(All times listed are in Mountain Time. Details listed are subject to change.
NOV 14

3:00 PM - 7:00 PM : Registration Opens

Wayne Gretzky Foyer

3:30 PM - 5:30 PM : EMC Board Meeting (Invitation Only)

5:30 PM - 7:30 PM : Welcome Reception

JW Marriott Foyer

Pick up your badges and join us in the foyer of the JW Marriott for a welcome reception brought to you by SWTCH Energy!

Meet you fellow EVVE 2023 attendees and catch up with friends and colleagues as we get ready for three days of innovations, knowledge sharing, networking, and professional development. See you there!

7:30 PM - 9:30 PM : EMC Board Dinner (Invitation Only)

NOV 15

7:00 AM - 5:00 PM: Registration

JW Mariott Foyer

7:30 AM - 8:30 AM : Breakfast

JW Marriott

Wayne Gretzky Ballroom

EMC welcomes Women of EVs, both those currently involved in a chapter or those interested in learning more. Look for the tables with “Women of EVs” signs at the breakfast

8:30 AM - 10:00 AM : Opening Plenary

JW Marriott – Wayne Gretzky Ballroom

Join us in kicking off EVVE 2023, with a plenary session packed with exciting content!

Neetika Sathe, Chair of EMC’s Board of Directors, will open up the conference for us, followed by an introduction from Francis Bradley, President & CEO of Electricity Canada and a traditional hoop dance performed by Dallas Arcand.

You won’t want to miss the opening address from City of Edmonton Councillor Tim Cartmell.

The Honourable François-Philippe Champagne, Minister of Innovation, Science and Industry will be joining us for a fireside chat with EMC’s President & CEO, Daniel Breton.

10:00 AM - 10:15 AM : Break


10:15 AM - 11:30 AM : Session 1 : Optimizing EV Charging Experiences in Canada

Moderator : Josh Cohen, Director of Policy, SWTCH

Charging Infrastructure Benchmarks and Charging Reliability : Louise Lévesque, Director of Policy, Electric Mobility Canada and Jason E. Clifton, Consulting Partner, Canada eMobility Leader, EY

Customer Focus Must Be a Key Attribute to 2030 EV Strategy and Regulation : Mike Wenzlaff, Senior Program Manager, EV Services, BC Hydro

Equitable and Accessible EV Charging From the Ground Up : Yvette Jones, Project Leader, British Columbia Institute of Technology (BCIT)

Assessing the Consumer EV Charging Experience in Canada: Cedric Smith, Director, Transportation, Pollution Probe

10:15 AM - 11:30 AM : Session 2 : Looking Forward: Electrifying Commercial Truck Fleets

Moderator: Ted Dowling, Managing Director, North America, Ebsuco

The Roadmap to Zero Emission MHDVs in Canada : Adam Thorn, Director, Pembina Institute

The Road to Net Zero : Meena Bibra, Senior Policy Advisor, Clean Energy Canada

Patrick Gervais, Vice-President, Truck & Public Affairs, Lion Electric

Cracking the Code of Getting MHD EVs on the Road :

  • Theresa Cooke, Head of Global Customer Success, Managed Charging, Siemens Canada Limited
  • Shayna Rector Bleeker, Cofounder & VP Strategic Partnerships, 7 Generation Capital
  • Arjan Sharma, Acting Branch Manager for Fleet and Facility Services, City of Edmonton

10:15 AM - 11:30 AM : Session 3 : Reaching Canada's School Bus Electrification Targets

Marie-Eve Labranche, Manager, Public & Government Relations, Lion Electric

Canadian Electric School Bus Association Initative : Valérie Tremblay, Project Manager, Sustainable Mobility, Équiterre

Prince Edward Island – Leading the EV School Bus Transformation From Fossil Fuels: Matt Collins, Manager of Engineering Services, PEI Department of Transportation & Infrastructure

11:45 AM - 1:00 PM : Lunch and Presentation of Al Cormier Award

1:00 PM - 2:00 PM : Session 4 : Running on Less in Canada: Scaling Up Electric Trucking

Moderator: David Schaller, Industry Engagement Director, North American Council for Freight Efficiency (NACFE)

Early Lessons Learned from Run on Less Electric Depot: David Schaller, Industry Engagement Director, North American Council for Freight Efficiency (NACFE)


