Global Electrification Now = Low Carbon Future Summit
Climate change is disruptive. We can all agree on that. But there is a path forward where we can rise above the disruptions: electrification. It’s the best way to bridge the gap to meet our climate goals, which is why the Clean Energy Association of BC (CEBC) is hosting our first ever Global Electrification Summit.
BC’s brand is “supernatural” and associated with a clean, green environment. BC’s heritage hydro and the 120 small hydro, wind, solar, biogas and biomass projects in every region of the province already provide the province with one of the greenest, lowest-cost electricity systems in the world. This clean energy gives us a phenomenal global competitive advantage, enabling us to create some of the lowest carbon products and services in the international marketplace. We’re already producing the lowest carbon aluminum and every cup of coffee made in BC with our clean electricity is ultra-low carbon.
On December 12, 2015, the international community respond to the threat of climate change by agreeing to keep the temperature rise this century below 2 degrees Celsius. As part of this global effort, the BC government has committed to a 40% reduction in GHG emissions by 2030, which equates to a 23 MT GHG reduction. As BC designs our climate change strategy and the energy roadmap comes together, electrification sits at the very center. Simply put, this is the transition from fossil fuels to using electricity for transportation, heating buildings, and the industrial sectors.
We welcome your participation in our Global Electrification Summit on June 14th in Vancouver.
Graham Anderson is an entrepreneur with a passion for solutions that conserve resources, improve livelihoods and support healthy communities.
Graham currently works with Ecotrust Canada as Community Energy Program Manager, where he brings ten years’ hands-on experience developing, launching, and expanding social enterprises to his work with communities. In this role, Graham leads the development of projects that support Indigenous communities to dramatically reduce energy costs by switching to clean and affordable sources of heat.
Graham is also co-founder of Shift Delivery, an enterprise that uses cargo tricycles for goods distribution, and President of East End Food Co-op in Vancouver.
Graham studied Economics, Dialogue and Sustainable Community Development at Simon Fraser University.
André Bernier has served as Senior Director, Renewable and Electrical Energy Division, at Natural Resources Canada (NRCan) since October. His team is currently focused on the implementation of new measures to support the deployment of smart grid technologies, emerging renewable electricity projects (such as offshore wind, tidal and geothermal) and measures to help reduce the reliance of rural and remote communities on diesel fuel. This builds on the team’s earlier programming such as the Wind Power Production Incentive and ecoENERGY for Renewable Power. As well, the team is facilitating two regional dialogues with provinces aimed at identifying transformational electricity infrastructure projects.
André previously served at Canada’s Department of Innovation, Science and Economic Development (ISED) where he was the Senior Director responsible for aerospace industrial policy. Prior to working at ISED, André was the analyst responsible for domestic climate change policy at the Privy Council office and worked at NRCan in the Deputy Minister’s Office.
André holds a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science and Economics (University of Waterloo) and a Master’s degree in Public Affairs (Princeton University).
JD Brannock is Manager of Storage Development at Invenergy. He has 9 years of experience developing and commercializing renewable energy technologies, including solar, wind, and storage. He holds a BS in Physics from he University of North Carolina and an MBA from the Michigan Ross School of Business.
Bryan Cox is the President & CEO of the Mining Association of British Columbia (MABC). As the preeminent voice and advocate for the mining industry in B.C., Bryan leads a team actively working with governments, business leaders, First Nations, communities, and the broader public to advocate for and communicate the economic and social value of mining. MABC is focused on keeping the interests of its members and the value of mining forefront in the minds of British Columbians, especially regarding society’s transition to a lower carbon economy.
Bryan joined MABC as Vice President of Corporate Affairs in 2014, bringing with him a wealth of experience in government relations, public affairs, and stakeholder engagement.
Prior to joining MABC, Bryan spent seven years in the brewing industry in progressively senior roles including Vice President, Western Canada at Canada’s National Brewers, where he was responsible for managing the regulatory and public affairs agenda for Canada’s largest brewers across the four western provinces.
Before joining the private sector, Bryan spent several years in senior roles with the Government of British Columbia.
Bryan is on the Steering Committees of Mining for Miracles, the B.C. Centre of Training Excellence in Mining, and the Mining Sector Advisory Group at the BC Industry Training Authority
Dr. Crawford is an Associate Professor in Mechanical Engineering at the University of Victoria, and a member of the Institute for Integrated Energy Systems. His group’s research spans from renewable power generation, through to smart grids and integration of plug-in electrified vehicles employing a range of probabilistic modeling and optimization tools. He led an NRCan ecoENERGY project studying plug-in vehicle and renewables integration onto the BC grid. He currently co-leads the UVic portion of the PICS Transportation Futures project, looking broadly at transportation electrification from e-bikes, through autonomous electrified vehicles and e-buses, to alternative heavy-duty freight drivetrains with partners including TransLink, BC Hydro, and the CRD. He serves on the Canadian Urban Transit Research Consortium (CUTRIC) board and scientific review committee, and his group has been active in analyzing transit regions across Canada for E-bus trials.
Allan Grant is a seasoned business executive with over 30 years’ experience with BC Hydro in the clean energy sector and stationary power markets, as well as over 6 and a half years’ experience with Corvus Energy. He is currently VP Sales with Corvus Energy, where he is responsible for North American and Far East markets, as well as portions of the European markets. Allan also developed and lead Corvus’ global customer service team.
