What is SIGNALS?

SIGNALS is a group of ‘Students, Interested parties, and Graduates Networking And Liaising around Sustainability.’ The network stems from the Innovation, Science, and Environment stream of Public Administration Program and the Sustainable Energy (SE) Program, both of Carleton’s School of Public Policy and Administration (SPPA). SIGNALS brings together students, alumni, and professors who are concerned about sustainable development issues.

The goal of SIGNALS is to create networking and information-sharing opportunities for members, and to facilitate initiatives aimed at furthering sustainable development. SIGNALS networking can provide excellent opportunities for students to make employment contacts, and for graduates to meet other like-minded professionals.

SIGNALS banquet attendees 2018

SIGNALS was initially founded in 2003, with the intent of creating a ‘clear signal’ where there was previously disjointed, uncoordinated communication. Since then, it has expanded to include over 100 members. Over the years, SIGNALS activities have included annual banquets, pub night-style social events, field trips, and formal panel discussions. An email list, limited to SIGNALS members, provides a forum for discussion, as well as a way to circulate notice of upcoming events, sustainable development-related news and debates, and employment opportunities.

History of SIGNALS

Over the years a great many professionals, academics and civil servants have come together in the spirit of furthering discussions on a variety of sustainable development issues. While the venues and SIGNALS executive have changed with time, the spirit of fostering opportunity and connection persists.

SIGNALS Signature Events

SIGNALS hosts annual signature events. The SIGNALS BBQ hosted every fall is a great opportunity for professionals and alumni to welcome new students to the Sustainable Energy Policy Masters program at Carleton at the beginning of every school year.

The SIGNALS Banquet hosted every spring has a rich history of connecting professionals and celebrating progress in the energy transition. Since the first banquet in 2007, network members and affiliates have gotten together for good drinks, great food, fantastic conversation and to hear from industry leaders.


Past banquet speakers have included the Environmental Commissioner of Ontario, the President and CEO of the National Roundtable on the Economy and the Environment, the former President of the United Nations Environmental Programme, the co-founder of the Delphi Group and many other influential public, private and third sector leaders.

The SIGNALS executive will continue to extend an open invitation to future events with the hope of adding to this important legacy. Stay tuned for SIGNALS news and updates.

Please contact our team if you’re interested in sponsoring an upcoming event!