- Sustainable Development Technology Canada (SDTC) is looking for the next wave of innovative cleantech entrepreneurs.
- The Alberta Biodiversity Monitoring Institute has completed a report for that examines the impact climate change is likely to have on Alberta's ecosystems. Alberta's boreal forest may transition to aspen forest and grasslands as a result of changing climate conditions.
- The Climate Bonds Initiative has issued proposed eligibility criteria for solar assets under the Climate Bond Standard and Certification Scheme.
- Climate change combined with rapid population increases, economic growth and land subsidence could lead to a more than 9-fold increase in the global risk of floods in large port cities between now and 2050
- The sun is finally rising on the global solar business, with growing demand in developing regions helping to ignite the first increase in industry wide capital spending in three years in 2014
Vice President of Finance, Resources & Operations, University of BC, Canada
Pierre Ouillet is Vice-President Resources and Operations at the University of British Columbia, one of North America's largest public research and teaching institutions, and consistently ranked among the world's best.
As part of his role, Pierre acts as Chief Financial Officer with oversight over a $2 billion operating budget across UBC's Vancouver and Okanagan campuses. Pierre is also responsible for managing UBC's Infrastructure, Building Operations and Ancillary businesses including Student Hospitality, the Bookstore, Parking, and Security. He has oversight over Campus and Community Planning for both the Academic Precinct and University Town, a socially and environmentally sustainable community of 15,000 residents in Point Grey. Pierre is also a Board Member for UBC Investment Management Trust and UBC Properties Trust, the enterprise responsible for all market and institutional development on UBC lands.
Since joining UBC in 2009, Pierre first focused on streamlining and simplifying University's operations while building a sustainable economic model for the long term. Pierre then partnered with UBC faculties to turn UBC and University Town into a living laboratory that will position British Columbia as a global innovation hub for the green economy.
Prior to joining UBC, Pierre held several leadership positions for Best Buy International, in Retail, Merchandising, and in Finance where he had responsibility over 2,000 stores in Canada, China, Mexico and Europe. Pierre was also an Associate Principal with McKinsey & Company for six years, leading strategic growth or operational improvement initiatives across Europe and North America. He started his career as an Aerospace Engineer in France and in the US.
Pierre has a Master of Science from University of Maryland, a Master of Business Administration from INSEAD and he is a Certified General Accountant.