Speakers

 

The Honourable François-Philippe Champagne

Minister of Innovation, Science and Industry - Government of Canada
Minister Champagne is a businessman, lawyer, and international trade specialist with over 20 years’ experience at large international companies in Europe, particularly in the fields of energy, engineering, and innovation.

Before entering politics, Minister Champagne was Vice-President and Senior Counsel of ABB Group, a leader in cutting-edge technology that operates in more than 100 countries. He also served as Strategic Development Director, acting General Counsel, and Chief Ethics Officer and Member of the Group Management Committee of AMEC Foster Wheeler, a world leader in the energy sector.
 

Eddy Zuppel

Program Leader, Clean & Energy Efficient Transportation - National Research Council Canada
Eddy Zuppel is currently the Program Leader of the Clean & Energy Efficient Transportation program. He oversees research and development activities aimed at assisting industry and policy development in the low carbon mobility sector. Specifically, he manages over 50 projects in the areas of aerodynamics, alternative fuel applications, batteries, electrical machines, fleet energy efficiency, and hydrogen applications.

He joined the NRC in 2015 as a senior project manager following eleven years in the transportation industry where he held different managerial positions, including Section Chief of a multidisciplinary team of 20 engineers.

Eddy holds a Bachelor’s and a Master’s in Mechanical Engineering from McGill University and has co-authored eight scientific publications and over 30 technical reports.

LinkedIn: http://www.linkedin.com/in/eddy-zuppel
 

Maxime Vidricaire

Chief Business Officer - StromVolt
StromVolt is a Canadian company with the mission of securing North’s America’s EV revolution. To address the most pressing issue of lithium cell shortages, StromVolt is building Canada’s first cell factory using cutting edge proprietary know-how and technology. The StromVolt factory will run on clean energy and source from local mining projects, marking a significant step towards a circular, self-reliant and resilient North American EV supply chain.
 

Jean-Luc Dupré

Chef Ingénierie et exploitation, Direction Mobilité / Head of Engineering and Operations, Mobility Department - Hydro-Québec
Mr. Dupré is a graduate of the SUPELEC engineering school in France. He started his career with the French railways (SNCF) in the field of signalling research and railway electrification. In Quebec since 2001, he was a consultant in public transportation and then joined Hydro-Québec in 2011. Within the Mobility department, he is the head of the engineering and operations group for the public charging station network "Le Circuit Électrique". The main missions of this group are to carry out the engineering of rapid charging stations, the calls for tenders for the power supply equipment, the charging stations and the contractors, to determine the location of the future charging stations, to deploy them, as well as to operate the rapid charging stations and the standard charging stations and to ensure the service to the customers. The electric circuit, the main public network of charging stations in Quebec, includes more than 3,000 stations, including more than 500 fast 50 to 100 kW stations, as well as a few 150 kW and 350 kW stations on trial.
 

François Lefèvre

Senior Manager Corporate Planning & Market Intelligence - Nissan Canada
François Lefèvre is senior manager of Market Intelligence and Corporate Planning at Nissan Canada Inc. (NCI), a position to which he was appointed in March of 2018. Lefèvre has the most experience working on the Nissan LEAF in Canada, as NCI’s chief marketing manager for LEAF and EVs a role he began in December of 2015. Through that tenure, Lefèvre was responsible for product, marketing and sales strategy development for the Nissan LEAF in Canada as well as analyzing the profitability, model-option-trim level performance, pricing, competitive product activities, and managing the vehicle distribution and production forecast.

Lefèvre was instrumental in the successful market launch for the current-generation LEAF in 2018, including the pre-sale program and satisfying Ontario LEAF orders before the provincial EHVIP deadline for incentives passed.

Prior to his current role, Lefèvre held a number of progressive positions at Nissan Canada in Sales Planning, Aftersales, Dealer Operations, Sales Operations, and Marketing for the INFINITI brand. Lefèvre’s career with Nissan Canada started in March of 2007.
 

Daniel Carr

Head, Smart Cities - Alectra Utilities
Daniel Carr is an experienced developer and leader of new initiatives, with expertise in innovative, customer-facing energy program management, strategy development and policy advocacy. In his current role of Head, Smart Cities at Alectra Utilities, he develops strategy and leads projects that bring new distributed energy technologies and concepts into practice, with a focus on electric mobility, demand response and electricity pricing. These initiatives have touched thousands of customers and have won awards from SEPA, PLMA and CEA for Alectra, Canada’s largest municipally-owned utility. He aspires to enable customers to benefit from the transformative changes taking place in the electricity system and to support cities in fulfilling their unique and critical role in helping communities adapt to and mitigate the effects of climate change.
 

