Speakers

 

Jennifer McKelvie

Councillor, City of Toronto
Jennifer McKelvie is a proud graduate of the University of Toronto Scarborough (B.Sc. Environmental Science) and a Professional Geoscientist. Her graduate (Ph.D. 2006) and postgraduate research was supported by numerous provincial, national and international awards, including the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council (NSERC) Canada Graduate Scholarship and the L’Oréal/United Nations Educational Scientific Organization (UNESCO) Women in Science Fellowship. Prior to becoming Councillor for Scarborough-Rouge Park, Jennifer managed industrial-academic partnerships and environmental research in the non-profit sector.

Jennifer has a long-record of community service. She recently served as first President of the Scarborough Community Renewal Organization (2016-2018), and as President of the Centennial Community & Recreation Association (2015 to 2017). In this capacity, she worked collaboratively with stakeholders and residents to advocate for investment in Scarborough. Jennifer has also served as a member of the UTSC Council (2015-2018), as a citizen member of the Toronto Region Conservation Authority (2015-2018) and as a member of the Scarborough Women of Philanthropy (2015-2018), a council in support of the Scarborough & Rouge Hospital Foundation.

In 2017, Scarborough Rotary Clubs recognized Jennifer for her dedicated community work with the Paul Harris Fellow award. She is also a recipient of the Leading Women, Building Communities Recognition Award by the Province of Ontario (2015) and was a University of Toronto Scarborough Canada 150 Neighbour (2017).
 

Dan Guatto

Dan Guatto has over 30 years of experience in the energy industry, including thermal generation and electricity distribution. His latest role was as COO and Vice President of Engineering and Operations for Burlington Hydro Inc.

He is a Professional Engineer and Canadian Chartered Director.

Throughout his career, Dan has served in Management and Executive leadership roles, and as a Director on the Boards of various for-profit and not-for-profit corporations. His experience includes oversight of large capital project design and construction, advanced Control Room systems such as SCADA, GIS and OMS, self-healing distribution networks, customer-facing real-time outage tracking systems, fibre optic networks, renewable energy projects, distributed energy resources, managed EV charging systems, and other advanced grid-readiness technologies. For many years Dan has either led or participated in working groups on such advanced energy concepts and has directly led the development of managed charging programs for EV owners in both single detached homes and MURBs.

In his role, Dan regularly assisted all local politicians in resolving power system questions, issues and concerns related to their constituents. This was an ongoing activity which incurred an increase in sensitivity during the Ice Storm of 2013 and the Pandemic beginning in 2020.

Most recently, Dan has joined the Canadian division of a large multi-national business consulting firm.
 

Daniel Breton

CEO, Electric Mobility Canada
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.
 

Philippe Vangeel

Secretary General, AVERE: The European Association for Electromobility
With great technology and brilliant people, Philippe Vangeel found his way as Secretary General in one of the fastest changing and growing technologies: e-mobility.

In electronics by background, Philippe has always worked as a manager in the sector. Strong with 20 years of experience as an entrepreneur, he brought a practical outlook to the association that enabled it to seize the moment: his vision is to make AVERE a protagonist in the growth of the e-mobility sector. As a result, AVERE’s membership grew significantly in his five years, while the association affirmed itself as the go-to expert for e-mobility in Europe.

As part of his broader approach, he ensured that the entire e-mobility value chain would get visibility through AVERE. He made it the potential home of every player in the sector, from companies extracting the materials to build EVs to vehicles manufacturers, charging point operators and final consumers.

His native language is Flemish. He is fluent in English and French and is happy to help you in Norwegian and German.

LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/philippe-vangeel-702736143/

Twitter: https://twitter.com/PhilippeVangeel
 

Gleb Nikiforov

United Chargers, Grizzl-E
Gleb Nikiforov immigrated to Canada in 1998 from Belarus, and has a master's degree in computer science. He worked in the IT industry as an ABAP programmer in Canada, and in 2001 started his first company focused on providing IT services. In 2012 he started Autochargers.ca Corporation, a Canadian EV charging installer and reseller which has since installed over 5000 commercial and home EV chargers across Canada. In 2018 he started United Chargers Inc, where he developed the famous Grizzl-E Home charger.

United Chargers Inc works to make commercial EV chargers with feasible ROI, so that small and medium businesses can engage in providing EV charging for profit. This is essential to building and supporting an EV infrastructure capable of an 100% transition to electricity as a power source for transportation.

Gleb also served as member of the EMC board for 2 years.
 

Neetika Sathe

Vice President, Green Energy & Technology Centre (GRE&T), Alectra Utilities
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 Master’s degree in Physics from Panjab University, an MBA from McMaster University, and the Chartered Director (C. Dir.) designation from The Directors College, an Executive Program from the DeGroote School of Business and McMaster University
 

Julie Dabrusin

Member of Parliament and Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Natural Resources and Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Environment and Climate Change
Julie Dabrusin was first elected as the Member of Parliament for Toronto—Danforth in 2015.

Ms. Dabrusin has previously served as the Chair of the Standing Committee on Canadian Heritage and the Subcommittee on Agenda and Procedure of the Standing Committee on Canadian Heritage. She was also a member of various other committees, parliamentary associations, and interparliamentary groups.

Ms. Dabrusin grew up in Montréal and completed her undergraduate degree in Near and Middle East Studies at McGill University, before attending law school at the University of Toronto. She then practised litigation, including for a time as commission counsel to the Toronto External Contracts Inquiry, which reviews municipal government procurement.

