Ryan Duffy was recently named “Smartpreneur of the Year” at the Powering Prosperity Awards in Canada, an honour that recognizes exceptional entrepreneurial leadership and vision in the field of sustainable energy.
Ryan is the President & CEO of Blackstone Energy Services, an energy management consultancy that serves to deliver purposeful change for its clients by “creating good energy”, guiding large businesses, municipalities and hospitals on their journey to net-zero consumption. With a passion for pioneering creative energy efficiency solutions, renewable generation and carbon management, Blackstone navigates clients through a complex energy landscape to ensure they succeed in the new sustainability economy. It’s all part of a bigger vision of environmentally responsible energy consumption - one that’s good for the planet and good for clients’ bottom lines.
Over the past 20 years, Ryan has formed a demonstrable track record of success buying and selling several start-up companies in the energy space. Since 2003, he has grown Blackstone Energy tenfold from its original size and established it as an industry leader, managing energy portfolios for a diverse range of companies across North America and the Caribbean from Blackstone’s headquarters in Toronto.
Ryan is highly active within the energy community, sitting on the IESO’s Information Technology Standing Committee, the Energy Services Association of Canada and the Canadian Manufacturers & Exporters Energy Committee. He also sits on the board for SusGlobal Energy and is a member of the Canadian Healthcare Engineering Society and the Royal Canadian Military Institute.
After attending the UN’s COP21 climate change conference in Paris in 2015, Ryan was invited to participate as a member of the Canadian delegation at COP22 in Marrakech the following year. Following this appointment, he joined the World Bank’s Carbon Pricing Leadership Coalition and has been a member of the Abundance 360 group since 2016.
In addition to an active family life with his wife and three daughters, Ryan is the Chairman of The Concerned Kids anti-bullying charity in Toronto.