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Fellow, MJ Wosk Centre for Dialogue; Executive Director, Renewable Cities, Simon Fraser University

Alex Boston is a Fellow with the MJ Wosk Centre for Dialogue and Executive Director of Renewable Cities Executive Director, Simon Fraser University.

Renewable Cities advances renewable, restorative, resilient cities through research, dialogue and policy innovation.

Alex has two decades of experience in climate and energy policy, planning and engagement serving local and senior governments, university research institutes, real estate developers, transit authorities, utilities, municipal associations and non-profits.

His policy experience spans EV networks, organic waste, biomethane and the circular bioeconomy, prefabricated, mass timber construction, building efficiency and sustainable transportation. His passion is urban land use with its potential for GHG management in transportation, building and nature, reducing vulnerability to climate change impacts and advancing co-benefits.

He has led multiple award-winning community energy plans recognized for innovative modeling and mapping, implementation success, and powerful multi-criteria analysis. Alex takes a systemic problem-solving approach, integrating climate action with other resonant community priorities: affordability, economic development, congestion management, ecosystem and farmland protection, public health, civic infrastructure deficit management, and value for dollar infrastructure investment.

Prior to his Simon Fraser University appointment, Alex led community climate and energy services in planning, design and engineering consultancies. He has an MSc in Environmental Change and Management from University of Oxford where he was a Chevening Scholar.


  • 2018–2022
    Executive Director & Fellow, Renewable Cities, MJ Wosk Centre for Dialogue, Simon Fraser University
  • 2014–2017
    Principal, Boston Consulting
  • 2011–2013
    Community Climate & Energy Lead, Golder Associates
  • 2008–2011
    Director, Community Climate & Energy, HB Lanarc Planning and Design
  • 1998–2005
    Climate Policy Analyst, David Suzuki Foundation