Charlotte Argue, Senior Manager, Sustainable Mobility, Geotab

Adam Thorn, Program Director, Transportation, Pembina Institute

Brent Wilson, Program Manager, BGIS

1:00 PM - 2:00 PM : Session 5 : A National Look at Energy and Charging

Moderator: Sanjeev Pushkarna, Director, Business Development, Nova Scotia Power

Utility EV Integration – Insights from EMC’s Utility Committee : Daniel Carr, Head, Smart Cities, Alectra Utilities

(on behalf of EMC’s Utility Committee)

How EVs Will Impact the Grid – Lessons Across Canada : Emma Hill, Principal Analyst, Dunsky Energy + Climate Advisors

GIS Driven Charging Infrastructure Planning : Arif Rafiq, Transportation Industry Manager, Esri Canada

1:00 PM - 2:00 PM : Session 6 : Making the Case for Rural and Remote Charging

Moderator: Scott Sharabura, Vice-President, Electric Vehicle Charging, Parkland Corporation

EV Charging for Grid-Challenged Locations : Frederick Prigge, President, YULtek Inc.

ATCO: An Update from Alberta’s Largest EV Infrastructure Provider: William York, Senior Engineer, ATCO

Danielle Weiss, Director of Transportation Initiatives, Community Energy Association

Charge Up : Supporting Indigenous Communities and Businesses : Jessica Tait, Sustainable Transportation Lead, Indigenous Clean Energy

2:00 PM - 2:30 PM : Coffee Break and Networking

2:30 PM - 3:30 PM : Session 7 : Peak Power Management

Moderator: Tomasz Suszycki, Principal Delegate, Hydro-Québec

Energy Storage Solution (BESS) Supporting EV Fast Charging Infrastructure : Brian Walters, Chief Executive Officer, Vortex Technology Group & Curt de Gourville, Chief Technology Officer, Vortex Technology Group

Light EVs and the New Paradign in Residential Energy Management : Mark Mandzik, Head, Customer Fulfillment Partnerships, dcbel Inc.

Michael Simone, Manager, Operations Engineering, Fortis Alberta

2:30 PM - 3:30 PM : Session 8 : Battery Life Cycle & Industry Input on Government Regulations

Moderator : Matthew Fortier, President & CEO, Accelerate-Accélérer

Hugo Normand, R&D Director, Ingenext

Frederick Desbiens, Public Affairs Advisor, Lithion Technologies

Thierry St-Cyr, President & CEO, InnoVÉÉ

2:30 PM - 3:30 PM : Session 9 : Leveraging Clean Fuels and Carbon Credits

Moderator: Bora Plumptre, Director of Research, Electric Mobility Canada

Driving EVs Home with Carbon Credits : John Stonier, President, Electric Advantage Systems

Using Carbon Credits to Expand Electrification : Trevor Egan, Load Consultant, LeadingAhead Energy and Maxime Charron, President, LeadingAhead Energy

Supporting Fleet Electrification Through Clean Fuel Programs : Matthew Riyanto, Operations Manager, e-Mission Control

3:45 PM - 5:00 PM : Session 10 : Provincial Policy and Programs

Moderator: Alec Tsang, Manager, Electric Vehicle Infrastructure Planning, BC Hydro

Revision of Quebec’s Zero-Emission Vehicle Standard : On the Road to an Electric 2035 : Marilou Gosselin, Coordinator, Quebec Ministry of Environment and the Fight Against Climate Change (MELCC)

Insights from Ontario’s New Public EV Infrastructure Funding Program : Victoria Prouse, Senior Policy Advisor, Emerging Technologies Office, Ontario Ministry of Transportation

3:45 PM - 5:00 PM : Session 11 : Charging Innovations (Research & Development)

Moderator: Matthew Bartolone, Director of Sales, Public Charging, ABB e-Mobility

Exploring the ISO 15118-20 Protocol and Load Management in Electric Vehicles : Luis Leal, Business Development Manager, E-Mobility, Phoenix Contact

Employing End-of-Route Charging to Enable Full Electrification of Transit Bus Fleets : Hajo Ribberink, Senior Research Engineer, Natural Resources Canada

Accelerating the Transition to Zero Emission Vehicles (ZEVs) Through Research, Development and Demonstrations : Charles Crispim, Senior Policy Advisor, Office of Energy Research, Natural Resources Canada

Alexandre Lalonde, Head of eMobility – North America, Hitachi Energy

3:45 PM - 5:00 PM : Session 12 : Electric Micromobility

Moderator: Erin Burbidge, Vice President, Policy and Innovation, Clean Foundation

Advancing Clean Transportation in Nova Scotia with Micro-mobility, Transit, and Used EV Incentives : Krista Phillips, Head of Strategic Electrification, Nova Scotia Natural Resources and Renewables

