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.

See the full agenda here.

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, Fleet Electrification 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

Amanda Chow – Environmental Analyst, Vancouver Airport Authority

Amanda Chow is an Environmental Analyst who oversees the air quality, emissions and water conservation portfolios for Vancouver International Airport (YVR). Amanda is a strong advocate for the environment and is determined to help create a better and more sustainable world. For more than eight years, Amanda has been championing waste, carbon and potable water reduction projects and programs in the not-for-profit and local government sectors. Amanda leads the installation of electric vehicle charging infrastructure for public, employee and fleet charging at YVR. To date, there are over 70 electric vehicle charging stalls at the airport, with additional stalls to become available in 2020 and 2021. Amanda holds a Bachelor of Science with Honours in Natural Resources Conservation from the University of British Columbia and is a registered Professional Agrologist with the British Columbia Institute of Agrologists.

Monica Samuda – Energy Manager, District of North Vancouver

Through 25 years in energy conservation, Monica has become a specialist in municipal energy management.

A broad foundation supports her focus on Strategic Energy Management; her background has been buildings & performance contracting, project management and inter-disciplinary team building.  Reporting District GHG emissions includes Fleet, so this is where Monica was introduced to the municipal non-stationary energy use.

Prior to joining the District of North Vancouver in 2014, Monica was Energy Manager for the City of Winnipeg and the City of Vancouver.

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.

Philip 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.

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.

Yves Provencher – Senior Manager, Business Development, The Lion Electric Co.

Yves Provencher, Senior Business Development manager, Yves lead R&D and engineering teams over 30 years with the goal of accelerating implementation of new technology in the trucking industry throughout North America. He worked with all type of trucking companies from very large ones to owner operators. He understands how fleet owner approach new technology and how to successfully implement new technology.

Larry Smith – Director of Fleet Operations, Mitsubishi Fuso Trucks of America

Larry Smith is a 30 year veteran of the Prime Power & Truck Equipment industries. He is the Director of Fleet Operations for Mitsubishi Fuso Truck of America Inc., a Daimler Global Brand OEM of cabover trucks. He is currently leading the company’s eCanter Battery Electric Medium Duty Sales & Marketing activities for the U.S. & Canada.  Larry was also instrumental in the successfully 2017 launch of the Fuso eCanter to top fleet accounts in North America. He is also know by his colleagues in the E-Mobility space as “Lectric Larry” for his knowledge, dedication, devotion and passion of promoting electric work trucks. He has held previous executive management positions with Detroit Diesel Distributorships and Major Truck OEM Dealerships. Larry is a graduate of The University of Wisconsin – Platteville with a Bachelor of Science degree in Industrial Power.

Fraser Atkinson, CEO and Chairman, Green Power Motor Company

Mr. Fraser Atkinson is the CEO & Chairman and Director of GreenPower Motor Company. Mr. Atkinson has been a director and officer of a number of public companies.  Mr. Atkinson is also the President and majority shareholder of several private manufacturing companies. Mr. Atkinson was a partner at KPMG, LLP for over 14 years, having left there in 2002.  Throughout his career he has advised companies on over 300 financings.

Infrastructure and Charging Solutions

Catharine Reid – Senior Marketing Specialist, Ballard Power Systems

Catharine Reid has spent 18 years in the clean energy sector, as an experienced champion behind heavy duty motive applications at Ballard. Focused on the transit (bus, truck) market, Catharine leads marketing campaigns with significant analysis, research and industry outlook data to create comprehensive information for Ballard’s audiences and customers. Catharine is responsible for delivering lead generation and nurturing initiatives, social media campaigns, digital and content marketing, technical writing and sales tools to support revenue generation and thought leadership programs. Catharine holds a BBA from Simon Fraser University with a Marketing Concentration.

David Breault – Senior Manager, Fleet Solutions, ChargePoint

David Breault is Sr. Manager, Fleet Solutions for ChargePoint, the largest electric vehicle charging network with the most complete set of hardware, cloud services, and support available today. Residing in Massachusetts, David supports ChargePoint’s teams working with Municipal, Government, and Utility fleets in the U.S and Canada. David has over 25 years of sales and marketing experience in automotive electronics, commercial upfitters, and vehicle electrification, including an MIT startup, XL Hybrids. At XL, David accelerated the adoption of new automotive technologies to help fleet customers meet their sustainability and electrification goals. David is currently enrolled in the Woods College of Advancing Studies at Boston College.

