June 17, 2014
Professor Jatin Nathwani is the Ontario Research Chair in Public Policy and Sustainable Energy at the University of Waterloo, in the Faculty of Engineering and the Faculty of Environment. He is the Executive Director of the Waterloo Institute for Sustainable Energy (WISE). He has a PhD in Engineering from the University of Toronto.
As Executive Director, he leads the institute’s research and development efforts to foster the development of emerging technologies that includes the full range of emerging energy technologies including solar, wind, bioenergy, geothermal, integration of distributed energy systems with energy storage, ICT for smart grid and micro-grids for off grid supply. His current focus is on competitive energy policies to enable the innovations required for the transition of the global energy system to a lower carbon energy economy.
Prof. Nathwani’s experience in the energy sector includes corporate strategy, business planning, policy developments influencing the electricity sector, and the planning, design and operation of critical infrastructure. His knowledge of industry practices encompasses regulatory affairs, drivers of innovation in business practice, and environmental health and safety issues
Prof. Nathwani serves on several boards at the provincial and national levels. He is the lead Scientific Advisor to the Waterloo Global Science Initiative, established by the Perimeter Institute and the University of Waterloo, and is the lead author of the Equinox Summit-Energy 2030 Blueprint. He is chair of the board of the Canadian University Network of Excellence in Nuclear Engineering; member of the Ontario Smart Grid Forum; board member of the Ontario Centre of Excellence; member of the Clean Tech Advisory Board (DFAIT), Council for Clean and Reliable Electricity; member of the Advisory Panel for the Science Media Centre of Canada; and Advisory Board Member of Sustainable Waterloo.