Batteries are evolving. No longer just something that needs changing in your TV remote, batteries are fast becoming the engines of the global economy. In a decade’s time, a battery will likely power your car or the electricity grid that lights your home. Perhaps the biggest opportunity lies in electric vehicles. The battery is the most valuable part of an EV, and by 2030, the International Energy Agency predicts we could see a hundred times more EVs on the road than there were in 2020.
If Canada plays its cards right, it has the potential to emerge as a dominant player in this growing global industry. That’s according to recent modelling from Clean Energy Canada and the Trillium Network for Advanced Manufacturing, which explores how Canada can build out its battery supply chain and the economic potential of this industry. And introduction of the U.S.’s new EV tax credit, which requires a proportion of EV battery parts be sourced from North America and battery minerals be sourced from U.S. allies, means Canada has a huge and guaranteed market for its battery products right next door. But with few, if any, EVs expected to meet all the new criteria, the race to build the supply chain is on. Can Canada capitalize on this generational opportunity? If so, what will it take?
Join Clean Energy Canada for a pointed conversation to explore these topics with experts Ilka von Dalwigk, Andrew Miller, and Dr. Leonardo Paoli.
October 12, 2022, at 8am PT / 11am ET (1 hour)
- Opening remarks
- Brief synopsis of Clean Energy Canada’s recent report Canada’s New Economic Engine (5-10 mins)
- Fireside chat with guests
- Audience Q&A (30 mins)
- Closing remarks (5 mins)
Ilka von Dalwigk
Ilka von Dalwigk is a senior technology and policy expert with more than twenty years of experience in the energy transition in commercial, public, private, and policy environments, with in-depth knowledge of major research and policy issues covering the battery value chain, from the supply of raw materials to applications. Notably, Ilka is the EBA Policy Manager at EIT InnoEnergy working with the industrial development programme of the European Battery Alliance—EBA250—with a strong focus on sustainability, supply chain topics and international relationships. She has been instrumental in building up and managing the vast and complex network of the stakeholders in this initiative, as well as developing the set of recommendations that contributed to the design and content of the 43 actions that have been identified as necessary by the European Battery Alliance, to make the EU a key player in the global battery market.
Andrew Miller is the COO at Benchmark Mineral Intelligence Ltd (Benchmark), a London based research and consultancy firm focused on critical raw materials and energy storage supply chains. Andrew oversees Benchmark’s supply chain research and analysis, which stretches from downstream assessments of anode, cathode and battery production through to price assessments and forecasting for the key lithium ion battery raw materials, including lithium, cobalt, nickel and graphite.
Dr. Leonardo Paoli
Dr. Leonardo Paoli is an Energy Analyst working in the Energy Technology Policy division of the International Energy Agency. He coordinates the work of the Global Electric Vehicle Outlook – the IEA’s annual report on developments in electric mobility across the globe, developed under the Electric Vehicles Initiative. He analyses the technologies and policies that are required for the decarbonization of the transport sector with a particular focus on battery technology and its supply chain. He also focuses on innovation and supply chain expansion needs for cross-cutting clean energy technologies in the IEA scenarios, including the Net-zero by 2050 roadmap. He holds a PhD from the University of Cambridge.
Merran Smith is a fellow at the Simon Fraser University Morris J. Wosk Centre for Dialogue, and the founder and chief innovation officer of Clean Energy Canada. Merran serves as co-chair of the B.C. government’s Climate Solutions Council, a member of the independent Task Force for a Resilient Recovery, and a Canadian representative of the C3E International Ambassador Corps. For most of her career, Merran has worked to unite industry, government, and civil society organizations to solve pressing social and ecological challenges.
Evan works to bring climate action and innovation together to build stronger economies. Before joining Clean Energy Canada, Evan served as the Chief of Staff for the BC Green Caucus during the 2017-2020 minority government. He was deeply involved in the creation of CleanBC, British Columbia’s climate strategy. Evan holds an undergraduate in political science with a minor in Human Dimensions of Climate Change. He holds a Certificate in Leadership, Organizing and Action: Leading Change from the Harvard Kennedy School of Government Executive Program.