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Marcius Extavour, PhD

Marcius Extavour, PhD

"I Prize Curiosity and Creativity"

Marcius Extavour is a leader who applies his unique background in research physics, technology development, and public policy to the world’s grand challenges in energy and climate. He leads the strategic development of prizes and programs in energy and resources at XPRIZE Foundation. This work includes leading the $20 million NRG COSIA Carbon XPRIZE, a global prize competition to incentivize breakthrough solutions to recycling carbon dioxide emissions into valuable products.

Dr. Extavour previously served as Director of Government and Corporate Partnerships in the Faculty of Applied Science & Engineering at the University of Toronto. There, he built strategic partnerships between academia, the private sector, and government to drive commercialization of technologies spanning sustainable energy, robotics and AI, quantum computing, and internet-of-things. In the private sector, Dr. Extavour developed optical telecommunications hardware at Nortel Networks, and electricity market software tools at Ontario Power Generation, one of Canada’s largest utilities.

Dr Extavour’s work in public policy has spanned both the U.S. and Canada. As a Science and Technology Policy Fellow in the U.S. Senate, he held the portfolios of renewables, heavy oil, and critical minerals under U.S. Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee Chairman Senator Jeff Bingaman (D-NM). This work included development of the Helium Stewardship Act of 2013. At the Council of Canadian Academies in Ottawa, Dr. Extavour served as a consultant to the Federal Government of Canada on the safety of conducted energy weapons.

Dr. Extavour has co-authored over 25 publications; given dozens of invited policy, science, and technology keynote presentations, internal briefings, and public talks across three continents and the Caribbean; raised over $30 million for commercialization of clean energy technologies; and led policy-oriented international science assessments.

Dr Extavour obtained a BASc in Engineering Science, and both MSc and PhD in Physics  from the University of Toronto, where his research focused on quantum optics and atomic physics. He is a member of the American Physical Society, the Optical Society of America, the International Society for Photonics and Optics (SPIE), and the National Society of Black Engineers. In 2010 Dr. Extavour was awarded the Arthur H. Guenther Congressional Fellowship from the Optical Society of America and SPIE.

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