Niraj Bhargava,

Niraj%20Bhargava.JPGa co-founder of smart thermostats and energy controls maker Energate , returns to Ottawa to work more closely with the company’s growing development and operational teams. The company’s chairman and CEO was until recently leading Energate from his office in BC. In the 1990s, he was recruited by GE in Boston to head up Brockville-based Enerstat Ltd., a local success story that gained international attention when it developed and marketed the world’s first programmable thermostat. After Enerstat was acquired by Invensys, Niraj joined the faculty at the Queens School of Business. He later relocated to BC to take on the role of dean of the business school at Royal Roads University. A father of two young girls, Niraj balances his day by spending time with his family. He loves the outdoors, and is a supporter of causes that improve the environment and foster entrepreneurship.

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