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Power Shift 2016 - Partners & Recap

The electrified "For The People" sign across King Street in Berlin, Ontario, marking the arrival of hydroelectricity in Berlin on October 11, 1910.
View this and more images from the day on Kitchener Public Library's archive.

Did you know that Kitchener-Waterloo was the first community in Ontario to be electrified by long-distance transmission lines operated by what we now call Hydro One? The flipping of the switch drew thousands of people to downtown Kitchener (then Berlin) to watch the lights come on. Over 100 years later, another huge shift is coming in the way we access energy. 

The inaugural Power Shift WR was a weeklong (April 17-23, 2016) series of events hosted by an outstanding group of community partners that sparked a discussion about the Waterloo Region’s relationship with energy. Events for children, families and adults took place in Kitchener, Cambridge and Waterloo.

Power Shift WR in the Media

Getting eco-friendly: Families learn about alternative power sources at energy fair (Waterloo Record, April 23, 2016)

#PowerShiftWR Family Energy Fair (SnapKW, April 2016)

#PowerShiftWR ignites discussion on energy access in Waterloo Region (University of Waterloo, April 28, 2016)

2016 Public Event Partners

Climate, Energy and Ecology in Waterloo Region’s Front Yard with Dr. Stephanie Sobek-Swant, Executive Director of the rare Charitable Research Reserve
April 21, 2016    

More information and video of this talk can be found here.


Display of Up-Cycled artwork by Cambridge elementary and secondary students in the children’s department of Idea Exchange, Queen’s Square. This exhibition is part of an annual exhibition series organized and curated by Sherry Wong.
April 17 – 23, 2016    

More information about the exhibit and Sherry Wong can be found here.

Jungle Jive, Earth Day and Earth Alive family events
April 22, 2016


Screenings of Life Off Grid which also coincided with Canadian National Film Day
April 20-26, 2016    

More information and trailer can be found here.


Community Clean Up 
April 22, 2016                              



REEP Representatives delivered presentations at Waterloo Public Library and the University of Waterloo during #PowerShiftWR.                         


More information about REEP's services and programs can be found here.  



7th Annual Evening of Recognition
April 13, 2016                             


More information including 2015 honorees can be found here.  

Environment Politics: Planning for Action – Globally, Nationally, Provincially and Locally
May 3, 2016  


Craft Creations Earth Crayons & Star Lab
April 22 & 24, 2016                                

Up, Up and Away! Mad Science Show
April 22, 2016  


REEP Home Energy Presentation
April 18, 2016                             

DIY Solar Device Chargers
April 20, 2016  

Changing the Discourse: Energy Poverty at Home and Abroad with Discourse Media
April 20, 2016  

More information about Discourse Media's energy reporting can be found here. 


Harnessing the Wind with William Kamkwamba
April 22, 2016                               

Wind Challlenge Design Workshop with TREC Education
April 23, 2016  

More information about TREC's workshops and programs can be found here.   

Family Energy Fair with TREC Education, Let's Talk Science University of Waterloo and TransitionKW  
April 23, 2016  

Photos from the day can be found here.

Going 100% Renewable with Søren Hermansen
April 23, 2016

More information about Søren and Samsø Island can be found here. Video of this talk is available here.   

Screening of Fractured Land April 23, 2016

More information about the film can be found here.   


Teen Drop-In Zone Community Clean Up
April 22, 2016                           



Girls Centre Earth Day Programming
April 22, 2016 Photos from the day can be found here. 

2016 Discussion Partners


2016 Private Event Partners