GLOBAL LEARNING FORUM 2017 UPDATES
VANCOUVER, BRITISH COLUMBIA / MAY 17-19
NEW SPEAKERS AND SESSION LEADERS
Trenton Allen, Managing Director and CEO at Sustainable Capital Advisors
With nearly 20 years and $18 billion in transaction experience, Trenton has turned on the finance for a wide range of clean energy projects for utility, business, and government clients. Trenton has a background in energy and banking and is a widely regarded thought leader in the energy finance world.
Bryan Buggey, Director at the Vancouver Economic Commission
Bryan leads several initiatives related to the City of Vancouver’s Greenest City Action Plan—including an innovation hub for tech startups and social innovators and a cleantech demonstration program. He’s also responsible for strengthening Vancouver’s growing green economy and is working to support the creation of a Green Enterprise Zone.
Stephanie Cairns, Director of Cities and Communities at the Smart Prosperity Institute
Stephanie has a track record of advising multiple levels of government in Canada and a variety of think tanks on energy and environmental policy. With a background in economics, she recently led the research for Getting to Implementation’s new report, Community Energy Planning: the Value Proposition.
Erik Caldwell, Director of Economic Development at the City of San Diego
As the City of San Diego moves to implement its new 100% renewable electricity target, Erik is charged with advancing partnerships and economic development in support of this goal. Erik has a background in clean energy financing and has had a long career in public policy.
Suzanne Goldberg, Director of Research and Outreach at SFU’s Sustainable Transportation Action Research Team
Suzanne is a national expert in electric mobility and has a decade of experiencing working in low-carbon transportation and climate policy. As an Adjunct Professor at Simon Fraser University, she has contributed to a number of reports on electric vehicle policy.
Claire Havens, Solar Project Manager at the Yarra Energy Foundation
Claire is an experienced facilitator with dozens of workshops and public engagements under her belt—on topics ranging from transportation to climate policy to the built environment. She has a passion for low-carbon urban livability and is currently working to advance community solar projects in Melbourne.
Cody Hooven, Chief Sustainability Officer at the City of San Diego
Cody leads sustainability planning and policy for the City of San Diego, which has recently adopted a target to reach 100% renewable electricity by 2035 for the entire community. Her portfolio includes advancing transport, building, renewable energy, and other projects while engaging businesses in win-win solutions.
Tyrone Jue, Senior Advisor on the Environment, Office of Mayor Edwin M. Lee at the City and County of San Francisco
Tyrone advises the Mayor of San Francisco on a wide range of key climate and energy issues. He supported the launch of San Francisco’s first solar incentive program in 2008 and the city’s Community Choice Aggregation program, CleanPowerSF in 2016.
Desiree Williams-Rajee, Equity Specialist at the City of Portland’s Bureau of Planning and Sustainability
Desiree works to ensure that an equity lens is mainstreamed throughout the City of Portland’s climate planning and within the local government’s culture. Recently, Desiree was honored by the White House as a Climate Equity Champion of Change for her work on the City of Portland Multnomah County Climate Action Plan.