Bridging the Last Mile : SFU’s Innovative Leap in Sustainable Transportation and Electric Mobility : Sid Mehta, Senior Director Ancillary Services, Simon Fraser University

City of Edmonton’s Micro-Mobility Program and e-Bike Education: Jenny Albers, General Supervisor Planning and Permitting, City of Edmonton

5:30 PM - 7:30 PM : Networking Reception

Join us on November 15 from 5:30pm to 7:30pm at the Banquet Bar, a luxury bar located in Edmonton’s ICE district, opposite the JW Marriott Hotel, for a reception brought to you by EVVE sponsor FLO.

With a 10-pin bowling alley, arcade games, ping-pong tables and more, our Banquet Bar reception is the perfect way to wrap up our first full day of conference programming!

NOV 16

7:00 AM - 5:00 PM : Registration

7:30 AM - 8:30 AM : Breakfast

8:30 AM - 9:30 AM : Plenary Session

Join us for an overview of EMC’s projects and plans for the year ahead, in a forward-looking presentation focusing on future outlooks in the Canadian EV landscape.

9:30 AM - 10:00 AM : Break and Networking



10:00 AM - 11:15 AM : Session 13 : Overcoming Barriers to EV Adoption

Moderator : Laura Miller, Director, Public Policy & Communications, Uber

Women and EVs – Mind the Gap! : Cara Clairman, President & CEO, Plug’n Drive & Joanna Osawe, CEO, Women in Renewable Energy

Promise and Potential for EVs in Atlantic Canada : Alyse Wilton, Manager of Environmental Health Program, NB Lung

EVerything EVs : Research Driven Marketing Solutions to Overcoming Barriers to EV Adoption : Jennie Wadden, Supervisor, Marketing, takeCHARGE, Newfoundland Power

10:00 AM - 11:15 AM : Session 14 : Trends in North American Charging Policies and Standards

Moderator : Sunny Attarde, Electric Vehicle Expert, CSA Group

NEVI (National Electric Vehicle Insfrastructure Program), CFI (Charging and Fueling Infrastructure), and You : Lessons Learned for Canada : Suzanne Goldberg, Senior Director Public Policy, North America, ChargePoint

Emerging Trends in North American Light Duty EV Charging Regulation : Elizabeth France, Director, FLO

Charging and Hydrogen Refuelling Infrastructure Initiative: Melissa Chow, Director, Investments, Canada Infrastructure Bank

State of Public EV Charging Experiences in North America and Impacts on Policy Decisions: Simon Ouellette, CEO, ChargeHub

10:00 AM - 11:15 AM : Session 15 : Canadian Hydrogen Ecosystem (Research & Development)

Moderator: François Girard, Research Council Office, Programs Advisor, Hydrogen and Fuel Cell Technologies, National Research Council

Canada’s Hydrogen Ecosystem: 8000 MHDVs and 60,000 Forklifts Strong: Matthew Klippenstein, Executive Director, Hydrogen BC; Regional Director, Western Canada, Canadian Hydrogen and Fuel Cell Association (CHFCA)

Jessica Lof, Business Development Manager – Hydrogen for Mobility, Air Products

Electrification of Transportation Through Hydrogen in the Edmonton Region: Derek Hanson, Director of Transit Fleet Maintenance, City of Edmonton

5000 Hydrogen Vehicle Challenge: Brent Lakeman, Director, Hydrogen Inititaitve, Edmonton Global

11:00 AM - 7:00 PM : Shuttles to Edmonton Expo Centre

Shuttles to trade show at Edmonton Expo, running all day until end of trade show.

11:00 AM - 7:00 PM : Trade Show at Edmonton EXPO Centre

Trade Show Details  

With over 30 000 square feet of exhibit booths hosted by leading businesses and associations in the industry, and vehicle displays ranging from off-road and micro-mobility vehicles to larger buses and trucks at the EXPO Centre, our full-scale trade show will be a highlight of the conference and create opportunities for new business connections and to catch up on latest developments from across the Canadian EV industry.   

Note: no programming is taking place at JW Marriott during the afternoon. All activities are at Edmonton Expo.


What’s Included?  

