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Webinar: Fixing Canada’s Car Conundrum

Join a new Clean Energy Canada webinarFixing Canada’s car conundrum. The webinar will feature Bloomberg New Energy Finance Head of Advanced Transport Colin McKerracher, Automotive Parts Manufacturer’s Association President Flavio Volpe, and Unifor President Jerry Dias. 

Canada has a car conundrum. According to the International Energy Agency, Canadians drive the most polluting cars in the world. And over the past 20 years, carbon pollution from transportation has gone up. Meanwhile, the auto sector is down. Once a global top-five auto manufacturer, Canada now doesn’t even crack the top 10. 

But there are recent signs of change, with a few major automakers announcing plans to bring EV production here. Will this be enough for Canada to fix its car conundrum and carve out a space in the growing global EV market? If not, what more will it take? 

Join Clean Energy Canada for a pointed conversation to explore these topics with experts Colin McKerracher from BloombergNEF, Flavio Volpe from the APMA and Jerry Dias from Unifor



Wednesday February 17, 2021 at 9am PT / 12pm ET


Colin McKerracher

Colin McKerracher manages coverage of the transport sector at Bloomberg New Energy Finance. His team analyzes the policy, technology and economic factors shaping the future of road transport. His main areas of coverage include electric vehicles, batteries, charging infrastructure, shared mobility, autonomous driving and energy market impacts.

Flavio Volpe

Flavio Volpe is the president of the Automotive Parts Manufacturers’ Association, Canada’s national association representing OEM producers of parts, equipment, tools, supplies and services for the automotive industry. A champion of Canada’s globally relevant automotive sector, he is dedicated to the growth of Canada’s auto innovation and the development of new markets.

Jerry Dias

Jerry Dias is the president of Unifor, the largest private sector union in Canada representing more than 315,000 workers in every major sector of the economy. An effective negotiator, he has helped secure auto sector jobs across the country, most recently in negotiations with Ford, Fiat Chrysler and General Motors, landing a $4.7-billion investment in auto facilities across Canada.


Merran Smith is a fellow at Simon Fraser University and the founder and executive director of Clean Energy Canada. For most of her career, she has worked to unite industry, government and civil society organizations to solve pressing social and ecological challenges.

Joanna Kyriazis a senior policy advisor at Clean Energy Canada. Joanna works to develop and advance policy solutions that address climate change while promoting clean growth, with a particular focus on clean transportation issues. 

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