Couture's job in Colorado had begun on the day the financial
crisis unfolded. During his time in the U.S. he followed the
crisis closely. In the fall of 2010, with the generous support
of the Baxter & Alma Ricard Foundation, Couture headed to
the London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE) to
pursue another Master's -- this time in Financial Regulation.
"The financial crisis was historic and there is so much to learn
from this. I think the single factor that made me want to go to
the LSE was to better understand it -- what happened, why it
happened, and what are we doing to fix it. That has been dominating
my thoughts since."
Couture was advised by some to take a PhD instead of another
Master's, but he says he believes in having a depth and breadth
"There is value to cognitive diversity -- being able to deal with
many different concepts and notions, particularly in policy,"
he says. "The leap to studying the global financial crisis is a big one,
but I think it is a really valuable one."
Considered an expert in renewable energy before the age of
30, he remains humble about his accomplishments and the
opportunities that have come his way.
"If you put passion into the small things and make sure everything
you do is done well, everything else falls into place," he says.
Couture continues to consult in renewable energy through his
own company and says that is the area he plans to pursue after
finishing his dissertation in the fall. But for the first time in a long
time, he is not exactly sure what is next.
If you put passion
into the small
things and make
you do is done
else falls into place