Event: Solar Photovoltaics in Quebec

May 13, 2021 | 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.


9 a.m. - Noon : Release of Nergica's study "Solar Photovoltaics in the Quebec Energy Mix – Analysis and Outlook" and panels of experts

1 p.m. - 5 p.m. : Solar Energy Braindate: live discussions on solar photovoltaics

By registering, you will be automatically signed up for the release of the solar study and the Braindate. For further details, see the FAQ at the bottom of the page.


*The release will be in French.

Join us for the release of the study Solar PV in the Quebec Energy Mix – Analysis and Outlook.  

This study represents the first in-depth study to be conducted on the potential of solar photovoltaics (PV) and its role in the Quebec energy mix. The report highlights both successes and failures observed in Quebec, Canada, and elsewhere in the world in order to formulate recommendations on how best to go about integrating solar PV in Quebec while taking into consideration the specific characteristics of the province.

Contributors to study:

Karim Belmokhtar, Senior Project Manager for Research and Innovation
David Durette, Analyst, Research and Innovation
Olivier Paré-Lambert, Analyst, Research and Innovation
Valéry Bouchard, Assistant, Research and Innovation


Three panels will provide answers to the underlying questions of the study and the structure of Quebec’s solar sector.

  1. What role does solar currently play in Quebec and what will the situation be in 2030? 2050?
  • Philippe Dunsky, President, Dunsky Energy Consulting
  • Gabriel Durany, Chief Executive Officer, Association québécoise de la production d’énergie renouvelable
  • François Morin, Director-Development, Innergex
  • Josée Pilon, Department Head – Development Project Planning – Energy, Hydro-Québec
  1. Potential of solar PV for off-grid networks.
  • Olivier Arsenault, Planning Engineer, Hydro-Québec
  • Jean-Michel Leblanc, Project Manager, Energy Efficiency and Development, Municipalité des Îles-de-la-Madeleine
  • Yves Poissant, Research Manager and Senior Specialist – Solar Photovoltaic Technologies, CanmetENERGY, Natural Resources Canada
  1. Self-generation of solar PV for residential and commercial building sector.
  • Patrick Goulet, President, Énergie solaire Québec
  • Jean-François Jaimes, Director, Development and Renewable Energy, Énergir
  • Michael Perrault, President, Rematek Energy

1 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.  SOLAR ENERGY BRAINDATE

What is the potential of solar photovoltaics in Quebec and what role can it play in the provincial energy mix? 

Are you a stakeholder in the solar PV industry? Are you interested in chatting with others about opportunities, challenges, solutions and innovations in this sector? Participate in this virtual forum to share novel ideas, make new contacts and speak with solar PV professionals in small discussion groups or individual meetings.

You call the shots

No guest speakers! You get to decide the topics that will be addressed throughout the afternoon. Register today to view the list of discussion topics proposed by your peers. You can also pitch new solar-related topics. Reserve your spot in the discussion groups (don’t delay, as spaces are limited), or send out invitations for one-to-one Braindate meetings.

Why participate?

  • To meet new people and expand your network
  • To explore different viewpoints with your peers at a group Braindate
  • To take advantage of the expertise of well known players in the sector or the innovative ideas of industry newcomers
  • To create a custom learning experience where you choose the topics that matter most to you

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)

Sending invitations and rescheduling

How do I know when my braindate is confirmed?

Whenever there’s new activity in your Braindate invitations, (like a confirmed braindate, an alternative time proposal, or a new message), a green dot will appear beside the bell icon in the navigation bar. We’ll also send you an email or SMS reminder if you’ve opted-in. You can manage these preferences in your Profile.

I accidentally declined a braindate, but I actually wanted to meet or reschedule.

The person who originally sent the invitation must resend it to re-initiate a chat. We recommend you speak with one of our Virtual Learning Concierges (real humans waiting to help you!) for support by clicking on the chat icon on the Braindate platform. They can help you reconnect with that person.

I received an invitation, but I’m not sure what times they proposed.

To review proposed times for a braindate, navigate to the bell icon and open your Pending tab. Click on the unread conversation (look for the little green dot!) and scroll up until you find proposed times to choose from.\n\n If you can’t find the conversation in your invitations, try opening the Confirmed tab to see your upcoming braindates and reschedule as needed!

No one has booked my braindate topic. What should I do?

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Getting ready for a confirmed braindate

What do I need to prepare for my Virtual Braindate?

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Is my device compatible with Virtual Braindate?

We recommend that you use a desktop computer and avoid mobile devices to enjoy your Virtual Braindate experience to the fullest. Devices running up to date versions of Android, Linux, macOS and Windows are compatible.

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On your compatible device, you may enjoy Virtual Braindate with the following browsers : Chrome, Firefox and Safari.

I can’t turn off my camera or microphone!

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I can’t see or hear the person I am braindating with!

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All braindating happens on the Braindate platform. There is no need to download any applications or use other virtual conferencing tool. Braindate’s platform accommodates virtual conversations like Google Hangout, Zoom and more. You can screen share, mute yourself and hide your video in Braindate as well.

To join your braindates, go to your Braindate platform, your confirmed braindates list and click on the topic that’s about to begin. You can access the virtual video at most 5 minutes before the call begins. When you are 5 minutes or less to the start time of your braindate, the Join Video Call button you light on and you’ll have access to the Start Call screen. Here, you can mute or turn off the video before entering the actual braindate. Don’t forget to click on the Start Call button to get going!


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By registering, you will be automatically signed up for the release of the solar study and the Braindate. For further details, see the FAQ above.

A braindate is a knowledge-sharing conversation between two or more individuals on a topic of mutual interest. Braindates are designed to facilitate enriching exchanges with the goal that each party will walk away from the event with the ideas and tools necessary to generate positive changes within their respective field or organization. These discussions are brought to you by e180, a Montréal-based company whose mission is to promote peer learning.