Martyn Forde

Community Manager

Martyn is an energy and knowledge management consultant with 10 years of capacity strengthening and research experience. He has organized and facilitated knowledge exchange events and workshops within the Caribbean electric industry and North America.  Martyn has worked for clients such as the Caribbean Electric Utilities Services Corporation (CARILEC), the Rocky Mountain Institute (RMI), and the Clinton Climate Initiative (CCI). Since its inception in 2016, Martyn is the Community Leader of an online energy learning platform for 1100+ energy professionals from the Caribbean and around the world – the CARILEC Renewable Energy Community (CAREC). He manages the daily operations of the CAREC IT infrastructure and leads content development. In this role he conducts capacity and learning needs assessments for Caribbean utilities and assists CARILEC and RMI in the development of knowledge management strategies. He connects community members to tailored research, fellow subject matter experts (SMEs) and training opportunities. He is the organizer and host of the CAREC webinar series providing utility-focused webinars on energy planning, low-carbon tech and disaster management best-practices. As a project manager, Martyn has assisted government officials, policy makers and utilities in the development of national energy polices, energy action plans, and integrated resource plans. During his time with the Islands Energy Program he was responsible for the portfolios of Montserrat, and St. Vincent and the Grenadines.

Before joining the Islands Energy Program, Martyn assisted the Climate and Energy Program of the Worldwatch Institute with research for the 2015 Caribbean Sustainable Energy Roadmap and Strategy (C-SERMS) Baseline Report and Assessment commissioned by CARICOM. In 2013, he worked in Gevelsberg Germany in the energy procurement department of an electricity, gas, and water utility company called Aktiengesellschaft für Versorgungs-Unternehmen (AVU). As a researcher at the University of Toronto, Martyn assisted in teaching low-carbon technology and climate science to graduate and undergraduate students. In his thesis research, he conducted qualitative and quantitative research to identify the barriers and opportunities for renewable energy in the hotel sector of Barbados and Island Nations.  Martyn holds a Master of Arts (M.A) in Geography and Environmental studies and an Honors Bachelor of Arts (H.B.A) in Environmental Resource Management, Political Science and Environment & Society from the University of Toronto. He holds certification in Sustainable Building Advisory with the Canadian Green Building Council.   Outside of consulting, Martyn volunteers as a board member of the Barbados Olympic Athletes Commission in Barbados, and the Barbados Canada Association in Toronto.