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Jim Baxter, P.Eng. MBA, Director, Environment & Energy Division, City of Toronto


Jim is the Director of the Environment and Energy Division at the City of Toronto responsible for combined environment and energy programs.  In 2016 the Division managed the City's successful application for funding from the Rockefeller Foundation to retain a Chief Resilience Officer.  In addition the Division created the City's 33-year plan to reduce greenhouse gas emissions.  Titled: "TransformTO", the plan lays the framework to attain the City's goal of an 80% reduction in GHG emissions by 2050 and includes: energy conservation and demand management (ECDM), Community Energy Planning (CEP), low-carbon thermal networks, greater use of active transportation, net-zero building and community designs, green roofs, electrification of transportation (both public transit and personal transportation) community outreach, and improving resiliency to high impact events.  Jim's focus is on managing the division environmental and energy challenges in a rapidly changing external environment while capitalizing on opportunities, to balance economic growth, attract private investment, and improve energy security and resiliency.

Prior to joining the City in 2010, Jim's career has taken him to gas & electric utilities, oil & gas pipelines and into academia in Ontario and Alberta.  Jim has an MBA and an Engineering degree from the University of Toronto.  He is a Registered Professional Engineer.