Tech E student joins next generation of energy leaders

Simon Fraser University student Braeden Peterson will be one of more than 800 university students participating in this week’s International Student Energy Summit (SES) in Merida, Mexico.

The students will focus on the global need for sustainable energy, discuss energy trends and issues, and work towards long-term solutions to secure their future.
The North Delta/Surrey student, one of just a few Canadians attending, is ready for the challenge. “We’re the next generation of energy leaders,” says Peterson, a fourth-year student in SFU’s Technology Entrepreneurship (Tech E) program, who also studies political science.

“To preserve our world, we need to work together to create new ways to support sustainable energy. We’re the generation who needs to take charge.”
Peterson will use the opportunity to share his passion for sustainable innovation and develop international connections. “It’s all about engaging with like-minded young people,” he says. “The millennial generation is the single most connected, ambitious and globally conscious generation in history.
“The summit presents a massive opportunity to activate this generation to step outside partisan, ‘siloed’ thinking to engage in meaningful dialogue to tackle global energy issues. Our collective input and brain-storming will be a major starting point.”
Peterson had an early introduction to how far-reaching a collective spirit can be. As a student at Delview Secondary School, he helped chair the school’s annual Thanks for Giving food drive, a one-day student-organized effort to raise food for local food banks. “It was inspiring to see what we were able to collectively accomplish,” he says.
Peterson’s Tech E team is currently working to determine how technology can be used to fine tune health care wait times and patient flow in B.C. He is also working on a project with several local city parks departments to monitor their sustainability efforts.

The Tech E program, which combines mechatronics system engineering and business programs, helps students develop market-inspired technological products before they complete their studies.
Peterson, 22, is also a 2017 Surrey Board of Trade Top 25 under 25 award recipient, a Rotary Club and high school leadership speaker, a board member of Vancouver’s Royal Commonwealth Society and co-founder of SFU’s Students for Humanity group.
Following the June 13-17 talks, he’ll join delegates in a community contribution program, planting trees, visiting homes in neighboring Mexican communities and joining in a solar panel project.