About EV Society

We’ve been advocating the advantages of electric cars since 1994. 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

Through collaboration we will band together to help inspire and educate our community on the benefits of electric mobility. Together we are greater than the sum of our parts!

Management Team

The 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.
Wilf Steimle

Wilf Steimle

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.
Stephen Bieda

Stephen Bieda

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 Eco Brand Business Development Manager.

Mike Knox

Mike Knox

Mike is a 35-year veteran manager at several local distribution companies (LDCs), including Cambridge and North Dumfries Hydro, Toronto Hydro, and Westario Power. He serves on various technical committees for the IESO and Ontario Energy Board, and has presented at several technical forums over the years.

Sean Hart

Sean Hart

Sean has had a lifelong passion for new technology and an 18-year career in corporate IT. In the past decade, he has developed a deep respect for and interest in environmental issues. He became an early adopter of hybrid and electric cars and founded the Windsor-Essex Electric Vehicle Association (WEEVA) in 2013. He has been an outspoken proponent of EVs, appearing regularly in local media. Sean and his family of four live in an Energy Star certified home and have rooftop solar panels that produce 75% of their electricity needs.

Devin Arthur

Devin Arthur

Devin is an IT professional with 15 years’ experience helping businesses to use technology to deliver efficient products and services. As founder and president of the Greater Sudbury EV Association, Devin has been accelerating the transition to a clean transportation system by advocating for electric vehicle adoption in northern Ontario. He created unique partnerships with electric mobility industry groups, major charging networks and NGO’s, to help local businesses gain the information they need to get started in the electro-mobility era of transportation.

Dave VanAlstyne

Dave VanAlstyne

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
SeanHartVice President
DaveVanAlstyneSecretary-Treasurer

Board of Directors

WilfSteimle
StephenBieda
MikeKnox
SeanHart
DevinArthur

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 Sean Hart)Annual ReportCompiles and prepares an Annual Report at the end of January of each yearStephen Bieda
Web Development and ContentOrganizes and maintains websiteNino DiCara
Public AffairsPublishes relevant content for the publicDevin Arthur
Chapter RelationsLiaisons with regional Chapters, trains members on course deliverySean Hart
EducationDevelops curriculum and course materialsTim Burrows / Ken Bokor
NewsletterPrepares newsletters and editorialsBill Bruesch / Stephen Bieda
Howard Hutt Annual AwardReview of nominations, annual presentation to the Board for approvalMike Knox
Strategic Planning Committee (chair Mike Knox)-Planning for the future and translating vision into actionMike Knox
Finance Committee (chair vacant)FundraisingCoordinates fundraising activitiesVacant
Membership BenefitsAdding value to membership through member benefitsVacant
Government Relations Committee (chair Devin Arthur)-Grass roots, lobbying, and member messaging to promote electrified transportationDevin Arthur
Election and Nomination Committee-Prepares nominations, conducts on-line elections and prepares results for the membership and the BoardTBD – pending Board approval

Annual Report

A full overview of the EV Society and our activities is available in our Annual Reports: 2018 Annual Report and 2017 Annual Report.

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