Hydrail in Ontario – Examining Opportunities for Wireless Electrification

View a webcast of presentations, discussions and reflections on key topics such as economic development, sustainability, and safety of hydrail.

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7:30 a.m. Registration, Networking
7:30 a.m. Academic Poster Sessions

A showcase of our next generation of hydrail experts: Poster presentations from students on their research in the field of hydrogen fuel cell technology.
8:30 a.m. Opening Remarks

Tyler Hamilton

Tyler Hamilton, Senior Manager of Partnerships, Cleantech Venture Services, MaRS
8:40 a.m. Overview of GO Expansion

Phil Verster

Phil Verster, President & CEO, Metrolinx
9:00 a.m. Opening Keynote

Sunita Satyapal

Dr. Satyapal will provide global context and relevance to local hydrogen innovation initiatives. She will discuss the U.S. Department of Energy’s hydrogen and fuel cell program with a focus on transportation and technology status versus targets, and will also provide examples of domestic and international hydrogen efforts to enable renewable power generation, energy storage and to electrify transportation.

Dr. Sunita Satyapal, Director, Fuel Cell Technologies Office, U.S. Department of Energy, Washington, D.C.

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9:35 a.m. Panel: Public Sector Perspectives

How governments are responding to the potential of hydrogen technology.

David Hart

Dr. David Hart, E4Tech,
Sustainable Energy
Lausanne, Switzerland

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Paula Vieira

Paula Vieira, Director
Transportation & Alternative
Fuels Division, Natural
Resources Canada

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Josipa Petrunic

Dr. Josipa Petrunic, CEO,
Canadian Urban Transit
Research & Innovation

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10:40 a.m. Conversation Break & Academic Poster Sessions

Morning break, including a showcase of our next generation of hydrail experts: Poster presentations from students on their research in the field of hydrogen fuel cell technology.
11:00 a.m. Panel: Private Sector Perspectives

Lessons learned from innovators and experiences in applying hydrogen technologies.

Jim Sanders

Jim Sanders, President,
Enbridge Gas Distribution
Don Romano

Don Romano, President & CEO,
Hyundai Auto Canada Corp.

Daryl Wilson

Daryl Wilson, CEO,
12:00 p.m. Lunch & Luncheon Keynote Address

Steven Del Duca

The Honourable Steven Del Duca, Minister of Transportation, Government of Ontario
1:00 p.m. Exploring Global Hydrail Systems

Learn about the development of hydrail systems and the current deployment of fuel cell-electric passenger trains.

Wolfram Schwab

Wolfram Schwab, VP Regional Platform - Products & Innovation, Alstom Transport

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Tony (Tao) Liu

Tony (Tao) Liu, Marketing Director North America, Overseas Business, CRRC Qingdao Sifang

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2:00 p.m. Conversation Break
2:15 p.m. Panel: Making Hydrail a Success

Explore the issues in considering hydrail for GO Expansion and other rail transit systems.

Chris LaFleur

Dr. Chris LaFleur,
Fire Protection Engineer, Risk & Reliability Analysis, Sandia National Labs, New Mexico
Chad Edison

Chad Edison,
Deputy Secretary – Transportation, California State Transportation Agency

Ellen Schwartzel

Ellen Schwartzel, Deputy Environmental Commissioner of Ontario
Bala Venkatesh

Dr. Bala Venkatesh, Academic Director of the Centre for Urban Energy at Ryerson University

Jonathan Dogterom

Jonathan Dogterom, Managing Director, Cleantech Venture Services, MaRS
3:15 p.m. Symposium Participant Feedback Session

Gather comprehensive feedback from symposium participants on the prospects of Hydrail.
4:15 p.m. Reflections

Reflect on key learnings, questions, feedback and outcome of day’s dialogue.

Aimy Bazylak

Dr. Aimy Bazylak
Canada Research Chair in Thermofluidics for Clean Energy, Faculty of Applied Sciences & Engineering, UofT
Vicky Sharpe

Dr. Vicky Sharpe,
Founding & Past
President & CEO
Sustainable Development Technology Canada

Ian Sutherland

Ian Sutherland,
Metrolinx Regional Express Rail Program, CH2M
Martin Vroegh

Martin Vroegh,
Senior Director, Greenhouse Gas
Reduction Technologies
Ontario Centres
of Excellence
4:30 p.m. Event Close