The Government of Canada looks to Prism to deliver energy management training to thousands of workshop participants

The Office of Energy Efficiency (OEE), a division of Natural Resources Canada (NRCan), takes a leading role in helping Canadians reduce their energy costs by millions of dollars while contributing to a healthier environment. Since 1997, over 15,000 representatives of industrial, commercial and institutional organizations from across Canada have enrolled in the OEE's Dollars to $ense workshops to learn how to do the following:

  • lower operating and production costs to improve their competitive position
  • reduce greenhouse gas emissions
  • increase operational efficiency and create a better work environment

"We are proud of the reputation we have developed for delivering effective training programs and believe that it stems directly from the passion that we have for the work. Unless workshop participants see and feel that we believe strongly and deeply in the value of this training, they are not likely to come away from the process with any lasting benefits. And you can't fake that passion--we truly believe that our training is helping businesses reduce costs and their impact on the environment and everyone picks up on that. Time and again, we hear from attendees that the training has really opened their eyes and made them 'see' energy management differently--and that the training was directly relevant to their industry or organization."

--Robert Greenwald, Prism Engineering

Delivering Training That Informs, Instructs and Inspires

For more than a decade, Prism has been a key agent in the delivery of the Dollars to $ense workshops for NRCan. As well as delivering the training, Prism has played an important role in enhancing content and keeping the curriculum current. All told, Prism course instructors have taught over 4,000 attendees at over 250 full-day courses, leading to significant reductions in greenhouse gas emissions and energy costs. The Dollars to $ense training is comprised of six full-day workshops:

Energy Management Plan     a non-technical session to help develop the necessary infrastructure and planning tools for effective energy management. The process of changing an organization's energy management culture is explored
Spot the Energy Savings     a session that examines, through multimedia demonstrations and practical exercises, how to recognize energy savings opportunities using a seven-step methodology
Energy Monitoring     a workshop covering the various systems available to monitor and track energy use, methods of analysis, and ways to use the information gathered to ultimately reduce energy costs
Energy Efficiency Financing     instruction on presenting an effective business case to improve the chances of an energy project's acceptance by senior management amidst stiff competition for capital expenditure dollars as well as performance contracting
Recommissioning for Buildings   introduction on building recommissioning and how it can provide cost-effective solutions to everyday problems in your buildings
Energy Management
Information Systems
  details the basic principles and show the benefits of EMIS, and demonstrates how to initiate the process of implementing an EMIS

Training Tailored to the Specific Needs of Each Audience

Where more individualized training is called for, Prism develops, prepares and delivers customized workshops on behalf of the OEE. Prism has conducted specific training for clients that include:

  • Air Canada
  • BCIT
  • BP Energy
  • Calgary Board of Education
  • Chemical Lime
  • Duke Energy
  • Maple Leaf Foods
  • Parmalat
  • Simon Fraser University
  • Syncrude
  • Vancouver General Hospital
  • Vancouver School Board


Other customized workshops have included courses tailored to the following diverse commercial, industrial and governmental sectors:

  • Cement
  • Education
  • First Nations
  • Foundry
  • Health Care
  • Hospitality
  • Marine
  • Mining
  • Municipalities
  • Pipelines
  • Property Management


Among the training services provided by Prism is the development and preparation of Technical Fact Sheets including Monitoring and Targeting Techniques in Buildings