May 22 + 23, 2019
Vancouver, Canada

Colin Armstrong

HTEC Hydrogen Technology & Energy Corp.

Canada

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Ross Bailey

CEO

Greenlight Innovation Corp.

Canada

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Session: Opening Plenary

Eric H. Barker

Innovations, Science and Economic Development

Canada

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Dmitri Bessarabov

Dr. Dmitri Bessarabov

Director at HySA

North-West University

South Africa

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The Director of HySA Infrastructure Center of Competence, Dr Dmitri Bessarabov, was recruited for the position from Canada in 2010. He obtained his Master’s degree in Chemistry in Moscow and in 1996 his doctoral degree from the University of Stellenbosch, South Africa. Dr Dmitri Bessarabov is an expert in the area of hydrogen and electro-catalytic membrane systems for energy applications and fuel cells. Passionate about LOHC technology for hydrogen storage, PEM fuel cells, electrolysers, membranes, MEAs and catalyst layers structures. He worked for Kvaerner Group, Ballard Power Systems and AFCC (Daimler and Ford JV) in Canada. Current responsibilities include: leadership in the national hydrogen and fuel cell programme (HySA) in South Africa. He holds SA NRF rating, current Scopus H index 19. Recently co-authored a two-volume book on PEM water electrolysis. 

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Session: Topic Table: Hydrogen storage and applications for mining sector
Presentation: Topic Table Moderator
Date & Time: May, 22, 14:30 – 15:30 See in Program

Bart Biebuyck

Executive Director

Fuel Cells and Hydrogen Joint Undertaking

Belgium

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Session: Opening Plenary
Presentation: The hydrogen roadmap for europe
Date & Time: May, 22, 11:30 – 12:00 See in Program

Gus Block

Gus Block

Executive Director

Nuvera Fuel Cells, LLC

United States of America

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Gus Block is a co-founder of Nuvera Fuel Cells, LLC. Nuvera was established in 2000 to provide hydrogen and fuel cell solutions for on- and off-road motive applications. Gus handles marketing and government business for Nuvera and is the company's representative to trade associations and other organizations. He currently serves on the Governor’s Zero Emissions Vehicle Commission in Massachusetts, and is Chair of the Communications and Marketing Committee of the Fuel Cell and Hydrogen Energy Association, and Co-Chair of the Goods Movement, Heavy Duty, and Clean Ports Sector Action Group of the California Hydrogen Business Council. Gus has a mechanical engineering degree from the Cooper Union.

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Session: Commercial fuel cell vehicles
Presentation: Onward and upward: new frontiers in fuel cell motive power
Date & Time: May, 22, 14:30 – 14:50 See in Program
Session: CHBC & CHFCA Ports Workshop
Presentation: Fuel cell port equipment
Date & Time: May, 21, 14:15 – 14:30 See in Program

Klaus Bonhoff

Dr. Klaus Bonhoff

Managing Director

NOW National Organisation Hydrogen and Fuel Cell Technology GmbH

Germany

Biography:

Dr. Klaus Bonhoff studied Mechanical Engineering at the RWTH in Aachen, Germany and ENSTA in Paris, France. He finalized his PhD in energy process engineering at the Jülich Research Center in Germany. He then started his professional career as assistant to the Board of Directors at the Jülich Research Center in the field of energy and materials research and later became head of Jülich’s Fuel Cell Project. Afterwards he joined Ballard Power Systems GmbH as the manager of business development in Europe before starting to works for DaimlerChrysler AG where he held various positions within DaimlerChrysler’s fuel cell activities including responsibility for strategy, communications, global demonstration projects, political programs and market development. In 2007 he received a contract with the German National Government to coordinate the German National Innovation Program for Hydrogen and Fuel Cell Technologies (NIP). 

Since February 2008 he has served as managing director (chair) of Germany’s National Organization for Hydrogen and Fuel Cell Technology (NOW GmbH).

