Full Name
Namendra Anand
Job Title
Director of Business Strategy and Impact Investing
Metero Vancouver Zero Emissions Innovation Centre
Speaker Bio
Namendra is an accomplished leader in the field of climate action and clean energy transition, showcasing a rich tapestry of global experience across corporate, public, and non-profit sectors. As the Director of Business Strategy and Impact Investing at the Metro Vancouver Zero Emissions Innovation Centre (ZEIC), he spearheads initiatives driving market transformation for climate solutions through impact investments and sustainable finance innovations in British Columbia.

Namendra previously served as the Impact Director at Northpine Foundation, where he curated and expanded the Climate and Nature portfolio. His strategic deployment of investments and grants facilitated substantial climate impact through ventures. Prior to this, he played a pivotal role as an Energy Solutions Development Specialist at Johnson Controls, leading national-level efforts in net-zero and decarbonization engineering solutions within the sustainable infrastructure division. His focus spanned diverse vertical markets, including district heating/cooling plants, higher education, public and commercial buildings, water & wastewater plants, and industrial facilities, fostering innovation in energy performance and public-private partnership projects.
Namendra's commitment to community-driven outcomes is evident from his tenure as the Regional Energy Coordinator at Ogemawahj Tribal Council, where he championed energy projects for six First Nations communities. Embracing Indigenous perspectives, he developed impactful energy policies, plans, and projects, bridging the realms of social finance and clean technology.

His career began with a B.Eng. from South Gujarat University, followed by an MBA from Annamalai University (India). His professional journey continued with a Master of Engineering Leadership in Clean Energy Engineering from the University of British Columbia (UBC), ESG specialist from CFI, complemented by credentials in innovative finance and impact investment from leading industry practitioners.

Namendra is an audacious advocate for leveraging innovation and investment capital to combat climate change. His roles at esteemed organizations like the Board member at Child and Nature Alliance of Canada (CNAC), Program Committee member at Environmental Funders Canada (EFC), Executive-In-Residence at Foresight Canada, and Expert Advisor at Innovate Calgary, reflect his commitment to driving meaningful change at the intersection of climate investment, entrepreneurship, innovative finance, and a human-centric approach.
Namendra Anand