Our trade show space is designed to keep the varied interests of our EMC members and supporters in mind – in addition to exhibit booths and vehicle displays, we will be providing multiple other programming options to keep you busy all day:  

  • EV Test Drives: EMC member Plug’n Drive will be offering test drives onsite, with opportunities to try a range of EVs. 11am – 7pm


  • Future skilling dialogue with colleges, post-secondary institutions, and partners, 1:00pm-3:00pm A workshop on future skilling, job training and talent recruitment for a growing EV industry, facilitated by Kelly Jackson, Vice President of External Affairs & Professional Learning at Humber College. The workshop will feature participation from representatives from multiple Canadian post-secondary institutions and is open to all registered conference attendees interested in sharing challenges and opportunities for talent recruitment and retention and discovering how polytechnics and colleges are working with industry to upskill workers to meet the needs of the electric mobility sector.  


  • Plugging into Your Future, 3:00pm – 5:00pm: An equity-focused speed mentoring session organized in partnership with Women in Renewable Energy (WiRE) President & CEO Joanna Osawe and Plug’n Drive President & CEO Cara Clairman, giving students and other young people either entering or curious about opportunities in the EV industry a chance to meet with established leaders and innovators from various sectors in transportation electrification.  Discounted registration tickets, at the rate of $15, are available for students and recent graduates, with access to the trade show included. If you’re interested in participating these sessions as a mentor, please sign up here.


  • EMC committee meetings will take place throughout the afternoon  


Lunch will be provided on the grounds of the trade show, with a seating area available for networking, catching up with colleagues and friends, and holding short meetings booked through our event app (coming soon!).  

All attendees are invited to attend a networking reception being held on the trade show floor, from 5 PM to 7 PM. 


12:00 PM - 1:00 PM : Lunch

A buffet-style lunch will be served on the trade show floow.

1:00 PM - 3:00 PM : Workshop : Future Skilling Dialogue with Colleges, Post-Secondary Institutions and Partners

Facilitated by Kelly Jackson, Vice-President of External Affairs & Professional Learning, Humber College, with participation from representatives from Canadian post-secondary institutions.

This discussion is open to all registered conference delegates interested in sharing challenges and opportunities for talent recruitment and retention and discovering how polytechnics and colleges are working with industry to upskill workers to meet the needs of the electric mobility sector. 

*Offered in English only

3:00 PM - 5:00 PM : Speed Mentoring

An equity-focused speed mentoring session organized in partnership with Women in Renewable Energy (WiRE) President & CEO Joanna Osawe and Plug’n Drive President & CEO Cara Clairman, giving students and other young people either entering or curious about opportunities in the EV industry a chance to meet with established leaders and innovators from various sectors in transportation electrification 

1:00 PM - 5:00 PM : Committee Meetings

Onsite at the Edmonton EXPO Centre during the trade show hours.

EMC Medium & Heavy Duty Working Group Meeting : Room 107 A, 1 PM – 3 PM

EMC Charging Infrastructure Working Group Meeting: Room 107 A, 3 PM – 4 PM

EMC Government Relations Committee Meeting: Room 107 A, 4 PM – 5 PM

EMC Utilities Working Group Meeting (by invitation only) : Trade Show Office, 2 PM – 4 PM

EMC Membership Stewardship Committee Meeting (by invitation only): F2 Gallery, 4 PM – 5 PM

Federal Government Meeting: ZEV Council Charging and Refueling Working Group (by invitation only): Room 108, 3 PM – 5 PM

Federal Government Meeting – Listening Session (by invitation of Transport Canada only): Trade Show Office, 4 PM – 5 PM

5:00 PM - 7:00 PM : Networking Reception

Join us for a networking reception on the trade show floor! Exhibits and vehicle displays will remain open.

Stop by the EMC booth between 11 AM and 7 PM to pick up your drink tickets!

NOV 17

7:00 AM - 10:00 AM : Registration

JW Marriott Foyer

7:30 AM - 8:45 AM : Plenary Breakfast

JW Mariott – Wayne Gretzky Ballroom

Alberta Mobility Leaders Discussion, moderated by Megan Lohmann, Acting CEO, Community Energy Association


Jane Flower, Vice President, Corporate Purpose, Alberta Motor Association

Melanie Bayley, President, ATCO Electric

Janine Sullivan, President & CEO, Fortis Alberta

9:00 AM - 10:00 AM : Session 16 : MURB Charging Infrastructure and Load Management

Moderator: Joanna Kyriazis, Director of Public Affairs, Clean Energy Canada

Managed Charging the AlectraDrive Way : Averyl D’Souza, Project Lead, Smart Cities, Alectra Utilities

EVEMS : Is it the Key to Making Condos and Apartments EV Ready? : Leo Viger-Bernard, Vice President, Corporate Affairs, Recharge Véhicule Électrique

