Enliten Energy Services (Ontario)

Helping companies reduce their environmental impact and build sustainable spaces

Aman posed in front of a window dressed with a suit and tie.

Aman Sahota, Science Horizons intern with Enliten Energy Services in Toronto. Photo credit: Amandeep Sahota

Aman Sahota learned to be resilient and adaptive when he interned as a sustainability representative for Enliten Energy Services, a Toronto-based consulting firm that advises businesses on reducing greenhouse gas emissions while improving employee work environments.

He was interviewed in person before the COVID-19 pandemic hit in March 2020 but worked remotely during his internship.

“When the pandemic hit, everything was over Zoom,” says Bryan Duarte, Enliten’s CEO and founder. “That lack of connection with coworkers made it a tough environment for new employees.”

Duarte says Sahota brought enthusiasm and energy to the business, willing to tackle a lot of things and contributing in many areas.

The company examines ways for companies to lessen their environmental impacts by reducing energy and water use, building process waste and organizational logistics.   

It also focuses on the building user experience, looking at employee comfort, health, and satisfaction. This area is extremely important as productivity improvements of a green building tend to outweigh the financial benefits of saving energy significantly, says Duarte. To that end, Enliten also considers matters such as natural lighting, indoor water features and plants and also looking at organizing employee carpools.

“Our approach is that we want organizations to be better than they are today,” says Duarte who is a professional engineer. “Any improvement is a good improvement.” To that end, Enliten developed a five-tier certification system customized to each client’s capabilities.

“We were trying to provide a holistic service for the whole building space to make it more sustainable,” says Sahota, who worked on the certification package. “We were looking at more human aspects of sustainability.”

Sahota has a Bachelor of Science with a major in Earth and Environmental Systems from the University of Toronto. He speaks English, Hindi and Punjabi and is the first in his family to study science at university.

“I was always interested in how things around me worked and wanted to understand how the future would look,” he says. “With a better understanding of how society will function it could help me do my part to try to make a better future.”

Aman wearing a mask sitting at a desk in front of a laptop.

Aman Sahota, Science Horizons intern with Enliten Energy Services in Toronto. Photo credit: Amandeep Sahota

Hired fulltime by Enliten when his internship was over, he went on to co-found EI Amplified, which won the 2021 “Canadian EdTech Startup of the Year Award” at the 12th International Canadian EdTech Leadership Summit presented by Mindshare Learning. The new company works with not-for-profits and schools on “Diversity, Equity and Inclusion” programs using artificial intelligence systems.

Sahota says he learned about networking, developing marketing strategies and how to create collaborative opportunities when working at Enliten, all of which proved helpful when developing his own firm.

His job was supported by an ECO Canada Science Horizons Youth Internship, funded by Environment and Climate Change Canada. Duarte says such subsidies help defray training costs when hiring people with little work experience. Smaller businesses may not otherwise afford to hire junior staff, he says.

Duarte seeks employees who are coachable and willing to ask questions. He also gives great weight to their extracurricular activities. Sahota, for example, had a track record of volunteering and while working at Enliten continued to volunteer at Louise Arbour Secondary School in Brampton where he studied. He organized workshops to teach students about their environmental impact and also coached basketball.

Sahota says his parents were role models for him. “Their work ethic inspired me because they worked to give me a brighter future and I want to do the same for them,” he says.

The internship provided valuable experiential learning. “Being able to work in the environmental field is a great experience and coming out of school you need some money as well,” he says. At university he helped pay his way by working in a meat factory with his mother. “It’s a blessing going from working in a freezer to be able to work from home or an office,” he says with a laugh.

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