Robert (Bob) Stasko is a successful business development professional with a large body of experience in the electricity sector. He is also an energy technology specialist who has worked in a wide range of management positions involving R&D, product development, market assessment and project implementation. In particular he has worked with the Ontario government to assist in the development and delivery of major energy policy and project initiatives. Bob has been responsible for managing energy technology research and demonstration projects in both national and international environments. Most recently he was one of the early champions and first Executive Director of a non-profit industry association – Energy Storage Canada (ESC).
At present he is focused on developments in the broader ‘cleantech’ arena through his position as CEO of Science Concepts International (SCI). Projects of special interest are those that demonstrate emerging technology solutions for reducing or eliminating CO2 emissions as part of a Government de-carbonization strategy.
- Worked in both the nuclear design and nuclear operations divisions of Ontario Hydro, as well as the marketing, energy management and R&D divisions of that organization.
- Was the Canadian Team Leader for the international fusion R&D effort that developed the technology and engineering basis for the prototype ITER fusion device (presently under construction in Europe).
- Managed R&D and commercialization projects at Ontario Hydro Research Division (later renamed Kinectrics) for numerous electro-technologies including advanced lighting, photovoltaics, fuel cells and advanced batteries. .
- In 2006 worked for the Ontario Ministry of Energy as the Manager of Conservation Policy, and worked closely with the Ontario Power Authority to help define Demand Side Management and Conservation goals for the Province.
- Most recently Director of Business Development for the Ontario Centre of Excellence for Energy where he facilitated the development of new products for the marketplace through R&D partnerships between academia and industry