Glen Estill - Mentor

by Community Forests International on December 20, 2013

Renewable energy developer and founder of Sky Generation Inc, Glen brings a great perspective to CFI. Here is a little part of what he had to say about his CFI experience so far.


Q: How did you first hear about CFI?

Through CBC’s “Champions of Change” program, which was highlighting Canadian volunteers. Jeff’s story peaked my interested.


Q: With your expertise in sustainability and alternativerenewable energy, you could have offered your mentorship and expertise to any group, why CFI?

Global climate change is a massive issue. I wanted to diversify my efforts to make an impact and CFI was taking a complementary approach to the renewable energy piece. They were also tackling serious issues in Pemban communities like access to water and better quality of life while at the same time healing the planet.


Q: You’ve seen a lot of growth in CFI over the past few years, what projects seem most impactful to you?

The tree nurseries, fuel-efficient cookstoves and sustainable land use. I can see these projects being transformed into renewable systems that are replicable, which is key, and can be maintained in the long run.


Q: Where would you like to see CFI go in the future?

I want to see it spread by 100 fold and more! CFI is working towards just that - focusing on replicating successful projects and sharing them through the Rural Innovation Campus. From my experience, the approach will likely change, but that’s a good thing. I think CFI is flexible to handle what the future holds.


Q: Any other thoughts?

CFI has this great experimental aspect. They are not afraid to make mistakes. One of the great strengths of CFI is it’s ability to adapt; to try new things. Some of those new things will be solutions.


Thank you Glen for all your guidance and support over the past 3 years. Your belief in CFI has helped us through some difficult times and we can’t begin to thank you enough. For more on Glen and his projects, visit his wind blog at

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