Michael Bourque (He/Him)

Title and Workplace

Innovation Director at Emera & NB Power Research Centre for Smart Grid Technologies, University of New Brunswick


Fredericton, New Brunswick


Areas of Expertise

Program Participation

Michael is a professional engineer and has worked in the electricity industry for almost 40 years, with most of this time spent within corporate strategic planning at NB Power. Michael’s work has contributed to the development of significant supply and transmission projects in New Brunswick and NB Power’s long-term strategic plan.

As a graduate of the University of New Brunswick, Michael has returned to transfer his industry experience to academia as the Innovation Director for the Emera/NB Power Research Centre for Smart Grid Technologies and is active in electricity grid modernization research. He is skilled in energy storage, renewable energy, microgrids, engineering, business development, strategic planning, and research.

Michael has been involved with the 20/20 Catalysts program in the past and would like to continue to offer his experience to ICE programs to support sustainable Indigenous communities.

Why do you like mentoring with ICE?

Indigenous communities have a unique perspective on sustainable development, and I admire their special relationship and respect for the environment in all that they do. Through mentorship, I believe I can help with the technical and business aspects of sustainable project development and enhance Indigenous communities’ relationships with academia, industry, and government.

Who would you like to mentor with ICE?

Catalysts and youth that are focused on business models, electrification, clean energy projects and energy efficiency.