Ms. Dabrusin was an active volunteer in her community. She founded Friends of Withrow Park, served on the Board of Directors of Park People, and started initiatives such as the local Second Harvest Hunger Squad. In 2012, she was awarded the Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal for her community service.

Ms. Dabrusin has been a strong advocate for her community on issues of gun control, healthy eating, and banning single-use plastics. She is also a champion of Canada’s creative and cultural industries.

She and her family have lived in Toronto for over 20 years.
 

Charles Todd

Managing Director, Investments, Canadian Infrastructure Bank
Charles Todd joined the CIB in 2019 and is a Managing Director on the Investments team. He leads the CIB’s investments in Transit, including the Zero-Emission Buses initiative under which the CIB has closed over $1.2 billion of investments. Charles also leads the CIB’s Charging and Hydrogen Refuelling Infrastructure initiative.

Charles brings significant commercial and legal experience to the CIB, having worked on numerous large infrastructure projects and investments across Canada. Before joining the CIB, Charles was a senior lawyer and Commercial Director at Aecon Group Inc. where he supported Aecon’s most complex pursuits and projects. Charles was also Contracts Director for Crosslinx Transit Solutions, the consortium delivering the $5.3 billion Eglinton Crosstown LRT, where he led the team responsible for all contractual aspects of the project. Charles started his career practicing corporate and commercial law at a major Canadian law firm.

Charles holds a JD from the University of Toronto and a BA in economics from the University of Waterloo.
 

The Honourable Steven Guilbeault

Minister of Environment and Climate Change
The Honourable Steven Guilbeault was first elected as the Member of Parliament for Laurier—Sainte-Marie in 2019. He has previously served as Minister of Canadian Heritage.

Minister Guilbeault is a prominent advocate in the fight against the climate crisis, and has been leading the charge from Laurier—Sainte-Marie for years.

Minister Guilbeault’s commitment to environmental issues started at the age of five, when he climbed a tree to protect it from real estate developers who were about to cut down the woods behind his home in La Tuque. Twenty-five years later, he scaled the CN Tower in Toronto to call for Canada to ratify the Kyoto Protocol.

In 1993, Minister Guilbeault co-founded Équiterre, the largest environmental organization in Quebec, and served as its Senior Director from 2008 to 2018. He also worked as a Director and Campaign Manager for Greenpeace, and was a Strategic Advisor for more than 10 years at Cycle Capital Management, a Canadian fund dedicated to the development of clean technologies. Minister Guilbeault also worked for Deloitte & Touche as well as Copticom, a consulting firm specializing in the green and social economy, and transportation.

As an activist and strategic advisor for dozens of governments and businesses in Canada and abroad, Minister Guilbeault is a pragmatist who works to make a difference by building bridges and relationships. An avid cyclist and sportsman, he has been riding his bike 12 months a year for the last 30 years.

Minister Guilbeault is a father of four and stepfather of two.
 

David Paterson

Vice President, Environmental and Corporate Affairs, General Motors of Canada Company
David Paterson leads Communications, Government and Environmental Relations for General Motors Canada and is a member of GM’s global Public Policy and Communications teams. His areas of expertise and responsibility for GM Canada include international trade agreements, climate and carbon policy, electricity costs, vehicle GHG and electric vehicle regulations, safety regulation, cyber security, privacy, taxation, investment incentives, pensions, worker compensation, real estate, labour law and red tape reduction.

David is a past Chair of the Canadian Chamber of Commerce and currently serves on the Board of Directors of the Canadian Journalism Foundation, the Canadian Vehicle Manufacturers’ Association, the Canadian American Business Council, and the Executive of the Canadian Automotive Partnership Council.
 

François Lefèvre

Senior Manager, Market Intelligence and Corporate Planning, Nissan Canada Inc.
François Lefèvre is Senior Manager of Market Intelligence and Corporate Planning at Nissan Canada Inc. (NCI). In a previous role as NCI’s Chief Marketing Manager for LEAF and EVs, Lefèvre worked on the Nissan LEAF in Canada. He 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 successfully launching the current-generation LEAF in 2018, including the pre-sale program and satisfying Ontario LEAF orders before the provincial EHVIP deadline for incentives passed. He also enhanced several partnerships, including NCI’s connection to FLO. Prior to his current role, Lefèvre held numerous 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 2007.
 

Daniel Carr

Head, Smart Cities, Alectra Utilities
Daniel Carr develops and implements strategies to support customers’ electrification goals while creating opportunities for utility evolution. In his role of Head, Smart Cities at Alectra Utilities, he leads projects that bring new distributed energy technologies and concepts into practice, with a focus on electric mobility, sensor networks 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.

Daniel has a Master’s degree in Public Policy and Administration from Carleton University, with an undergraduate degree in Government from Cornell University. He has received the Certified Energy Manager and Certified Measurement and Verification Professional designations from the Association of Energy Engineers. As part of his industry engagement, he serves as Chair of Electric Mobility Canada’s Utility Committee and Chair of the Board of the Clean Air Partnership, a Toronto-based environmental non-profit organization.

LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/daniel-carr-6587268/
 

Mike McCarthy

Manager, Grid Innovation, ENMAX Power
Mike McCarthy is the Manager of Grid Innovation for ENMAX Power in Calgary, Alberta. Mike is an electrical engineer who spent 10 years working on utility design and construction projects before joining ENMAX’s Grid Innovation team in 2021. He has contributed to modernizing Calgary’s electric system through new technologies and customer-focused initiatives, including the first Smart Charging program in Alberta. Mike is originally from Fredericton, New Brunswick, and lives in Calgary with his wife their two-year-old son.

