As a Canadian citizen of Chilean birth, Jose understood at a very young age the value and the costs of protecting democracy. Jose obtained his Ph.D. at the University of Toronto and has become an internationally recognized researcher, award-winning professor, and successful businessman
In 2005, Jose and his wife Serena decided to move to Markham to raise their family and to work as educators (Jose is a tenured professor at York University and Serena is a teacher at Markham District High School). They both live in Markham with their three children in a home that is powered by a Made in Ontario solar energy systems that were designed and installed by Jose.
Jose Etcheverry is Director of the International Renewable Energy Academy, Associate Professor and Co-Chair of the Sustainable Energy Initiative of the Faculty of Environmental Studies of York University. After obtaining his Ph.D. at the University of Toronto, where he specialized in the adoption of hybrid renewable energy systems, he has been based at York University where he is currently focused on research, graduate and undergraduate teaching and developing the Sustainable Energy Initiative (SEI).
The SEI (http://www.yorku.ca/sei) is a knowledge mobilization effort focused on research and training and includes York University and leading national and international organizations. Dr. Etcheverry’s current research is centred on climate change mitigation, combining e-learning with experiential education, sustainable transportation solutions, and achieving 100% renewable energy communities with a focus on practical policy solutions, collaborative approaches and effective communication strategies.
In Canada, Dr. Etcheverry was instrumental in the organization of the Ontario Green Energy Act Alliance which achieved the phase-out of coal and the implementation of the Ontario’s renewable energy (RE) standard offer contract (that then evolved into Canada’s largest RE feed-in tariff program). At the local level, he leads a consortium of renewable energy firms that designed and implemented Ontario’s first autonomous net zero solar electric facility for powering electric transportation solutions (for details see this link).
Internationally, Dr. Etcheverry has worked with the Organization of American States in its efforts to organize renewable energy training protocols as part of the Energy and Climate Partnership of the Americas and with the World Future Council on its international 100% RE Campaign (which has been adopted by the Cities of Vancouver and Victoria and Ontario’s Oxford County). Dr. Etcheverry is also currently an advisor for the development of renewable energy projects in Algeria, Chile, Mexico and Uruguay.
Dr. Etcheverry is a founding member of the International Renewable Energy Agency’s Learning Partnership (http://www.irelp.org) and the RETScreen International Training Institute (http://sei.info.yorku.ca/retscreen/). He is a member of the Committee of Chairpersons of the World Council for Renewable Energy (http://www.wcre.de), a member of the experts’ network of Go 100% Renewable Energy a member of the Scientific Committee of the International Renewable Energy Storage Conference and a member of the Innovation Network of Japan’s Renewable Energy Institute.