Don Grant


Don Grant
Sessional Lecturer

Work E-mail: [email protected]

Don Grant


Don Grant is a strategic policy and business advisor for the Government of Canada, working for the Energy Services Acquisition Program. Don is responsible for communications and engagement for a $3.2 billion project to cut greenhouse gas emissions from a district energy system in Ottawa by over 90 percent over the next 10 years.

Previously, Don was the Executive Director of the Ottawa Centre EcoDistrict which is the first EcoDistrict in Canada. Don has worked on improving cycling infrastructure, promoting energy efficiency, supporting district energy, promoting electric vehicles, increasing social vibrancy and making the core more attractive to business. As a part of his work he brought over 50 businesses and organizations into the EcoDistrict network as champions or ambassadors.

Don has over 25 years of experience working on sustainability and the environment, working predominantly in the areas of sustainable community planning, sustainable development, energy, water, waste and green procurement.

Don has a Master’s Degree from Royal Roads University in Interdisciplinary Studies and a BA from Carleton University. Don is an avid cyclist who lives in Ottawa with his wife, two kids and a dog named Rufus and is now a proud owner of a 2017 Chevy Volt electric car.


He is currently working for the Government of Canada and is part of a team that is modernizing a district energy system in Ottawa that provides heating and cooling to over 80 buildings. At the present time he am looking for international best practices in district energy and in carbon neutral energy sources.

Type of Student Support He Seeks

As a sessional lecturer, he is not able to supervise students. However, he is able to be the second reader on research projects within his areas of expertise.

Research Question Examples a Student He Supervises Could Work On

  1. What is the feasibility of using carbon neutral energy sources in a district energy system for heating or cooling? This can include biomass, solar, wind, geothermal, waste to energy or industrial waste heat.
  2. What is the availability of excess solar or wind power and how could it be stored within a district energy system? This could include thermal storage, storage of hot or cold water or other storage systems.
  3. What is the future of electric vehicles and/or autonomous vehicles? What is the potential to reduce transportation GHGs.
  4. What is the future of cycling in Ottawa (or other city or region)? What is the potential to reduce transportation GHGs.
  5. How can the Government of Canada downtown district energy system become a community based energy asset? What is the expansion potential to non-government buildings?
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