LinkedIn: www.linkedin.com/in/MikeMcCarthyENMAX
 

Sanjeev Pushkarna

Senior Program Manager, Nova Scotia Power
Sanjeev leads Smart Grid Nova Scotia, a program focused on demonstrating the value that Distributed Energy Resources can provide to customers and the electric system in Nova Scotia. Project components include residential and commercial battery systems, commercial rooftop solar PV, EV smart chargers, EV bidirectional chargers and the province’s first Community Solar Garden.

Sanjeev is also active in the community, serving as an Executive Board Member for the Downtown Halifax Business Commission and the FIN Atlantic International Film Festival. He also serves on the Board, and Executive Committee, of Electric Mobility Canada. Sanjeev is originally from Nova Scotia and completed a Bachelor of Science degree from Acadia University and a Masters of Business Administration from Dalhousie University. After spending the first 8 years of his career in Ontario, Sanjeev joined Nova Scotia Power in 2014.
 

Alexandre Beaudet

Product Manager – Electric Mobilty, Hilo
Alexandre Beaudet is Product Manager at Hilo, a subsidiary of Hydro‑Québec specializing in new energy services. He is responsible for designing and commercializing smart charging and electric vehicle-grid integration solutions. Prior to joining Hilo, he held various positions in the clean energy sector as researcher, consultant and business development manager, including at InnovÉÉ, Science-Metrix, Imperial College London, Hydrogenics, and Mitsubishi Research Institute. He studied at University of Montreal and Hitotsubashi University, and completed a PhD in Energy Policy at Imperial College London in 2011.

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

LinkedIn (Hilo): https://www.linkedin.com/company/hiloenergie/
 

Theresa Cooke

Vice President Smart Infrastructure Sales & Country Business Development, Siemens Canada Limited
Theresa leads Sales for the Smart Infrastructure business of Siemens in Canada and the country-level Business Development function, with a special focus on Siemens’ electric vehicle charging infrastructure business.
Her 15-year 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-focused businesses.
She holds a degree in Systems Design Engineering from the University of Waterloo in Canada and a doctorate in neuroscience from the Max Planck Institute for Biological Cybernetics in Tuebingen, Germany.
Theresa sits on the boards of CUTRIC and Electric Mobility Canada.
Theresa is married with three young children and is a certified professional coach, yoga teacher, and musician with 4 original tracks on Soundcloud.

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

Shayna Rector-Bleeker

VP Strategic Partnership, 7 Generation Capital
Shayna Rector Bleeker is a cofounder of 7 Gen - a Vancouver based start-up mobilizing the capital and know-how to support medium and heavy duty fleets deploy electric vehicles and chargers. She has a background in communications and partnership development and has spent many years in the climate and energy space. This includes working from global energy multinational Shell for a decade. She is committed to advancing solutions that address climate change, while at the same time promoting clean growth.
 

Andrew Buddle

Corporate Counsel, Teck Resources Limited
Andrew Buddle acts as Corporate Counsel to Teck Resources Limited, one of Canada’s leading mining companies. His sustainability, legal and commercial work is focused on project development, supply chain management, materials stewardship, commodity logistics and marketing, technology and innovation and dispute resolution in Canada, USA and Chile. He also practiced corporate-commercial and project development law in Alberta and international human rights law in West Africa. Andrew is on the Board of Directors for Electric Mobility Canada and Accelerate: Canada’s ZEV Supply Chain Alliance.

LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/andrew-buddle-b595aa64/
 

Alec Tsang

Manager, EV Infrastructure Planning and Development, Customer Service, BC HydroB
Alec is the Manager of EV Infrastructure Planning and Development at BC Hydro. Since 2013, he has led the build out of BC Hydro’s public, EV charging network, which connects nearly every community across the province with EV drivable highways. His work also includes the exploration and development of new infrastructure services that can accelerate fleet electrification. Alec was also instrumental in exploring hydrogen and fuel cell applications at BC Hydro, demonstrating hydrogen backup power systems and fuel cell electric vehicles, most notably in 2005 with the Ford Focus fuel cell vehicle. Alec is a Professional Engineer in the Province of B.C. He has an MBA from the University of Victoria and a Bachelor of Applied Science in Bio-Resource Engineering from the University of British Columbia.
 

Charlotte Argue

Senior Manager of Sustainable Mobility, Geotab
As Sr. Manager of Sustainable Mobility at Geotab, the world’s leading telematics company, Charlotte’s focus is on enabling fleets in reducing carbon emissions with data-driven solutions, and sharing aggregated insights to inform large-scale vehicle electrification strategies. She is a subject matter expert in fleet electrification and a champion for connected vehicle technology solutions in the EV industry. Before joining Geotab she managed the Plug In BC initiative with the Fraser Basin Council, delivering EV programs for fleets, charging infrastructure and public awareness. She currently sits on the board of NACFE (North American Council for Freight Efficiency).
 

Geoff Burgess

Acting Director, Clean Air and Decarbonization Policy, Transport Canada
As the Acting Director of Clean Air and Decarbonization Policy at Transport Canada, Geoff helps shape the Government of Canada’s efforts to reduce emissions from the transportation sector, including planes, trains, ships, cars and heavy-duty vehicles. Geoff supported the development of Canada’s incentive programs for zero-emission vehicles, including the recent launch of the Incentives for Medium- and Heavy-duty Vehicles Program (iMHZEV). He has previously worked at Environment and Climate Change Canada, the Centre for Greening Government, and the Ontario Ministry of Finance. Geoff holds a Master’s in Economics from Queen’s University.
 

