Trent is one of the founding Partners at Compass with over 20 years experience in resource management. With a background in science, economics and management, Trent's expertise spans energy, water and wastewater, and includes technology evaluations, feasibility and market studies, pricing and economic instruments, policy and regulatory development, and business models. In recent years, Trent has led feasibility studies and implementation plans for dozens of district energy systems throughout Canada and the US Pacific Northwest, including the system serving Vancouver's Southeast False Creek. A regular economics advisor to the B.C. Utilities Commission, Trent has worked on reviews of some of the largest infrastructure projects in the province, along with a variety of rate applications, market reviews, corporate acquisitions, and resource plans. Trent is currently a fellow with the Portland Sustainability Institute where he is conducting research on sustainable infrastructure planning at a neighbourhood scale.
Trent has a Masters of Resource Management from Simon Fraser University and a Bachelors of Science in Land Use and Environmental Studies from the University of Saskatchewan.
What is something most people don’t know about you (but will now)?
I was an exchange student in Germany and I love keeping up with the language.
What is the best thing a client has ever said to you?
The answer seems so simple now.
What was your best subject in grade school?
Dead tie between science and music.
Describe what you do in 5 words or less.
Create order out of chaos.
Describe WHY you do what you do, also in 5 words or less.
To learn, evolve, and serve.
If there were one thing really cool thing you want to make sure everyone knows about, what would it be?
The power of mindfulness. My favourite lecture series in recent years is Dan Siegel’s "Neurobiology of We." If I were to start a new career it would be in mind/body science. The recent advances in understanding have practical implications for living a good life.
What do you know now that you wished you'd known 10 years ago?
That some things really matter and others don’t matter at all, and which things fall in which category!
What truly blows your mind?
Our capacity to evolve and create, both as individuals and a society