Studio Y Fellowship Placement - Advanced Energy Centre

Studio Y

Close Date
June 28th, 2017


Want to join the Studio Y Fellowship and a Studio Y Placement at MaRS?

 Studio Y Placements are opportunities for Fellows to work full-time with a business unit at MaRS over the course of the Studio Y Fellowship program. The Studio Y model focuses on work-integrated learning that encourages participants to apply the skills and tools they develop during the Fellowship program in their work. Placements are a full-time commitment over the 8 months of the program: September 15th – May 28th. Placement Fellows will be a full member of a MaRS business unit and will be accountable for their deliverables to both the Fellowship and the unit. Fellows will report directly to their MaRS team manager. Please carefully read the job posting and the fellowship description for an understanding of this dual role.

You can learn more about the Fellowship here:

About MaRS

MaRS Discovery District (@MaRSDD) in Toronto is the one of the world’s largest urban innovation hubs. MaRS supports promising young ventures tackling key societal challenges in the Health, Energy & Environment, Work & Learning and Finance & Commerce sectors. In addition to helping startups launch, grow and scale their businesses, the MaRS community is dedicated to cross-disciplinary collaboration, system transformation to increase innovation adoption, and driving ideas to impact.

About Studio Y

 Studio Y is a platform that supports young people in becoming top-performing systems leaders. Housed within MaRS Discovery District, Studio Y convenes young leaders, top thinkers, entrepreneurs, researchers, non-profit professionals and public bodies to tackle the complex economic and social challenges that Canada is facing today. In 2014, Studio Y established a fully funded fellowship to equip high-performing young leaders with the skills they need to accelerate their impact and tackle complex problems. Through flexible programming and experiential learning, the Studio Y Fellows harness the principles of entrepreneurship and social innovation to develop interventions aimed at influencing systems change in their area of focus.

Leveraging the MaRS ecosystem, the Fellows work within four cluster sectors—the future of energy and the environment; the future of health; the future of work and learning; and the future of finance and commerce —each with a focus on social innovation and systems change. This uniquely positions the Fellows to dive deep into issues within their given sector, while also uncovering cross-sectoral links

 About Department – Advanced Energy Centre

 The Advanced Energy Centre (AEC) is a public-private partnership founded in 2014. It’s partnership network includes representatives from across the energy sector, both in Canada and internationally. The AEC’s mission is to foster the adoption of innovative energy technologies in Canada, and to leverage those successes and experiences into international markets.

Recognizing the difficulty of adopting innovation in a highly regulated energy sector, the AEC works through its partnership network to enact change. Using strategic programming to overcome the systemic barriers to market entry, scale-up and export, the AEC is a catalyst for the adoption of advanced energy technologies.

 Who are we looking for?

MaRS Studio Y Fellows possess a positive outlook and are smart, curious, energetic and engaged in the world around them. They are young people who have demonstrated leadership and engagement in one of our key cluster areas, are keen to develop professionally as Systems Leaders and are at the right stage to benefit from the program and the placement opportunity.  Beyond this, there are specific knowledge and skill requirements for each placement role, as detailed below.

Studio Y Placement Fellow, Advanced Energy Centre

The AEC’s Studio Y Fellow for FY2018 will focus on market research and analysis of priority markets for the Centre and produce two publications as part of AEC’s Going Global series. The Going Global series, produced in collaboration with Export Development Canada, provides a 360-degree view of the energy system in international priority markets for export-ready Canadian energy companies. The AEC’s Studio Y Fellow will use the Centre’s methodology to produce reports on cleantech opportunities in Brazil and India.


  • Contribute to the Advanced Energy Centre’s international strategy, which aims to leverage energy innovation in Ontario into international markets.
  • Understand and advance the needs of Canadian SMEs when entering foreign markets development of distribution channels to facilitate the export of Canadian technologies.
  • Produce thought leadership in the energy space. Further Canadian energy leaders’ understanding of barriers to adopting technologies. Consider issues such as counter party risk, lack of regulatory structures and supply chain entrenchment.
  • Map international market opportunities for Ontario’s small-medium enterprises producing innovative energy technologies


 Necessary skills or experience

  • Research
  • Analysis
  • Report Writing
  • Ability to self-start
  • PowerPoint/deck development
  • Excel proficiency
  • Organization skills
  • Highly attentive to detail
  • Ability to multitask
  • Comfortable working in a fast-paced, high energy environment
  • General personal accountability and commitment to achieving goals/objectives
  • Stakeholder engagement/management

Preferred skills or experience

  • Background in policy, economics, energy, cleantech or sustainability
  • Energy, technology, and innovation literacy
  • Design and/or knowledge of how to use design programming

The fine print

You must be eligible for the Studio Y Fellowship program to be eligible for the Studio Y Placements. You can find more information here:  You must be available for the duration of the program: September 15th, 2017 – May 28th , 2018. 

What it’s like to work at MaRS

MaRS Centre is a vibrant, architecturally inspiring innovation hub with 1.5 million square feet of laboratory, collaboration, and office space connected directly to the Queens Parks subway stop at College and University. MaRS employees enjoy many perks such as:

  • Access to a wide array of fascinating conferences and lectures hosted by MaRS.
  • A very active social committee that organizes potlucks, “serendipity coffee” dates, the annual MaRS Summer Games, team building outings, and summer golf day.
  • The MaRS softball team, yoga at noon, and discounted gym membership
  • Indoor bike parking and showers

Our mission-driven organization is filled with passionate, smart people who are finding and turning the levers that will move the economic needle of Canada’s technology-based future.

For more about what it’s like to work at MaRS and why you might want to be a part of something bigger than yourself, check out our profile on B Meaningful. 


Working conditions

General office environment with operating business hours of 8:30am to 5pm Monday to Friday.

Applications are due by 11:59am Eastern Time on June 28, 2017.

Applicants must be legally eligible to work in Ontario.

MaRS Discovery District is committed to diversity and encourages applications from all qualified candidates, including aboriginal persons, francophones, members of sexual minority groups, persons with disabilities, visible minorities and women. We will provide any requested accommodation to candidates with disabilities throughout the recruitment process.