NOW GmbH (National Organisation Hydrogen and Fuel Cell Technology) is responsible for the coordination and management of the National Innovation Programme for Hydrogen and Fuel Cell Technology (NIP) and the Electromobility Model Regions programme of the Federal Ministry of Transport and Digital Infrastructure (BMVI). In addition, NOW also supports the German Ministry of Transport in the continued development of the Mobility and Fuel Strategy (Mobilitäts- und Kraftstoffstrategie — MKS) as well as for the implementation of EU Directive 2014/94/EU on the development of alternative fuels infrastructure (CPT).

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Session: Global Cooperation Mission Innovation
Presentation: Mission Innovation/Hydrogen Challenge overview
Date & Time: May, 23, 11:00 – 11:30 See in Program

Dr. Tobias Brunner

CEO

Hynergy GmbH

Germany

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Session: Hydrogen Production, Storage & Infrastructure
Presentation: Cryo-compressed hydrogen storage and refueling - enabler for long-haul comercial
Date & Time: May, 23, 15:50 – 16:10 See in Program

Al Cioffi

Al Cioffi

Strategic Advisor, Business Development

Plug Power

United States of America

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Mr. Al Cioffi has 36 years of management and executive leadership experience in telecommunication, reliable power, reserve energy, and alternative energy industries. He started his career in 1980 at AT&T Bell Laboratories. Throughout the following years, he held numerous engineering, operations, product management, marketing, and customer advocacy roles. He has experience at large multi-nationals such as Lucent, Marconi, Eltek, and General Electric, as well as start-up and turn-around experience at Valere Power, PECO II, and Unipower. He currently works with Plug Power to advance the commercialization of hydrogen fuel cell technology in motive applications adjacent to the commercial market share Plug Power already holds.

Mr. Cioffi holds seven patents and has published numerous articles and conference papers. He holds a BSEE from Manhattan College, an MSEE from Polytechnic Institute of NY, and has studied business and finance at the University of Pennsylvania’s Wharton school of business.

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Session: Commercial fuel cell vehicles
Presentation: tbc
Date & Time: May, 22, 14:50 – 15:10 See in Program

Jens Conrad

Regionalverkehr Köln GmbH

Germany

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Session: Transitioning to Fuel Cell Electric Buses
Presentation: Cologne
Date & Time: May, 23, 13:30 – 13:50 See in Program

Dr. Francois Girard

National Research Council Canada

Canada

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Nirmal Gnanapragasam

Dr. Nirmal Gnanapragasam

Process and Modeling Scientist

Canadian Nuclear Laboratories

Canada

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Led the CNL team on the hydrail feasibility study that assessed the system integration of hydrogen in a sub-urban passenger rail application for Metrolinx in Ontario. Led the refocusing efforts for hydrogen research as a strategic initiative at CNL to focus on decarbonising the transport sector and remote communities by using hydrogen and electricity. Joined CNL as a process/modeling scientist 9 years ago. Develop mathematical/simulation models for intense analysis of processes ranging from hydrogen isotope separation, heavy water production, tritium management, hydrogen recombination, hydrogen production, hydrogen energy storage, and integrated energy and logistics for systems involved in transport and grid applications. A licensed professional engineer in Ontario. Has published over 20 original research articles. Mechanical Engineer with: Bachelor of Engineering, Vellore Institute of Technology, India; Master of Science, Wayne State University, the USA; and Doctor of Philosophy, University of New Brunswick, Canada. 

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Session: Large scale fuel cell applications and their infrastructure
Presentation: Hydrogen and fuel cells - the end-to-end solution for zero-emission rail
Date & Time: May, 23, 14:00 – 14:20 See in Program

Ulf Groos

Ulf Groos

Fraunhofer Institute for Solar Energy Systems

Germany

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Ulf Groos studied Chemical Engineering at the Technical University of Hamburg-Harburg until 1996. The diploma thesis was written at the Fraunhofer Institute for Systems and Innovation Research ISI in Karlsruhe, where he worked until 1997. During 1998 and 1999 he was a consultant at Rudolf Spitzmueller in Gengenbach. Beginning of 2000 he came to the Fraunhofer Institute for Solar Energy Systems ISE in Freiburg. There, he was responsible for marketing of today’s division Hydrogen Technologies until end of 2008. Since beginning of 2008 Ulf Groos is head of the department Fuel Cell Systems. He is in charge for around 20 engineers and scientists. 

