Net Zero Changes Everything: A Strategic Approach

A course to equip leaders in government, industry and civil society with the knowledge needed to move their organizations, and Canada as a whole, toward net zero. Sessions held throughout the year: join our waiting list to learn more.

Live online course with leading experts
Six hours to complete
Available in English and French
Earn a certificate after completion

About this Course

​With more than 60 other countries, Canada has committed to reach net zero by 2050. However, there remains a limited understanding of the nature of the net zero challenge and how to formulate a strategic response.

For instance, what is the scope and magnitude of change entailed by net zero? How can this change be systematized and accelerated? Which actions and approaches give us the best chance of achieving a desirable net-zero future? These are just some of the questions that will be addressed in The Transition Accelerator’s condensed course Net Zero Changes Everything: A Strategic Approach.

This course is for you if:

  • You are a leader working to advance net zero goals in government, industry or civil society
  • Implementing net zero pathways & system change is of interest to you and your organization
  • You are experienced in energy transition challenges and are interested in learning more about accelerated transitions

Course Modules

Day 1
  • Net Zero: The nature of the challenge
  • Systems change: Accelerating transitions
Day 2
  • Pathways: A strategic approach
  • Case Study
Understand the nature of the net zero challenge
Understand systems change & accelerating transitions
Understand the strategic pathways approach

Course Models

  • Net Zero: The nature of the challenge
  • Systems change: Accelerating transitions
  • Pathways: A strategic approach
  • Case Study


Prof. James Meadowcroft, PhD

Professor, School of Public Policy and Administration, Carleton University

James Meadowcroft, PhD, is a professor at the School of Public Policy and Administration at Carleton University where he has held a Tier 1 Canada Research Chair in Governance for Sustainable Development. His recent work focuses on energy and the transition to a low-carbon society, including publications on carbon capture and storage (CCS), smart grids, the development of Ontario’s electricity system, the politics of socio-technical transitions and negative carbon emissions.


Prof. Stephen Hill, PhD

Associate Professor, School of the Environment, Trent University

Stephen Hill, PhD, is an Associate Professor at the School of the Environment at Trent University. His research focuses on environmental and renewable energy management and policy in Canada. He is working to understand the nature of controversy and conflict surrounding renewable energy technologies (supported by the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council).


Net-Zero Changes Everything effectively aligned our team on the science, technology, and policy drivers of the energy transition, in terms that both engineers and policy analysts could understand. It also helped the team to appreciate the scope of the transition beyond traditional industry silos.

Jennifer Hiscock, Director, Natural Resources Canada

This course provided an enlightening look at the challenges of changing entire systems and the unique impediments for Canada given our current industries and geography.

The instructor makes this course. Dr. Hill was incredibly pleasant, knowledgeable, and open to listening and engaging with all attendees. I’ve completed 24 professional development courses over the past 9 years, and this is a standout among them.

I would say this course is required learning for many people working on climate change across the federal government.

I liked that we had a chance to apply what we learned. I loved the teaching approach.


CAD $650 per attendee, CAD $450 for government and non-profit


For a group discount, you can message us at

Frequently Asked Questions

Do you have a special rate for students?
This course is aimed at senior decision-makers. Academics can register using the discount for non-profits & government employees.
Do you offer private corporate trainings?
Absolutely. Please reach out to us if you would like to organize a Net Zero Changes Everything course exclusively for your team. We also have other courses in development, and we would be happy to cater to your team’s needs by conceiving a tailored course for you. Message us at for more information.
How do I register?
A link will be available on our website as soon as a class opens up for registration. If our upcoming sessions are full, we recommend that you subscribe to our newsletter; we will regularly update you about new dates. You can also email us at to express your interest.
When is your next course?
Dates for upcoming sessions are listed on our website. If all of our sessions are full, register for our newsletter to be updated as soon as new classes open up. In the case of group registration, or if you would like to express your interest, please email us at for more information.
How big is the class size?
Class sizes are kept small with 15-20 participants to ensure training quality with better interactivity & active learning.
Is this course accredited for continuing professional development?
Please email us at to check if you are eligible for credits for continuing professional development.

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