Brent Lakeman is Director for Edmonton Global’s Hydrogen Initiative, where he is leading the Metropolitan Edmonton Region’s activities to position the region as Canada’s preeminent hydrogen hub. Brent collaborates with other regional partners in the transition to this low carbon fuel. Activities include attracting clean hydrogen producers to the region and growing the region’s hydrogen value chain.
Prior to joining Edmonton Global, Brent served as the Executive Director for teams within the Government of Alberta focused on the growth and diversification of the province’s economy, with a strong focus on the clean technology, life sciences and digital technology sectors. Brent has worked to foster partnerships between advanced technology enterprises and Alberta’s research and innovation system to drive growth of the knowledge economy, attract investments and accelerate diversification. Brent has also had leadership roles at Alberta Innovates Technology Futures and the Alberta Research Council, including leading the organizations carbon management and environmental monitoring initiatives. Brent has over 30 years of experience working on Alberta’s technology, energy, environment and economic diversification priorities, including clean energy systems, climate change mitigation and the development of Alberta’s artificial intelligence capabilities. Brent holds a Masters Degree in Public Administration from Queen University.