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

Mahdis Araujo

Program Manager, Sustainable Transportation

Mahdis Araujo is Program Manager, Sustainable Transportation. Mahdis joined FBC’s Plug In BC team as an EV Advisor in March 2020. She now oversees all Plug In BC programs.

Mahdis is passionate about environmental initiatives, social equity, youth engagement and community building. She has worked with hundreds of people in multi-unit residential buildings, educational institutions and workplaces to help bring EV charging infrastructure to their buildings. Within FBC, she has contributed to program design, communications and social equity, and she is currently leading a research project on barriers to electrification in marginalized communities.

Before coming to FBC, Mahdis was a Program Ambassador at the City of Port Coquitlam, where she successfully implemented a Repair Café, Recycling Drop-off events and Trail and River Clean-ups. In that capacity, she also conducted extensive outreach and education at schools, community events and strata meetings, and within the organizations to address the importance of waste reduction, energy conservation and wildlife cohabitation within urban settings.

Mahdis has a studied design, communications, and social sciences. Outside of work, she can be found walking or biking the Vancouver seawall with her son and 2-year-old husky, Kona.

Mary Barrientos

Program Administrator

Mary Barrientos is the Program Administrator, Sustainable Transportation Program with the Fraser Basin Council’s Climate Change and Air Quality Program, supporting the CleanBC Go Electric Rebates program. As Program Administrator, Mary provides support in tracking and approving received applications for the Go Electric Rebates program, responds to inquiries related to Go Electric Rebates 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.

Bala Venkata

Program Lead, Zero Emission Fleets / Go Electric Fleets Program

Bala works as the ZEV Fleets Advisor and handles the Go Electric Fleets program, supporting the electrification journey of organizations and their fleets.

His passion to keep himself updated with all things automotive and would enjoy having a conversation about sustainable transportation and vehicle electrification all day.

Pulkit Kathuria

Program Lead, Charging Infrastructure

Pulkit works on the CleanBC Go Electric Public Charger program supporting the needs of organizations to install Public Charging infrastructure in the Province of British Columbia. He has also worked as an EV advisor and has provided support to hundreds of Multi Unit Residential Buildings and Workplaces getting started on bringing EV charging infrastructure in their developments.

Pulkit holds a Master of Community and Regional Planning degree from School of Community and Regional Planning, UBC and a Bachelor of Planning degree from School of Planning and Architecture (SPA), Delhi.

Kevin Fowler

Program Coordinator

Kevin Fowler is an EV Advisor and supports Multi Unit Residential Buildings and Workplaces by guiding them through the process of installing EV charging infrastructure in their developments. Kevin also supports the CleanBC Go Electric Rebates program and our Emotive campaign as a Program Coordinator. He joined FBC’s Plug In BC team in July 2022 and was previously an Environmental Technician at the City of Vancouver where he mitigated environmental impacts caused from land filling municipal solid waste.

Kevin is passionate about sustainability, clean technology, circular economics, and protecting our ecosystem. He holds a Diploma in Environmental Protection of Technology from Kwantlen Polytechnic University. In his spare time, you can find him being active outdoors, playing sports, or in the kitchen.

Michael Stanyer

Program Lead, Communicaitons

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.