Executive Director, Renewable Cities
Fellow, Morris J Wosk Centre for Dialogue, Simon Fraser University
Alex Boston has two decades of experience in climate and energy policy, planning and engagement serving local and senior governments, real estate developers, utilities, university research institutes, municipal associations and non-profits. Prior to his appointment as Fellow with Simon Fraser University’s Morris J Wosk Centre for Dialogue and Executive Director of the Centre’s Renewable Cities program, Alex led community climate and energy services for boutique urban planning and design firms, and global engineering consultancy, Golder Associates.His policy experience spans EV networks, district energy, renewables, building efficiency, and sustainable transportation. His passion, nevertheless, is smart land use with its significant untapped potential for driving GHG reductions in transportation and housing, and protecting terrestrial carbon. He has led multiple award-winning community energy plans recognized for innovative modeling and mapping, implementation success, and powerful multi-criteria analysis. Alex takes a systemic problem-solving approach, integrating climate action with other resonant community priorities: affordability, economic development, congestion management, farmland protection, public health, and civic infrastructure deficit management.