Brendan McEwen

Director of Electric Mobility & Low Carbon Strategies - AES Engineering
Brendan is recognized for advancing some of North America’s most innovative climate policy. Notably, he led the development of the first 100% “EV Ready” parking requirements for new residential developments, and has advised Canada’s Federal government and multiple cities on EV Ready codes and requirements. Brendan designed the CleanBC Go Electric EV Ready Rebate Program, a first of its kind program that offers up to $97,000 for 100% EV Ready retrofits to existing multifamily buildings. He also advises governments and utilities on policies to decarbonize buildings. He holds a Master City Planning degree from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.
 

Sanjeev Pushkarna

Senior Program Manager, Smart Grid Nova Scotia - Nova Scotia Power
Sanjeev has been focused on deploying some of the energy industry’s most exciting innovation in Nova Scotia. His team has been supporting the HVAC industry for the past decade, including the significant growth in residential heat pumps. Sanjeev has also led transportation electrification initiatives including the installation of the province’s first electric vehicle fast charging station network which launched in June 2018. He has also worked on various storage projects including the deployment of residential battery storage as part of the company’s Intelligent Feeder Project.

Sanjeev now leads Smart Grid Nova Scotia, a pilot project focused on demonstrating the value that Distributed Energy Resources can offer both customers and the utility in Nova Scotia.
 

Frank Fata

Global Head of Utilities - FLO / AddÉnergie
Frank heads the Utilities Business for AddEnergie | FLO – EV Charger Manufacturer and Network Operator. FLO is a Canadian success story, achieving a recent milestone – delivering 50,000 charging stations in North America. Early in his career, Frank supported major aerospace and defense programs on digital transformations from mechanical gages to glass cockpits. 20 years later, he leads commercial teams in the energy sector, including roles at ABB and Siemens, enabling utilities on enterprise IT projects and grid reinforcement. Frank holds a Bachelor of Electrical Engineering, from École de Technologie Supérieure, Université de Québec and Cycle I MMBA at McGill University, Desautels Faculty of Management.

LinkedIn: https://ca.linkedin.com/in/frankfata
 

Moneeb Durrani

National Sales Manager, Bus & Transit - ABB E-Mobility
Moneeb joined ABB in September 2019 as a Technical Sales Specialist - EV Charging Infrastructure, Canada, where he was responsible for sales, account management and business development for electric buses and cars customers in Canada. In November 2020, Moneeb was promoted to Sales Manager to focus on the bus and transit markets in Can-ada. Prior to his experience at ABB, Moneeb was an Application Engineer at Lakeside Process Controls for four years.

Moneeb earned his bachelor’s degree in Chemical Engineering from McGill University in 2015. In 2020, he became a Business section founding member EV Charging Systems at Electro-Federation Canada (EFC). Moneeb is a Professional Engineer and a member of the PEO.

Moneeb was a member of the North American Young Generation in Nuclear (NAYGN) Executive committee from 2016 to 2019. As a member of this committee, he promoted clean energy to help in the fight against climate change. Moneeb is passionate about electric vehicles and is proudly promoting the electrification of transportation.
 

Dan Guatto

COO, VP Engineering and Operations - Burlington Hydro, and Chair of EMC
Dan Guatto is COO and Vice President of Engineering and Operations for Burlington Hydro Inc.

He is a Professional Engineer with a Bachelor of Applied Science Degree in Electrical Engineering from the University of Windsor – Class of 1986, and a diploma in Electrical / Electronics Engineering Technology from St. Clair College of Applied Arts and Sciences.

Dan has spent over 25 years in the electricity generation and distribution industry. He began his career with the Thermal Generation Division of then Ontario Hydro and has subsequently worked with distribution utilities since 1989. He has experience in all areas of administration and operation for utilities and their affiliate companies, and has directed projects involving electricity storage, renewable energy and electric vehicle applications.
 

Maureen Shuell

COO, EMC and Accelerate Board Member
Maureen Shuell is the Chief Operating Officer of Electric Mobility Canada, with responsibility for operations and finances; the Board of Directors, committees and governance issues; strategic planning and tracking; membership; business development; events; staffing issues; and is a member of the Board of Directors of a new related organization, Accelerate: Canada’s ZEV Supply Chain Alliance. She also supports government relations efforts with all orders of government. She has experience working in political and not-for-profit environments leading communications strategies, government relations projects, large-scale conferences, and senior level collaborations as a consultant. In 2019 she founded Autonomous Transportation Canada with support from an extensive network of senior-level partners from business, government, academia and not-for-profit associations advancing the future of cities, infrastructure, and interconnected mobility.

