Canadian Solar Inc. | News Release – Canadian Solar Inc., one of the world’s largest solar power companies, announced the contribution of $400,000 to the University of Toronto’s TalentEdge program to support scientific development, cutting-edge research, and hands-on learning.

This donation underscores Canadian Solar’s dedication to social responsibility, renewable energy, and advanced research. Dr. Shawn Qu, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Canadian Solar, graduated from the University of Toronto with a PhD in Material Sciences in 1995.

Since the company’s founding in 2001, Canadian Solar has grown to become North America’s largest photovoltaic (PV) module manufacturer in just 13 years.

The University of Toronto’s TalentEdge research program, managed on behalf of the Government of Ontario, represents a joint collaboration between the city and university. Recent graduates and postdoctoral fellows in the Ontario area can apply for fellowships that give them the opportunity to conduct in-depth research into a subject of their choice.

Canadian Solar previously contributed to the TalentEdge program in 2012, and this year’s donation will help fund Project #21659, which is under the supervision of Dr. Francis Dawson, Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering at the University of Toronto. Project #21659 focuses on the two-dimensional simulation tool project, which specializes in the design and research of novel solar cells.

Dr. Shawn Qu, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Canadian Solar, commented, “As Canada’s leading public university, the University of Toronto plays an important role in scientific research and development. Not only are we pleased that we had the opportunity to give back to my alma matter, we are also certain that this donation will help advance solar research.”

Derick Lila
Derick is a Clark University graduate—and Fulbright alumni with a Master's Degree in Environmental Science, and Policy. He has over a decade of solar industry research, marketing, and content strategy experience.

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