William Gagnon leads the project for the Northern Centre for Sustainability in Yellowknife, Northwest Territories, an innovation hub on the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals, the first Living Building in the Circumpolar North and the first carbon-negative building in Canada. M. Gagnon is also leading Yellowknife’s Smart Cities Challenge, which received an initial award of $ 250k from Infrastructure Canada, towards the big $ 5M prize.
He holds a building engineering degree (Concordia 2017) and pursues graduate studies in sustainable carbon management (UQAC 2018). He studied bioclimatic architecture in Mexico and wind energy in Ireland and is fluent in French, English and Spanish. Gay, northern vegetarian (eats local happy meat, once in a while), M. Gagnon practices yoga, cross-country skis to the office, and is a carbon-neutral individual. M. Gagnon was nominated Top 30 under 30 Sustainability Leaders by the Corporate Knights magazine.