About EV Society
We’ve been advocating the advantages of electric cars since 1994.
You could say we’re passionate.
Vision, Mission & Values
A world where everyone’s journey is safe, clean, and fun.
To utilise the expertise of electric vehicle owners and enthusiasts to help Canadians transition to electric transportation through education and advocacy.
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.
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!
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 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 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 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 has a lifelong passion for new technology and a 20+ year career in IT. In the past decade he has developed a deep respect for and interest in environmental issues. He switched from a hybrid car to an all-electric Nissan Leaf in 2013 and founded the Windsor-Essex Electric Vehicle Association (WEEVA) the same year. 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 far more electricity than is used by their two plug-in vehicles.
Halifax, Nova Scotia
Kelsey is passionate about the environment and sees just and emissions-free transportation systems as a linchpin in the creation of vibrant and resilient communities. Kelsey is the Sustainable Transportation Coordinator at Ecology Action Centre in Nova Scotia, was the executive director of the Halifax Cycling Coalition, and has worked for NGOs around the world on business development, education and public outreach. She holds a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science and Sustainability from Dalhousie University and currently serves on the board of directors for Springtide Collective.
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.
|Wilf||Steimle||Chair & President|
Board of Directors
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.
|Communications Committee (chair Sean Hart)||Annual Report||Compiles and prepares an Annual Report at the end of January of each year||Stephen Bieda|
|Web Development and Content||Organizes and maintains website||Nino DiCara / Sean Hart|
|Social Media||Handles social media channels.||Aniseh Sharifi|
|Public Relations||Handles public relations related items.||Michael Bettencourt|
|Chapter Relations||Liaisons with regional Chapters.||Sean Hart|
|Education||Develops curriculum and course materials||TBD|
|Newsletter||Prepares newsletters and editorials||Michael Bettencourt|
|Howard Hutt Annual Award||Review of nominations, annual presentation to the Board for approval||Mike Knox|
|Membership Benefits||Adding value to membership through member benefits||TBD|
|Finance Committee||-||Manages budget and fundraising efforts.||Dave VanAlstyne|
|Government Relations Committee||-||Grass roots, lobbying, and member messaging to promote electrified transportation||Kelsey Lane / Devin Arthur|
|Election and Nomination Committee||-||Prepares nominations, conducts on-line elections and prepares results for the membership and the Board||Dave VanAlstyne|