MaRS helps innovators change the world. Occupying 1.5 million square feet in downtown Toronto, MaRS is North America’s largest urban innovation hub. We support more than 1,200 fast-growing science and technology ventures across Canada, offering them expert advice and mentorship, as well as vital connections to the talent, customers and capital they need in order to scale globally. The companies we support work in four high-impact sectors, each vital to Canada’s future prosperity: health, cleantech, fintech and enterprise software. They create technologies that meaningfully improve lives both in Canada and in markets around the world. MaRS-supported ventures have raised more than $4.8 billion in capital, generated over $3.1 billion in revenue and directly employ more than 12,000 people.

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Shawn Peterson leads the Building and Community Energy Programs at MaRS Advanced Energy Centre. Shawn has previously spent time with Tishman Speyer and the Urban Land Institute in New York focused on evaluating building performance and identifying opportunities/best practices to improve energy efficiency.  In 2015, Shawn was selected as an Environmental Defense Fund Climate Corps Fellow. He holds a Master of Science in Sustainability Management from Columbia University in the City of New York and Bachelor of Business Administration from the University of Western Ontario.