Adam Thorn

Director, Transportation Program, Permbina
Adam Thorn is the director of the Pembina Institute's transportation program and is based in Toronto. He has been an assistant professor with the University of Toronto and Ryerson University since 2014, teaching public policy specializing in environmental policy. He has a deep understanding of how climate change impacts water governance, municipal infrastructure, and land use planning. In the past, Adam has collaborated in complex in projects to advance clean water policy in municipalities in Ontario and in the Great Lakes, including working with the International Joint Commission. Adam holds a doctorate from Toronto Metropolitan University and master’s and bachelor’s degrees from Western University
 

Frédérique Bouchard

Public Affairs Manager, FLO EV Charging
Frederique works on policy questions related to electric mobility, cleantech and innovation. She is currently Public Affairs Manager at FLO. She was most recently on the Public Policy & Government Relations team at Element AI, and previously worked as a Policy Advisor in the Office of the Ontario Minister of Education. She has advised CEOs and Ministers on questions related to innovation, sustainability and inclusive growth.

Frederique holds a Master’s in Public Policy and Global Affairs (University of Toronto) and a Bachelor in Finance and Economics (McGill University).
 

Michelle Branigan

CEO, Electricity Human Resources Canada
Michelle Branigan is the Chief Executive Officer of Electricity Human Resources Canada (EHRC). Branigan is a subject matter expert when it comes to the industry and works closely with employers and industry stakeholders to address their specific labour market and HR challenges.
Understanding the impacts of innovation and technology, Branigan is committed to developing forward thinking and cutting-edge tools, resources, and research to meet current and future workforce needs. As a champion of diversity and inclusion, she is passionate about leading real change for the advancement of women and minorities and has spearheaded many instrumental programs which have sparked a national movement for organization to become agents of change. Among these initiatives is the leadership Accord for Diversity Equity and Inclusion- a public commitment by employers, educators, unions, and governments to build a workforce that is truly representative of Canada’s people.
She is currently an active Board Member with the Energy Council of Canada, Irish Film Festival Ottawa, and a recipient of Women in Renewable Energy’s (WiRE) Woman of the Year award, which recognizes and celebrates professional women working in the energy sector who go above and beyond business as usual.

Twitter: @BraniganMm
Twitter (Electricity Human Resources): @electricityhr.ca
 

Irena Creed

Vice Principal Research and Innovation, University of Toronto
Professor Irena Creed is an internationally acclaimed ecosystem scientist, with wide-ranging research interests, including planetary health, climate change, watershed sciences, communities-at-risk, and the science-policy interface. She has studied environmental issues across Africa, Asia, Europe and North America. She is a former Canada Research Chair, and her scholarship has been recognized with various awards, honours, and professorships, including fellowship of the Royal Society of Canada and an honorary doctorate of agricultural sciences at Uppsala University in Sweden.

Irena is known as a scholar who creatively integrates disciplines to advance scientific understanding of global environmental changes: to explore their effect on human health and well-being, and to develop relevant public policy to effect positive social change that leads to social justice and equity.

Irena has a Ph.D. in Geography, M.Sc. in Botany and environmental studies and B.Sc. in Zoology.

LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/irena-creed-44a593204
 

Angelo DiCaro

Director of Research, Unifor
Angelo DiCaro is that 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 as Vice Chairperson of the Accelerate Alliance. He is based in Milton, Ontario.

Twitter: @syndicato9
 

Ilana Weitzman

Vice President, Strategic Initiatives, Clean Transportation, Electric Autonomy
Ilana is an award-winning creative strategist experienced working with blue-chip brands such as Accor, Air Canada and Fidelity Investments. Her work has reached million-plus audiences across the globe and has twice been named a Webby Honoree.
 

John Ieraci

President, ABB E-mobility Inc.
John is the President of ABB E-mobility Inc. in Canada, where he oversees all business development, sales, operations, 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 development, 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.

LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/john-ieraci-40520433
LinkedIn (ABB): https://www.linkedin.com/showcase/abb-electrification-products/
 

Keegan Tully

Managing Director, PowerOn Energy Solutions
Keegan Tully is Managing Director of PowerON Energy Solutions, a subsidiary of Ontario Power Generation, which designs, builds, operates and maintains electric vehicle charging solutions for fleets. At PowerON, Keegan leads the day-to-day activities of the business including business development, project implementation and operations. Previously, he worked in a variety of roles within OPG, leading key projects related to strategy, mergers & acquisitions and business development. 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.
 

Bem Case

Executive Director of Innovation and Sustainability, Toronto Transit Commission
With over 20 years at Toronto Transit Commission (TTC), Bem has held roles that span the organization, including: maintenance, engineering, risk management, intergovernmental relations, and capital program delivery.

Currently, Bem is Executive Director of TTC’s Innovation and Sustainability Program, the goal of which is to seek out and incubate the ideas we need now in order to prepare for the future, and to maximize the benefits TTC’s investments for Torontonians and the global environment. That means more creative solutions available sooner to better serve our customers, reduce our environmental impact and make our operations more resilient to the effects of climate change.

Through this program, Bem is directly accountable for the stewardship of a 15-year, $10+ billion portfolio of capital programs, including delivery of TTC’s vehicle procurements, overhauls, and electrification infrastructure.
 

Thomas Martin

Director of Business Development, SWTCH
Thomas Martin is the Director of Deployment at SWTCH. Thomas transitioned into the clean energy industry after working as an engineer in the Aerospace industry, with a background in unmanned autonomous vehicle propulsion systems and air-data instrumentation. At SWTCH, Thomas serves in technology deployment roles, focusing on customer acquisition and integration of new technologies. Thomas holds a bachelors and masters in Engineering from Ryerson University.
 

