Jeff Kucharski is an Adjunct Professor at Royal Roads University and teaches courses in the School of Business. Dr. Kucharski is a strategic thinker, policy entrepreneur and international business facilitator. Over the course of his broad and diverse public service career, he held roles responsible for international business and trade development, policy development, strategic planning, strategic partnership building, national and international government relations, energy regulatory affairs and project management. Dr. Kucharski spent almost half his working career in Japan in various roles including with the Seibu Group, as the Government of Alberta’s trade representative in Tokyo and as Consul and Senior Trade Commissioner with the Federal Department of Foreign Affairs and International Trade in Nagoya. As Assistant Deputy Minister at the Alberta Department of Energy, he co-led various federal-provincial task groups on energy issues, led a major regulatory review of Alberta's energy sector, and negotiated formal energy cooperation agreements with the governments of China and Japan to enhance energy security and expand energy cooperation.
Prof. Kucharski’s academic research interests include international trade, energy policy, energy trade, and the geopolitics of the international energy business. He has published peer-reviewed research in several international journals and with various academic institutions, including the Canadian Global Affairs Institute, the Macdonald-Laurier Institute, University of British Columbia School of Public Policy and Global Affairs and the University of Calgary Policy School.
Prof. Kucharski holds a Doctor of Energy Science degree (Ph.D) from the Graduate School of Energy Science, Department of Socio-environmental Energy Science, Kyoto University in Japan and MBA and B.Com degrees from the University of Alberta.