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Session: News from the Canadian-German Science Sector
Presentation: Lasted findings from the Canada-German scientific fuel cell collaboration
Date & Time: May, 23, 14:40 – 15:00 See in Program

David Hart

Prof. Dr. David Hart

Director

E4tech Sarl

Switzerland

Biography:

Dr David Hart is a Director of E4tech and an expert advisor, consultant and researcher on hydrogen energy and fuel cells for 25+ years. He leads and conducts projects from research to strategy in different industry sectors for governments, corporations and investors worldwide, has sat on venture capital investment committees and clean energy company boards, is a Director of the International Association of Hydrogen Energy and chairs the Grove Fuel Cell Symposium Steering Committee. He has been an invited keynote speaker on hydrogen energy on six continents. In 2001, having built a successful research group at Imperial College London, he co-founded E4tech's London office to work on sustainable energy strategy consulting, helping clients make the best decisions in uncertain conditions. Now based in Switzerland, he is a director of E4tech and heads the hydrogen and fuel cell consulting practice, while retaining a role as a Visiting Professor at Imperial College.

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Session: View from Outside: How does the outside world see hydrogen and fuel cells?
Presentation: The view of the public and outside industry
Date & Time: May, 22, 16:00 – 17:00 See in Program

Patrick Hartley

Dr. Patrick Hartley

Research Director Oil, Gas and Fuels Program

CSIRO

Australia

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Dr. Patrick Hartley leads the Oil, Gas and Fuels research program at CSIRO, Australia’s national science agency. The program delivers applied R&D focussed on the sustainable development and processing of Australia’s petroleum resources and on the associated challenges of large scale carbon dioxide storage. In 2018, he established CSIRO’s Hydrogen Energy Systems Future Science Platform, which addresses the research challenges facing Australia’s hydrogen industry. Also in 2018, he co-led the development of CSIRO’s ‘National Hydrogen Roadmap, and, with the Chief Scientist of Australia, the briefing paper ‘Hydrogen for Australia’s Future’ for the Council of Australian Government’s (COAG) Energy council.

Patrick graduated with a PhD in Chemical Engineering from Imperial College, London in 1994, and was subsequently awarded a research fellowship from the Royal Society, London, which allowed him to take up full time research fellowship roles at the University of Melbourne from 1994 to 1998, when he joined CSIRO as a research scientist. Since then, he has led research teams working with national and international large corporations and SME’s to develop new technologies for applications in drug delivery, energy storage, water treatment and petrochemical recovery. He has co-authored more than 90 peer reviewed publications almost all in collaboration with university and/or other research institution partners.

Patrick has occupied senior research management roles in CSIRO since 2006, and is a Graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors. He holds an Adjunct Professorship at RMIT University in Melbourne, Australia

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Session: Hydrogen as an energy vector
Presentation: Australia
Date & Time: May, 22, 14:50 – 15:10 See in Program

Christopher Hebling

Christopher Hebling

Fraunhofer Institute for Solar Energy Systems

Germany

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Session: Hydrogen as an energy vector

Steve Holdcroft

Prof. Steve Holdcroft

Professor

Simon Fraser University

Canada

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Session: News from the Canadian-German Science Sector
Presentation: Materials chemistry research for fuel cells and hydrogen
Date & Time: May, 23, 14:00 – 14:20 See in Program

Dr. Ryan Huizing

CORE Energy Recovery Solutions

Canada

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Session: Components
Presentation: Humidifiers
Date & Time: May, 23, 16:10 – 16:30 See in Program

Tim Karlsson

Executive Director

International Partnership for Hydrogen and Fuel Cells in the Economy Secretariat

Belgium

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Tim Karlsson is Executive Director of the International Partnership for Hydrogen and Fuel Cells in the Economy (IPHE) Secretariat. The IPHE is an inter-governmental partnership of 18 countries and the European Commission, working to help facilitate the transition to clean and efficient energy and mobility systems using fuel cells and hydrogen technologies.  