Twitter: @MaureenShuell
 

Patrick Gervais

Vice President, Marketing & Communications - Lion Electric and Chair of Accelerate Alliance
Patrick Gervais joined Lion Electric after nearly 25 years in the agency world. He previously worked as Senior Vice-President, Growth for the Ogilvy group. He was also in turn, President of GPI Communication, President and Partner at Cap Communication, then Vice-President and Partner at Brad. Patrick has always been able to grow the companies for which he has worked. At Lion Electric, Patrick is part of the management team and has the mandate to market the brand and its various products across North America. In addition, he also manages government relations, strategic partnership, and assists the sales and business development teams. Entrepreneur at heart, Patrick is result-oriented and stands out with his ability to identify promising opportunities. Over the years, he has developed a strong knowledge in the effective operation of media, public relations and government relations. He also had the opportunity to put his skills to good use with companies such as Peterbuilt, Isuzu, Volvo (Novabus, Prévost Car), General Motors (GM), Sweepsters, Workhorse Chassis, and Lego - which he accompanied in the achievement of their business objectives.
 

Angelo DiCaro

National Director of Research - Unifor
Angelo DiCaro is the National Director of Research for Unifor, Canada’s largest union in the private sector. Angelo leads the union’s sectoral research, bargaining and policy including in the auto manufacturing and independent parts sector, as well as international trade and other areas. He was involved in recent contract negotiations with the Detroit 3 that landed new EV program investments into Canada, and currently sits on the Clean Energy Canada Battery Task Force steering committee. He is based in Milton, Ontario.

Twitter: @sindicato9
 

Moe Kabbara

Interim Executive Director, Accelerate
Moe Kabbara is the acting executive director of Accelerate: Canada’s ZEV Supply Chain Alliance. He has almost a decade of experience in the areas of renewable energy, energy efficiency, clean mobility, policy development, energy storage, and electric vehicle supply chains. Moe is a consultant at Dunsky Energy + Climate, working primarily with governments and utilities on projects related to clean mobility. Previously, he was the Senior Investment Attraction officer at the department of Innovation, Science, and Economic Development, focused on the automotive sector and the battery supply chain. During that time, Moe also provided input into key federal initiatives related to zero emission vehicles.
 

Neetika Sathe

Vice President, GRE&T Centre Alectra Inc.
Neetika Sathe is VP of the Alectra Green Energy & Technology Centre (GRE&T Centre) where she leads innovation projects in the energy industry.

The GRE&T Centre is Alectra's latest step to be at the forefront of exciting industry changes to make energy innovations come to life by identifying, developing and accelerating emerging, clean, and customer-friendly energy solutions.

Neetika serves on several industry associations such as EMC, NSERC Energy Storage Technology Network, and National Electricity Roundtable.

Neetika holds a Masters degree in Physics from Panjab University, and an MBA from McMaster University.
 

Birgit Matthiesen

North American Manufacturing, Arent Fox LLP | Attorneys at Law
From Washington, DC, Birgit brings to Arent Fox a deep and broad understanding of trade policy and its implications for the corporate sector. That insight can be read in her numerous articles and media interviews over the years but is truly demonstrated in corporate conference rooms across North America.

Birgit is a sought-after speaker at industry conventions and media interviews. As is demonstrated through her writing and speaking on topics such as the USMCA negotiations, US 232 and 301 tariffs, Buy America(n), and Forced Labor trade enforcement provisions, Birgit speaks the language of business and its nexus with trade policy.
Her ability to apply a holistic approach to the needs of cross-border business begins with colleagues at the firm. Birgit participates in a number of key Arent Fox practices and industries, including the International Trade and Investment Group, National Security Group, Cannabis Practice, Agriculture Technology Group and Customs and Import Compliance Group.
Birgit previously served as the US Special Advisor to the President and CEO of Canadian Manufacturers & Exporters (CME) and prior to this role, she served on the Trade and Economic Policy staff at the Embassy of Canada in Washington, DC.
 

France Lampron

Director - Mobility / Directrice - Mobilité Hydro-Québec
A graduate of Université de Sherbrooke, Université de Montréal and McGill, France Lampron has been with Hydro-Québec for 18 years. Since 2008, she has focused on the transportation electrification sector. In her current role, Ms. Lampron is in charge of the company’s individual and collective transportation electrification activities. In particular, she ensured the management of the Electric Circuit: Canada’s first network of public charging stations and the largest network of its kind in Québec. Ms. Lampron is on the Board of Directors of Propulsion Québec.
 

