Irene is an Associate at the Advanced Energy Centre (AEC) at MaRS. As part of the AEC, she works with partners and energy sector stakeholders to address the barriers to energy innovation adoption and build capacity as the sector undergoes significant changes. Irene leads our Newtonian Shift business strategy game sessions, which involve using a life-sized board game to simulate multiple years of energy sector transformation – in just one day.

She first joined MaRS with the cleantech team as a coordinator, supporting what was then MaRS Cleantech Venture Services, plus the AEC and ArcTern Ventures. She is a graduate of environment and resource studies at the University of Waterloo. The interdisciplinary nature of her program led her to take on a variety of roles with government, educational organizations, social enterprises, and community and NGO groups. She has a passion for convening people and facilitating knowledge sharing and community building.