A Course on the Net-Zero Transition for
Government, Industry, and Civil Society Leaders

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.

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 and 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.

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.

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