Bora Plumptre

Director of Research, Electric Mobility Canada
 

Léo Viger-Bernard

Vice President, Corporate Affairs, Recharge Vehicule Électrique
Since 2017, Léo Viger-Bernard has been working to democratize access to charging in multi-unit buildings in Quebec. With RVE and Murbly, he developed a unique approach in North America that allows EV chargers to be connected directly to the electrical infrastructure of condos and homes, eliminating the need to install a new common electrical infrastructure as well as the recurring costs associated with commercial products. As Vice-President, Corporate Affairs, Léo is working to share this expertise across the country to improve charging for EV owners, building managers and utilities.

LinkedIn:https://www.linkedin.com/in/leovb/
LinkedIn (RVE): https://www.linkedin.com/company/rechargevehiculeelectrique
 

Ian Neville

Senior Sustainability Specialist, City of Vancouver
Ian is a Senior Sustainability Specialist with the City of Vancouver, BC, and has been with the organization since 2013. Ian was the lead author of Vancouver’s 2016 EV Ecosystem Strategy, and presently leads the electric vehicle initiatives in Vancouver’s Climate Emergency Action Plan, along with other climate mitigation initiatives. This plan will see that half of all kilometres travelled in Vancouver will be in zero emissions vehicles by 2030. Ian has degrees in biology and environmental engineering, and has worked on sustainability projects and programs for over 20 years.
 

Arif Rafiq

Transportation Industry Manager, Esri Canada
Mr. Rafiq advises on the practical application of Geographic Information System (GIS) technology for transportation infrastructure. Arif leads Esri Canada’s Transportation and Smart/Future Cities business by supporting governments of all levels with their evolution of civil infrastructure management practices.

LinkedIn: https://linkedin.com/in/rafiqTransport
 

Laura Miller

Head of Public Policy & Communications, Uber Canada
Laura Miller leads the public policy and communications team supporting Uber's rideshare,
delivery, and freight platforms, including its social impact work, across Canada.

Prior to joining Uber, Laura directed marketing and communications at Elevate, an organization focussed on uniting Canada's innovators to solve society’s greatest challenges, and at a property technology firm based in British Columbia. She started her career in politics and government where she had the honour of supporting two Premiers and a Prime Minister.

Laura holds a Bachelor of Arts from Western University.

Twitter: @laurakmiller
Twitter (Uber): @Uber_Canada
Instagram: @laurakatherinemiller
LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/laurakatherinemiller
 

Adam Campbell

Senior Manager of Safety Innovation and Impact, Gatik
Dr. Adam Campbell is the Senior Manager of Safety Innovation and Impact at Gatik, where he oversees fleet, operations, and technology safety as well as impact partnerships, investor and stakeholder engagement. Prior to joining Gatik, Dr. Campbell worked for 9 years in Forensic Engineering, leading the Human Factors group for one of Canada's largest, independent firms, where he researched and consulted on driver behavior in collision events. Dr. Campbell is a published author and an Expert in Driver Performance Assessment and Human Factors as qualified by the Superior Courts of Justice in Ontario.

LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/adam-campbell-b8a24940/
 

Tom Schenkenburger

University of Windsor
Tom joined the University of Winsor in 2020 as a project manager supporting EV research as part of the broader Windsor-Essex regional ecosystem as they transform from the Automotive Capital of Canada into the Automobility Capital of Canada.

Tom started his career in the start-up world focusing on innovation in transportation and smart cities. It was here, working with city and state governments on the US west coast, that Tom saw the impacts of data, mobility and smart cities on moving people, goods and services efficiently and safely.

Tom now works to bridge the gap between academia and industry by forming impactful, market driven partnerships where students and researchers solve real-world challenges in collaboration with industry leaders.
 

Jeff Turner

Director of Clean Mobility, Dunsky Energy + Climate
Jeff Turner is the Director of Clean Mobility at Dunsky Energy + Climate, a Canadian firm that supports governments, utilities and other organizations in their efforts to accelerate the clean energy transition. Jeff’s career has been focused on transportation electrification since 2007, including extensive work on electrifying personal vehicles and fleets, and tackling key challenges related to charging infrastructure and grid capacity. Jeff is a recognized leader in transportation electrification and currently serves on the board of directors of Electric Mobility Canada.
 

Louise Tanguay

Senior Manager of Infrastructure Programs, Natural Resources Canada
Louise Tanguay has been with Natural Resources Canada for 24 years and holds a Bachelor of Management degree from the University of Quebec. The majority of her career has been in the design and delivery of federal programs. She has been actively involved in adapting and implementing several sustainability programs in Canada, such as LEED, Energy Star for Buildings and SmartWay for Sustainable Freight. Since 2017, as lead manager, she manages a budget of $776M dedicated to the deployment of infrastructure for electric vehicles and alternative fuels. Notably, the Zero Emission Vehicle Infrastructure Program (ZEVIP) and the Electric Vehicle and Alternative Fuels Infrastructure Deployment Initiative (EVFDI).
 

France Lampron

Director, Development of customer offers, Energy and Mobility, Hydro Québec
A graduate of the universities of Sherbrooke, Montreal and McGill, France
Lampron has been with Hydro-Québec for nearly 20 years.
Ms. Lampron is currently responsible for the development of customer offers in energy efficiency and electric mobility. In particular, she is
responsible for the design of the Energy Wise and Efficient Solutions programs, as well as the Circuit électrique public charging network. Ms. Lampron sits on the board of directors of Propulsion Québec and chairs the board of Hydro-Québec subsidiary Axso.
 

