Paul Austin, Former SDTC Executive, joins Lightspark Software Team

Vancouver, British Columbia
October 15th, 2020

Vancouver based Lightspark Software – developer of energy efficiency software and data services providing consumers, trade and utilities with better data to make energy efficiency decisions easier – announced today that Nancy Wright is joining their management team and advisory board.

“The fastest pathway to reduce our emissions is through energy efficiency. Lightspark is a powerful lightweight software platform that will help cities map their carbon and energy intensity for their building stocks to actually be able to manage what they can measure with Lightspark,” said Paul Austin, Advisory Board Member. “Most importantly, Lightspark’s marketing expertise through it’s consumer and trade platform can change behaviour for Canadian homeowners towards deep energy retrofits, rapidly accelerating meeting our goals for reducing carbon towards the Pan Canadian Framework targets. I am very excited to join this accomplished team and help them meet these important goals for Canada and to countries beyond to mitigate the risks of climate change.”

“Paul has been a leader in helping technology companies succeed in his career by helping them uncover financing and foster strategic partnerships,” said James Riley, CEO of Lightspark. “His experience, strategic thinking and her network will be of immense benefit to Lightspark and we are very excited to have him on board.”

Paul Austin
Paul is a Business and Corporate Development Executive who has worked throughout the Americas, Europe and Asia in private and public sectors, as well as not-for-profit organizations. Building international commercial alliances and investment relationships has been his focus while working for the Federal Government of Canada in addition to executive roles with several foreign multi-nationals and Canadian corporations, including Mitsubishi Corporation, Hughes Aircraft Company, TELUS and MDSI Mobile Data Systems Inc. Currently, in addition to being an advisory board member a Lightspark, Paul is with Fort Capital Partners, a Vancouver based boutique investment bank serving clients’ advisory and capital raising needs across a broad spectrum of industries. Prior to joining Fort Capital, Paul served as Regional Director for Sustainable Development Technology Canada (SDTC), a $1B+ foundation created by the Government of Canada focusing upon demonstration of pre-commercial technologies to deliver cleaner air, water, soil and reduction in greenhouse gases. Paul maintains a global network of corporate strategic, institutional and family office venture capital investors and government agencies and connects investors with private Canadian companies seeking growth capital. Paul graduated from Queens University in Economics and completed an executive marketing program at UCLA. He loves living and learning in Vancouver, a leading centre for knowledge-based industries that is coupled with unsurpassed variety and access to outdoor activities in the Pacific Northwest.

About Lightspark

Lightspark’s Mission is to build a sustainable future by accelerating the engagement and ease of use of energy efficiency programs through an intelligent SaaS (software-as-a-service) platform that makes energy efficiency choices easier. The integrated digital platform gives utilities tools to increase program success through better data to manage the effectiveness and reduce the cost of delivering energy efficiency programs, while increasing conversion and improving customer service scores. For consumers, it helps make sense of the benefits of energy efficiency, improves the ability to engage with these programs and helps accelerate cost reductions on their energy bill.

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