Amy Sidwell – Manager of Fleet and Manufacturing Services, City of Vancouver

Amy is the Manager of Fleet and Manufacturing Services for the City of Vancouver.  With approximately 2,000 vehicles and equipment in the Vancouver fleet, valued at over $200 million, she is responsible for technology innovation, asset management, and repair and maintenance programs to ensure the fleet is able to support essential public services delivered by all City departments, including Engineering Services, Vancouver Board of Parks and Recreation, Vancouver Police Department, and Vancouver Fire and Rescue Services.  The Fleet and Manufacturing Services branch is also responsible for the City’s Green Fleet Strategy which aims to reduce fleet emissions 50% below 2007 levels by 2030 through the use of innovative technologies such as electric vehicles and lower emission fuels, and by providing fleet users with data about how their fleet assets are used to assist them with operational decisions about deployment and route planning.  To date, Vancouver has 115 electric vehicles in the fleet, making it one of the largest municipal fleets of electric vehicles in Canada.

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 – Senior Sustainability Advisor, Translink

Dom Repta is the Senior Sustainability Advisor at TransLink where he leads the development of TransLink’s Carbon Fleet Strategy – an electrification strategy for almost 1,500 buses throughout 21 Municipalities and a service area of over 1,800 square kilometers. Dom’s team has also led the development and successful issuance of TransLink’s two Green Bonds (Oct 2018, 2019), valued at $600 million and has helped TransLink be recognized as an APTA Platinum Level Signatory and a Greenest Employee Award recipient two years in a row.

David Hollingworth – Environment and Climate Change Committee, Ambulance Paramedics of British Columbia

David Hollingworth has been working as a paramedic for 14 years in Vancouver BC, and is the chair for his union’s Environment and Climate Change Committee. The Ambulance Paramedics of British Columbia – CUPE 873 – formally recognized the climate crisis in 2017 and have been lobbying for electric vehicle trials since this time. David and his committee have researched the deployment of EVs and PHEVs in ambulance services in the United Kingdom and the Netherlands.  They have also built relationships with the BC Emergency Health Services ( BCEHS ) Fleet Department, ambulance manufacturer Demers, and BC’s Ministry of Energy, Mines and Petroleum Resources. BCEHS has more than 500 ambulances and 80 support vehicles in its fleet.  2018 saw the first hybrid ambulance brought to this fleet and David and his committee are hopeful the first plugin electric vehicles will be brought to the fleet in 2020.  David is a graduate of Western University with a Bachelor of Science degree in Computer Science.

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 – Principal & Co-founder, Zen Clean Energy Solutions

Jeff Grant is a Principal and co-founder of Zen Clean Energy Solutions, a boutique clean energy consulting firm located in Vancouver, BC. Jeff has a passion for the electrification of the transportation industry. His understanding of the needs of government and private sector partners enables him to deliver contracts and successful projects that are “win -win” for all stakeholders. Jeff studied Business Administration at Carleton University and Algonquin College and has certificates from BCIT, Caltech and the Sauder School of Business. Jeff leads the commercial and government business development activities at Zen, providing assistance and expertise with non-dilutive funding, technology selection, partner match-making, integration, operations and maintenance, and project management. Recently, Jeff participated in the development of a National ZEV Vehicle strategy as a member of the public outreach working group. Jeff spent 15 years at Ballard Power Systems in several key business development roles, including the commercial lead for the North American bus market, and account manager for Ballard’s largest customer at the time, Plug Power. Jeff also led several key external relations activities at Ballard. Key roles include:Chair, Canadian Transportation Fuel Cell Alliance Working Group; Chair, Canadian Sub-Committee to IEC TC/105; Chair, California Fuel Cell Partnership Bus Team.

Aditya Ramesh – Project Manager, Electric Bus and Coach Bus, CUTRIC

Aditya (Adi) Ramesh serves as the Project Manager for the Pan-Canadian Electric Bus Demonstration and Integration Trial and the National Power Providers Transit Electrification Working Group. Aditya has many years of experience working as a design engineer in the automotive sector, and has a deep passion for all things transportation. He trained as a project manager and worked on sustainable market place projects during his MBA. Aditya spent a number of years living in Europe and South East Asia where he developed a fascination for public transport systems and how they could drive the future of sustainable mobility. M.B.A. – Gies College of Business, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.  M.Eng. – Mechanical Engineering (Automotive) – The University of Nottingham




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

























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

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