Born and raised in the Heiltsuk Nation, Jaimie Harris is a self-motivated professional with a passion for creating positive change in her community. After completing a Bachelor of Business Administration with an advanced diploma in marketing, Jaimie had relocated back to Bella Bella. Elected into the Heiltsuk Tribal Council in 2016, Jaimie has taken on many projects within her two portfolios of Education and Youth. The top projects to date have been Camosun College Carpentry Trades Program, Eco-trust Heat Pump Training, and UBC Business Plan Education. Jaimie also serve as the HEDC Tourism/Retail Chair, Qqs Society board member and Mid-Coast Training Society board member.
Matt Horne is the City of Vancouver’s climate policy manager. He is responsible for delivering on the City’s commitment to have 100% of the energy used in Vancouver come from renewable sources by 2050. He also advises senior management, and mayor and council on climate change policy issues. Prior to joining the City, Matt worked for the Pembina Institute helping to advance climate change policy in B.C. and across Canada. He has a Master of Resource Management degree from Simon Fraser University, and a Bachelor of Industrial Engineering degree from Dalhousie University.
Colby Richardson is the business development manager for GreenPower Motor Company Inc., a leading battery-electric bus manufacturer based in Vancouver. Colby manages the development of new markets for GreenPower’s zero-emission vehicles and acts as a lead for government relations, compliance, and strategic communications in public and investor relations. Previously, he worked in business development for Hootsuite Media, building consultative relationships with prospective partners and managing large-enterprise accounts in consulting, services, and engineering industries. Colby holds a bachelor’s degree in International Relations from Brown University.
Mr. Dave Richardson is currently a Director of GreenPower Motor Inc. which is paving the way for the future of clean energy transit. Greenpower offers the broadest size range of any green bus company in the world with 6 different shuttles, school and transit buses.
Mr. Richardson has been passionate about environmental work for his entire career and always has new projects regarding this sector in the pipeline. He is currently looking into ideas to help clean up the Amazon River and oceans from plastic pollution.
Mr. Richardson was a director of The World Wildlife Fund, Canada and Terramerra Inc. which markets environmentally friendly natural products, for home and agriculture as alternatives to chemicals and pesticides.
Mr. Richardson has also served on a number of other public and private boards throughout his career. He is a director a Richardson International and Director Emeritus of Ducks Unlimited Canada following 20 years on the board and remains dedicated to several other charities and philanthropic activities. Passionate about societal stigma and in particular mental health, he co-founded the charity ‘The Stigma-Free Society’ and serves as Chair on the Board of Directors.
Dave Richardson is the President and CEO of Octaform Systems Inc. Octaform designs and markets a patented stay- in-place concrete forming system that offers benefits that no conventional forming system can equal.
At Siemens Bulent Telek is responsible for technical aspects of Liquid Natural Gas (LNG) projects in North America. Mr. Telek has Electrical Engineering degree and expert of large electric motors, generators and Variable Speed Drives with extensive experience in Oil &Gas industry, particularly LNG applications. He deals with the LNG developers, International Oil Companies, FEED and EPC Contractors. He also leads various electrification initiatives in North America region.
With 25 years of experience in project management and urban development prior to founding World of Walas in 2010, Gerben Van Straaten centered his company around implementing best practices and innovations to achieve sustainable, ethical and economical community urban development. World of Walas utilizes models that retain the DNA of communities with significantly less investment upfront, and financial returns that are comparable or better. We listen to communities and bring innovations and partners together for them in ways that produce exponential results.
Over the past 8 years, the company has created a portfolio of some of the most sustainable buildings in Europe and continues to rapidly expand. Utilizing a financial model of long-term investment in the communities and our properties, World of Walas has recently completed a solar parkade in May 2018 for the parking lot of Carbon6, a 500,000 sq ft commercial building that is owned and operated by World of Walas. The solar parkade will generate approximately 35% of the energy required for Carbon6’s operations (900,000 kWh of energy each year), reduces CO2 emissions by over 400,000kg, and achieves this with an expected Return On Investment of 5 years.”
Locally, Walas provides support to the urban development community in the access and implementation of innovative practices and products in urban development through Walas Concepts, their consulting branch. Dudoc Vancouver, Walas’ centre for sustainability innovation in Vancouver, has supported innovative European companies and their products in entering the North America building market for nearly the past 4 years. Globally, through various access-to-innovation platforms, such as Dudoc Vancouver, Walas is accelerating sustainable urban development worldwide.
As a renown global industry leader and through his work with the United Nations, Gerben has addressed over 22 million people on better approaches to the financing of sustainable urban development on global stages.”
Dr. Andrew Weaver was first elected MLA in the 2013 BC Provincial election to serve the riding of Oak Bay-Gordon Head. Since November 2015, Dr. Weaver has served as the Leader of the BC Green Party. In 2017, he was re-elected and now serves as the Leader of the Third Party, in BC’s first Green Party Caucus.
Born and raised in Victoria, BC, he has a BSc in Mathematics & Physics from the University of Victoria, a Certificate of Advanced Studies in Mathematics from Cambridge University, and a PhD in Applied Mathematics from the University of British Columbia.
Prior to his election to the BC Legislature, Dr. Weaver served as Canada Research Chair in climate modelling and analysis in the School of Earth and Ocean Sciences at the University of Victoria. He was a Lead Author in the United Nations Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change 2nd, 3rd, 4th and 5th scientific assessments.
Dr. Weaver is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Canada, Canadian Meteorological and Oceanographic Society, American Association for the Advancement of Science and the American Meteorological Society. Dr. Weaver was appointed to the Order of British Columbia in 2008 and awarded the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee Medal in 2013.
Dr. Weaver made the shift from science to politics to use his background in science, policy and the community to offer vital perspectives to strengthen our province and its future.