Cristian Hurtado


Cristian works on providing building and infrastructure services, facilitating client green-building certification, such as LEED, and implementing resilience strategies. He also provides research and advisory support on topics related to embodied carbon, life cycle assessments (LCAs), and benchmarking and standards.

Before coming to Mantle314, Cristian graduated with a BSc in Photonics, researching the atomic processes present in a solar photovoltaic (PV) module, instilling in him a passion for green energy. He followed this passion to Colorado, where he completed training in PV-system installation and design. This led him to work with PV systems for the next year, until entering the Master of Environmental Studies (MES) program at York University.

Through his graduate studies, Cristian explored sustainable-energy systems, energy and environmental policies, and sustainable business best practices at York University, Schulich School of Business, and Aalborg University in Denmark. Upon returning to Toronto, he submitted his final research paper on blockchain-enabled microgrids and transactive energy systems in Ontario. Shortly afterward, he began working at QUEST Canada to advance smart energy community development.

Cristian has contributed to research and publications with several non-profits throughout his career, including Rethink Sustainability Initiatives (RSI), Sierra Club Canada Foundation, QUEST Canada, and Sustainability Ontario Community Energy Co-op (SOCEC).