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David Helliwell

Co-Founder
Small Energy Group

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David Helliwell is co-founder of the Small Energy Group and leads its day-to-day operations. David has been involved in the energy sector since 1994, when he worked as an exploration geophysicist with Amoco Canada in Calgary, Canada. Since then he has lived and worked around the world as a geophysicist, a poorly-paid professional windsurfer, and corporate strategy consultant. From 2002 to 2005 he worked as senior policy adviser to a federal cabinet minister in the Canadian government. While at the department of Public Works and Government Services in 2004, David led a project to green government operations by setting new standards for the governments 700 million square feet of buildings and $1B/month of procurement. David has studied geophysics, economics and business at the University of British Columbia, Harvard University and the Ecole Nationale des Ponts et Chaussees (Paris). More information about Small Energy Group: 250 - 25th Street West Vancouver British Columbia Canada V7V 4J1 There is little doubt that the challenges of meeting our energy needs in the 21st century will be daunting, and that new approaches will be needed to address them. The Small Energy Group was created to address the energy management needs of building managers, because buildings are responsible for over a third of the worlds energy use, and there are tremendous opportunities for increased efficiencies at negligible costs. Frustrated by the endless talk in the sustainability community, the heavy administration of government programs, and the slow pace of change in the private sector, the founders of the Small Energy Group set out to build something special. We are creating a business that addresses the needs of building level energy consumers. The focus on buildings is driven by two realities. First, that the worlds population is moving to cities, and hence to medium to large buildings. Second, as the world moves to distributed electricity generation, the building will become a key element of electricity supply as well as electricity demand.