The Canadian Electricity Association and Plug’n Drive thank the members of the Judging Committee for enthusiastically supporting the cause of EV adoption in Canada. The Annual EV Dealership Awards Program depends on the expertise and support of this qualified group of volunteers. Members of the Judging Committee are appointed jointly by CEA and Plug’n Drive. Judging Committee composition may change periodically without notice.
Automotive Journalist and Battery Electric Vehicle Owner
Michael Bettencourt writes regularly for The Globe and Mail newspaper, MSN Autos and Autos.ca, AutoTrader’s new car site. When the former magazine editor and now freelance writer is not test-driving the latest plug-in cars and upcoming prototypes, the prolific social media scribe is scoping them out at auto shows around the world. A member of the Automobile Journalists Association of Canada for over 15 years, he’s also a member of the New York-based International Motor Press Association and a World Car of the Year juror. He’s helped found and run the Canadian Green Car Awards for the past two years.
Cleantech consultant | Sun Country Highway
Stephen Bieda works with public and private enterprise to develop electric vehicle and renewable energy strategies. He has served as Director of Communications and Marketing at the McMaster Institute for Automotive Research and Technology (MacAUTO) and is the Founder and President of the Golden Horseshoe Electric Vehicle Association (GHEVA). Stephen works as a consultant to Sun Country Highway in developing electric vehicle infrastructure corridors throughout North America.
Manager, Outreach and Education | Plug'n Drive
Ron Groves is the lead on all of Plug’n Drive’s public outreach activities, specifically the “EV Roadshow”. Ron’s involvement in sustainable transportation began in 2008 as Program Manager for SmartCommute. His time at SmartCommute led him to the Aurora Windfall Ecology Centre where, from 2009 to 2012, he developed numerous programs, including: “ecoDriver”, “eDriver” and “Green Spokes”. Ron’s early career was with Budget Rent a Car as a Regional Manager for Toronto and later as an Account Executive with Budget Canada where he worked on central purchasing programs, operations seminars and local market assessments.
Managing Director of Communication and Government Relations | Canadian Automobile Association (CAA) National
Ian Jack is a public affairs strategist with extensive knowledge of advocacy and communications gained through 20 years in national journalism and public service roles, most of them focusing on consumer and automotive issues. Ian is responsible for CAA’s public education and advocacy programs on road safety, eco-driving, mobility, infrastructure and consumer issues. He is a member of the government relations committee of Electric Mobility Canada. Prior to joining CAA, Ian served as Deputy Commissioner of Public Affairs for the Competition Bureau of Canada. Ian has also worked as an Account Director at Hill & Knowlton, an international lobbying firm, as Director of Communications to a federal Industry Minister, and as an editor and reporter for the National Post and Canadian Press.
Vice President, MARCON | Chair, Electric Mobility Canada
Catherine Kargas has 25 years of management consulting experience, during which time she has provided commercial research and strategy advice to public and private sector clients from a variety of industries. In the areas of transportation and energy, her focus has been sustainability. Catherine is the Chair of the Board of Directors of Electric Mobility Canada – an organization that she has been involved with for numerous years, serving as Director and Vice Chair. She is also a founding member and Director of the Transportation Evolution Institute – an organization promoting sustainable transportation solutions and business models.
Director of Transmission and Distribution | Canadian Electricity Association (CEA)
Devin McCarthy is the Director of Transmission and Distribution policy issues at CEA. In this capacity Devin leads the Association’s work in areas such as overcoming barriers to electricity system investment, championing grid modernization development and deployment, ensuring continuous occupational health and safety improvement, and coordinating industry funding for standards development. Devin helps to shape and communicate industry approaches to these issues with a focus on high-level business impacts and opportunities to collaborate with key stakeholders including federal government departments. Devin holds a Bachelor of Arts (Honours) degree in Economics from Queen’s University.
President and CEO | New Car Dealers of British Columbia
Blair Qualey currently serves as a Governor of the Emily Carr University and as a columnist for The Vancouver Sun and The Province newspapers. Previously, he has held senior positions with The Vancouver Board of Trade, World Trade Centre Vancouver, Century Communications Corp., Coca-Cola Bottling Ltd and Loblaw Group of Companies. Active in the community, Mr. Qualey has served as Chairman and Trustee of the Board of the Vancouver Public Library, a Trustee with the Vancouver Public Library Foundation, President of the BC Library Trustees Association, a Trustee with the BC Sports Hall of Fame and Museum, a Board member of the Vancouver Cherry Blossom Festival Society and a Board member of the Canada Japan Society among others. He holds his Bachelor of Commerce in Human Resources and Labour Relations Management from the University of British Columbia.
CEO | Cross Chasm Technologies
Matt Stevens is Co-founder and CEO of CrossChasm Technologies, the company that created FleetCarma and MyCarma. He has been involved in the design of over 20 hybrid and electric vehicles, ranging from to lunar rovers to stealth snowmobiles and now works on making personal fuel economy labels for fleets and individuals looking to pick the best green vehicle for them. Matt holds a Ph.D. in Chemical Engineering, was named to Waterloo Region’s Top 40 under 40, is an Adjunct Professor at the University of Waterloo, and is Past-Chair of Electric Mobility Canada.
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