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Five reasons why everyone is attending the Canadian Hydrogen Convention in Edmonton, Alberta

Published On
February 15, 2023

The Canadian Hydrogen Convention is taking place April 25-27, 2023, at the Edmonton Convention Centre in Edmonton, Alberta, Canada. For the second time, the Canadian Hydrogen Convention is bringing Canada’s entire hydrogen supply chain together to experience a week of networking, site tours, stage programs, and exhibitions. As the largest hydrogen convention in North America, it will spotlight the newest technologies, research, and projects from across the hydrogen supply chain.

Here’s five reasons why everyone is coming to the Canadian Hydrogen Convention, and why you should register today:

  1. Hear from industry experts
  2. Grow a strong global network
  3. Experience the latest hydrogen technology firsthand
  4. Explore new opportunities and gain a competitive edge
  5. Position your company as a leader in hydrogen

1. Hear from industry experts

This year’s lineup of speakers is exceptional and features industry experts and leaders from across the supply chain. The programming will give attendees a peek into the industries that are looking at hydrogen as the key to achieving a net-zero future. Attendees will  hear from over 100 industry thought leaders showcasing the latest in low-carbon hydrogen production, energy infrastructure, and storage.

Here’s just a few of the confirmed speakers that stand out:

  • Eric Guter — Air Products Vice President, Hydrogen for Mobility
  • Stephen Beatty — Toyota Canada Inc. Vice President, Corporate
  • Nancy Southern — ATCO Chair & CEO
  • Brent Lakeman — Edmonton Global, Director, Hydrogen Initiatives
  • Aaron M. Engen — BMO Capital Markets Vice Chair, I&CB and Co-Head, Energy Transition
  • Alanna Hnatiw — Edmonton Region Hydrogen HUB Chair and Mayor of Sturgeon County
  • Buck Rogers — CN Rail Vice President Petroleum and Chemicals

2. Grow a strong global network

This year, the event expects up to 8,000 industry professionals from North America and worldwide. Attendees will have the opportunity to network with industry professionals, build potential leads and grow their global network by connecting with representatives from more than 20 countries and over 100 organizations, including Air Products, Toyota Canada, ATCO, BMO, CN Rail, Hyzon, and Hydra.

Attendees can participate in several Canadian Hydrogen Convention official networking events throughout the week including:

  • Hydrogen Awards Gala
  • Opening Night Reception
  • Young Women in Energy Reception
  • One-to-One Meeting Program

3. Experience the latest hydrogen technology first-hand

As an emerging economy, companies all over the world are seeking out innovative technology to navigate to a net-zero future and take advantage of this $11-12 trillion global opportunity. The exhibition floor will showcase over 100 companies’ new technology to experience first-hand, including hydrogen-powered vehicles from the likes of Nikola, VEXSL, Hyzon, Toyota, and more.

The convention will highlight how the latest hydrogen technologies, products, and services are being applied to real-world solutions. Conference-goers will have the opportunity to experience hydrogen technologies and their applications off-the-trade-floor by attending official site tour visits to:

4. Explore new opportunities and gain a competitive edge

The Canadian Hydrogen Convention is a huge opportunity for investors and startups alike to explore new opportunities and gain a competitive edge. This year, programming includes a Global Hydrogen Pitch Competition. This competition is expected to receive hundreds of applications from startups across the world. The top three finalists will be invited to pitch their startups live to industry leaders and investors — including Plug and Play’s global sustainability partner Matthew Claxton.

The competition is open to incorporated startups with projects in hydrogen, alternative fuels, SaaS for energy industry, water tech, waste to value, carbon markets, carbon capture, utilization, storage, emissions reduction, new energy solutions, safety, and energy storage. If you’re a startup interested in becoming a part of the Canadian Hydrogen Convention, submit your application before March 10, 2023.

The winner of the live pitch will be awarded a spot in Plug and Plays Alberta’s Fall Cohort 2023, as well as a spot to pitch at their Global Summit in June 2023.  See the recap from the November Summit.

Startups: apply today

5. Position your company as a leader in hydrogen

The global race is on to adopt hydrogen, and Canadians are implementing initiatives that are decarbonizing industry, rapidly de-risking investment, and building demand on the ground. The convention programming will offer a chance to gain in-depth insights into the strategies jurisdictions around Canada are taking to accelerate the hydrogen economy.

Come see how the 5,000 Hydrogen Vehicle Challenge is building hydrogen demand in commercial transportation — and see how you can position your own company as a leader in this transformation.

2022 recap — and what we’re looking forward to in 2023

Last year’s inaugural Canadian Hydrogen Convention attracted more than 4,000 attendees to the Edmonton region to learn about the latest trends and developments in hydrogen technology from over 100 exhibiting companies, industry experts, and thought leaders.

This year, along with programming, networking events, and exhibits, visitors will have a chance to watch major announcements driving Canada’s hydrogen economy from leading organizations.

Here are the highlights from last year:

The Canadian Hydrogen Convention 2022 recap by the numbers: 4k+ attendees, 20+ countries represented, 100+ expert speakers, 100+ exhibiting companies, Sold out reception at 1,200 people, sold out programming all week, new technology exhibited including 3 hydrogen powered vehicles

If you are interested in growing your brand, learning about investment opportunities, meeting with other industry players, and experiencing the newest technology in Canada’s hydrogen economy, then you have to be at the convention this April. Tickets are selling fast, so secure your spot today!

Sherri Bouslama