Since joining Mowat in 2013, Richard has worked on a number of energy issues, including on electricity and natural gas in Ontario and pipeline development in Canada.
Richard worked in the UK advising investors and governments on energy and environmental policies and investments before joining Mowat. He has also published works on energy politics and policies in Canada, Europe, Turkey and Central Asia, and is co-editor of a book on social and political developments in post-independence Central Asia. He is a member of the board of the Transition énergétique Québec, the Quebec government’s energy transition agency.
While living in the UK he received an MA in International Studies, with a focus on energy development in the Caspian Basin, from the School of Oriental and African Studies, University of London.
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A Framework for a 21st Century Electricity Market for Ontario
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