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Benchmark: Is Your Community Energy-Smart?

March 23 @ 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm EDT

Benchmark: Is Your Community Energy-Smart?

Energy-smart communities create opportunities to benefit from local economic development, lower energy costs, a cleaner environment, and improved community resilience. The Smart Energy Communities Benchmark paints a picture of what a Smart Energy Community looks like, and provides a powerful benchmark that Canadian communities can use to track their progress on becoming one.

During the webinar, Alex Benzie, the Project Manager, and Michael Lee, the Research Manager, will present the methodology behind the benchmark, and how you can take advantage of the free self-assessment tool to assess your community or sign up for QUEST and Pollution Probe’s Benchmark program.

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Learn more about the Smart Energy Communities Benchmark


Monday, March, 23rd, 2020 3:00 PM ADT / 2:00 PM EDT / 12:00 PM MDT​

About the presenters

Alex Benzie


Alex Benzie

Project Manager


Alex is a community energy planning enthusiast with more than seven years of experience managing and delivering multi-stakeholder, multi-year initiatives. As QUEST’s Senior Lead, Research and Projects, Alex leads a number of research and engagement projects, such as the Accelerating Implementation of Renewable Energy Project and the Toward Planning Alignment in Ontario project. Prior to QUEST, Alex was a project manager at a solar PV developer where she led the regulatory and pre-construction development processes for a 10MW school rooftop PV portfolio (83 individual sites). She has a Master of Environmental Studies and a Bachelor of Science in Geological Sciences from Queen’s University.

Michael Lee


Michael Lee

Research Manager


Michael is a community energy planning researcher who works across multiple sectors. He led the research of the Smart Energy Communities Benchmark framework, provided research support for QUEST’s Community Energy Planning: Getting to Implementation in Canada initiative, and helped to facilitate the Toward Planning Alignment in Ontario project between local energy planning stakeholders in Ontario. Michael holds a Master of Planning in Urban Development from Ryerson University, and a Bachelor of Science in Biology from McMaster University.


March 23
2:00 pm - 3:00 pm
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