Wednesday, May 5, 2021

Time:  10:00 a.m. – 10:30 a.m.
Invest in Canada and Project Arrow

Join Nathalie and Flavio as they kick-off the conference with a Fireside Chat as they discuss Invest in Canada’s plans to market Canada’s EV and battery ecosystems to the global market and how Project Arrow may support it.

  • Flavio Volpe, President, APMA
  • Nathalie Béchamp, Chief Investor Services, Invest in Canada


Time: 10:30 a.m. – 11:00 a.m. 

Fireside Chat: EV Batteries in Canada

Join the first live onstage presentation for VoltaXplore. Rob Wildeboer of MartinRea Int. and Soroush Nazarpour of NanoXplore Inc. as they present their vision and plans for EV batteries in Canada.

  • Flavio Volpe, President, APMA
  • Rob Wildeboer, Executive Chairman and Co-Founder, MartinRea Int.
  • Soroush Nazarpour, President and CEO, NanoXplore


Time:  11:00 a.m. – 12:00 a.m.
Li-ion Ecosystem Panel

From resource extraction to recycling, leaders from Canada’s value-added lithium ecosystem present their views on the challenges and opportunities for Canada to lead the world.

  • Moderator: Warren Ali, Senior Vice President of Innovation, APMA
  • Amanda Hall, CEO, Summit Nanotech
  • Ajay Kochar, President & CEO, Li-Cycle Corp.
  • Spiro Pippos, Managing Director and Head of the Nemaska Lithium Project


Time:  1:00 p.m. – 2:00 p.m.
Mining Association of Canada Panel

Join in and listen to our friends at the Mining Association of Canada’s as they present a pan-industry overview of their Towards Sustainable Mining (TSM) standard – a globally recognized sustainability program that supports mining companies in managing key environmental and social risks.

Featuring their TSM global standard

  • Moderator – Mapi Mobwano, President & CEO of ArcellorMittal Mining Canada
  • MAC & TSM Rep – Pierre Gratton, President and Chief Executive Officer
  • Pierre Barrette, Vice President – Raglan Mine, Glencore Canada Corp.
  • Theresa Baikie, Impact and Benefit Agreement Coordinator at the Nunatsiavut Government


Time:  2:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m.
Battery Tech Panel

Canada is home to leading battery suppliers. Cleantech Strategist Gitanjali Das Gupta moderates a panel of our best leaders.

  • Gitanjali Das Gupta – Cleantech Strategist – Moderator
  • Alain Vallee, General Manager, Blue Solutions
  • Rajshekar Das Gupta, Vice President, Electrovaya
  • Frank So, Executive Vice President, E-One Moli Energy

Thursday, May 6, 2021

Time:  9:50 a.m. – 10:00 a.m.
Government of Canada on Battery Technology

Minister Catherine McKenna will be giving a brief update on how the Government of Canada is working towards the initiative of clean energy through the promotion of Battery Technology.

  • Minister Catherine McKenna, Infrastructure and Communities


Time:  10:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m.
NGEN Battery Supply Chain & Manufacturing

John Laughlin, NGEN’s CTO, leads the discussion of key companies and stakeholder that showcases the strength of this Pan-Canadian supply chain.

  • Moderator: John Laughlin, CTO, Next Generation Manufacturing Canada
  • Chris Burns, CEO, Novonix
  • Scott Nichol, Founder and CEO, Polar Sapphire Ltd.
  • Frank McCleary, Associate Partner, Porsche Consulting Inc.


Time:  11:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
Quebec + Ontario Program

Canada’s two largest manufacturing jurisdictions with key foundational pieces on which to build a robust and resilient battery supply chain present their plans and strategies for battery investments.

  • Moderator: Daniel Aitken, Vice President – Global Marketing and Communications, LeddarTech
  • Pierre Fitzgibbon, Minister of Economy and Innovation, Government of Quebec
  • Hon. Victor Fedeli, Minister of Economic Development, Job Creation and Trade
  • Sarah Houde, CEO, Propulsion Quebec
  • Claudia Krywiak, President & CEO, Ontario Centres of Innovation
  • One company from each Province
    • Kostya Khomutov, CEO, GBatteries
    • Mahmood Shirazy, CEO, Calogy Solutions


Time:  1:00 p.m. – 2:00 p.m.
Academic Panel

Listen in as a world leading battery technology researcher from across Canada present some of the innovative R&D being performed that will shape and even disrupt this fast-paced sector.

  • Justin Gammage, Ontario Tech University to Moderate
  • Dr. Karim Zaghib, McGill University
  • Dr. Lukas Swan, Dalhousie University
  • Dr. Bala Balasingam, University of Windsor


Time:  2:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m.
Trade Commissioner Service Panel

Canada’s expert team of Trade Officials based in key markets around the world provide valuable market intel and services. This panel presents two EV- industry showcases on how they assist companies to do business globally and how they attract FDI to Canada.

  • TCS Officials to present Domestic Value Proposition
  • Sam Poirier, CEO, Potential Motors
  • Jordan Reeves, Head of Mission, Taipei to present International Value Proposition (recorded)
  • Foxconn MIH Presentation by Jack Cheng (CEO) / William Wei (CTO)

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