Understanding how something works and how it relates to its surroundings is what makes Trevor tick. Early in his career, he used this approach to help figure out how to help the investment industry incorporate sustainability into the way it managed money. The result was the UN Principles for Responsible Investment (PRI), now endorsed by companies managing 59 trillion investment dollars. Trevor was on the team at the United Nations Environmental Programme Finance Initiative that launched PRI, along with .eco co-founder, Jacob Malthouse.
With an M.Sc. in Public Understanding of Environmental Change from the University of London and a Diploma in Environmental Studies from McGill University, Trevor has studied the intricate relationships within ecosystems, both natural and man-made. That’s why he jumped at the chance to apply to run the .eco registry. During the decade-long endeavour to bring .eco to the Internet, his keen relationship-building skills helped secure .eco endorsements from more than 50 environmental non-profits, which ultimately won Trevor and Jacob the right to manage the .eco domain.
Jacob is a persistent idealist. It turns out those were exactly the right personality traits for his decade-long adventure of bringing .eco into the world and onto the Internet.
Jacob’s passion for making positive change for the planet began when he traveled to a remote village in Guyana at age 21 to help build a school. Then came an internship with an environmental think tank at the University of Victoria followed by a job at the United Nations Environmental Program where his team founded the UN Principles for Responsible Investment (PRI). In 2000, Jacob was named alongside his .eco Co-founder, Trevor Bowden, as a Young Canadian Leader for a Sustainable Future by the International Institute for Sustainable Development.
After the overwhelming success of PRI, Jacob hit pause on environmental work and returned to the Caribbean for a role with the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN). This work inspired the ICANN Fellowships program, which he designed and launched in 2007. It has since brought leaders from all around the world to the Internet’s governing body. Jacob’s combined work experience, plus an added dose of idealism, created a perfect storm and, ultimately, the vision for .eco.
Michael joins Big Room with 15 years of experience in the domain name and web hosting industries. He is a problem solver, enjoys working across borders and cultures and developing long-term relationships.
Michael holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in International Relations from St. Mary's University in San Antonio, TX. He began his career working for the United States Department of Justice, a job he says was transformational as it taught him about business from a legal perspective. It also motivated him to go back to school to get his Masters in International Management from Thunderbird University. Since then he has traveled the world, living in foreign countries and receiving a lifetime's worth of education from his travels. He's lived in eight countries and travelled to over 30.
In his personal life, Michael is easy-going, he enjoys a craft beer from time to time and loves meeting people and hearing their stories. When Michael is not thinking about the next .eco opportunity he spends the majority of his time with his wife and two daughters. He also enjoys triathlons, long bike rides and running. He's already completed a half-Ironman competition and a marathon. Michael loves accomplishing the impossible, whether it's a gruelling triathlon or a tough business deal.
For the last decade, Owen has been designing and building software solutions with the goal of tackling energy efficiency and climate change. As .eco’s Head of Product and Technology, Owen’s passion for startup life pairs perfectly with his commitment to making the world a better place.
Owen holds a Masters in Computer Science from Queens University. As a full-stack technologist he knows bringing software products into the world is complex, but it’s a challenge he's always ready to take on. Recently at Pulse Energy/EnerNOC, he steered the development of software used by global energy utilities to make commercial buildings more energy efficient. Owen is inspired by the lean startup approach and works as an Agile Coach helping fledgling startups and Fortune 500s to build better software, faster.
Years spent working in the Philippines, India, China, Sweden, Australia and five other countries taught Owen to take an exploratory approach to work and life, which he says makes him a better problem solver. In his personal life, he’s an avid cyclist, boulderer and ultimate frisbee enthusiast. Obsessed with agile principles of continual improvement and rapid response to change, he’s currently learning to ride a unicycle.