Are You Ready for This?!? : Affordable Solutions to Scale ‘EV Ready’ Buildings : Brendan McEwen, Managing Consultant, Dunsky Energy + Climate & Jason Wang, Senior Analyst, Pembina Institute

Charging Ahead : increasing EV Equity Through Charging & Energy Management Systems : Cedric Tai, Director, Strategic Initatives, SWTCH

9:00 AM - 10:00 AM : Session 17 : Policy Leadership in Canada

Policy Leadership in Canada : Suzanne Goldberg, Sr. Director Public Policy, North America, ChargePoint & Travis Allan, Chief Legal & Public Affairs Officer, FLO (on behalf of EMC’s National Government Relations Committee)

Federal ZEV Outlook : Zoiey Cobb, Director, On-Road Decarbonization and Electrification, Environmental Policy, Transport Canada

Federal ZEV Infrastructure Programs : Anna Vanderkamp, Director, Innovation Policy, Natural Resources Canada

9:00 AM - 10:00 AM : Session 18 : Batteries (Research & Development)

Moderator: Anaïssia Franca, Director, Transportation Electrification, CIMA+

Electrolytes for All-Solid-State Lithium and Sodium Batteries – Opportunities and Challenges toward Safer Energy Storage : Lingzi Sang, Assistant Professor, Faculty of Science – Chemistry, University of Alberta

Seeing Inside Lithium-Ion Batteries Using In-Situ and Operando Techniques : Mike Fleischauer, Senior Research Officer, National Research Council of Canada

Advanced Electrolytes for Safe, High Energy and Extremely Low Temperature Capable Next Generation Batteries: Muhammad Shoaib, CEO, Superionics Inc & Postdoctoral Research Fellow, University of Calgary


10:00 AM - 10:30 AM : Coffee Break and Networking

JW Marriott Foyer

10:30 AM - 11:30 AM : Session 19 : Municipal Leadership in Transportation Electrification

Moderator: Maureen Shuell, Electric Mobility Canada

Municipalities in the Electric Transition : Calvin Lechelt, Program Manager, Sustainability Services, Alberta Municipalities

Key Components of an Equitable Regional EV Charging Strategy : The Case of Metro Vancouver : Brendan McEwen, Managing Consultant, Dunsky Energy + Climate & Eve Hou, Senior Manager, Policy Development and Decision Analysis, TransLink

Langley’s Municipal Fleet Electrification Journey : Greg Dennis, Project Engineer, Township of Langley (BC)

Change Mobility for Climate: Edmonton’s Approach to Low Carbon Transportation : Kent Snyder, Branch Manager of Planning and Environmental Services, City of Edmonton

10:30 AM - 11:30 AM : Session 20 : Assessing Charging Needs

Moderator: George Thompson, Fortis Inc.

Assessing the Needs for Charging Infrastructure Across Canada : Jeff Turner, Director, Clean Mobility, Dunsky Energy + Climate

Auditor General’s Report and Zero Emission Vehicle Infrastructure Program Updates from Charging Infrastructure Working Group, Daniel Breton, Electric Mobility Canada


10:30 AM - 11:30 AM : Session 21 : Zero Emission Public Transit

Moderator: Chris McLeod, Vice President, Global Marketing & Communications, Edmonton Global

Electric Buses in Canada: Past, Present and Future : Klaus Peter Canavan, President & CEO, Kiepe Electric Canada & Director, Canadian Transit Heritage Foundation

Acceleration of the Transition to Zero-Emission Fleets in Public Transit : Alexandrine Gauvin, Public Affairs and External Communications, Nova Bus & Chris Hill, Supervisor, Fleet Planning, Operations Department, City of Guelph

Repowering from Diesel to Battery Electric/Hydrogen : A Great Way to Help Fleet Operators Achieve GHG Reduction Goals Sooner : Gara Hay, President, MTB Transit Solutions

Edmonton’s Zero Emission Vehicle Strategy: Arjan Sharma, Acting Branch Manager for Fleet and Facility Services, City of Edmonton

11:45 AM - 12:30 PM : Closing Plenary Session

JW Marriott

Wayne Gretzky Ballroom

We’ll be closing out the conference with a final plenary session with lots of great content!

Hear from Neetika Sathe, Chair of EMC’s Board of Directors, and EMC Board Member Travis Allan, with closing words from EMC’s President & CEO Daniel Breton.

Most importantly, we’ll be announcing EMC’s next conference, EVVE 2024!

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