Trent is a professional economist, management consultant and executive based in Vancouver, BC. He has 20 years of experience in the electricity, gas, district energy and water sectors, including technology evaluation, project feasibility, market studies, ownership, financing, contracts and regulation.
Trent started his career working on large provincial and regional energy infrastructure projects and public policies. He helped develop B.C.’s net metering, standing offer and renewable portfolio standards for the electric sector. His current passion is the interface between city building and energy development, with a particular focus on developing, renewing, expanding and decarbonizing critical urban infrastructure such as thermal energy networks (district energy) and microgrids. Trent has led feasibility studies and supported development of several dozen low carbon district energy systems, including systems in Greater Vancouver, Seattle, Portland, Toronto and Calgary. His clients include municipalities, developers and large university and hospital campuses. Trent played a key role in the initial development of Vancouver’s Southeast False Creek Neighbourhood Energy Utility, one of the last major waterfront developments in the City of Vancouver and also home of the Vancouver Athlete’s Village for the 2010 Olympics. SEFC is one of only a handful of thermal systems in the world currently recovering waste heat directly from raw sewage. Trent has also worked on district systems incorporating solar energy, biomass, municipal waste to energy, and innovative waste heat recovery schemes. Trent recently helped the City of Surrey with the development of one of the largest food waste energy recovery facilities in Canada. The facility will generate biomethane that will be used to fuel the City’s garbage trucks and other facilities, including a new district energy system under development by the City.
In 2013 Trent assisted Creative Energy acquire Central Heat in Vancouver (rebranded as Creative Energy Vancouver), one of the largest district energy systems in Canada. In 2014 he was appointed to chair the new Board of Creative Energy. Creative Energy is working in partnership with the City of Vancouver on a major initiative to modernize, expand and decarbonize this important asset, an initiative that can serve as a model for other cities.
Trent holds a Bachelor of Science in Land Use and Environmental Studies from the University of Saskatchewan and a Masters of Resource Management from Simon Fraser University, where he has also held positions as an Adjunct Professor and Instructor. Trent is a member of the Canadian Association of Business Economists and the Canadian Association of Management Consultants.