Louis-Vincent Courchesne

Director - Business Development, Directeur – Développement des affaires, AXSO
Louis-Vincent has always worked to revolutionize the status quo and processes. After several years as a co-owner of medical clinics in audioprosthesis, his thirst for adventure and challenges pushed him to return to school to satisfy his desire for knowledge. He completed a Bachelor's degree and a Master's degree in administration, profile: organizational development, at Laval University in Quebec City. Since then, he has been Director of Business Development at AXSO, a techno-subsidiary of Hydro-Québec that specializes in the management of electric vehicle charging stations. Advocating for a better future through sustainable mobility, his daily mission is to make electric charging accessible and enjoyable for all.
 

Mélanie Charbonneau

Director, Marketing & Communications, InnovHQ
An accomplished strategist, Mélanie has over 15 years of experience in marketing and commercializing B2B SaaS and hardware technologies for the road transportation industry. She is responsible for the development and implementation of marketing strategies that support business growth and customer experience excellence at InnovHQ, Transportation Electrification.
 

Sylvain Bouffard

Director, Communications and Public Affairs - FLO | AddÉnergie
Sylvain oversees all communications at FLO | AddEnergie in addition to handling public affairs and government relations in Quebec. Before joining the company in 2019, he spent many years in similar roles in the financial and economic sectors, notably at Sun Life Financial and Caisse de dépôt et placement du Québec. A true EV enthusiast, his role at FLO | AddEnergie gives him a privileged vantage point on the thinking and innovations that are helping accelerate the transition to electric vehicles.

Twitter: @slybouffard

LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/sylvain-bouffard/
 

Cara Clairman

President & CEO - Plug'n Drive
Cara Clairman is President and CEO of Plug’n Drive, a non-profit that is accelerating the deployment of electric vehicles (EVs) to maximize their environmental and economic benefits.

Cara has taken Plug’n Drive from an idea to a thriving non-profit, recognized as a leader in the EV space. Focused on accelerating EV adoption through outreach and education for over 10 years, Plug’n Drive's Electric Vehicle Discovery Centre, launched in 2017, was selected as Canada's 2019 Top Project by the Clean 50 Community.
Cara has more than 20 years of experience working in the environmental and sustainability fields, including 12 years working at Ontario Power Generation, initially as OPG’s environmental lawyer and later in the role Vice President of Sustainable Development. Prior to joining OPG, Cara spent five years practicing environmental law with the Torys law firm.
She holds a Bachelor of Laws from Osgoode Hall and a Masters in Environmental Studies from York University, as well as an Honours Bachelor of Science degree from Queen’s University.
Cara is the 2017 recipient of the Women in Renewable Energy’s ‘Woman of the Year’ award. She lives in a two EV household, including a Chevy Bolt and a Tesla Model 3.

Twitter: @CaraClairman
 

Megan Lohmann

Director of Strategic Initiatives - Community Energy Association and Chair of EMC's Membership Stewardship Committee
Megan Lohmann is passionate about designing and implementing high-impact initiatives through effective collaboration between the public and private sectors. She has been working in the field of climate and energy for over 15 years. Megan is Director of Strategic Initiatives for the Community Energy Association, and in her position has facilitated impactful projects in the transportation, building and waste sectors, including award winning rural electric vehicle network development. She co-chairs the BC Electric Vehicle Local Government Peer Network, is a fellow with the Energy Futures Lab in Alberta and sits as a Board Member for Electric Mobility Canada.
 

Louise Levesque

Freelance communications manager - Association des véhicules électriques du Québec (AVEQ) / Québec Electric Vehicle Association (AVEQ)
With over 30 years of experience in communications in the commercial, cooperative and environmental sectors, Louise turned to freelancing in 2015 to work exclusively with companies and organizations in the field of electric vehicles and charging. She has collaborated in the organization of numerous test drive events and in the preparation of educational and awareness content on electric vehicles. She notably contributed to the ideation and writing of the six editions of the Branchez-Vous / Running Electric annual brochure. She also coordinates communications for AVEQ events, in collaboration with the Running Electric campaign.

Twitter: @aveqc

LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/louiselevesque/
 

Paul Harder

Vice President Automotive Finance and Unsecured Lending - CIBC
Paul Harder has held a variety of roles in banking and retail lending, including Insurance, Mortgages, Unsecured Lending and Automotive Finance. He is currently the Vice President of Automotive Finance and Unsecured Lending at CIBC. Prior to entering banking, Paul held positions with the Canadian Federal Government in Canada and abroad. He holds an MBA from the University of Ottawa an MA from Carleton University and BA from the University of Victoria.
 

