As leaders in the North American energy sector, Spark Power recognizes that supporting individuals and associations has positive impacts on their communities and the environment. We are committed to sustainable development by delivering economic, social, and environmental benefits for all stakeholders.
Spark Power provides cutting-edge technical and operational support to the renewable energy sector in North America. With diversified interests in the power services and renewable energy sectors, we are uniquely positioned to help revolutionize the way electricity infrastructure services are delivered and to help ensure new power alternatives lead the way to a sustainable future.
In addition to providing forward-thinking and sustainable business solutions, Spark Power also recognizes the importance of contributing to meaningful social change. Our Corporate Social Responsibility program focuses on three key areas:
Reducing our carbon emissions footprint is key to being a good corporate citizen. Spark Power is proud to eliminate its energy-related environmental impact by choosing green electricity and green natural gas from Bullfrog Power for our entire operations (including all Canadian subsidiaries).
We also pay a close eye to minimizing our day-to-day operational footprint, such as encouraging telecommuting, phasing out plastic bottle use and promoting conservative printing habits.
Spark is dedicated to supporting communities focused on renewable energy. We created and continue to manage two of the largest renewable energy co-ops in Canada: AGRIS Solar Co-op and Green Energy Co-Operative of Ontario (GECO). Combined, the co-ops total more than 600 members and 15.2 MW of green energy capacity. Through Bullfrog Power, we have also invested in more than 140 community-based renewable energy projects across the country. These projects include wind and solar installations launched in partnership with Indigenous communities, public schools and renewable energy co-ops.
Our corporate giving strategy reflects our commitment to empowering communities throughout Canada. Over the last 3 years, we have invested more than $250,000 in community groups such as Farms for Change and United Way, as well as continuous support for Unity for Autism, where our Co-Ceo Jason Sparaga is the President of the Board. We also sponsor Spark Power Play, our annual charitable fundraiser that has raised approximately $100,000 for Prostate Cancer Canada.
At Spark Power, we strive to create a respectful, supportive and inclusive work environment that allows our employees to be their best, and power change through our work. We believe that change occurs when employees are given opportunities to achieve their full potential. To help nurture our team, Spark Power provides a number of learning and development opportunities:
- Company sponsored continuing education program
- On-the-job opportunities to learn new skills
- Career development planning and coaching
In recognition of the gender disparity in many technical and engineering fields, Spark Power is helping to challenge this issue through:
- Provision of bursaries to females entering technical/engineering fields
- Support for Camp Engies, a program that supports and encourages female youth interested in engineering (grades 6-8).