Dr. Jose Etcheverry

Associate Professor, Faculty of Environmental Studies
York University

DR. JOSE ETCHEVERRY  joined the Faculty of Environmental Studies at York University in June 2007 where he works as an Associate Professor conducting research, graduate training and undergraduate teaching on renewable energy and as Co-Chair of the Faculty’s Sustainable Energy Initiative. He received his PhD and MA from the University of Toronto (both theses focused in renewable energy). Prior to joining York University Dr. Etcheverry taught environmental policy at Simon Fraser University and the Center for Environment of the University of Toronto. From June 2003 until December 2008 he worked as a research and policy analyst for the David Suzuki Foundation (DSF), where he published research on renewable energy (Smart Generation: Powering Ontario with Renewable Energy) and on energy efficiency (Bright Future: Avoiding Blackouts in Ontario). During his career at DSF he represented the Suzuki Foundation in the Alternative Energy Task Force organized by BC Premier Gordon Campbell and in the Climate negotiations held in Montreal (2005) and Bonn (2006). Also, Dr. Etcheverry represented Dr. Suzuki in the Advisory Committee of the Hon. Dwight Duncan, when Mr. Duncan was Ontario’s Minister of Energy. In 2006 he was appointed by Dr. Hermann Scheer to become one of the chairs of the World Council for Renewable Energy. In 2008 he was elected president of the Canadian Renewable Energy Alliance (and was re-elected as president in 2011). Prior to joining the David Suzuki Foundation Dr. Etcheverry worked for the climate change team of the Global Environment Facility in Washington DC and also was an intern for the Mexican Electricity Research Institute. He was a researcher and Canadian correspondent for the global Renewables Status Reports (2005, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010, and 2011 editions), which are published by Worldwatch Institute on behalf of REN21 (REN21 is a global policy network organized after the 2004 International Bonn Conference on Renewable Energy, for details see www.ren21.net). In October 2010 he was nominated by the Ontario Power Authority (OPA) to join two OPA advisory committees that reviewed the performance of the Ontario Micro FIT and Feed-in Tariff programs. In 2011 Dr. Etcheverry was invited to become an advisor of the Japan Renewable Energy Foundation, which was formed after the Fukushima nuclear disaster to provide solutions for Japan. Also in 2011 he was an invited author of the Global Environment Outlook 2012 that UNEP is developing for the Rio plus 20 meetings and became a founding member of the International Renewable Energy Agency’s Learning Partnership (www.irelp.org). In 2012 he helped organized RETSCREEN’s First International Training Institute (http://www.retscreen.net/ang/training_institute.php) and was also an invited participant to a parliamentary hearing (hosted by the World Future Council, the Nordic Folkecenter and the Climate Service Center (CSC) of the Helmholtz-Zentrum Geesthacht) aimed at sharing knowledge, exchange ideas, develop strategies and build up networks in order to implement 100% Renewable Energies (RE) targets in Europe. Currently he is a Board Member of the Windfall Ecology Centre, an Advisor of the Small Change Fund, and a faculty member of the Institute for Research and Innovation in Sustainability and the Canadian Centre for German and European Studies. His current academic research is focused on renewable energy technology transfer, innovative training and knowledge mobilization techniques, climate change mitigation and sustainable energy policies.