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The RETScreen Training Institute’s hands-on software workshops are taught by members of the RETScreen core development team.


Kevin Bourque, Project Engineer

Kevin Bourque has been part of the RETScreen team since 2004. He specializes in the RETScreen software development, providing RETScreen software technical support, including helping to deliver training seminars and trainer workshops, assisting in the development of the Online distance learning tools such as the e-Textbook and case studies. Prior to joining NRCan, he worked as a wind energy consultant specializing in the assessment, computer modelling and performance analysis of wind energy systems. He has been working in the energy field for the past 12 years. Kevin obtained a Bachelor of Engineering degree (Mining Engineering) from McGill University.


Gregory J. Leng, Director

Gregory J. Leng is the creator and Director of the RETScreen Clean Energy Project Analysis Software at Natural Resources Canada’s CanmetENERGY centre in Varennes, Quebec. He specialises in the clean energy market, technology and finance interface and has been working in the renewable energy and energy efficiency fields for the past 27 years. Prior to joining NRCan, Greg was based in Hyderabad, India as the India Country Manager for the International Fund for Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency. Greg obtained a Master of Science degree from the University of Massachusetts Lowell in Energy Engineering (Solar Energy Engineering) and a Bachelor of Commerce degree (Marketing and International Business) from McGill University.


Nathalie Meloche, Projects Manager

Nathalie Meloche is a project manager for RETScreen International at Natural Resources Canada’s CanmetENERGY centre in Varennes. She was responsible for managing the preparation of RETScreen Version 4 and was lead author for the biomass heating model in the first release of RETScreen (Version 98). She is currently managing the preparation of the new Performance Analysis module. She specialises in clean energy software development and has been working in the renewable energy and energy efficiency fields for the past 19 years. Nathalie obtained a Bachelor of Applied Sciences degree in chemical engineering at the Ottawa University.


Dinesh S. Parakh, Program Advisor

Dinesh S. Parakh manages strategic partnerships, training & capacity building, and business development for RETScreen International at Natural Resources Canada’s CanmetENERGY centre in Varennes, Quebec. He is also the lead author of the RETScreen Clean Energy Legal Toolkit and the RETScreen Clean Energy Policy Toolkit. A lawyer in Ontario, Dinesh has 14 years of experience in international development and has worked extensively throughout Africa. He was formerly with the United Nations Development Programme and World Food Programme in South Africa, as well as the Canadian International Development Agency in Ottawa, Canada. Dinesh holds a B.A. with high honours from Yale University, and an M.A. and J.D. from the University of Toronto.


Farah Sheriff, Project Engineer

Farah Sheriff is part of the development team of the RETScreen Clean Energy Project Analysis Software at Natural Resources Canada’s CanmetENERGY centre in Varennes, Quebec. She is responsible for preparing technical documentation and provides technical support for software integration. She has been working in the renewable energy and energy efficiency fields for the past 12 years. Farah obtained a Bachelor of Applied Science in Electrical Engineering from Université de Sherbrooke and a Master of Applied Science in Mechanical Engineering (specialization in geothermal well fields modeling) from École Polytechnique de Montréal.


Urban T. Ziegler, Chief Engineer

Urban T. Ziegler is Chief Engineer of the RETScreen Clean Energy Project Analysis Software at Natural Resources Canada’s CanmetENERGY centre in Varennes, Quebec. He has been working world wide in the renewable energy and energy conservation fields for the past 34 years. Urban’s areas of expertise include monitoring, energy efficiency, district energy, co-generation, biomass energy systems, financing and risk analysis. Urban obtained a Master of Science degree from Chalmers University of Technology, Gothenburg, Sweden in Civil and Structural Engineering.