Trent is a management consultant with an interdisciplinary background in science, planning and management. He has in-depth expertise in the energy, water and wastewater sectors, including technology evaluation, feasibility and market studies, policy development, and ownership reviews.
Trent has led more than a dozen large feasibility studies for district energy systems in the Pacific Northwest, including a system serving Vancouver's Olympic Village. He has also advised on business models, financing, and rate design for implementation of numerous systems.
Trent is a regular economics advisor to the B.C. Utilities Commission, where he has worked on regulatory reviews of more than $15 billion in generation and infrastructure projects, rate applications, market structure reviews and long-term acquisition plans. Trent was part of the external team that advised the BC provincial government in the development of the 2007 BC Energy Plan, including policies for green power and distributed generation.
Trent holds a B.Sc. in Environmental Studies from the University of Saskatchewan and a Masters in Resource Management from Simon Fraser University, where he has also held appointments as Adjunct Professor and instructor. Trent is member of the Canadian Association of Management Consultants, the Canadian Association of Business Economists, and the International Association of Energy Economists.
Trent has recently joined the Portland Sustainability Institute as Fellow to advance district energy and EcoDistrict initiatives.