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, towards net zero.

100% online, 6 hours to complete, Available in English and French, earn a certificate upon completition

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

What you will learn

Through a combination of lectures, real-world examples, interactive exercises and guided discussions, you will:

Understand the nature of the net zero challenge

Understand systems change & accelerating transitions

Understand the strategic pathways approach


Originally developed by leading thinkers in systems change Professors James Meadowcroft, Normand Mousseau, and Daniel Rosenbloom, this course is taught by subject experts skilled in communicating complex concepts.

James Meadowcroft

Prof. James Meadowcroft is professor in 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. He has written widely on environmental politics and policy, democratic participation and deliberative democracy, national sustainable development strategies and socio-technical transitions. Recent work focuses on energy and the transition to a low-carbon society and includes 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’s research interests focus 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). He also works on processes of social learning and innovation around community-based environmental management and policy, particularly within the Peterborough area. Prof. Hill’s work attempts to cross boundaries of disciplines and institutions, and to connect ideas, theory and practice. He brings a unique background spanning policy, management, science, and engineering to his research. Prof. Hill earned a B.Sc. and a B.A. from Queen’s University, and a Ph.D. from Calgary. He also holds a Professional Engineer designation.

Frequently Asked Questions

​Everything you need to know about our Net Zero Course

How much does it cost?

The cost of the 6-hour course is $650 per attendee; we also offer discounts for government and non-profit employees: $450 per attendee. For a group discount, you can message us at 

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.

What people are saying

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.

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.

Interested in taking our Net Zero Changes Everything course? Fill out our registration form, and we’ll get back to you as soon as possible. Individual and organizational bookings are available.

Participant organizations

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British Columbia Ministry of  Energy, Mines and Low Carbon Innovation
Edmonton Global
Emission Reduction Alberta
Environment and Climate Change Canada
Institut de l'énergie Trottier
Natural Resources Canada
Northwest Territories
Prairie Economic Development Canada
Schulich School of Engineering
Sturgeon County