Dr. Danny Blair is a Professor in the Department of Geography at the University of Winnipeg, where he is also the Director of Science for the Prairie Climate Centre. He has taught at the University of Winnipeg for over 30 years. His main research interest is climate change in Canada, and especially the Prairie Provinces.

Philip Gass is a Senior Policy Advisor with the International Institute for Sustainable Development (IISD). Philip specializes in climate change and energy policy at the sub-national and national level in North America and Indonesia, as well as international developments within the UNFCCC process. His recent work has focused on development of provincial climate change strategies, GHG mitigation policy for state owned enterprises in developing countries, the green economy in Canada and internationally, energy policy (including CCS stakeholder engagement), early reduction allowances within the Western Climate Initiative (WCI) and the engagement of the private sector in international climate negotiations. He is currently based out of Geneva.

Daniella Echeverría is a Project Manager, also with IISD and works with the Energy program. Previously, Daniella has worked for the Manitoba Council for International Cooperation, participating in the coordination, organization and administration of MCIC’s Manitoba Government Matching Grant Program (MGMGP), which overseas funding and partner organizations, as well as researching environmental, fair trade, and poverty alleviation-related issues.

Scott Beaton from Keystone Agricultural Producers (KAP), is a young farmer who grows 400 acres of small grains, oilseeds and plowdown crops including wheat, rye, oats, mustard, peas, favabean and clovers. He is currently working to install a 30kw solar system to offset his hydro usage this summer. In addition to farming, he works for Manitoba Habitat Heritage Corporation conserving at-risk habitats and restoring wetlands.

Jeff Kraynyk started his career with the Province back in 2000. At that time Jeff worked for the Energy Development Initiative within the previous Energy Department where he led the Department’s Biofuels activities. In 2007, Jeff joined the Department of Agriculture working as the Manager of Agri-Energy. In this role, Jeff worked in a number of areas including biofules, biomass energy and bioproduct development. Jeff now works in the Food and Agri-Product Processing branch as the Industry Development Leader in the area of biomass and bioproducts.

Melissa S. B. Pawlisch, is the Clean Energy Resource Teams (CERTs) Director for the University of Minnesota Extension’s Regional Sustainable Development Partnerships. Over the past thirteen years she has guided CERTs—a unique program partnership designed to connect individuals and communities to the resources they need to identify and implement community scale clean energy projects. After an environmental consulting stint, she got her Masters in Science, Technology and Environmental Policy. Lissa is passionate about working directly with communities to help them understand their energy options, the values that drive their projects, how technologies and practices can be deployed, and how to harness community capacity to affect change. Her current focus areas include community shared solar and local government clean energy adoption.

Dr. Eric L. Bibeau is an Associate Professor of Mechanical Engineering, University of Manitoba, Conducting research into Distributed Renewable Energy. Dr. Bibeau encourages collaboration to achieve renewable energy applications which are based on sound scientific and economic analysis. He actively pursues renewable energy opportunities and encourages the development and demonstration of cost-effective energy applications which have environmental, social and economic benefits. Because of climate change, Eric recognizes that the promotion of cost-effective energy sustainability, conservation and innovation is one of the most important scientific areas of our time.

Hon. Rochelle Squires was elected as the MLA for Riel in 2016. She served as Minister of Sport, Culture and Heritage until her new appointment as Minister of Sustainable Development. She remains Minister Responsible for Francophone Affairs and Status of Women. A journalist, Squires holds a Bachelor of Arts in Communications from the University of Winnipeg, a Master of Fine Arts from the University of British Columbia and a Journalism Diploma from Red River College. She and her husband Daniel have a combined family of five children and two grandchildren.

"EV’s and the Future of Sustainable Energy in Manitoba"

Robert Elms, is the President of the Manitoba Electric Vehicle Association (MEVA), as well as Vice-Chair of the Manitoba Sustainable Energy Association (ManSEA), and Past-Chair of the Manitoba Association of Automobile Clubs (MAAC). “Facilitating the use of battery-electric vehicles would be the fastest, most cost effective way to eliminate the province’s most prolific source of greenhouse gases, the internal combustion engine. To electrify all transportation in Manitoba will require more sustainably-produced energy.”

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