Joe Reed

Joe Reed has been Managing Director of Corporate Development at CSIQ since September 2015, and is responsible for strategic development activities including M&A processes, due diligence, and related strategic investment activities. Mr. Reed brings over 35 years of leadership experience in a diverse range of operational and business development executive positions. This includes over 14 years of specific U.S. government federal contracting programs serving a range of Department of Defense, Department of Homeland Security, and joint intelligence and law enforcement activities. Specific efforts also include surveillance and networking solutions forSecure Border Initiatives, Drug Enforcement Agency, and Immigration and Customs Enforcement. He has also taught executive leadership at both West Point and Santa Clara Universities. His experience includes roles as CEO/Founder of a technology startup, COO, VP of IT, VP of Sales, VP of Programs and numerous manager and director level roles. He has served on the Board of Directors for 3 separate companies. Living in Pleasanton, California, his hobbies include golf and obstacle course adventure racing (Spartan, Tough Mudder, Rugged Maniac).

Reed finished a full career as a U.S. Army officer as a lieutenant colonel commanding both American and British military units including combat operations worldwide and assignments on military operations, training, and doctrine staffs. With a ranger and parachutist qualification, his service spanned the globe including Cuba, South Korea, Saudi Arabia, Kuwait, Panama, and several European countries. He received a B.S. with a concentration in Nuclear Engineering and Physics from West Point and a Master in Business Administration with a focus on leadership from Long Island University.

CanadianSolar office in Walnut Creek, California, Tuesday, April 20, 2018. (Photography by Paul Sakuma Photography)

“There is no limit to what a man can do or where he can go if he doesn’t mind who gets the credit.”

– Ronald Reagan


  • Member of the Board of Directors, Bionic Power Inc
  • Founder, General Colin Powell Foundation
  • Founder, Silicon Valley Business Network
  • Advisor, QESST, Quantum Energy and Sustainable Solar Technologies
  • Advisor, PlugandPlay Tech Center
  • Class Rep, USMA (US Military Academy West Point)
What does mk advisors do?

This team is responsible for some of our industry’s
most incredible firsts, including:

● The first Net-Zero energy, waste, and water solution demonstrated to the United Nations Peacekeeping forces in Nepal

● The first DoD Foreign Military Sale (FMS) of a mobile, hybrid-powered border security system to Egypt

● Introduction of advanced microgrid modeling tools to the U.S. Army’s Operational Energy Advisors

● The first off-grid solar microgrid of its size, providing 24/7 power to a Haitian village in Les Anglais, Haiti

● The first tender to be contracted by the Kenya Rural Electrification Authority to provide power for community stabilization

● The first off-grid environmental monitoring system for use by a major American power utility in the California desert

● The first mobile renewable energy systems deployed by the Federal Aviation Authority, used for runway monitoring

● The first groundbreaking analysis of the logistical flyaway package for an elite U.S. Special Operations Forces unit. This demonstrated that fuel consumption and generation equipment can be reduced 60% with properly designed and configured renewable energy production, management and storage.

The Future of Resilience Will Come Through Inclusive Coalitions – Not Corporate Strategies

Long before I worked for MK Advisors, I was part of an inspired little company full of the sorts of people that a corporate HR guide might suggestively describe as ‘unorthodox.’ A hypothetical quarterly performance review might have said of each of us, to a soul: “ is so creative, forward-thinking, and takes initiative, but we’re concerned that they might not be the right culture fit for our organization.” […]

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A deep dive into MK Advisors

At MK Advisors, our “bench” is deep. We have experts from all over the world who are supreme artisans of their craft. This diversity of expertise gives us the ever-expanding toolkit that most communities need access to as they journey toward resiliency. This is true of energy and water infrastructure we promote by advancing modern power through partnerships, but it is also true of our other, non-traditional projects. Learn more … […]

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MK Advisors Partnership

MK Advisors, a woman-owned small business which enables and enhances the adoption of net-zero technologies, today announced a partnership agreement with the Environmental Media Association (EMA), a diverse subsection of entertainment industry influencers, entrepreneurs in business, and green icons dedicated to the mission of promoting environmental progress. The global strategic partnership allows the Environmental Media Association (EMA) to assist in the expansion of MK Advisor’s presence in South Africa and in the Pacific Islands. […]

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MK Advisors Rebrand

LkM Solutions will now be MK Advisors. Our new site will include some faces you will recognize as great additions to the MK Advisor team-of-teams. […]

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MK Advisors Honors Our Veterans and Their Stories

Struggles do not end when one’s service does. This Veteran’s Day, listen to the stories being told, and honor the stories that have been lost. Thank you to Anthony Ripley, for sharing yours. […]

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