Stephen Cookson (He/Him)

Title and Workplace

Director, Development and Origination at RES


Montreal, Quebec


Areas of Expertise

Program Participation

Stephen has worked in renewable energy for over 15 years. Initially focused on project management, he led the development and closing of several wind projects for RES, including the 100MW Greenwich windfarm in Ontario and the 150MW Massif du Sud wind farm in Quebec. The Greenwich project included Ontario’s first Impact and Benefits Agreements (IBAs) on a utility-scale wind farm in Ontario. Stephen then spent three years in Santiago, Chile, opening RES’ first office in South America, before returning to Canada to lead RES’ involvement in the Wataynikaneyap project, a $1.5B remote transmission line project, in partnership with Fortis Ontario and 22 Indigenous communities.

Now dedicated to origination and project finance, Stephen is focused on the emerging C&I market in Alberta and leads RES Canada’s power marketing and corporate PPA contracting efforts. His experience includes developing and negotiating VPPA contract structures for various corporate and industrial off-takers, associated carbon market analysis and valuations, and late-stage financial analysis of utility wind and solar project developments, enabling project finance and asset M&A transactions.  Stephen is a registered Professional Mechanical Engineer, holds a Project Management Professional certification, and lives in Montreal, Canada.

Why do you like mentoring with ICE?

Mentoring at ICE enables me to share my experiences and knowledge with program participants. I want to help Canada move forward with the energy transition in a way that respects the traditional knowledge and rights of its Indigenous peoples.

Who would you like to mentor with ICE?

Individuals with special interests in wind and solar project development and financing.