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.
Senior Manager, Sustainable Transportation Programs
James (Jim) Gudjonson is the Senior Manager, Sustainable Transportation Programs for the Fraser Basin Council’s Climate Change and Air Quality Program. Jim leads the Plug In BC team’s various Electric Vehicle (EV) and EV charging infrastructure programs.
Prior to joining FBC, Jim was the Director of Sustainability and Energy Manager at Thompson Rivers University, where he led the institution to two number-one global sustainability rankings. Jim’s role at TRU, and as an independent consultant, included developing sustainable transportation plans and the adoption of EVs and related charging infrastructure. Jim has a master’s degree in Interdisciplinary Studies (MAIS) with a focus on sustainable community development from Royal Roads University.
In his free time, you can find Jim skiing, biking, or hiking with his family. He is also an internationally certified mountain guide and has led expeditions to more than 20 mountain ranges across 6 continents.
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.
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.
Dr. Pete Thimmaiah
Program Manager, Zero-Emission Fleets Program, Plug in BC
Dr. Pete Thimmaiah is a Program Manager 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 company Robert Bosch, Germany as a senior mechanical engineer. He has several scientific publications related 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 the Simon Fraser University and a master of science degree from Coventry University and a bachelor of science degree in mechanical engineering from Visvesvaraya Technological University.
Mary Barrientos is the Program Administrator, Sustainable Transportation Program with the Fraser Basin Council’s Climate Change and Air Quality Program, supporting the Specialty Use Vehicle Incentive Program. As Program Administrator, Mary provides support in tracking and approving received applications for SUVI, responds to inquiries related to SUVI applications, provides quarterly financial analysis and regular updates on data received in the program.
Mary started as a volunteer for the Fraser Basin Council to provide administrative support in the Finance department. Shortly, she was offered a part-time and eventually a full-time position to join the team as a Finance and Administrative Coordinator. She also processed applications on previous programs related to EV incentives delivered by FBC.
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 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.