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Announcing Alex Boston as new Dialogue Fellow and Executive Director of Renewable Cities

November 27, 2017

On behalf of the SFU Morris J. Wosk Centre for Dialogue, I am pleased to announce that Alex Boston has been appointed a Fellow and Executive Director of Renewable Cities.  Alex will assume his position effective December 1st 2017, succeeding Michael Small who has served in this position since January 2015.

Renewable Cities is a program of the SFU Morris J. Wosk Centre for Dialogue. It was founded in 2014 with the support of the North Growth Foundation and the Sitka Foundation and has succeeded spectacularly in showing how a Vancouver-based organization can help cities world-wide lead the transition to a renewable energy future. The two Global Learning Forums convened by Renewable Cities in May 2015 and May 2017 have demonstrated the power of dialogue to bring city leaders together with other stake-holders to share practical solutions that can be transferred across national and international boundaries.

Alex Boston is the ideal person to lead Renewable Cities into the next phase of its growth. He is a nationally recognized and respected professional with deep expertise in community energy planning, global climate change policies and municipal affairs. He is an experienced facilitator, researcher and writer who has supported dozens of municipalities in developing their community energy and sustainability plans. He has advised local and senior governments, utilities, real estate developers, foundations and urban professionals across Canada and has been a sought after public speaker on a range of sustainability issues. Alex leaves his successful consultation practice to join SFU to lead this program and deepen its work with cities in British Columbia, across Canada, and internationally.

I am also pleased to announce that Michael Small will remain a Fellow of the SFU Morris J. Wosk Centre for Dialogue, within our Climate Solutions Group. He will continue to be involved with Carbon Talks as a public engagement program of the Centre, he will support Alex and the Renewable Cities team in their work and he will serve as an Advisor to the Centre and the university.

I want to thank Michael for his leadership of Renewable Cities. He was instrumental in guiding Renewable Cities’ in its formative years and growing the global network of cities committing to 100% renewable energy. I look forward to co-teaching with Michael in the 2018 summer term in SFU's innovative Semester-in-Dialogue on Urban Energy Futures.

Please join me in welcoming Alex Boston to Renewable Cities and to the SFU Morris J. Wosk Centre for Dialogue. 

Warm Wishes,

Shauna Sylvester
Professor, Professional Practice, FASS
Executive Director, SFU Morris J. Wosk Centre for Dialogue