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    • 27 Nov 2018
    • 6:00 PM - 8:30 PM
    • CSI Annex, 720 Bathurst St

    Connecting Environmental Professionals Toronto presents:

    The Future of Transportation

    Date: Tuesday November 27, 2018

    Time: 6:00PM - 8:30PM

    Venue: CSI Annex, 720 Bathurst St, Toronto

    Registration Fee: $12 online in advance, $15 CASH at door/day of event

    The transportation sector accounts for 30% of greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions in Canada. In order to achieve Canada’s national carbon reduction targets of reducing GHG emissions by 2030, drastic and effective measures from a variety of stakeholders are needed to work towards the decarbonization of our transportation sector.

    This includes: electrification/ EVs, better transit infrastructure, incentive programs, more stringent policies, and technological advancements in emerging sectors like alternative fuels and autonomous vehicles.  

    Join us on Tuesday, November 27th as our expert panelists weigh in on what lies in the future of Canada’s transportation sector, discuss what a truly decarbonized system would look like, and what it will take for us to get there.   

    The evening will begin with a panel discussion followed by time for audience questions and networking. 

    Ticket price includes light dinner & refreshments. Registration is first come first serve and spots are limited, reserve your place now!


    6.00 - 6.20pm: Registration

    6.20 - 6:45pm: Event and Speaker Introductions

    6.45 - 7.45pm: Panel Discussion 

    7.45 - 8.00pm: Audience Q&A

    8.00 - 8.30pm: Networking 

    Our Panelists:

    Cara Clairman, CEO and President at Plug'n Drive

    Cara Clairman is President and CEO of Plug’n Drive, a non-profit that is accelerating the deployment of electric vehicles (EVs) to maximize their environmental and economic benefits. In just over six years, Cara has taken Plug’n Drive from an idea to a thriving non-profit, recognized as a leader in the EV space.

    Cara has more than 20 years of experience working in the environmental and sustainability fields, including 12 years working at Ontario Power Generation, initially as OPG’s environmental lawyer and later in the role Vice President of Sustainable Development. Prior to joining OPG, Cara spent five years practicing environmental law with the Torys law firm.

    She holds a Bachelor of Laws from Osgoode Hall and a Masters in Environmental Studies from York University, as well as an Honours Bachelor of Science degree from Queen’s University.

    Cara is the 2017 recipient of the Women in Renewable Energy’s ‘Woman of the Year’ award. She is currently driving the 100% electric Chevy Bolt!

    Lindsay Wiginton, Director of Transportation and Urban Solutions at Pembina Institute

    As managing director of the Pembina Institute’s transportation and urban solutions team in Toronto, Lindsay conducts research, leads policy formulation and engages with stakeholders and partners to advocate for a cleaner transportation sector in Canada.

    Prior to joining the Institute — Canada’s leading energy think tank — Lindsay was a senior consultant at a public participation firm in Quebec, where she designed and led community and stakeholder engagement processes for major infrastructure projects, including transit planning, street redesign and energy projects. She has also held roles at the Ontario Ministry of Municipal Affairs and Housing and MMM Group, and has led and published research on rooftop solar potential in Ontario.

    Lindsay is a registered planner with the Ontario Professional Planners Institute and a member of the Canadian Institute of Planners. She holds a bachelor's degree in civil engineering from Queen’s University and a master’s degree in urban planning from McGill University. She is fully bilingual (French/English).

    David Paterson, Director of Corporate and Environmental Affairs at General Motors Canada

    David Paterson leads Communications, Government and Environmental Relations at General Motors Canada and he works as part of GM’s global Public Policy and Communications teams. David is also the Immediate Past Chair of the Board of Directors of the Canadian Chamber of Commerce. 

    Prior to joining GM in 2014, he was Senior Vice President, Government Relations & Public Policy at BlackBerry (formerly Research In Motion) where he led the Company’s government relations and public policy development on a global basis.  Prior to joining BlackBerry in October, 2010, David was Senior Vice President, Public Affairs at Manulife Financial, one of the world’s largest insurance and financial services companies.

    David serves on the Board of Directors of the Canadian Chamber of Commerce.  He has served on the boards of the Ontario Chamber of Commerce and the Canadian Journalism Foundation. He holds a Bachelor of Arts degree from Queen’s University and a Master of Arts in Canadian History from McGill University.


    Abhishek Raj, Lead of Electric Bus Program & Research and Project Development Officer at Canadian Urban Transportation Research and Innovation Consortium (CUTRIC)

    Abhishek Raj is a Junior Projects Development Officer with CUTRIC, based in Waterloo, Ontario. He is responsible for providing research assistance to several CUTRIC projects (including the National Smart Vehicle Demonstration and the Pan-Canadian Electric Bus Demonstration & Integration Trial - Phase II). Dr. Raj is responsible for project development in Waterloo and south-western Ontario (including London, Windsor, and Sarnia).

    His prior research experience extends from the microscopic level, where he explored the catalytic potential of metallic species in flames, to macroscopic system level modelling based analysis of fuel cell performance and flooding under drive cycles. His key skills include system level modelling, design and on-ground implementation of both conventional as well as alternate sustainable energy technologies. He also has attained significant organizational leadership and project management experience.

    Steve McCauley, Senior Policy Advisor at Pollution Probe (Moderator)

    Steve is leading a number of transportation initiatives at Pollution Probe which are directed at the Decarbonization of the automotive, heavy duty trucking and marine sectors. This work has included the development and implementation of the Electric and Hydrogen Vehicle Advancement Partnership (EHVAP) on behalf of the Government of Ontario. He represented Pollution Probe as a member of the Federal ZEV Advisory Group which has supported the development of Canada’s Zero Emission Vehicle Strategy, and led the organization’s participation in the development of the Pan-Canadian Framework on Clean Growth and Climate Change.

    Prior to joining Probe, Steve led the Government of Canada’s federal and international regulatory actions on greenhouse gas emissions, air pollution and chemicals management in transportation, energy and other industrial sectors.

    About Connecting Environmental Professionals Toronto:

    CEP Toronto is a chapter of Connecting Environmental Professionals Canada - an organization of local chapters dedicated to creating opportunities for emerging & established environmental and sustainability professionals.

    Rather than focusing on one sector within the environmental industry, we produce events and opportunities that allow professionals of all disciplines and levels to come together to discuss relevant topics.


    To facilitate uncommon discussion between environmental professionals of all disciplines as well as networking and career building opportunities in the Greater Toronto Area.

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