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Nicholas Parker

Committee Member

Nick has pioneered sustainability ventures, funds and initiatives around the world for four decades, working with leading public and private sector organizations. As Chairman of Parker Venture Management Inc. (“PVM”), he currently makes catalytic investments - presently in solar, fintech and analytics, while advising asset managers, governments and entrepreneurial businesses on “exponential impact” opportunities, globally. Nick chairs a London-based impact investment company, advises an award-winning impact real estate group, is founding partner of a financial enterprise accelerating commercialization of “smart cleantech” into and across emerging economies, especially China, and is leading creation of PEIC, the planet exponential impact collaborative.

Nick coined the “cleantech” concept, introducing it to the finance and business community in 2002 while launching Cleantech Group (“CTG”), a market-leading research and advisory platform that he chaired until the end of 2013. He was Chair of Corporate Knights (“CK”), the award-winning media and financial research company for clean capitalism, best known for the Global 100 rankings launched annually at the World Economic Forum in Davos. He has accumulated over 15 years’ experience forming and investing funds worldwide through limited partnerships, family offices, corporate programs, endowments and publicprivate partnerships.

Nick has contributed to advisory boards such as the Singapore Economic Development Board, Ontario Premier’s Climate Change Advisory Panel, Centre of Excellence for Commercialization of Research and the Clinton Global Initiative. He has been Chair of E+Co, the award-winning impact investment company for clean energy enterprises in frontier markets, is a Distinguished Fellow of the Asia-Pacific Foundation of Canada, and serves as Treasurer and Board Member of the Centre for Mindfulness Studies.

Nick earned a BA Tech, Hons. (Carleton University, Ottawa) and an MBA in International Business (City University, London). He has lived and worked in Africa, Asia, Europe and North America while currently residing in Toronto. He’s authored or edited many publications and articles related to cleantech, sustainability, finance and international business.