About EV Society

We’ve been advocating the advantages of electric cars since 1991.

You could say we’re passionate.

Vision, Mission & Values

Vision

A world where everyone’s journey is safe, clean, and fun.

Mission

To utilise the expertise of electric vehicle owners and enthusiasts to help Canadians transition to electric transportation through education and advocacy.

Values

We value Integrity, Diversity and Passion. Our message must be delivered with optimism, enthu-siasm, and honesty. The merits of electric vehicles sell themselves once understood, and do not require high-pressure sales tech-niques.

Teamwork

We collaborate and band together on shared goals and values to help inspire and educate our community on the benefits of electric mobility. Together we are greater than the sum of our parts!

Objects

EV Society is incorporated as a not-for-profit organization. Everything we do is guided by 4 core “Objects”:

      • Promoting an interest in vehicles propelled by electric power and which may include hybrid power sources.
      • Promoting the reduction of pollution in the air by transportation vehicles, thereby enhancing the natural environment and improving the quality of life.
      • Gathering and disseminating information about electric vehicles.
      • Providing the means of social activity, mutual helpfulness, recreation, and other advantages of membership.

Management Team

EV Society is a registered Not-for-Profit with an elected Board of Directors. The Board carries out and oversees collective actions to ensure the sustainability and relevance of the EV Society for the present into the future while meeting the interests of members. 

Stephen Bieda

Stephen Bieda

Hamilton, Ontario

Stephen received an HBA in Communications Studies from Brock University in 1994. As a cleantech consultant, he managed over 200 electric vehicle charging infrastructure projects across Canada. He is the past Vice-President for a personal rapid-transit (PRT) start-up, and the former Director of Sales and Marketing for Zero Motorcycles. He served as the Director of Communications and Marketing at the McMaster University Institute for Automotive Research and Technology (MacAUTO) and has worked with utilities, government agencies, and municipalities to develop electric vehicle strategies. As Urban Active New Business Development Manager for General Motors Canada he led projects on eBikes, autonomous vehicles, and the Maven car sharing team. Stephen is a past board member with Electric Mobility Canada, a present board member with the Electric Vehicle Society and currently works for Kia Canada as a Manager of Strategic Projects. 

Tim Burrows

Tim Burrows

Carlisle, Ontario

Tim is a retired Vice President of Forty Creek Distillery and a graduate of the University of Toronto where he earned an honours degree in psychology. Tim has owned and driven batteryelectric cars for the past 8 years and has logged over 275,000 kilometres without the need for gasoline or diesel fuel. He now enjoys sharing his EV experience with others through his Tim Talks Tesla and Electric Cars presentations where he breaks down many myths and misconceptions about electric vehicle ownership. Tim also runs EV Society’s popular Canada Talks Electric Cars monthly webinar series featuring high profile guest speakers from around the industry.

Jason Cruickshank

Jason Cruickshank

Winnipeg, Manitoba

Jason founded SaskEV in Saskatoon in 2017 and went on to serve as president for just over four years. Recently, Jason moved to Winnipeg and is now a member of Manitoba EV.  He is the proud owner of a 2017 Chevy Bolt EV and a 2017 Volvo XC90 T8 PHEV. Jason currently works with SWTCH Energy as their Customer Experience Manager, helping to ensure a great charging experience for our EV driving customers across North America.

Peter Forint

Peter Forint

Pickering, Ontario

Peter has worked in the private sector for most of his career, launching and managing products and services to markets in Canada, the United States, and Europe for a various companies.  He now applies his sales and teaching talents as a business professor and program coordinator at Seneca College, where he weaves sustainability and financial literacy as the lead professor for “Intro to Business” and “Entrepreneurship” courses.  Peter holds a BA from University of Toronto, an MBA from the DeGroote School of Business at McMaster University, and a graduate certificate in Green Business from Seneca College.  In 2015, he was trained as a Climate Reality Project Leader by Al Gore to deliver the latest information on climate change, business, and society.  While his family is on their second Toyota Prius, in 2020 they added a Nissan Leaf to their stable, and it immediately became the top choice for all the drivers in their family!

Jessica Hamilton

Jessica Hamilton

Toronto, Ontario

Despite being relatively new to the Green movement, Jessica is passionate about creating an equitable and thriving future.  Preparing our country and province for the shift to a sustainable future is of primary importance to her. Promoting and creating the support around the EV industry and garnering public support is something that Jessica is very excited to contribute to. A behaviour therapist by trade, Jessica has made the leap to politics after the 2018 provincial elections.  Running in the 2019 federal elections for the Green Party of Canada catapulted her into the Green world and she has been learning ever since.  Jessica believes that EVs are the future and that it is her responsibility to learn and help educate Ontarians on EV technology and what we can do to contribute to a net zero future.

Mark Marmer

Mark Marmer

Markham, Ontario

Mark has been an EV driver for over 6 years and currently owns three battery-electric-vehicles (BEV).  Mark is also the owner and founder of Signature Electric. Over the last 8 years the Signature Electric team has installed chargers in all kinds of settings. But more importantly, Mark spends a great deal of his time promoting electric vehicles through his blog, YouTube channel, speaking engagements, and ongoing networking with industry and government representatives.  Mark has a unique understanding of the challenges of installing charging stations and systems in all kinds of settings with a particular insight into the challenges of multi residential and public settings.  His expertise and connections in charging systems brings a unique perspective to EV Society and the adoption of electric vehicles.

