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March 25, 2021 @ 2:00 pm - 3:30 pm MDT

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exporting hydrogen as a low carbon alternative

Want to learn more about the role hydrogen can play for the economy of Edmonton Metropolitan Region?

Join us for this online workshop that will explore the potential market in California for Alberta hydrogen exports

Western Canada is well-positioned to become a global leader in the transition to a net-zero emissions energy future. With hydrogen playing a key role as a low cost, low carbon energy alternative, the Edmonton region is well-positioned to act as Canada’s first hydrogen hub.  With 72 nations committed to net-zero by 2050, a good understanding of export markets is critical to building a hydrogen economy.

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This workshop is the 2nd in a series of 4 workshops that will explore the markets in:

  • Japan
  • California
  • China
  • South Korea

Who is this workshop for?

  • Canadian companies exploring hydrogen production, transport, and use
  • Officials and stakeholders from market regions
  • Western Canada Hydrogen Hub Leadership, academics, and technical experts
  • Senior Federal and Provincial government representatives interested in the export industry and jobs, climate change, and environment in Western Canada
  • Indigenous representatives

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What you can expect to learn

This series will provide insight into:

  • Where the demand markets are
  • What the expectations are
  • Next steps to positioning Canada as a top-three global supplier of hydrogen to international markets.

Stakeholders from key export markets will share their perspectives on:

  • Hydrogen demand profile (domestic production, imports)
  • Sector Applications and Trends
  • Hydrogen form (e.g. NH3/ LH2 / Other)
  • Production Expectations (e.g. GHG intensity measurement) 
  • Timelines 
  • Cost Expectations
  • Commitment Period

Expected outcomes

  • A deeper understanding of export market needs and expectations
  • General understanding of the high-level supply chain requirements

Event Agenda

Time Presenter Topic
5 min TBC Welcome and introductions
12 mins Gia Vacin, Governor’s Office (GOBIZ team), State of California Stakeholder presentation
12 mins William (Bill) Zobel, Executive Director, California Hydrogen Business Council Stakeholder presentation
12 mins Jean Baronas, Supervisor, Hydrogen Unit, California Energy Commission Stakeholder presentation
45 mins Panel format Moderated Q&A
4 min Brent Lakeman, Director, Hydrogen Initiative, Edmonton Global Closing remarks


Gia Vacin, Assistant Deputy Director, Zero-emission Vehicle Market Development, Governor’s Office of Business and Economic Development (Go-Biz)

Gia Brazil Vacin serves as the Assistant Deputy Director, Zero-emission Vehicle (ZEV) Market Development at the Governor’s Office of Business and Economic Development (GO-Biz). She focuses on accelerating the ZEV market in pursuit of California’s goal of 100% ZEVs by 2035 for light-duty and 2045 for heavy-duty vehicles by coordinating state efforts, collaborating with public and private partners, tracking and expediting ZEV infrastructure in CA, and identifying opportunities for additional business engagement and growth. Prior to her role at GO-Biz, Gia was an environmental management and strategy consultant for more than 15 years and worked with more than 70 clients across sectors to help mission-driven organizations expand their impact. Gia holds a Master of Environmental Science and Management from the Bren School at the University of California, Santa Barbara and Bachelor of Arts degrees in Biology and Environmental Studies from the University of California, Santa Cruz.


Bill Zobel, Executive Director, California Hydrogen Business Council

William (Bill) Zobel serves as Executive Director of the California Hydrogen Business Council (CHBC), a non-profit trade association that advances the commercialization of hydrogen and fuel cells in California’s energy and transportation sectors to meet the state’s climate, environmental and air quality goals.  Bill has over 30 years of experience in the energy sector covering a wide range of issues and responsibilities.  Prior to joining the CHBC, Bill was Vice President of Business Development & Marketing for Trillium, a designer and operator of a network of alternative refueling stations across the US serving the CNG/RNG, Electric and Hydrogen vehicle markets. Prior to that, Bill managed the Sempra Utilities Natural Gas and Electric Vehicle Clean Transportation program.  Bill currently serves on the Board of Directors for NGV America, the California Natural Gas Vehicle Coalition (CNGVC), and the California Natural Gas Vehicle Partnership.   Bill is a graduate of Columbia University’s executive business program and holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Chemical Engineering from California State University Long Beach.

Jean Baronas, Supervisor, Hydrogen Unit, California Energy Commission
Jean Baronas supervises the Hydrogen Refueling Infrastructure Unit in the Fuels and Transportation Division. She plans funding solicitations and oversees grants and contracts for light duty hydrogen refueling stations in California to support the reduction of statewide emissions and promote a decarbonized future based on zero emission vehicles (ZEVs). She collaborates with representatives of federal, state, local and regional agencies, and universities on ZEV projects with a focus on hydrogen and fuel cells. Jean holds a Masterof Arts degree from the George Washington University, Washington D.C., and a Master of Science degree from the Johns Hopkins University, in Baltimore, Maryland. Jean is a member of the U.S. Department of Energy, National Renewable Energy Laboratory, Mechanical and Thermal Engineering Sciences Technical Review Panel.


March 25, 2021
2:00 pm - 3:30 pm MDT
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