Participant Profile

Brent Kopperson

Executive Director, Windfall Ecology Centre

BBA, Schulich School of Business, 1978

I am the founder and Executive Director of Windfall Ecology Centre, an unusual non-profit social enterprise dedicated to building sustainable communities. We focus on re-powering communities to create lasting wealth in a carbon constrained 21st century. Looking back on my career I guess one might classify me as a serial entrepreneur. The last 13 years have been devoted to social entrepreneurship during which time I co-founded a number of other leading social benefit organizations including the Ontario Sustainable Energy Association, the Community Power Fund, and the Canadian Renewable Energy Alliance. Through my work on the creation of Ontario's Green Energy and Economy Act I have tried to bridge provincial level policy change to remove the structural barriers that have up until now impeded the large-scale emergence of community-led and owned green energy sector. In 2010 I was elected a Senior Fellow of Ashoka, the global association of the world's leading social entrepreneurs!