About Plug In BC

Plug In BC strives to be a central source for information on programs and initiatives that are supporting the electric vehicle market, including:

The Plug In BC Collaboration

Plug In BC is a program of the Fraser Basin Council and works in collaboration with government, industry, academic institutions, EV owners, NGOs and utilities to advance the uptake of electric vehicles in British Columbia.

Our Team

Neil MacEachern

Program Manager, Sustainable Transportation

Neil MacEachern is a Program Manager, Sustainable Transportation for the Fraser Basin Council’s Climate Change and Air Quality Program, and heads the organization’s electric vehicle initiative, Plug In BC.

Prior to joining FBC, Neil was involved extensively in sustainable transportation in municipal government and conducted greenhouse gas project verification and environmental management system auditing with KPMG. He holds a master’s degree in carbon management from the University of Edinburgh, and a bachelor of science in forestry from the University of British Columbia.

On the weekends, Neil is typically riding a bike, or coaching his children on the strategy of Rock-Paper-Scissors.

Inger Miller

Inger Miller

EV Advisor for MURBs and Workplaces

Inger is an EV Advisor for the Fraser Basin Council’s Climate Change and Air Quality Program, supporting electric vehicle initiatives under the Plug In BC program. As an EV Advisor, Inger is responsible for providing advice, information and support to a range of audiences on their electric vehicle needs and charging applications.

Prior to joining FBC, Inger worked in the commercial transportation sector as a Policy Analyst at the BC Trucking Association. She was a member of the Sustainable Transportation Action Research Team and has co-authored research articles on consumer perceptions of battery electric vehicles.

Inger holds a Master of Resource and Environmental Management from Simon Fraser University and a Bachelor of Science in Economics with a minor in Business Administration from Florida Agricultural and Mechanical University.

Dr. Pete Thimmaiah

Dr. Pete Thimmaiah

Program Lead, Zero-Emission Fleets

Pete Thimmaiah is a Program Lead for the Fraser Basin Council’s Climate Change and Air Quality Program, supporting zero-emission fleets initiatives for Plug In BC. He joined FBC in 2018.

Prior to joining FBC, Pete worked with the automotive giant Robert Bosch, Germany as a senior mechanical engineer. He has several scientific publications on clean energy technologies, and also a frequent contributor to the “Huffington Post Canada” and “Policy Options magazine.” Pete holds a doctor of philosophy (Ph.D.) degree in mechatronic systems engineering from Simon Fraser University, a Master of Science degree in mechanical engineering from Coventry University, and a Bachelor of Science degree in mechanical engineering from Visvesvaraya Technological University.

Shannon Gilchrist

Shannon Gilchrist

Program Coordinator

Shannon is a Program Coordinator for Plug In BC, a program of Fraser Basin Council’s Climate Change and Air Quality. She provides support to the electric vehicle programs and events.

Shannon entered the world of electric vehicles as part of the team delivering the Emotive program at Metro Vancouver. She holds a bachelor’s degree in Physics from Simon Fraser University where she began volunteering in public outreach and event planning. Her mission is to make complicated subjects easy to understand whether it be teaching kids about rockets at a space museum or pointing out all the different components that make EVs go!

Michael Stanyer

Michael Stanyer

Program Coordinator

Michael contributes to communications and social media, and also assists with events. Before joining the team, he was a volunteer Emotive Ambassador. He is keen to share the journeys that EV owners take, from island get-aways to epic road trips in the Rockies. Whether at events, through social media or web articles, Michael looks forward to connecting with EV owners, and the EV curious, to discuss the exciting new possibilities that electric vehicles bring to travelling in BC. Before joining the Plug In BC team, Michael worked on digital media and public outreach in the BC tourism industry.

Mahdis Araujo

EV Advisor

Mahdis is an EV Advisor with the Fraser Basin Council’s Climate Change and Air Quality Program, supporting electric vehicle initiatives under the Plug In BC program. As an EV Advisor, Mahdis lends support to a range of audiences on electric vehicle and charging applications, contributes to the design and refinement of the province-wide EV incentive program, and assists her team on parallel Plug In BC initiatives.

Prior to joining FBC, Mahdis worked at the City of Port Coquitlam as a Program Ambassador and Special Events Lead, where she designed and executed sustainable community programs and produced large-scale civic and community events.

Mahdis holds a Bachelor of Arts from Simon Fraser University, Major in Political Science, and a Design Management Certificate from Emily Carr University.