Previously, Mr. Karlsson held various positions including Director of Emerging Technologies, and, Director of Environmental and Clean Energy Industries in the government of Canada’s Department of Industry. 

He has worked on numerous policy issues related to energy and the environment including domestic and international climate change as a member of Canada’s delegation to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change.

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Session: Opening Plenary
Presentation: Global trends and developments in fuel cells and hydrogen: an international partnership for hydrogen and fuel cells in the economy (IPHE) perspective
Date & Time: May, 22, 10:30 – 11:00 See in Program

Matthew Klippenstein

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Session: View from Outside: How does the outside world see hydrogen and fuel cells?
Presentation: The view of the public and outside industry
Date & Time: May, 22, 16:00 – 17:00 See in Program

Shanna Knights

Director, Research

Ballard Power Systems, Inc.

Canada

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Session: News from the Canadian-German Science Sector

Anders Levermann

Prof. Dr. Anders Levermann

Professor of Dynamics of the Climate System

Potsdam Institute for Climate Impact Research

Germany

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Session: Opening Plenary
Presentation: Why we need a global energy transition
Date & Time: May, 22, 12:30 – 13:00 See in Program

Jaimie Levin

West Coast Director

CTE Center for Transportation & the Environment

USA

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Session: Transitioning to Fuel Cell Electric Buses

Randy MacEwen

Ballard

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Ben Nyland

CEO

Loop Energy

Canada

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Session: CHBC & CHFCA Ports Workshop
Presentation: Terminal tractors
Date & Time: May, 21, 14:45 – 15:00 See in Program

Benny Oeyen

AngloAmerican

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Session: Hydrogen Council worldwide activities
Presentation: Hydrogen council overview
Date & Time: May, 23, 09:00 – 09:30 See in Program

Jim Petrecky

PDC Machines Inc.

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Session: Hydrogen Production, Storage & Infrastructure
Presentation: SimpleFuel: Seeding the market
Date & Time: May, 23, 16:10 – 16:30 See in Program

Nicolas Pocard

Ballard Power Systems Inc.

Canaca

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Session: Hydrogen Council worldwide activities

Juergen Puetter

Chairman & CEO

Renewable Hydrogen Canada Corporation

Canada

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Session: Hydrogen as an energy vector
Presentation: Renewable hydrogen from BC
Date & Time: May, 22, 15:10 – 15:30 See in Program

Christine Rigby

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Sunita Satyapal

U.S. Department of Energy

United States of America

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Session: Opening Plenary
Presentation: Global trends and developments in fuel cells and hydrogen: an international partnership for hydrogen and fuel cells in the economy (IPHE) perspective
Date & Time: May, 22, 10:30 – 11:00 See in Program

Cory Shumaker

California Hydrogen Business Council

USA

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Cory's personal mission is to bring people and businesses together globally, around renewable hydrogen and fuel cells. He currently works as a project coordinator for the California Hydrogen Business Council and is also an independent consultant for the hydrogen and fuel cells industry. In 2014, Cory founded Electric Beach Cruisers LLC with the idea that electric bicycles can be fun, stylish, and affordable. He previously served as a chief electrical engineer with Vision Motor Corporation. 

Cory is a recent graduate of the LMU MBA Program where he focused on entrepreneurship and international business. He also has a bachelor's degree in electrical engineering from California State University, Long Beach. Cory serves on the Events Committee of the LMU MBA Alumni Board.

