EV 2012 VÉ Conference in Montreal Sets New Attendance Record

January 29, 2013 09:00 AM
"The Business of Going EV" showcased business opportunities.
© © Image courtesy of Electric Mobility Canada.


Electric Mobility Canada’s fourth annual conference, EV 2012 VÉ, was held October 23–26, 2012 in Montreal, Quebec and set a new record for attendance and trade show exhibits. The conference theme, “The Business of Going EV,” showcased the many business opportunities emerging in the Canadian market for all forms of electric transportation.

The event opened with a media Ride and Drive at Montreal’s Gilles Villeneuve racetrack on the site of Expo ’67, the first World Fair to be held in Canada. About 20 hybrid and battery-powered vehicles were available for short drives and the event was well-covered by the Montreal media.

At the opening plenary, conference co-chairs Mike Elwood, Chair of Electric Mobility Canada and Pierre-Luc Desgagné, principal director of Strategic Planning for Hydro-Quebec, welcomed the nearly 600 delegates and trade show exhibitors. This was followed by 15 technical sessions featuring over 70 speakers, including the third annual Government-Industry Summit. All presentations are available for viewing on the Electric Mobility Canada website.

A new event this year was the first competition for university engineering students. Teams entered from McGill University, Waterloo University, the University of Sherbrooke, and the Université du Québec à Trois-Riviéres. All teams were given the same question about the developing EV market to answer and had 24 hours to respond. The winning team was McGill University. The competition was sponsored in part by GRIDbot Canada, a manufacturer of EV charging stations.

The event attracted international attention. The opening day was attended by two dignitaries from Germany: the Minister of Economic Affairs, Infrastructure, Transport and Technology and Deputy Prime Minister for the State of Bavaria, Martin Zeil; and the Minister of Economic Affairs, Labour and Transport and Deputy Prime Minister for the State of Saxony, Sven Morlok. From the Province of Quebec, Martine Ouellet, Minister of Natural Resources and Wildlife attended on two occasions. Brian Wynne, President of the Electric Drive Transportation Association (EDTA) in Washington, DC, United States, and Martijn van Walwijk, Secretary-general of IA-HEV, Paris were present for many sessions.

At a special evening event, the Al Cormier Award was presented to Pierre Lavallée, founder of the Center for Electric Vehicle Experimentation in Quebec, and an award of excellence was presented to Hydro-Quebec for its leadership in implementing electric vehicles in its own fleet and establishing a network of public charging stations.

The trade show was the largest ever held at an electric vehicle event in Canada, with nearly 40 exhibits including a number of production vehicles from several manufacturers. This event included the announcement of a new public charging network by Quebec member AddEnergie Technologies.

Electric Mobility Canada will present next year’s conference, EV 2013 VÉ, with the theme “Accelerating EV Growth” in Canada’s national capital region, Ottawa-Gatineau, October 21–23, 2013. A call for abstracts will be issued in April 2013.

Contributed by Chris Hill
President  & CEO, Electric Mobility Canada