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Event summary produced by The Globe and Mail Events team. The Globe’s editorial department was not involved.

As interest in electric vehicles gains momentum, utilities, municipal leaders and infrastructure leaders must ensure power grids in Canada are equipped to handle the transition. Traditional one-way grids that have existed for decades will need to give way to smart grids, capable of two-way interchange of electricity between utilities and consumers. What strategies, investments and partnerships hold the most promise of success?

The Globe and Mail hosted a webcast on October 19 bring energy and automotive innovators together to talk about strategies for a successful vehicle-to-grid network, along with insights on how Canada will make the shift.

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Matthew McClearn, data journalist with The Globe and Mail moderated the webcast, hosting the following panelists:

  • Anima Osei, managing consultant, energy transition with IBM;
  • Neetika Sathe, vice president at the Alectra GRE&T Centre;
  • Carter Li, CEO and co-founder of Swtch Energy Inc.;
  • Matt Girgis, managing director, Volvo Car Canada Limited.

The panel discussed the role of automotive manufacturers in building out Canada’s e-vehicle charging infrastructure, how utilities are preparing for changes to electricity demand and the importance of customer participation in vehicle-to-grid systems. They also explored strategies and ideas to encourage building owners and property managers to install e-vehicle chargers.

Watch the full conversation (60 minutes) below:

The Globe and Mail presented the event with sponsor support from IBM. To learn about upcoming Globe and Mail events visit