Jon Seary

Jon Seary

St. John’s, Newfoundland

Jon has been actively following the EV development and adoption since 2012, and ordered his first EV in 2013.  Jon and his wife became the first fully EV family in Newfoundland and Labrador in 2016, and they quickly saw this was an easy change.  In 2018, Jon co-founded Drive Electric NL (DENL) to advocate for EV adoption and provide education to potential EV owners.  DENL has become recognized as the authority on EV adoption in the province, and it plays an integral role in efforts to expand charging infrastructure and promoting EV sales.

Aniseh Sharifi

Aniseh Sharifi

Toronto, Ontario

Aniseh is passionate about sharing the EV experience! In 2018, she picked up her electric car and, soon after, started blogging and advocating for EVs. Her previous sales and consulting experience are from working at boutique agencies and helping automotive retailers across Ontario with marketing strategies and business development. In 2019, Aniseh left her career in retail marketing. She completed the Climate Reality training and decided to co-start a family-run digital marketing house called Fierce Media to focus on green marketing. Aniseh is the editor of the Tesla Owners Club of Ontario newsletter and continues to dream of one day installing a charger in her condo building.

Wilf Steimle

Wilf Steimle

Innisfil, Ontario

Wilf founded a high-tech company in 1983 and served as its president until 2014, when he sold his shares to pursue his passion for sustainable energy and purchased his first electric vehicle. In 2015 he completed Al Gore’s climate reality training and lives off-grid as a demonstration of his commitment to a zero-carbon footprint. Wilf has driven over 250,000 km in an electric car and embarked on a 14,000 km coast-coast trip in 2016 to meet and help unite leaders of electric vehicle groups throughout the country. In 2016 he accepted the role of President of the Electric Vehicle Society. Wilf is passionate about contributing his EV knowledge and experience toward the development of educational programs that will result in meaningful increases in the adoption of electric vehicles.

Chad Yee

Chad Yee

Toronto, Ontario

Chad is a lifelong car enthusiast, who realized early on that the cars he loved so much were at a contradiction to the environment that he also enjoyed.  The realization that cars needed to be part of the environmental solution “sparked” Chad’s interest in EVs.  As one of the earliest EV Society members over 20 years ago, Chad worked alongside Howard Hutt, EV Society’s founder, to promote EVs at various conferences, auto shows, rallies, and partnerships – all during a time when EVs weren’t even available or considered among Canadians.   Chad has had a well-established career in the automotive industry as an Automotive Executive and a Marketing Professional with 10 different auto brands in both OEM and Dealership areas.  He has been a proponent for vehicle electrification for over 20 years and one of the earliest Toyota Prius owners.  As we move from an early adopter to a mainstream stage, Chad is now focused on helping consumers and industry succeed in the transition to EVs.

Dave VanAlstyne

Dave VanAlstyne

Orillia, Ontario

Dave began a policing career in 1977 in Toronto, Ontario and spent his career in traffic enforcement. He performed duties that included accident investigation, radar and RIDE enforcement and the application of criminal and provincial traffic laws. As a breathalyzer technician for a number of years he was involved in many impaired investigations. After retiring from the Toronto Police Service he joined a Bus company that provided school bus, transit and special needs transportation and became a driver trainer. In this role his focus remained on safety as a person responsible for training and certifying new bus drivers up to the required licensing requirements and providing approved MTO Defensive Driving courses. Now fully retired and currently the owner of a electric vehicle, he is deeply concerned with the environmental impacts of transportation and is a strong supporter of EVs.

Officers

WilfSteimleChair & President
Aniseh SharifiVice President
DaveVanAlstyneSecretary-Treasurer

Board of Directors

StephenBieda
TimBurrows
JasonCruickshank
PeterForint
JessicaHamilton
Mark Marmer
JonSeary
AnisehSharifi
WilfSteimle
ChadYee

Committees & Working Groups

If you are interested in volunteering for a committee or working group, click on the title of the committee or working group to send an e-mail and express your interest.

CommitteeSub-CommitteeTasksChair
Communications Committee (chair Aniseh Sharifi)Annual ReportCompiles and prepares an Annual Report at the end of January of each yearStephen Bieda
Social MediaHandles social media channels.Aniseh Sharifi
Public RelationsHandles public relations related items.Tim Burrows
EducationDevelops curriculum and course materialsTBD
NewsletterPrepares newsletters and editorialsTBD
Howard Hutt Annual AwardReview of nominations, annual presentation to the Board for approvalChad Yee
Chapter Relations Committee-Liaisons with regional Chapters.Sean Hart
Membership Benefits Committee-Adding value to membership through member benefitsTBD
Tech CommitteeManages and maintains IT systems and digital technology platforms.Sean Hart
Finance Committee-Manages budget and fundraising efforts.Dave VanAlstyne
Government Relations Committee-Grass roots, lobbying, and member messaging to promote electrified transportationPeter Forint
Sebastien Hamel
Election and Nomination Committee-Prepares nominations, conducts on-line elections and prepares results for the membership and the BoardDave VanAlstyne
Webinar Committee-Plans and runs the Canada Talks Electric Cars (CTEC) monthly webinar series.Tim Burrows

Annual Report

A full overview of the EV Society and our activities is available in our Annual Reports:

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