Drive To Zero Vancouver Workshop

May 28, 2019 12:00 am

May 28, 2019 | Vancouver Convention Centre | Vancouver, BC

City leaders from 25 countries will gather in Vancouver for the 10th annual Clean Energy Ministerial that has named the Drive to Zero Workshop as a must-attend partner event.

Drive to Zero Vancouver Speakers »

Event Highlights »


8:00AM – 9:00AM | Registration Opens & Continental Breakfast

9:00AM – 9:10AM | Workshop Begins: Welcome & Opening Remark

  • Merran Smith, Executive Director, Clean Energy Canada
  • Matt Horne, Climate Policy Manager, City of Vancouver

9:10AM | California, Climate Change and the Drive to Zero

  • Honorable David Hochschild, Chair, California Energy Commission

9:25AM – 9:45AM | Strategy for Change: Drive to Zero – the Power of Coordinated Action
Setting the context for change, the Drive to Zero action strategy, opportunities and the critical need for regions around the world to work together to make it happen.

  • Bill Van Amburg, Executive Vice President, CALSTART

9:45AM –10:45AM | OEM Commitment – Timelines, Plans and Needs for Success
First-mover truck and bus makers and their supply partners will unveil the roll out of low carbon, clean trucks and buses, and what is needed to make it happen faster.

Moderator: Karen Hamberg, Vice President of Strategy, Westport

  • Stella Li, President, BYD Motors, Inc.
  • David Warren, Director of Sustainable Technology, New Flyer
  • Manfred Schmidt, Senior Director Global Business Development Electric Commercial Vehicles, Siemens AG
  • Randy MacEwen, President & CEO, Ballard Power Systems

10:45AM – 11:00PM | Networking Break

11:00AM – 12:00PM | Local and Regional Government/City Actions: Vanguard of Change Leading urban centers describe their actions to drive early change and the results to date

Moderator: Ben Mandel, Regional Director, CALSTART

  • Raymond Johansen, Governing Mayor, City of Oslo (via video)
  • Amy Sidwell, Manager of Equipment Services, City of Vancouver
  • Don Iveson, Mayor, City of Edmonton
  • Kees Slingerland, Director, Automotive Center of Expertise, The Netherlands

12:00PM – 12:15PM | Policy Discussion – Canada and Transportation

  • Honourable Amarjeet Sohi, Minister, Natural Resources Canada

12:15PM – 1:00PM | Lunch & Networking

1:00PM – 1:25PM Policy Announcement – Canadian Actions

  • Honourable Catherine McKenna, Minister, Environment and Climate Change Canada

1:30PM – 2:30PM | National, Sub-National Government Actions – Leadership for Change

Leading regions of the world describe their actions to drive early change and results to date.

Moderator: John Boesel, President & CEO, CALSTART

  • Amol Phadke, Lead, India Research Program, Lawrence Berkeley National Lab
  • David Hochschild, Chair, California Energy Commission
  • Stéphane Couroux, Transportation Director, Environment and Climate Change Canada
  • Mark Zacharias, Deputy Minister, British Columbia, Ministry of Environment and Climate Change
  • Sonja Munnix, Senior Advisor, Netherlands Enterprise Agency

2:30PM – 3:30PM | Fleet User Commitments and Needs
To make change successful end users must commit but also be satisfied. Global and Canadian leaders in goods movement, services and public transport about what is needed to speed fleet transition.

Moderator: Amy Davidsen, Executive Director, North America at The Climate Group

  • Virginia Covo, Global Director, Sustainability Supply Chain, Anheuser-Busch InBev (via video)
  • Angela Hultberg, Global Head of Sustainable Mobility, Ikea Group (via video)
  • Russell Davies, Manager of Transit Fleet, City of Calgary
  • Julie Johnson, Manager, National Business Development, Ryder Systems
  • Claude Nahon, Sustainable Development Director, Electricitéde France (EDF)

3:30PM – 3:45PM | Networking Break

3:45PM – 4:45PM | Tools & Timing – New Tools Unveiled for Driving Change
From Canada to California, Europe to Asia, regions are developing policies, incentives, infrastructure and investments to support the use of clean, low carbon commercial vehicles. We unveil living toolkits to provide a portfolio of policy and action choices to regions worldwide, as well as a vehicle guide and case studies.

Moderator: Bill Van Amburg, Executive Vice President, CALSTART

  • Frank Rieck, Applied Research Professor, Smart e-Mobility, Automotive Center of Expertise
  • Dan Welch, Project Manager, CALSTART – Policy & Action Toolkit
  • Ben Mandel, Regional Director, CALSTART – Vehicle Availability Guide

4:45PM – 5:00PM | Wrap up – Announcements

  • John Boesel, President & CEO, CALSTART
  • Merran Smith, Clean Energy Canada

5:00PM – 6:30PM | Reception

Join us for a Networking Reception to reflect on the day and shape next steps.


Confirmed Attendees


  • BC Government, Climate Action Secretariat
  • California Air Resources Board
  • California Energy Commission
  • City of Abbotsford, Canada
  • City of Calgary, Canada
  • City of Oslo, Norway
  • City of Port Coquitlam, Canada
  • City of Richmond, Canada
  • City of Vancouver, Canada
  • Danish Ministry of Energy, Utilities and Climate
  • District of North Vancouver, Canada
  • Environment Canada
  • Greater Victoria Harbour Authority
  • Korea Energy Economics Institute
  • Korean Royal Institute of Technology
  • Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry, Japan
  • Ministry of Energy, Chile
  • Ministry of Jobs, Trade and Technology, Canada
  • Ministry of Power, India
  • Ministry of Transportation and Infrastructure, Canada
  • Natural Resources, Canada



  • ABB
  • Ace Mobility
  • AddEnergie Flo
  • Anheuser-Busch InBev
  • APPMworks
  • Ballard Power Systems
  • BC Hydro
  • BYD Motors
  • Canada Post
  • Canadian Hydrogen and Fuel Cell Association
  • CanWEA
  • Chanje Energy
  • ChargePoint
  • Clean Energy Canada
  • Clean Energy Fuels
  • Cummins Westport
  • Cutric-Cutric
  • David Suzuki Foundation
  • Electric Mobility Canada
  • Environmental Defense Fund
  • Greenlots
  • Hindustan Media Ventures
  • Ikea Group
  • The International Council on Clean Transportation
  • Lion Electric
  • Meritor Heavy Vehicle Systems
  • New Flyer
  • NTEA
  • Novex Delivery Solutions
  • Pacific Northwest Transportation Services
  • Pembina Institute
  • Plug In BC
  • Proterra
  • Ryder Systems
  • Shakti Sustainable Energy Foundation
  • Shell New Energies
  • Siemens AG, Germany
  • Stratio Automotive, Portugal
  • Translink
  • Transpower
  • Volvo Group
  • WaterPower Canada
  • Westport Fuel Systems