Daniel Breton

President & CEO - EMC
Daniel Breton is President and CEO of Electric Mobility Canada, one of the oldest associations dedicated to the electrification of transportation in the world. This organization has members from every sector related to electric mobility in Canada, including electricity suppliers, vehicle manufacturers, cities, universities, unions, technology companies, mining companies, research centers, government departments, environmental NGOs, electric vehicle owners' associations, dealers associations, fleet managers, etc. A former Quebec Minister of the Environment, Sustainable Development, Wildlife and Parks, he was the first elected official in charge of a government strategy for the electrification of transportation in Canada in 2012. He graduated in sustainable carbon management and has written several books on the subject of transportation electrification, climate change, air pollution and energy transition since 2009.
 

François Reeves

Cardiologist, Associate Professor of medicine, Author of Planet Heart
Dr François Reeves is an interventional cardiologist and Associate Professor of Medicine with a joint appointment in the Department of Environmental and Occupational Health at the University of Montreal. Head of the cardiac catheterisation laboratories at, successively, Notre-Dame Hospital, the CHUM and Cité de la santé in Laval and member of the Steering Committee of the Quebec Tertiary Cardiology Network, he now devotes a significant part of his professional life to Environmental Cardiology. In 2011 he published Planète Cœur, Santé cardiaque et environnement, a book which examines the impact of the environment on our arteries. The English and upgraded version, Planet Heart: How an Unhealthy Environment Leads to Heart Disease was released in March 2014 (Greystone Books, Vancouver) and was awarded as Finalist of the Lane Anderson Award 2014 (best Canadian scientific publication). This book presents the concept of a cardio-protective city.
 

Vartan Badalian

North American Program and Public Policy Manager, EV100 - Climate Group
As the EV100 Program Manager for North America at the Climate Group, my role is primarily focused on committing Fortune 500 companies and alike to 100% electric transport by 2030, helping transition to an all-electric mobility future, and engaging in thoughtful vehicle electrification and urban mobility market and policy developments. As an attorney, former counsel to a startup electric vehicle charging company, and industry expert, my experiences before the Climate Group help guide the EV100 program forward in North America. The work of EV100 directly contributes to the success of the Climate Group's mission which is to "Drive climate action. Fast."
 

Audrey Dépault

Senior Advisor, Public Policy and Business Development - Tesla
A graduate of Concordia University and the University of Sherbrooke, Audrey joined Tesla after more than a decade working in the non-profit climate movement. She was Director of the Canadian branch of The Climate Reality Project, founded by former Vice President Al Gore and developed and presented a variety of educational activities on climate change for groups of all ages and professional backgrounds.

At Tesla, Audrey covers a variety of policy issues, which are aimed at accelerating the transition to sustainable energy. Audrey is particularly interested in the various policy approaches to recover, re-use and recycle used and end-of-life EV and storage batteries.
 

Jeff Turner

Senior Research Lead - Dunsky Energy + Climate
Jeff Turner is the Senior Research Lead for Clean Mobility at Dunsky Energy + Climate. At Dunsky, Jeff supports governments, utilities and other organizations in their efforts to accelerate the clean energy transition, with a particular focus on transportation electrification. Prior to joining Dunsky, Jeff worked at BC Hydro’s Powertech Labs, where his work focused on EV charging infrastructure, as well as Azure Dynamics, a manufacturer of hybrid and electric commercial vehicles. Jeff holds a master’s in Mechanical Engineering from McGill University, and currently sits on the board of Electric Mobility Canada.
 

Krista Phillips

Acting Manager, Energy Efficiency & Sustainable Energy - Nova Scotia Department of Natural Resources & Renewables
Krista received her Bachelor of Civil Engineering from the University of New Brunswick in 2000 and her MBA-Leadership from Dalhousie University in 2020. She worked in the environmental engineering consulting field for over 14 years before joining the Government of Nova Scotia. Krista is leading Nova Scotia’s transition to electric transportation, where she develops policy and programs to reduce GHG emissions and promotes equitable and sustainable transportation systems. This includes personal, fleet, and public transit vehicle electrification. Krista is also exploring the environmental and economic opportunities for electric and hydrogen-powered marine fleets, including fishing, tourism, and research vessels.

LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/krista-phillips-92698aa/
 

Jonathan Robichaud

Planning advisor - City of Montréal, Plans and policies division
Jonathan Robichaud is a planning advisor for the city of Montreal where has recently coordinated the development of it’s second Transport electrification strategy, which was announced last august. He has previously been active in the financing of public transit infrastructures in the Montreal metropolitan area as well as in the development of sustainable mobility planning tools for the Ministère des Transports du Québec. He holds a bachelor's degree in urban planning from the University of Montreal and a master's degree in regional planning and development from Laval University.
 

Morgan Braglewicz

Air Quality Planner, Air Quality and Climate Change - Parks and Environment
, Metro Vancouver Regional District
As an Air Quality Planner with Metro Vancouver’s Air Quality and Climate Change team, Morgan explores ways to implement climate solutions in the region. She is leading the development of the Climate 2050 Transportation Roadmap, the region’s 30-year strategy to reach a carbon neutral transportation sector, and co-chairs the BC Electric Vehicle Peer Network. She holds a Master’s degree in Resource and Environmental Management from Simon Fraser University.
 

Megan Nichols

Director General, Environmental Policy · Transport Canada
Megan joined Transport from Natural Resources Canada, where she was Director General responsible for Canada’s mining policy.
From 2012-2017, Megan held a number of positions at Public Safety Canada. Before that, she spent six years designing and managing public infrastructure programs at Infrastructure Canada. From 1999 to 2004, Megan held a number of positions in the Canadian Heritage portfolio, where she developed international cultural policy initiatives, delivered programming for the Canada Council of the Arts, and supported the department’s portfolio management and corporate secretariat functions.
Megan holds a Master’s degree in History from Queen’s University. She lives in Chelsea, Quebec.
 

Travis Allan

Vice President Public Affairs - FLO | AddEnergie
Travis J. Allan is the Vice-President, Public Affairs and General Counsel at FLO, one of North America's leading electric vehicle charging networks and manufacturer of charging solutions. Travis works with and advises numerous governments across North America on electric vehicle (EV) and climate policy matters. He is the Chair of Electric Mobility Canada's National Government Relations Committee and a member of the executive committee, a member of the Editorial Advisory Board of Electric Autonomy, Chair of the Board at Project Neutral and he has been selected as one of Canada's leading energy lawyers by Who's Who Legal. He serves as a contributing editor at the International Energy Law Review (published by Sweet & Maxwell) and has previously served as adjunct faculty at the University of Toronto Faculty of Law.
 

Theresa Cooke

Vice President Strategy & Business Development - Siemens Canada Limited
Theresa leads Strategy and Business Development for Siemens in Canada, with a special focus on growing Siemens’ charging infrastructure business. Her Siemens career started in management consulting in the US and Germany, led her to offshore wind in Denmark, and then back to Canada for strategy roles across Siemens’ energy businesses. She holds a degree in Systems Design Engineering from the University of Waterloo and a doctorate in neuroscience from the Max Planck Institute in Tuebingen, Germany. Theresa sits on the boards of CUTRIC and Electric Mobility Canada. She is also responsible for Siemens Canada’s Engineering & Technology Academy (SCETA) and its German-inspired Dual Education program for post-secondary students. Theresa is married with three young children and is a certified professional coach, yoga teacher, and musician with 4 original tracks on Soundcloud.
 

Suzanne Goldberg

Director of Public Policy - ChargePoint
Suzanne Goldberg is an energy, climate and electric vehicle policy professional with over 15 years of experience. She is currently the Director of Public Policy for ChargePoint in Canada, one of the largest EV charging networks, providing access to hundreds-of-thousands of places to charge in Canada, the US and Europe. In this role, she covers federal, provincial and municipal affairs, managing engagement on electric vehicle policy across Canada. Prior to ChargePoint, Suzanne was the Director of Research and Outreach for START at Simon Fraser University and a founding partner of the consulting firm Navius Research Inc.
 

John Ieraci

Director, E-mobility - ABB Canada
John is Director of the E-mobility business for ABB Canada, where he oversees all business development, sales, opera-tions, and service activities.

John joined ABB in 1998 as a Project Engineer, then moving to the Power Generation Systems business where he held project management and sales management positions for North America, focusing on renewable energy including solar business. John then spent several years in ABB’s Electrification Service Business managing a national sales team before taking on the National Business Development Manager role for Commercial Buildings, where he brought his leadership and strong market knowledge to the commercial building sector.

Throughout his extensive career, John has developed an expertise in industrial technology, strategic business develop-ment, and a keen understanding of Canadian customer and market challenges.

John is a Professional Engineer (PEO). He earned his bachelor’s degree in Electrical Engineering from the University of Western Ontario in 1990.

He is the ABB designated member for the Canadian Urban Transit Research and Innovation Consortium (CUTRIC) and former ABB designated member of the Canadian Solar Industries Association (CanSIA).
 

Peter Jenkins

Program Manager, Drive to Zero - CALSTART
Peter Jenkins manages CALSTART’s Global Commercial Vehicle Drive to Zero program to accelerate the deployment of zero-emission trucks and buses worldwide. An urban planner by training, Peter has over 10 years of experience in resilience, sustainability, climate action, and strategic risk management. Prior to CALSTART, Peter worked with Chief Resilience Officers from a global network of cities to develop and implement comprehensive resilience strategies through the Rockefeller Foundation’s 100 Resilient Cities program, and led priority initiatives for the Port Authority of New York & New Jersey, including an agency-wide enterprise risk management program and post-Superstorm Sandy recovery projects.

Twitter: @Peter_C_Jenkins

LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/peter-jenkins-8807203/
 

Mark Kirby

President and CEO - Canadian Hydrogen and Fuel Cell Association (CHFCA)
Mark was appointed President and CEO of the Canadian Hydrogen and Fuel Cell Association in August 2019. He comes to the position with over 30 years experience in hydrogen and hydrogen technology - production, handling, distribution and use – with global industrial gases major Linde, fuel cell pioneer Ballard Power, separations technology company Questair Technologies and industrial biotech company S2G Biochemicals. His passion is commercializing technology – especially clean technology – and he has done that throughout his career, whether as a young engineer pioneering clean bleaching technology at pulp mills or as co-founder/CEO of a second-generation biochemicals company. His priority is to see CHFCA member companies prosper by helping them get their world leading products into commercial use around the world.

LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/markhkirby/
 

Gary Lalonde

Vice-President, Truck Sales - Canada Lion Electric
Gary Lalonde is Vice President, Truck Sales – Canada at Lion Electric. After spending almost 10 years in the transportation industry, he sought out and eagerly accepted the opportunity to join The Lion Electric Co. 2 years ago. Gary has been key in developing the electric truck market at Lion making him an active participant in the electrification of transportation. He has often been overheard quoting a colleague in stating that “we’re changing the world, one Lion electric truck at a time”.
 

Kirk Burcar

Vice President Engineering Services - New Flyer and MCI
Kirk Burcar is a seasoned production engineer, having held progressively advancing roles in automotive and heavy-duty manufacturing for over 3 decades. He currently leads New Flyer’s engineering operation as Vice President, Engineering Services. Since joining New Flyer in 2009, Kirk has provided direction and guidance to its critical design processes and engineering programs, lending expertise in vehicle controls, statistical problem solving, product quality, and lean strategies focused on process improvement. Kirk is a certified Professional Engineer and holds a Bachelor of Mechanical Engineering degree from McGill University, and a Master of Engineering degree from the University of Toronto.

https://twitter.com/newflyer
https://www.linkedin.com/company/newflyer
https://twitter.com/MCIcoach
https://www.linkedin.com/company/motor-coach-industries
 

Philippe Schnobb

Chairman of the Board of Directors of the STM
Philippe Schnobb holds the position of Chairman of the Board of Directors of the Société de transport de Montréal (STM) and represents public transit users on the Board. After his appointment in 2013, he introduced a change of strategic direction at the STM, focused on improvement of the user experience. A fervent user of public and active transportation, he is very familiar with the many combinations of integrated mobility.
He is hence the number-one ambassador of the STM’s integrated mobility vision and the corporation’s leadership in encouraging other players to implement solutions aimed at facilitating urban travel and reducing single-occupant car use.
A Radio-Canada journalist for 27 years, Philippe Schnobb is an accomplished communicator and is a guest speaker at various local, national and international forums.
He also serves as Chairman of the Board of Directors of the Association du transport urbain du Québec (ATUQ), which brings together Québec’s nine public transit corporations, and is an observer member of the Board of Directors of BIXI.
 

Jordan Kamphuis

Solution Specialist - Siemens Canada Ltd.
Jordan has over 5 years of experience in business development, product lifecycle management, and project management at Siemens. He has worked with a number of transit agencies and commercial fleets across Canada to educate them on medium and heavy-duty vehicle charging requirements, as well as proposing tailored solutions for their site-specific needs. Jordan is a member of the CSA C22.2 No. 346 Technical Subcommittee for EV DC Charging Systems and as such he has an intimate understanding of the latest requirements for these solutions. Jordan is a graduate of the Electrical Engineering and Management program at McMaster University and is a Professional Engineer (P.Eng.) with Professional Engineers Ontario.