Philip Safos

Director, Business Development and Partnerships, Toronto Parking Authority
Phil is a transportation professional with experience in planning, customer experience, and business development in both Canada and the United States.

Phil is currently serving as Director, Business Development and Partnerships at the Toronto Parking Authority (TPA). TPA is on a journey to becoming the world’s best provider of sustainable parking, bike share, and last mile mobility experiences and is currently accelerating plans to build and expand EV charging and Bike Share services across the City.

Prior to joining the TPA, Phil held various leadership roles focused on planning and delivering best-in-class multi-modal mobility services at the Greater Toronto Airports Authority (Toronto Pearson), the Metropolitan Transportation Authority (MTA) in New York, and at Metrolinx in Toronto
 

Melissa Chow

Director, Investments, Canadian Infrastructure Bank
Melissa Chow joined the CIB in 2022 and is a Director on the Investments team. Melissa supports the CIB’s investments in Transit and currently leads the CIB’s Charging and Hydrogen Refuelling Infrastructure initiative.

Melissa has 12 years of banking experience in the infrastructure and real estate sectors. Prior to joining the CIB, she was a Director, Corporate Banking at Scotiabank where she was involved in structuring and arranging several landmark project finance and leveraged acquisition finance transactions in Canada, the United States and Europe. Melissa started her career practicing law at a Canadian law firm with a focus on infrastructure project finance.

Melissa holds a JD from Osgoode Hall Law School, York University and a BCom from Queen’s University.
 

Cara Clairman

CEO, Plug'n Drive
CARA CLAIRMAN is President and CEO of Plug’n Drive, a non-profit that is accelerating the adoption of electric vehicles through education and outreach, to maximize the environmental and economic benefits that EVs can provide. Cara has taken Plug’n Drive from an idea to a thriving nonprofit, recognized as a leader in the EV space. Focused on accelerating adoption for more than 10 years, Plug’n Drive has created a number of unique programs to reach consumers, including the award winning Electric Vehicle Discovery Centre, launched in 2017, and the Mobile EV Education Trailer (MEET), launched in 2020.

Cara has more than 25 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 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 and the 2021 winner of the Al Cormier Leadership Award from Electric Mobility Canada. She lives in two EV household, including a Chevy Bolt and a Tesla Model 3.
 

Mariola Mascarin

Customer Insights Analyst, Alectra Utilities
Mariola has been deeply involved in steering the research and marketing strategy at Alectra over the last 7 years. She has worked closely with the Green Energy and Technology Centre, Customer Experience, and Conservation and Demand Management to bring forward insights-driven strategies, bring campaigns to life, and connect all the data points on the back-end.

Prior to this role, Mariola spent over 10 years immersed in primary market research to identify market opportunities and minimize risk for a number of Canada’s leading services and CPG brands. She has worked for some of the top research companies, including Ipsos, Greenfield Online, and ACNielsen.

Mariola brings a diverse perspective with experience in big data, secondary data, and primary data, and the challenges in keeping it all connected and action-driven.
 

Alana Baker

Senior Director of Government Relations, Automotive Industries Association of Canada (AIA Canada)
An accomplished government and public affairs professional, Alana Baker has over 15 years of experience and a proven track record of executing high impact advocacy and public relations campaigns.

Alana launched her career at a local consultancy firm in 2005, providing public affairs advice to senior association executives across North America. Prior to joining AIA Canada, Alana was with the Hotel Association of Canada where she quickly rose through the ranks from Director to Vice-President and played a lead role in achieving significant advocacy wins on behalf of the industry.

Alana is the recipient of the PR News "Top 15-to-Watch" award, and she was recently recognized as a Top 100 Lobbyist by The Hill Times.

Alana currently serves on the Board of Directors of the Government Relations Institute of Canada.

Twitter: @Alana_G_Baker
Twitter (AIA): @AIAofCanada
LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/alana-baker-12a9881
LinkedIn (AIA): https://www.linkedin.com/company/aia-canada/
 

Thierry Spiess

Senior manager of the Advanced Vehicles Program, Natural Resources Canada
Thierry Spiess is the senior manager of the Advanced Vehicles Program at Natural Resources Canada, responsible for light-duty vehicle policy, greening government operations fleet program, Fuel Consumption, technical advise on EV infrastructure and ZEV awareness. Prior to joining the Government, Thierry worked at the Centre for Urban Energy in Toronto, studying grid resilience strategies. He holds a Ph.D in Environmental Science from Ryerson University and a Master in Evolutionary Biology from the University of Zurich.
 

Christopher Ralph

Manager - Client Solutions and Design, Lion Electric
Christopher is the manager of client solutions and design at LionEnergy, the electric vehicle charging division of Lion Electric. He has been involved in energy projects since 2012, and has worked for companies such as Brookfield Renewable Energy, Hydro Ottawa, Envari Engineering and Canada Post. He has studied environmental management and EV policy at University of Toronto, Université de Québec and the University of Lund
 

Hajo Ribberink

Senior Research Engineer, Natural Resources Canada
Hajo Ribberink has a M.Sc. degree in Applied Physics from Delft University in the Netherlands. He has 30 years of experience in using modelling and simulation to assess new and innovative technologies in the energy field. At Natural Resources Canada, he leads CanmetENERGY’s research on transportation electrification.
 

