Dr. Bala Venkatesh is both founding Academic Director for the Centre for Urban Energy (CUE) and an Associate Professor at the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering at Ryerson University. With a Ph.D. from Anna University (India), Dr. Venkatesh is a registered professional engineer in New Brunswick and Ontario. Dr. Venkatesh has also taught at the University of New Brunswick, Multimedia University (Malaysia), and Anna University (India) since 1994. Dr. Venkatesh has extensive journal publications to his credit and has supervised about 40 MASc and PhD theses. Dr. Venkatesh’s CUE endeavours build on previous research in the energy field including those on Reactive Power Market (funded by NSERC), Wind Energy Economics (funded by NSERC), Distribution Systems Analysis (funded by the New Brunswick Innovation Fund), etc. In total, his extramural funding is in several million dollars. In the last two decades, he has worked on over 10 consulting projects in India and Canada.