Jacob Malthouse

I work at the nexus of people, tech and planet to help make the world a better place. My career has consistently brought together aligned stakeholders from different industries and geographies to reshape and refine mutual approaches to big structural challenges.

Currently, I am working as VP Business Development at Foresight Cleantech Accelerator. Our goal is to rapidly scale Western Canada's cleantech ecosystem to become a global leader in decarbonization.

My work in finance, cleantech, digital technology, and consumer advocacy has been covered in the Financial Times, the Guardian, the New York Times, the BBC, Boing Boing, the CBC and Vice.

More on Twitter @jacobmalthouse & Linkedin.

Current Work

Foresight fosters the growth of SMEs that are developing technology to improve environmental results and reduce GHG emissions.

The Cooperative Corporation of dot-org Registrants (CCOR) seeks to embody and represent the community of dot-org domain name registrants.

Artificial Heart is a Medium Series about the founding of the Principles for Responsible Investment and the start of the ESG financial revolution.


I'm co-founder of the .ECO domain. In 2007, I conceived of dot eco as an Internet domain run by the global environmental community for the greater good.

I then fundraised seven figures from impact investors to support an eight year effort to create dot-eco. My company won those rights in 2015 and then launched the domain via a network of over 50 retailers in 2017.

Dot-eco now has over 4,700 members in more than 120 countries around the world. Flagship members include Tesla, Google and Patagonia. Uniquely, the rights to dot-eco are shared with a coalition of environmental groups including WWF, Greenpeace, IUCN and the United Nations.

Dot-eco is the only domain that requires commitment and reporting to the sustainable development goals from all registered users.

Before launching dot-eco I was Vice President at the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN). ICANN is responsible for coordinating the multi-stakeholder processes that manage key aspects of core Internet infrastructure.

While at ICANN I led engagement with North America and the Caribbean. This work included regular travel to support local stakeholders and represent ICANN at major Internet governance events in over twenty countries.

While at ICANN I also developed ICANN’s Fellowships Program. A program that has since introduced Internet governance to hundreds of technology pioneers from the developing world. It has been called ICANN's "crown jewel" by former ICANN CEO Fadi Chehade.

Before joining ICANN, I directed the Investment Team at the United Nations Environment Programme’s Finance Initiative (UNEP FI) in Geneva, Switzerland.

Along with my colleagues James Gifford, Gordon Hagart and Paul Clements-Hunt, I was responsible for architecting the negotiations that created the UN Principles for Responsible Investment (PRI).

The PRI is an alliance between the world’s largest institutional investors and the UN. Asset managers controlling over $70 Trillion have now signed these Principles.

While at the UN I also led an eighteen month internationally coordinated investigation into the materiality of environmental, social and governance (ESG) issues to equity pricing. This work engaged over twenty financial institutions on four continents.

As the original "Materiality Report" it is credited with coining the term "ESG". Together with its partner report, an international investigation of the role of fiduciary duty in sustainability, these reports set the foundations for a worldwide surge in responsible investing.

I am an International Institute for Sustainable Development (IISD) Young Canadian Leader for a Sustainable Future, 2000.

I hold a BA in Geography and Economics from the University of Victoria, Canada and now live in the Pacific Northwest with my wife and two children.

I am now primarily interested in clean technology and cyber-sustainability, or how information operations strategies can be employed to defend against cyber-policies and practices that impinge on sustainable development and climate action.