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Judging Committee


The Canadian Electricity Association and Plug’n Drive thank the members of the Judging Committee for enthusiastically supporting the cause of EV adoption in Canada. The Annual EV Dealership Awards Program depends on the expertise and support of this qualified group of volunteers. Members of the Judging Committee are appointed jointly by CEA and Plug’n Drive. Judging Committee composition may change periodically without notice.

 

Charlotte Argue
Michael Bettencourt
Ron Groves
Ian Jack
Catherine Kargas
Devin McCarthy
Josipa G. Petrunic
Matt Stevens

 


 

Charlotte Argue

Program Manager | Fraser Basin Council's Climate and Change Air Quality Program

 

Charlotte Argue is Program Manager for the Fraser Basin Council’s Climate Change and Air Quality Program, and leads FBC’s green fleet and electric vehicle initiatives. As a partner in the multi-stakeholder collaboration Plug In BC, she has been involved in supporting electric vehicle market transformation in several capacities, including chairing an early adopters EV fleet buyers group, administering provincial charging infrastructure programs, and helping to steer the public awareness campaign, Emotive the Electric Vehicle Experience.

 


 

Michael Bettencourt

Automotive Journalist and Battery Electric Vehicle Owner


Michael Bettencourt writes regularly for The Globe and Mail newspaper, MSN Autos and Autos.ca, AutoTrader’s new car site. When the former magazine editor and now freelance writer is not test-driving the latest plug-in cars and upcoming prototypes, the prolific social media scribe is scoping them out at auto shows around the world. A member of the Automobile Journalists Association of Canada for over 16 years, he’s also a member of the New York-based International Motor Press Association and a World Car of the Year juror. He’s helped found and run the Canadian Green Car Awards for the past three years.



 

Ron Groves

Manager, Outreach and Education | Plug'n Drive

 

Ron Groves is the lead on all of Plug’n Drive’s public outreach activities, specifically the “EV Roadshow”. Ron’s involvement in sustainable transportation began in 2008 as Program Manager for SmartCommute. His time at SmartCommute led him to the Aurora Windfall Ecology Centre where, from 2009 to 2012, he developed numerous programs, including: “ecoDriver”, “eDriver” and “Green Spokes”. Ron’s early career was with Budget Rent a Car as a Regional Manager for Toronto and later as an Account Executive with Budget Canada where he worked on central purchasing programs, operations seminars and local market assessments.

 


 

Ian Jack

Managing Director of Communication and Government Relations | Canadian Automobile Association (CAA) National

 

Ian Jack is a public affairs strategist with extensive knowledge of advocacy and communications gained through 20+ years in national journalism and public service roles, most of them focusing on consumer and automotive issues. Ian is responsible for CAA’s public education and advocacy programs on road safety, eco-driving, mobility, infrastructure and consumer issues. He is a member of the government relations committee of Electric Mobility Canada. Prior to joining CAA, Ian served as Deputy Commissioner of Public Affairs for the Competition Bureau of Canada. Ian has also worked as an Account Director at Hill & Knowlton, an international lobbying firm, as Director of Communications to a federal Industry Minister, and as an editor and reporter for the National Post and Canadian Press.

 


 

Catherine Kargas, MBA, ECBS

Vice President, MARCON | Chair, Electric Mobility Canada

 

Catherine Kargas has over 25 years of management consulting experience, during which time she has provided commercial research and strategy advice to public and private sector clients from a variety of industries. In the areas of transportation and energy, her focus has been sustainability. Catherine is the Chair of the Board of Directors of Electric Mobility Canada – an organization that she has been involved with for numerous years, serving as Director and Vice Chair. She is also a founding member and Director of the Transportation Evolution Institute – an organization promoting sustainable transportation solutions and business models.

 


 

Devin McCarthy

Vice President, Public Affairs | Canadian Electricity Association (CEA)

 

Devin McCarthy is Vice President, Public Affairs at the Canadian Electricity Association (CEA). He applies his experience in environmental, energy, and climate change policy development to CEA's communications, public affairs and government relations activities. He recently transitioned to this portfolio after 4 years as CEA's Director of Transmission & Distribution and then Director of Generation and Environment.

 


 

Josipa G. Petrunic

Executive Director & CEO | Urban Transit Research & Innovation Consortium (CUTRIC)

 

Josipa G. Petrunic is the Executive Director & CEO of the newly established Canadian Urban Transit Research & Innovation Consortium (CUTRIC). She also serves as the Lead Researcher in electric vehicle policy studies at McMaster University and is currently leading the completion of an Ontario Electric Vehicle Technology Roadmap funded by a federal Automative Partnership Canada (APC) grant. Dr. Petrunic holds a Master of Science in Science and Technology Studies (STS) and a PhD in the History of Mathematics from the University of Edinburgh (Scotland). She also completed a Master's of Science in Political Philosophy at the London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE) and a bachelors degree in Political Science and Journalism at Carleton University.


 

Matt Stevens

CEO | Cross Chasm Technologies

 

Matt Stevens is Co-founder and CEO of CrossChasm Technologies, the company that created FleetCarma and MyCarma. He has been involved in the design of over 20 hybrid and electric vehicles, ranging from to lunar rovers to stealth snowmobiles and now works on making personal fuel economy labels for fleets and individuals looking to pick the best green vehicle for them. Matt holds a Ph.D. in Chemical Engineering, was named to Waterloo Region’s Top 40 under 40, is an Adjunct Professor at the University of Waterloo, and is Past-Chair of Electric Mobility Canada.