Olivier Trescases

Professor, Electrical and Computer Engineering, University of Toronto; Canada Research Chair in Power Electronic Converters; Director, UofT Electric Vehicle Research Centre (UTEV)
Olivier Trescases received his PhD degree in electrical engineering from the University of Toronto. Prior to joining UofT as a Faculty member in 2009, he worked as a concept engineer and integrated circuit designer for automotive applications at Infineon Technologies in Austria. His team at UofT conducts research on high-efficiency switched-mode power converters and energy systems for automotive, industrial, aerospace and renewable energy applications. Prof. Trescases has co-authored more than 110 peer-reviewed research papers and is a co-inventor on over 20 filed patents. Since 2016, he has been the Director of the UofT Electric Vehicle Research Centre (UTEV), where he participates in multi-disciplinary collaborations on vehicle electrification. His team has received best paper awards at IEEE conferences including, IEEE ISPSD, IEEE EDSSC, IEEE ECCE and the Interpak conference. In 2010 he received the Green Innovation Award from the City of Toronto, presented by Mayor David Miller. While on sabbatical in 2016, he worked for Texas Instruments’ Kilby Labs in Silicon Valley, California, and later at NXP Semiconductor in the Netherlands. Prof. Trescases has been an active volunteer of the IEEE for over 20 years, serving as an Associate Editor of the IEEE Transactions on Power Electronics and as a member of the technical committee for various conferences including ISPSD, APEC and ECCE. Prof. Trescases is a Canada Research Chair in Power Electronic Converters and has served as the Chair of the IEEE Toronto Section (5000+ members) and as a Board Member of IEEE Canada. Prof. Trescases is also active in engineering consulting, having participated in numerous vehicle electrification projects in Canada.
 

Eddy Zuppel

National Research Council
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.
 

Asmae Mokrini

Team Lead, Materials for Energy Technologies, National Research Council
Dr. Mokrini holds a master’s degree in Polymer Science and Technology form the University of Menendez-Pelayo in Madrid and a PhD in Chemical Engineering from the University of Barcelona. She joined the National Research Council in 2003. She is currently the Team Leader for Materials for Energy Technologies group at the Automotive and Surface Transportation Research Center. In this role, she is leading and contributing to several R&D projects in collaboration with industry and other government departments (OGD), related to materials and manufacturing processes developments for clean energy systems including battery technologies.
 

Chisu Kim

Hydro-Quebec
 

Alan Ferguson

Commercial VP, Americas, Li-Cycle
Alan Ferguson is Li-Cycle’s Commercial VP, Americas. He leads Li-Cycle’s efforts to source batteries for
recycling and resource recovery and to market the various products produced at the recycling spokes
and the refinery hub. He brings more than 30 years of technology development and electronics recycling
experience to Li-Cycle.
Prior to joining Li-Cycle in 2020, Alan served as Vice President, Business Development for eCycle
Solutions Inc. which, during his tenure, became the leading electronics resource recovery company in
Canada. While in that role, his responsibilities included sales, marketing, operations management for
Information Technology Asset Disposition (ITAD) services, Compliance Management, and Reverse Supply
Chain Management. He also served in various roles at Gennum Corporation, before being promoted to
Vice President, Corporate Development.
An Ontario native, Alan has a fifth-degree blackbelt in taekwondo and enjoys a wide variety of
extracurricular activities.
A graduate of the University of Waterloo, Alan holds a Bachelor of Applied Science (BASc) in Electrical
Engineering and a Bachelor of Arts in Economics. He also holds a Professional Engineer (P.Eng.)
designation.
 

Sooky Winkler

Senior Engineering Manager, Advanced Materials and Processes, Dana Incorporated
Dr. Sooky Winkler is Senior Engineering Manager, Advanced Materials and Processes at Dana Incorporated. She is responsible for leading Dana’s global materials engineering teams and Dana’s strategic direction for advanced materials and process technologies for next generation e-Propulsion technologies and products.

With 25 years experience in technology development, engineering management, and cross-functional team and stakeholder management; Sooky is passionate about strengthening Dana’s electrification portfolio and Canada’s leadership in innovation through partnerships with industry, academia, and government.

She holds a Ph.D. in Materials Science and Engineering from Imperial College London, UK and is a licensed Professional Engineer of Ontario. She serves on the Board of Directors of Canada’s technology accelerator Refined Manufacturing Acceleration Process (REMAP) and is an Adjunct Professor at the University of Waterloo.
 

Michael Kasprzak

Dana Incorporated
Michael Kasprzak is an Engineering Project Manager of electric motor and inverter development for electrified vehicle applications at Dana Incorporated. Prior to Dana, he was a Lead Design Release Engineer for electric drive modules and e-motors at Stellantis. Michael has a Master of Applied Science in Mechanical Engineering and a Bachelor of Technology in Automotive & Vehicle Technology from McMaster University.
 

Narayan Kar

University of Windsor
 

Jean-Michel Lamarre

Senior Research Officer, National Research Council Canada
Dr. Jean-Michel Lamarre has a PhD in Engineering Physics from Polytechnique Montréal and a Docteur en Sciences degree in Optics from the Fresnel Institute, Université Paul-Cézanne in Marseille. Dr. Lamarre is working as a research scientist in the Thermal Spray Team at National Research Council Canada since 2010. He has more than 20 years of experience in the development of functional coatings’ applications. Dr. Lamarre is leading multi-partner projects on the development of new magnetic materials and design and fabrication of high performance electric motors.
 

Bassam Abdel-Mageed

PhD Student by the Power Electronics & Energy Research (PEER) Group, Concordia University
Bassam Abdel-Mageed received the M.S. degree from Cairo University, Cairo, Egypt, in 2020.