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Session: CHBC & CHFCA Ports Workshop

Bjorn Simonsen

nel hydrogen

Norway

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Session: Large scale fuel cell applications and their infrastructure
Presentation: Cross-country H2 infrastructure
Date & Time: May, 23, 14:20 – 14:40 See in Program

Andreas Truckenbrodt

Dr. Andreas Truckenbrodt

President and CEO

Canadian Hydrogen and Fuel Cell Association

Canada

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Dr. Andreas Truckenbrodt is the President and CEO for the Canadian Hydrogen and Fuel Cell Association. He is the former Chief Executive Officer for the Automotive Fuel Cell Cooperation (AFCC), a Joint Venture of Daimler AG and Ford Motor Company, based in Vancouver/Canada. 

From 2005 through 2007, he was leading Daimler’s and Chrysler’s Hybrid Development Centre in Troy/Michigan, in cooperation with General Motors and BMW AG. Before that, he was responsible for DaimlerChrysler’s Center for Fuel Cell and Alternative Powertrain Vehicles and had worked with fuel cell supplier Ballard Power Systems. 

Previously, Dr. Truckenbrodt held various positions in the automotive and aeroengine industry, among others with BMW, BMW Rolls-Royce, Daewoo and DaimlerChrysler. 

Dr. Truckenbrodt holds a degree in Aeronautics and Aerospace Engineering from the Technical University of Munich, Germany, and received his PhD in Mechanics and Control Systems in 1981. 

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Session: Welcome Notes

Session: Welcome Notes
Presentation: Welcome
Date & Time: May, 22, 09:00 – 09:10 See in Program
Session: CHBC & CHFCA Ports Workshop
Presentation: Closing remarks
Date & Time: May, 21, 16:50 – 17:00 See in Program

Daryl Wilson

Daryl Wilson

CEO

Hydrogenics Corporation

Canada

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Session: Hydrogen Council worldwide activities
Presentation: International power to gas projects
Date & Time: May, 23, 10:00 – 10:30 See in Program

Dr. Mohsine Zahid

Erling Klinger

Germany

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Session: Components
Presentation: Fuel cell stacks
Date & Time: May, 23, 15:30 – 15:50 See in Program

Maik Ziegler

Dr. Maik Ziegler

Head of Hyundai Commercial Vehicle Strategy Group

Hyundai Motor Company

South Korea

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Dr. Maik Ziegler spent most of his professional career in the commercial vehicle manufacturing industry. Over the last 15 years, he has been in charge of the Commercial Vehicle Advanced Engineering Departments on three continents. In his current position at Hyundai Commercial Vehicles in Seoul, Korea, he is responsible for R&D Strategy & Advanced Engineering. For Freightliner/DTNA in Portland, Oregon, he was responsible for the Advanced Engineering Center. At Mercedes-Benz Trucks in Stuttgart, Germany, he led the Entire Vehicle Concepts Department.

At Hyundai Commercial Vehicles, he initialized the industry-leading Fuel Cell Electric Heavy Duty Truck project, that was first unveiled at the 2018 IAA Motor Show in Hanover, Germany. 

His extensive knowledge of advanced technologies led to the great success of the $115 million 2015 SuperTruck project at Freightliner (partially funded by the US DoE) that he oversaw. An overall 115% freight efficiency improvement has been achieved. 

In Germany, he was the project coordinator of the Mercedes-Benz Urban eTruck, the world's first all-electric heavy-duty truck in his position of Head of Entire Vehicle Concept Dept. within Advanced Engineering, Daimler Trucks. 

Dr. Ziegler received his doctorate degree at Fraunhofer ICT in Pfinztal, Germany. He has been a lecturer for New Materials, Innovation and Patent Rights at the DHBW Cooperative State University Karlsruhe and for Commercial Vehicle Technology at the University of Berlin.

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Session: Commercial fuel cell vehicles

Session: Commercial fuel cell vehicles
Presentation: The Hydrogen Society starts in Europe: Hyundai delivers the first of 1,000 fuel cell trucks to customers in 2019
Date & Time: May, 22, 15:10 – 15:30 See in Program