Electric Vehicle Deployment in 2023-24 Is Focus of Sept. 13 New England-Canada Business Council Webinar

Speakers include top EV leaders from Maine, New Hampshire, Québec, and Vermont, also lessons for U.S. from Canada’s national EV strategy

BOSTON–(BUSINESS WIRE)–#electriccar–The New England-Canada Business Council, one of the leading organizations promoting cross-border business, trade, and cultural connections, is hosting a major webinar event on Wednesday, Sept. 13, at noon focusing on accelerating the deployment of electric vehicle technology in the U.S. and Canada, including mass transit and maritime transportation.

Sponsored by the Québec Government Office in Boston and the Consulate General of Canada to the United States in Boston, with premier support from Clean Energy New Hampshire, E2Tech, and the Vermont Energy Investment Corporation (VEIC), the two-hour webinar will include panel discussions and presentations on:

Vermont’s strategy and model for electrifying mass transportation

Lessons learned from New Hampshire and Québec on implementing EV infrastructure

Maine’s approach to electrification of maritime and tourism transportation and successes to date

And a joint keynote address on Canada’s national EV strategy by Dina Santos, Acting Consul General and Senior Trade Commissioner at Canada’s Consulate in Boston, and Anna van der Kamp, Executive Director, Clean Fuels Branch, Natural Resources Canada (NRCan).

“Electrification of transportation is one the most powerful and important trends now transforming business, society, and environmental and emissions-reduction policy in both Canada and the United States,’’ said NECBC President John W. Gulliver, a consultant and longtime energy attorney in Portland, Maine. “We’re excited and grateful to be able to convene this extraordinary group of subject-matter experts to provide up-to-the-minute insights on opportunities, challenges, lessons learned, and emerging best practices for fulfilling the promise of the EV revolution.’’

Moderating the panel discussion will be Mike Nikitas of Nikitas Communications, the former New England Cable News (NECN) anchor, professor at the University of New Hampshire’s Carsey School of Public Policy, and regular lecturer at Brandeis University’s Heller School of Management. NECBC Vice President Timothy T. Egan, CEO of Sugar Hill Associates and professor at Vermont State University, is chairing the webinar organizing committee.

With more than 130,000 fully electric and plug-in hybrid vehicles on the road today, Québec ranks second, after California, as the North American jurisdiction with the most EVs deployed. Québec’s Delegate in Boston, Marie-Claude Francoeur, will lead off the conference with opening remarks on Québec’s extraordinary success in promoting and deploying EVs and the infrastructure needed to support them.

Other confirmed speakers for the Sept. 13 webinar include:

Casco Bay Lines General Manager Hank Berg

Green Mountain Transportation CEO Clayton Clark

Eversource Energy EV Project Manager Steve Conte

Vermont Planning and Policy Manager Bronwyn Cooke

FLO EV Charging Site Acquisition Executive Rose Lenoff

New Brunswick Director of Marine Services Capt. Paul MacDonald

Shred Electric Owner Nick Planson

Canadian Urban Transit Research & Innovation Consortium (CUTRIC) Electrical Engineer Scott Saunders

Clean Energy New Hampshire Director of Energy Transition Chris Skoglund

The Vermont Energy Investment Corporation’s Clean Transportation Director, Jennifer Wallace-Brodeur

And the New Hampshire Department of Environmental Services’ Mobile Sources Section Supervisor, Jessica Wilcox

The webinar, which will run from noon to 2 p.m. on Sept. 13, is free for NECBC members and $29 for non-members. To register and receive the code to join the webinar, please visit https://necbc.org/event/2023EVWebinar .

About the New England-Canada Business Council

The mission of the New England-Canada Business Council (NECBC) is to advance business, political, and cultural relationships between Canada and the United States and to help members grow their cross-border professional networks. Founded in 1981, the NECBC is one of the leading non-profit organizations working to sustain and expand the strong and mutually valuable connections between New England and Canada.


Media Contacts: David Ehrlich, NECBC Executive Director, info@necbc.org; Peter Howe, NECBC/Denterlein phowe@denterlein.com or 617.482.0042