He is currently working toward the Ph.D. degree at Concordia University, Montréal, QC, Canada.

His research interests include the characterization of magnetic materials and design of variable flux permanent magnet machines.
 

Audrey Dépault

Chair of the EMC Battery Working Group and 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.



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.
 

Rachel Doran

Director of Policy and Strategy, Clean Energy Canada
As the director of policy and strategy at Clean Energy Canada, Rachel brings nearly 20 years of experience in policy, politics and law to advance clean energy solutions for Canada’s sustainable economy. Rachel previously served as senior special advisor to the Minister of Environment and Climate Change, advisor to Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and chief of staff to Ministers of Justice and Indigenous Services.

Prior to working as political staff, she was legal counsel for both the Ontario and federal governments, working in litigation, resource management and Indigenous rights. She holds law degrees in civil and common law and a BA from McGill University. She is based in Chelsea, Quebec.
 

Matthew Fortier

CEO, Accelerate
Matthew Fortier is President and CEO of Accelerate, which represents key public and private-sector stakeholders in Canada’s Zero-Emission Vehicle supply chain. Accelerate is a national alliance with a mandate to organize and align Canada’s ZEV supply chain to ensure its growth and success.

Prior to this, Matthew was Vice President of Policy and Public Affairs at the Institute of Corporate Directors, where he led content and strategy development on matters of public policy, legislation and regulation, including sustainability, climate change reporting and the future of work. Previously, Matthew was an executive at Re:Sound and directed policy development and government relations strategies on Canadian intellectual property issues. He has also held senior corporate roles at TD Bank, TD Securities and the Business Council of Canada.

Matthew began his career in federal politics and holds an MA from Goldsmiths College, University of London, and a Director Designation from the Rotman School of Business
 

Nadim Kara

Natural Resources Canada
Nadim is currently a Deputy Director in the Innovation Branch within Natural Resources Canada, where he works on a range of files related to supporting the development and deployment of clean technologies for natural resources. In this role, he manages the Secretariat for the Federal Battery Initiative, a multi-dimensional project to develop a sustainable battery innovation and industrial ecosystem in Canada. Prior to joining NRCan, Nadim held executive positions with Stratos, a sustainability-focused management consulting company and the Prospectors & Developers Association of Canada, a national industry association supporting the Canadian mineral exploration and development industry.
 

Travis Allan

Chief Legal & Public Affairs Officer
Travis J. Allan is Chief Legal & Public Affairs Officer 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.

Twitter: FLO EV Charging Canada

LinkedIn: FLO EV charging

Instagram: @FLO.network

Facebook: FLO EV Charging
 

Suzanne Goldberg

Director of Policy, Canada, ChargePoint
Suzanne Goldberg is an energy, climate and electric vehicle policy professional with over 15 years of experience. She is currently the North American Director of Public Policy for ChargePoint, 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.
 

Lindsay Wiginton

Senior Consultant, Dunsky Energy + Climate Advisors
A Registered Professional Planner, Lindsay brings 11 years of experience at the nexus of urban planning and clean energy. As a Senior Consultant at Dunsky Energy + Climate Advisor, Lindsay supports clients by connecting big-picture objectives to the details that matter for effective clean transportation programs and projects. Prior to joining Dunsky, Lindsay was a Senior Project Manager at the City of Toronto, where she designed and implemented neighbourhood planning and transportation innovation initiatives. Previously, she led the Transportation and Urban Solutions team at the Pembina Institute, where she conducted research and advocacy to advance low-emissions mobility. With a unique understanding of transportation policies at the municipal, provincial and federal levels, Lindsay is known for building productive relationships and developing shared strategies toward a common goal. She holds a master’s degree in urban planning from McGill University and a bachelor’s degree in civil engineering from Queen’s University.
 

Louise Lévesque

Policy Director, EMC and EMC Staff Lead on the ZEV Scorecard
Louise Levesque is the Director of Policy at Electric Mobility Canada (EMC), with vast experience as a communications, marketing, and public relations consultant, specializing in the commercial, cooperative and environmental sectors. At EMC, she focuses on a number of electromobility issues by conducting research & analysis, and leading committees such as the organization’s Government Relations Committee, and the Battery Working Group.
 

Ben Sharpe

Senior Researcher and Canada Lead, The International Council on Clean Transportation
Ben Sharpe is a Senior Researcher in the ICCT’s Heavy-Duty Vehicle Program and also serves as Canada Lead for the organization. He is currently doing technical analyses to support ongoing policy development for reducing fuel consumption, greenhouse gas emissions and criteria pollutants from on-road vehicles. In addition, he is leading the ICCT’s efforts to support commercial truck and bus electrification in the United States and Canada. Prior to joining the ICCT, Ben worked as a field engineer for an Schlumberger, and oilfield services company, in Indonesia and Texas. He also worked for the California Air Resources Board in their Emissions Inventory Group. His doctorate work at the Institute of Transportation Studies at the University of California in Davis primarily focused on life-cycle assessments of advanced vehicles and emission-control technologies for the on-road heavy-duty vehicle sector. He holds a B.S. and M.S. in Civil Engineering from Stanford University and a Ph.D. in Civil Engineering from the University of California, Davis.

The ICCT is an independent, global, non-profit research organization dedicated to providing data-driven research to support effective policy-making designed to reduce the health and environmental impacts of transportation activity around the world. The ICCT has offices in Washington D.C., San Francisco, Berlin and Beijing.
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