Jesika Briones is the International Program Manager for the Advanced Energy Centre at the MaRS Discovery District. She works with energy advisors and experts from academia, industry and government to support the development and adoption of clean energy technologies in local and international markets.
Prior to joining the Advanced Energy Centre, Jesika was the cleantech industry analyst at MaRS Discovery District, where she provided market intelligence to, and established strategic connections with, over 100 cleantech startups across Ontario. In this capacity, she has published several white papers on renewable energy and smart grid matters, and collaborated with various Ontario government agencies on special energy research projects and events.
Her additional experience includes working as co-founder and business development director at a spin-off company commercializing a McMaster University-developed solar technology, and her work as a quality control engineer for a Japanese automotive original-equipment manufacturer (OEM) located in Monterrey, Mexico. Jesika holds a bachelor degree in manufacturing engineering, with a specialization in total quality management, and a master of engineering in entrepreneurship and innovation. She is currently a member of the Ontario Society of Professional Engineers Research and Innovation Task Force, the Ontario Smart Grid Working Group and the Ontario Energy Storage Association (OESA), among others.
In 2013, Jesika was selected for the prestigious Action Canada fellowship program among 16 other emerging leaders from across the country and this year she was recognized as one of the top 10 most successful Mexicans in Canada.
Jesika is also an advocate against climate change and passionate about promoting women leadership and entrepreneurship among her local and national networks. Jesika is fluent in both English and Spanish.