Upcoming Event

BC West Coast Electric Fleets 2019

December 5, 2019


Commercial fleet vehicles such as medium and heavy-duty trucks and buses account for more than one third of B.C.’s transportation related GHG emissions. Zero emission vehicles play a central role in B.C.’s climate change solution, and we are pleased to invite you to explore the challenges, barriers and solutions to electric vehicle adoption in fleets with us.

This year’s symposium will welcome over 200 decision makers, analysts, managers, experts and policy leaders from industry, government, NGOs and academic institutions. Last year’s symposium was a resounding success, and the most common ask was to bring it back.

Hot breakfast, lunch and delicious snacks will be served!

Keynote Speakers

Charlotte Argue – Senior Manager, Fleet Electrification, Geotab

Charlotte has focused on accelerating EV adoption for the last ten years. Previously she managed the Plug-In BC program with the Fraser Basin Council, leading several provincial initiatives that supported EV charging infrastructure, fleet uptake and EV awareness. Additionally, she administered a national green rating program that recognizes sustainable fleet management. She is now senior manager of fleet electrification with Geotab, a global leader in fleet telematics and connected vehicles. In this role, Charlotte enables EV uptake through data-driven fleet management software.

Jason Scultety – Key Account Manager, BC Hydro

Jason is a Key Account Manager at BC Hydro, with a specific focus on assisting customers with fleet electrification. Jason’s role is new to BC Hydro, designed to support the province’s CleanBC Transportation goals. In his role, Jason will be focussing on existing BC Hydro key account customers as well as other larger fleet organizations to assist with their fleet electrification strategies. Jason is a professional engineer and project manager, with a background in energy management, technical procurement, and automotive engineering and manufacturing.

Success Stories from Fleets

Rob Rothwell – Manager, Fleet Operations, Vancouver Police Department

Rob Rothwell spent 33 years as a police officer, retiring in 2012 as the superintendent leading the Investigation Division of the Vancouver Police Department. Soon after retirement, Rob was engaged as the civilian manager of Fleet Operations for the Vancouver Police Department. Parallel to his policing career, Rob established a career in automotive journalism, supplying automotive reviews and related content to the Postmedia Network and various print and online publications. More recently, Rob has been involved in the development and production of factual and scripted TV.

Phillip Saunders – Green Fleet Program Manager, City of Seattle

Philip Saunders serves as the Green Fleet Program Manager for the City of Seattle (#4 Green Fleet-100 Best Fleets 2019). In this role, he provides subject matter expertise in green technology, procurements, policy, and capital projects. Philip authored the 2019 City of Seattle Green Fleet Action Plan and continues to work with all City departments in reducing fleet emissions in support of Seattle’s climate goals. For his leadership in electric vehicles and technology, he received Governor Jay Inslee’s Award for Leadership in Management. Philip is nationally recognized for his work with Washington State’s first Electric Vehicle Supply Equipment (EVSE) contract and Electric Vehicle (EV) contract, both of which tout the widest range of available EVs with cost saving measures built into the contracts. As a vital part of the City’s diversity team, Philip continually champions small businesses led by minorities, women and disadvantaged business enterprises through key outreach and unique contracting techniques.

Philip is a retired military warrant officer with 20 years as an Army logistician and contracting officer where he managed an array of contracts in logistical related services. Philip holds a bachelor’s in Business Administration and is a Lean Six Sigma Green Belt, Demonstrated Senior Logistician, and Master Certified Food Executive. He also currently serves as an appointed mentorship committee member for the National Institute of Governmental Purchasing.


  • Monica Samuda – District of North Vancouver
  • Amanda Chow – Vancouver Airport Authority

Supplier and Buyer Coordination

Alexander Voets – Sales and Marketing Manager, Commercial Electric Fleets, Daimler Trucks North America

Alexander Voets is the Sales and Marketing Manager for Daimler’s future electric commercial vehicles in North America. Under its Freightliner brand, Daimler Trucks will introduce class 6-8 commercial vehicles to series production in 2021 and is currently working closely with its customers to actively shape these products. Mr. Voets has spent his career in areas where automotive and technology industries meet. He has launched several Connected Car projects, oversaw the Autonomous Driving team for an OEM and served as Software Development Manager for in-vehicle entertainment applications. Alexander holds a Master’s degree in Industrial Engineering from University of Technology Aachen (RWTH Aachen) in Germany and Master’s degree in Engineering and Management from Tsinghua University Beijing.


  • Fraser Atkinson, Green Power Motor Company
  • Yves Provencher – Développement Des Affaires, The Lion Electric Co.

Infrastructure and Charging Solutions

  • David Breault, ChargePoint
  • Catharine Reid, Ballard Power Systems
  • Amy Sidwell, City of Vancouver

Electrifying the Service Sector

Robert Safrata – CEO, West Coast Sight Seeing

Robert Safrata is an entrepreneur with over 25 years of experience acquiring, building and growing companies by delivering a triple bottom line. He has a successful track-record of acquiring under-performing companies and executing a turnaround strategy that drives growth and profitability, with a focus on integrating sustainability into the business; a point of differentiation from competitors.  As an industry leader and speaker, Robert served as an inaugural member of Vancouver’s “Greenest City Action Team” helping to guide economic development leadership towards the goal of making Vancouver the greenest city in the world by 2020 and regularly shares the story of NOVEX’s transformation from a high-carbon business into an industry leader as a certified B-Corp and the greenest courier company in Canada.  Robert is a member of the Young Presidents Organization, a past Chairman of Outward Bound Canada, and past Chair of the Audit Committee of Tourism Vancouver.  As a former member of the 1976 Canadian Olympic Alpine Ski Team at Innsbruck, Austria, Robert continues to use the discipline and drive of competitive sport to guide his triple bottom line approach to business.

Kevin Bélanger – Owner and Founder, Tesla Tours

Kevin Bélanger is the founder and owner of Tesla Tours. Kevin completed a Masters of Science at the University of Victoria’s School of Earth & Ocean Science to understand seismic and tsunami risk by studying sea-level change around Vancouver Island since the last ice-age.Kevin is a very active member of the EV and sustainable energy community and is looking forward to a third year of pushing “beyond sustainable” as an entrepreneurial founding advisor to Victoria’s Impact Sustainability Travel & Tourism Conference. Kevin is a passionate advocate of grass-roots change and has dedicated his life to addressing climate change with the pragmatic adoption of both incremental and disruptive improvements to how we travel.


  • Dom Repta, Translink

Policy Options for Fleet Electrification

Suzanne Goldberg – Director of Public Policy, ChargePoint

Suzanne Goldberg has over 10 years of experience in the field of energy, climate, and electric vehicle policy. She is currently the Director of Public Policy for ChargePoint in Canada, the world’s leading electric vehicle (EV) charging network, with more than 100,000 places to charge on its network around the world. 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.


  • Jeff Grant – Zen Clean Energy Solutions
  • Aditya Ramesh – CUTRIC




This event is made possible with support from our sponsors and from the province of British Columbia.























Questions? Contact Pete Thimmaiah, Plug In BC, pthimmaiah@pluginbc.ca

Vehicle Display: If you want to display your vehicle, drop us a line here.

Booth Space and Sponsorship: Spaces for display booths are still available. For more information, contact mbarrientos@fraserbasin.bc.ca

River Rock Casino Resort: Book your room here.

This event is made possible with support from our sponsors and from the province of British Columbia.

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