Speaker Jeff Schnurr

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Jeff Schnurr


Jaza Energy

Jeff Schnurr believes that entrepreneurship and innovation can solve our planet’s biggest challenges. Schnurr is the co-founder and CEO of Jaza, a solar energy start-up working to provide electricity to the 1.2 billion people currently living without it.

In addition to his work at Jaza, Jeff is the founder and chair of Community Forests International, an organization that has empowered rural communities in Tanzania to plant over a million and a half trees, grow food and harvest rainwater. Jeff also founded Community Forests Canada Inc. a sustainable forestry company operating in Atlantic Canada.

Jeff Schnurr was named Ernst and Young Entrepreneur of the Year™ 2015 Special Citation for Social Entrepreneurship, one of Canada’s top ten volunteers by the CBC and Manulife, and one of Explore Magazine’s Top 30 under 30.


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