On February 2, 120 students, alumni, faculty and friends of the SPPA gathered for the 18th annual SIGNALS Banquet. Students, Innovators and Graduates Networking and Liaising around Sustainability (SIGNALS) is a network that generates intellectual capital through networking events and presentations and career development opportunities for SPPA graduates of the former Innovation, Science and Environment (ISE) stream and the Sustainable Energy Policy (SEP) program.
SIGNALS celebrates the excellence of current students with two major scholarship presentations at each Banquet. The 2018 scholarship winners were both from the 2016 SEP cohort. Oana Spinu was awarded the Resource Futures International (RFI) Scholarship and Travis Dagg the Delphi Scholarship for their scholarly achievements in the program.
Each Banquet offers a debate with a prominent guest speaker. This year featured a panel discussion on the future of sustainable energy policy in Ontario with Professor Mark Winfield of York University and Robert Hornung, President on the Canadian Wind Energy Association. After a lively panel discussion, the debate was opened to the floor and SIGNALS members joined the discussion. The Banquet celebrated the work of Delphi Group co-founder and Lumos Energy President Chris Henderson who endowed and delivered the first Delphi group scholarship to Mark Waddell in 2004. SIGNALS thanks Chris and his Delphi Group colleagues Mike Gerbis and Bruce Dudley for their continued support and Dr. Tom Conway for endowing the FRI Scholarship. In a special ceremony Chris was Knighted a Don of Sustainability and presented a game worn Carleton Ravens hockey jersey and promised the gathered SIGNALS members that he would never again be caught wearing a University of Ottawa jersey!