Twitter: @siemenscanada

LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/jordankamphuis/
 

David Holt

Research Council Officer - National Research Council of Canada (NRC) / Conseil national de recherches Canada (CNRC) Automotive and Surface Transportation Research Centre National Research Council Canada
David Holt joined the National Research Council of Canada (NRC) Automotive and Surface Transportation Group (AST) as a researcher in 2015. In his time at the NRC, David has been involved in research on the design and integration of electrical and mechanical devices in Medium and Heavy Duty Vehicles (MHDV), developing system models of Zero Emission MHDVs, vehicle instrumentation and testing, data analysis, and machine learning. His work now falls within the NRC’s new Clean and Energy Efficient Transportation program (CEET), focusing on studying Zero Emission MHDVs and their implementation on Canadian soil.
 

Keegan Tully

Managing Director, PowerON Energy Solutions -Ontario Power Generation
Keegan Tully is Managing Director of PowerON Energy Solutions. He was formerly General Manager of Ivy Charging Network where he played a lead role in the launch and build out of the business. He has more than a decade of experience working in the electricity industry and an MBA from the University of Toronto’s Rotman School of Management.

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Brian Sundue

Global Automotive Team Lead Canadian Trade Commissioner Service (Global Affairs Canada)
Working from headquarters in Ottawa, Mr. Sundue is responsible for supporting the department’s global automotive sector team and its efforts to promote international trade, investment and R&D with Canada in this important manufacturing industry. With more than 30 years of business development experience in several of Canada’s most important sectors – including agriculture and food, aerospace and defence – he has specialized in automotive since 2001. His work experience includes strategic planning, market research and analysis, global branding and communications, trade negotiations, trade shows, missions and B2B matchmaking in most major markets around the world including the U.S., Latin America, Europe and Asia.
 

Andrew Buddle

Corporate Counsel - Teck Resources Limited
Andrew is Corporate Counsel at Teck Resources where he manages various legal, commercial and sustainability initiatives across Teck’s global mining and metallurgical operations. His career and passion for clean energy and electric mobility has taken him from Western Canada to Western Africa, the UK and South America. Andrew is currently a member of the Board of Directors for Electric Mobility Canada, BC Children’s Hospital Foundation – Mining for Miracles Committee and other industry associations and he is a graduate of the University of Alberta and the University of Cambridge.
 

Carolyn Kim

Director, Ontario region - Pembina Institute
Carolyn Kim is the Ontario regional director with the Pembina Institute, Canada’s leading clean energy think tank. She leads policy research to advance solutions to support the sustainable growth of Ontario’s economy and communities. Carolyn also leads Pembina’s transportation decarbonization research and policy work and related initiatives. Pembina has been a member of EMC since 2020.

Twitter: @carolynkim_yyz

LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/carolyn-kim-8b7a164b/
 

Charlotte Argue

Sr. Manager Fleet Electrification - Geotab
Charlotte has focused on accelerating EV uptake for the last decade. In her previous role with the Fraser Basin Council, she collaborated on fleet electrification initiatives along the Pacific Coast, and managed several provincial incentive programs in British Columbia for public, residential and fleet charging infrastructure. She additionally helped establish the EV outreach program Emotive and is a past board member of the car share organization Modo. Now with Geotab, the world's leading connected vehicle company, Charlotte enables EV uptake through data-driven fleet management software.
 

Joe Lombardo

Vice President, Network Operations- Purlolator
Joe Lombardo is the Vice President of Network Operations at Purolator. In this role, he is responsible for the company’s national network, hub, air, ground and freight operations, and management of Purolator’s fleet and material handling equipment portfolio.

Since joining Purolator in 2005, Joe has held roles of increasing responsibility that focus on network planning and design and transportation operations. Currently, he is leading the enhancement and deployment of Purolator’s air and ground network, and developing a multi-year strategy for freight operations, sustainable fleet and mechanical automation. His team also spearheads crisis management and business continuity processes for the organization, including the operation of Purolator’s Network Control Centre.

Joe is two-time winner of Purolator’s Circle of Excellence award for his work to improve transportation processes and network design and optimization for the organization. He is a graduate of the Rath & Strong Management Consultants Lean Six Sigma Green Belt process improvement program, and has completed his Masters Certificate in Supply Chain and Logistics Management and Mini MBA at Schulich Executive Education Centre.
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