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Marcius Extavour

Chief Climate Solutions Officer


Nominated Garry Cooper (2023)

Marcius Extavour is a scientist and leader working at the intersection of deep tech innovation, business, capital, community and storytelling to help solve problems that matter to people. As Chief Climate Solutions Officer at TIMECO2, he is building a climate action platform to help businesses deploy the highest-quality science-aligned climate solutions by focusing on leadership, nature, and business transformation and decarbonization. A widely published innovation practitioner and speaker, he is an active member of the U.S. National Academies of Science Board on Energy & Environmental Systems, University of Michigan’s Global CO2 Initiative, University of Ottawa’s Institute on Governance, Carbontech Leadership Council of New York University’s Carbon to Value Program, and Neste’s Advisory Council on Circular Economy.

Dr. Extavour’s work has been featured by The Atlantic, New York Times, the Economist, Financial Times, Bloomberg, CNBC, Nature Physics, Physical Review Letters, Applied Physics Letters, PBS NOVA, BNN Bloomberg, Bloomberg Green, and TVO’s The Agenda. He speaks globally on themes including the role of business and investing in solving for climate energy and nature, the role of science technology and innovation in building a net-zero nature positive and socially just world, and exponential technologies. In 2019 he was named a 2019 VERGE Vanguard Fellow as one of 20 dreamers, pioneers, entrepreneurs and others leading the clean economy.

He previously served as Chief Scientist and Executive Vice President of Climate & Energy at XPRIZE Foundation where he developed and led the execution of the foundation’s portfolio of energy and climate change innovation programs, including the $100M XPRIZE Carbon Removal funded by the Musk Foundation, and the NRG COSIA Carbon XPRIZE. His work in the private sector includes roles at Ontario Power Generation, Nortel Networks, and the Council of Canadian Academies. Extavour has also shaped government policies and practices supportive of innovation in clean energy and critical materials as congressional AAAS Science & Technology Policy Fellow in the U.S. Senate Committee on Energy & Natural Resources in Washington, DC. He holds a Ph.D. and MSc. in quantum optics and atomic physics, and a BASc in engineering science from the University of Toronto.