Founder and Executive Chairman, The Cleantech Group
Nicholas Parker has a rich background in finance and venture capitalism, focusing on accelerating the adoption of clean energy technologies around the world. Parker coined the term “cleantech” as he was co-founding Cleantech Group, which provides Fortune 1000 global corporations, investors, entrepreneurs and policy-makers with the latest industry market intelligence through subscription-based research, global industry networking events, and world-class custom research services. Prior to his involvement with Cleantech Group, Parker was a venture capitalist for the world’s second solar company and also backed sustainable energy technology developed at MIT. In the 1990s, he founded, built and sold a leading transatlantic environmental finance strategy firm. Parker has also served as an advisor to multilateral agencies such as the World Business Council on Sustainability and the International Finance Corporation, a member of the World Bank Group. He earned a BA Hons. in Technology Studies from Carleton University and an MBA from City University in London, U.K., and has contributed to numerous publications related to technology, finance and international business. He also served as Chairman of E+Co, a public purpose investment company for clean energy enterprises in developing countries, has interests in property development and is a member of several academic and think tank advisory boards. Parker has recently turned his attention toward helping Canadian cleantech companies.