Brendan Rock, EIT
From a young age, I discovered the negative impacts industrial emissions can have on local and global communities. Growing up in Windsor, ON, I recall several days throughout the summer where smog warnings would limit outdoor activities with warnings to remain inside. As I grew older, I began to realize that industries can exist without putting a large strain on the environment. This lead me to make it my goal to create positive impact on the global industrial footprint.
In order to achieve this goal, I went into Biological and Chemical engineering at the University of British Columbia. During my undergraduate studies, I specialized in green engineering, opening my eyes to the vast data on clean energy. I quickly learned that the technology is there, the next step is incorporating these technologies into the energy industry economically. After my third year of university, I interned with FortisBC on the renewable natural gas team converting organic waste into clean natural gas to be blended into existing natural gas infrastructure economically. I have also spent time researching with the Biomass and Bioenergy Research Group at the University of British Columbia, focusing on the utilization of agricultural materials for biofuel production. Harnessing my knowledge of chemical engineering processes, at Brightspot I strive to help Canada achieve its goals in reduction of greenhouse gasses.
In my spare time, I like to take advantage of Vancouver’s beautiful landscape, often going on hikes around the community or cycling around the seawall. Additionally, I have a passion for sport and am enrolled on several community teams for volleyball, soccer and basketball.
EDUCATION & CERTIFICATION
B.AS., Biological and Chemical Engineering, University of British Columbia
Engineer in Training, Engineers and Geoscientists of British Columbia
Applied Data Science with Python, University of Michigan