Introduction to CEKAP

The Community Energy Knowledge and Action Partnership, or CEKAP, is a SSHRC-funded partnership that has been established to facilitate collaboration between researchers, practitioners and community groups across Canada in the area of community energy planning.
The partnership is co-directed by Kirby Calvert, Assistant Professor at the University of Guelph, and
Ian McVey
, Project Manager at the Ontario Climate Consortium.  Core partners include five universities and seven municipalities across three Canadian provinces, QUEST Canada, a number of government and non-government knowledge mobilizers, policy & governance partners, and community partners. Together, our goal is to leverage techniques in community-based research and community engaged scholarship in order to identify pathways to improve the design and delivery of community energy plans across Canada.

Toward this end, a unique aspect of this partnership is our student internship program.
Student researchers
from each partner university are embedded into the operations of one of our non-academic partners, assisting with on-the-ground community energy initiatives while working toward their graduate degree. In this way, the partnership is able to take a national scope across communities in Canada, while at the same time facilitating deeply embedded knowledge production and mobilization activities within Canadian communities.

Click on the image below to learn more about our individual partners and how they are involved in the projects.  Note that many of our individual partners fit into multiple groups. 

We envision ourselves in the following terms:


ommunity: a group of people organized around a (set of) shared goal(s) in a common local geographic area of interest, and who are engaged in open and participatory decision-making processes that have collective implications. The partnership will involve projects with communities at different local geographies, including cities, regions, and neighborhoods.


nergy: the physical means by which communities develop and prosper. The partnership will develop projects that span across energy supply chains, from energy sourcing, to distribution, to use. Our aim is to help communities leverage energy systems to achieve their social and environmental goals related to sustainability, prosperity, equity, and resilience.     


nowledge: the social means by which communities develop and prosper. Our partnership is committed to the co-production of knowledge through community based research. Research questions and projects will emerge through collaboration between the academic research team and community partners. Knowledge will be generated with communities, of communities, and for communities.


ction: learning-by-doing and putting knowledge to use. We aim to understand and support the implementation of community energy initiatives. A unique aspect of this partnership is its student internship program, which places students side-by-side with practitioners to assist directly in community energy initiatives while they complete their research requirements toward their degree


artnership: a relationship between multiple parties rooted in respect, trust and reciprocity. Our aim is to develop a lasting connection between researchers, practitioners, policy-makers, community members, and industry. We all share in the benefits which emerge from collaboration, and we all contribute resources to ensure its future success.