Mr. Fred Chin
Mr. Jean Guy Chouinard
Mr. Eric DenhoffView Biography[X]
Eric Denhoff is President and CEO of the Canadian Hydrogen and Fuel Cell Association (CHFCA), the national association for Canada's hydrogen and fuel cell sector. Eric has served as a Chief Negotiator for the Government of Canada; as a Deputy Minister for the Province of British Columbia and as Chairman and CEO of BC Transit, Canada’s sixth largest transportation company. The Canadian hydrogen and fuel cell sector will benefit from his depth of experience in complex, consensus-building roles. He has significant international trade and business development experience in Europe and Asia representing both private and public sector organizations. He also chaired the BC Advisory Board for Canada’s largest engineering and construction company; served as a Director of the National Capital Commission in Ottawa and was Senior Trade Advisor to a BC Forestry association. He serves on the board of the Energy Council of Canada, Fair Trade Canada and other associations.
Prof. Nedjib (Ned) DjilaliView Biography[X]
Professor Djilali is with the Department of Mechanical Engineering at the University of Victoria, and holds the Canada Research Chair in Energy Systems Design and Computational Modeling. He received a Bachelor’s degree in Aeronautical Engineering from the University of Hertfordshire (Hatfield Polytechnic), UK; a Master’s degree in Aeronautics from Imperial College, UK; and a Ph.D. in Mechanical Engineering from the University of British Columbia in Vancouver, Canada.
Prior to joining UVic in 1992, Prof. Djilali was an aerodynamicist with the Canadair Aerospace Division, Bombardier, Inc. in Montreal. At UVic he taught and developed research programs in thermofluids, computational fluid dynamics, transport phenomena, fuel cells and energy systems. He also served as Associate Dean of Engineering, Executive Director of IESVic (Institute for Integrated Energy Systems), President of the CFD Society of Canada, and interim Director of PICS (Pacific Institute for Climate Solutions).
His current research interests center around fuel cell technology and sustainable energy systems. The fuel cell related research combines experiments, theoretical modeling and numerical simulations of a variety of transport phenomena (fluid, flow, heat and mass transfer, charged species transport) using laser diagnostics, fibre optics, computational fluid dynamics and other simulation tools. The energy systems work focuses on integration of renewable energy in the electricity grid, including investigation of smart grid technology and demand side management strategies. He is a member of several research networks, including WESNet and H2Can, and collaborates with leading industrial partners and researchers in Canada, US, Europe, China and Japan.
Dr. Michel Dumoulin
Prof. Michael EikerlingView Biography[X]
Dr. Michael Eikerling is an Associate Professor in the Department of Chemistry at Simon Fraser University, where he started in May 2003. He is an internationally recognized expert in the field of fuel cell theory and modeling, embracing all materials and components in polymer electrolyte fuel cells. Dr. Eikerling has published >65 highly cited papers in peer-reviewed journals, including feature articles in Physics Today and Physics World, as well as 8 book chapters. His Theoretical Chemical Physics and Electrochemical Materials Science Group employs a wide range of scientific tools, encompassing molecular modeling, theoretical chemical physics, and continuum mechanics, to explore transport phenomena at interfaces and in polymeric materials, electrocatalytic processes, physics of complex media, self-organization in electrochemical materials, porous electrode theory, electrochemical diagnostics, as well as fuel cell operation and degradation. M. Eikerling fulfills leadership roles in cooperative projects with multiple partners in academia and industry. He coordinates an extensive German-Canadian collaboration network in fuel cell research and is strongly engaged in the international electrochemical community.
Dr. David Frank
Mr. Gregory FrenetteView Biography[X]
Gregory Frenette is Director of Research and the Senior Ford Technical Representative at AFCC. Mr. Frenette led Ford Motor Company’s first fuel cell vehicle launch and global fleet deployment. He also led the design and development of Ford’s first plug-in hybrid vehicle fleet, and has held numerous engineering leadership positions in Ford’s product development activity. Prior to joining Ford Motor Company in 1990, Mr. Frenette was engaged in advanced propulsion systems design and development on the M1A1 main battle tank working for General Dynamics Land Systems. Mr. Frenette holds a Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering and a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration from the University of Michigan. He also holds a Masters of Business Administration from Wayne State University.
Mr. Jake Garvey, MSc
Dr. François Girard, Ph. D.View Biography[X]
Dr. Girard is currently Thrust Leader for Fuel Cell Manufacturing, part of the Vehicle Propulsion Technologies.
He got his B.Sc. and M.Sc. in Chemistry from the University of Québec in Montréal. His graduate work was focused on the study of conducting polymer-based composite cathodes for lithium secondary batteries. He then received his Ph.D. in Energy from INRS-Energy & Materials for his work on the electroreduction of nitrate in water using a synthetic analog molecules based on nitrogenase’s active site.
Dr. Girard occupied a position as a post-doctoral fellow at the Pulp and Paper Research Institute of Canada (PAPRICAN) during his work on membrane electroseparation technologies in collaboration with the École Polytechnique de Montréal.
Subsequently he worked as a Research Scientist at H Power Enterprises of Canada, a fuel cell developer, in the area of material development.
Dr. Girard joined the National Research Council in 1999 and occupied various roles from research, business to technology management.