarizing themselves with the training material
developed by industry specialists under the auspices of the CGC. Participants
will also discuss CGC's Global Quality GeoExchange(TM) Program(R), an
independent industry-wide quality assurance initiative.
    "This is another important step forward to ensure Canada has an
adequately trained geoexchange work force, but it is only the beginning of
what should be a four- to five-year process" said Denis Tanguay, CGC Executive
Director. CGC has developed four distinct training courses for the geoexchange
industry addressing drilling, installation and residential and commercial
design. The Winnipeg session covers only the Canadian GeoExchange(TM)
Coalition Installers' Course(R).
    "We expect our working relationship with ACCC to evolve and eventually
focus on the overall Global Quality GeoExchange(TM) Program(R)," added
Mr. Tanguay. Once the colleges/institutes have adopted and incorporated CGC
training standard in their curriculum, CGC will fully recognize the
geoexchange qualifications of the students trained by those institutions. In
return, CGC will facilitate the integration of this qualified workforce within
the geoexchange industry through some form of apprenticeship mechanism. As one
of its functions, CGC will interface between the training institutions and the
market place ensuring strong linkages between theory and practice.

    Created in 1972, the Association of Canadian Community Colleges (ACCC) is
the national and international voice of 150 colleges and institutes. With an
Ottawa-based Secretariat, ACCC interacts with federal departments and agencies
on the members' behalf and links college and institute capabilities to
national industries. As another part of its mandate, ACCC organizes
conferences and workshops to facilitate college and institute networking and
participation in national and international activities such as sector studies,
awards programs and linkages. For more information, visit

    The Canadian GeoExchange(TM) Coalition acts as the industry catalyst to
unite private and public sector stakeholders, and to expand the market for
ground source heat pumps and geoexchange(TM) technology in Canada. As the
nexus of information, training, certification, standards and public awareness,
our mandate is to work with stakeholders to build the necessary infrastructure
to foster the growth of the Canadian geoexchange(TM) industry. For more
information, visit

For further information:

For further information: Ted Kantrowitz, (514) 807-7559, extension 34,

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