Gearing up for the Electric Vehicle Economy – A Panel Discussion

n November the 19th, leaders in energy innovation and transport electrification as well as policymakers and regulators of policies around EVs and sustainability descend on Whistler for the Electric Vehicle & Sustainability Summit.  EVS Whistler, a 4-day summit, takes place at a crucial turning point for the future of transport and electrification.

The Whistler Learning Centre is collaborating with Inspiratia, the organizers of EVS Whistler to give the Whistler community access to the thought leaders in the energy and infrastructure sectors to discuss the sustainable and renewable energy changes that are required for mass adoption of Electric Vehicles.

Transportation remains one of the largest sources of pollution – a final frontier in the battle against climate change – automobile drivers are increasingly going electric and governments across the world have become serious about phasing out gas-fuelled cars.

Electric vehicle (EV) sales have taken off, with unprecedented growth predicted over the next decade. Today’s 4 million global EVs is set to rise rapidly, with estimates varying between 60 to 200 million EVs worldwide by 2030. The audience will learn about the changes and challenges that are required to meet these predictions.

Date: Saturday 23 November 2019

The Panel

Marco Dell’Aquila, Chairman of inspiratia & Senior Adjunct Professor of Energy, Johns Hopkins University

The discussion will be moderated by Marco Dell’Aquila, Chairman of inspiratia, a company that provides thought-leadership, data and analytics to the infrastructure and new energy sectors globally. He is also a Senior Adjunct Professor of energy at the Johns Hopkins University School of Advanced International Studies in Bologna, where he also serves on its European Advisory Council. He has spent 30 years developing, financing and investing in renewable and clean energy technologies around the world.

Maximilian Kniewasser, Climate Change Coordinator, RMOW

Max is the Climate Change Coordinator with the Resort Municipality of Whistler, advancing credible climate and clean energy policy initiatives to help Whistler achieve its sustainability objectives. Before joining the RMOW, Max worked at the Pembina Institute in a number of roles, most recently as Director, BC Climate Policy.  Max has a B.Sc. from McGill University and Masters in Resource Management from Simon Fraser University, where he conducted detailed energy-economy modelling to assess the effectiveness of Canada’s climate policies. When not geeking out on climate policy, Max can be found paddling the area’s clear blue rivers, biking winding trails, skiing snowy slopes, or playing with his 1 year old son.

Suzanne Goldberg, Director of Public Policy, ChargePoint

Suzanne Goldberg is an energy, climate, and electric vehicle policy expert with over 10 years of experience. She is currently the Director of Public Policy for ChargePoint in Canada, the leading provider of smart, networked electric vehicle charging infrastructure, with over 60,000 charging points across North America. 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.

Andrew Leedom, Associate Director, inspiratia

Andrew is based in inspiratia’s Washington DC office where he combines a background in intellectual property law, in-house counsel positions and the energy sector. He is skilled in Renewable Energy, Electric Vehicles and Electric Vehicle Charging Infrastructure, International Relations, Market Research, Policy Analysis, Intellectual Property, and Consulting. Andrew received his BA from the University of Virginia and his JD from the University of Miami Law School and his MA from the Johns Hopkins University School of Advanced International Studies. He is also co-host of inspiratia’s “Everything about Hydrogen” podcast:

This event is made possible by the kind support of the following Organisations: