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A Carbon-Free Fuel: Hydrogen Can

Natural Resources Canada, Botschaft von Kanada, National Research Council Canada – Germany | The Honourable Stéphane Dion, Roger Scott-Douglas, Phil de Luna, Simon Thiele, Drew Leyburne, Shanna Knights, Ian Stewart

What exciting technology can help us transition to a low-carbon economy? Hydrogen can.

Hydrogen is a versatile carbon-free chemical fuel that could serve as an energy vector in many industries. This event will feature a panel of Canadian and German experts from industry, government, and academia who will speak on the promise of a hydrogen-powered low-carbon future.

Following the panel discussion, a hydrogen Science Slam contest will feature early-career researchers and entrepreneurs showcasing their cutting-edge hydrogen technologies – Apply here. Tune-in to learn all about hydrogen, how it is produced, transported, and used, and why it could be the low-carbon replacement for fossil fuels as we transition to a renewable future.

PUBLIC PANEL DISCUSSION AND SCIENCE SLAM ON ZOOM. PLEASE REGISTER.

This is a digital event. If you would like to attend please book your spot until 4 November here. The access to the event will be provided through the organiser and after registration.

Submissions for Science Slam videos are invited through Google Forms here.

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The Honourable Stéphane Dion

Government of Canada

Ambassador to Germany Special Envoy to the European Union and Europe

Stéphane Dion presented his credentials as Canada’s Ambassador to Germany on June 6, 2017. Prior to his appointment, M. Dion was Canada’s Minister of Foreign Affairs from November 2015 until January 2017, where he championed Canadian leadership in the world on crucial global interests including promotion of universal human rights, peace and stability efforts, the global climate challenge and Canada’s commitment to multilateralism. He was previously Minister of the Environment from 2004 to 2005, when he secured what is praised as one of the greenest budgets in the history of Canada and, in 2005, chaired the United Nations Conference on Climate Change (COP11/MOP1) where he reconciled the diverging interests of member countries so that decisions could be taken to effectively implement the Kyoto Protocol. As Minister responsible for Official Languages (2001-2003), he crafted and launched the Action Plan for Official Languages, still used as a reference today. Serving as Minister of Intergovernmental Affairs between 1996 and 2003, longer than any other Canadian since Confederation, he played a primary role promoting Canadian unity. In 2006, Mr. Dion was elected as Leader of the Liberal Party of Canada and became Leader of the Official Opposition in the Canadian House of Commons, a position that he retained until 2008. M. Dion served as a Member of Parliament first in 1996 and was re-elected seven consecutive times. Before entering politics, Stéphane Dion taught Political Science at Université de Moncton in 1984, then at Université de Montréal from 1984 to 1995. He has authored many scientific articles and books on Public Administration, Organizational Studies, Political Institutions and Environmental Policies. He also sat on the External Advisory Board of the Yale Climate and Energy Institute from 2011 until November 2015. Born in Quebec City, Canada, he studied at Université Laval before obtaining a Doctorate in Sociology from the Institut d’études politiques in Paris, France. He was also awarded an Honorary Doctorate by the Carlos III University of Madrid.

Fri | Nov 06, 2020 | 15.30 - 17.00 CET

A Carbon-Free Fuel: Hydrogen Can

Roger Scott-Douglas

National Research Council of Canada (NRC)

Acting President

Dr. Scott-Douglas was previously the NRC’s Secretary General, and Secretary to the NRC Council, as well as Vice President, Policy and Governance. He was also responsible for the International Relations Office, the Policy, Strategy and Performance group, and the Corporate Secretariat.

Formerly, Dr. Scott-Douglas was the Assistant Secretary, Priorities and Planning, Treasury Board Secretariat (TBS).

Dr. Scott-Douglas’s international experience includes the Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) and World Bank missions to Europe, India and the Middle East.

Dr. Scott-Douglas has a Doctorate of Philosophy from the University of Cambridge, England, and is a Commonwealth Scholar.

Fri | Nov 06, 2020 | 15.30 - 17.00 CET

A Carbon-Free Fuel: Hydrogen Can

Phil de Luna

National Research Council Canada

Program Director, Materials for Clean Fuels Challenge Program
De Luna was named to the 2019 Forbes Top 30 Under 30 – Energy list and was a finalist (1 of 10 worldwide) in the $20M Carbon XPRIZE. He holds a PhD from the University of Toronto in Materials Science & Engineering where he was a Governor General Gold Medalist. He is a member of the board of directors of CMC Research Institutes, a carbontech non-profit, and member of the OECD Advanced Materials steering committee. He is also a Mission Innovation Champion for Canada, an Action Canada Fellow, and a Creative Destruction Lab Mentor.

Simon Thiele

Helmholtz Institute Erlangen-Nürnberg für Erneuerbare Energien, Forschungszentrum Jülich

Head of Research Department, Electrocatalytic Interface Engineering

Prof. Thiele is Professor at Friedrich-Alexander University Erlangen-Nuremberg since January 2018 and at the same time head of the Electrocatalytical Interface Engineering research department at the Helmholtz Institute Erlangen-Nürnberg for Renewable Energy (IEK-11 of Jülich Research Center). Graduating from IMTEK at the University of Freiburg in 2013, Prof. Thiele’s lead the IMTEK ‘Porous Media’ group investigating electrochemical energy applications from 2011 to 2018.

Fri | Nov 06, 2020 | 15.30 - 17.00 CET

A Carbon-Free Fuel: Hydrogen Can

Drew Leyburne

Natural Resources Canada

Assistant Deputy Minister, Energy Technology
Drew Leyburne is the Assistant Deputy Minister, Energy Technology Sector at Natural Resources Canada (NRCan). Leyburne served as Director General in various roles at NRCan, worked at the Privy Council Office, and was an Associate with McKinsey & Co. He holds degrees from Oxford University and Bishop’s University. NRCan’s Energy Technology Sector supports advancement of clean energy technologies with the ultimate goal of creating a lower-carbon economy, both domestically and internationally.

Fri | Nov 06, 2020 | 15.30 - 17.00 CET

A Carbon-Free Fuel: Hydrogen Can

Shanna Knights

Ballard Power Systems

Director, Technology Collaborations
Shanna Knights, PEng, MASc, FCAE, Director of Technology Collaborations at Ballard Power Systems, has conducted fuel cell research since 1995 for many applications, including commercial truck, bus, and other motive and stationary applications. For the past several years she has led Ballard’s components technology R&D activities and is responsible for innovation initiatives and external collaborations to leverage leading expertise and technologies. Ms. Knights is an author on numerous scientific journal publications and 3 book chapters, and holds 25 patents, with several more pending. She guides collaborative research through numerous advisory boards and steering committees. She holds the Engineering BC R. A. McLachlan Memorial Award, for significant technical contributions, professional leadership, and community service (2017), is a YWCA Research & the Sciences Woman of Distinction nominee (2019), and is a Fellow of the Canadian Academy of Engineering.

Fri | Nov 06, 2020 | 15.30 - 17.00 CET

A Carbon-Free Fuel: Hydrogen Can

Ian Stewart

National Research Council of Canada

President

In 2016, Iain Stewart became President of the National Research Council of Canada. Career highlights include his role as Associate Secretary at Treasury Board Secretariat and as Assistant Deputy Minister, Strategic Policy at Innovation, Science and Economic Development Canada (ISED). Previously, Mr. Stewart supported industry and university research through funding programs at ISED, the Atlantic Canada Opportunities Agency and as Assistant VP Research at Dalhousie University. 

Fri | Nov 06, 2020 | 15.30 - 17.00 CET

A Carbon-Free Fuel: Hydrogen Can

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