Metro Vancouver now has the highest market share of electric vehicles in Canada, with numbers steadily on the rise each year. To support this growth, and to align with local, regional, and provincial goals to reduce greenhouse gases and improve air quality, many municipalities have brought in ambitious construction requirements for new multi-family buildings. The trend in the region is increasingly towards 100% “EV ready” parking.
Our expert panel will provide an overview of these new requirements, and will provide legal and policy insights on them. Brendan McEwen representing the City of Richmond, and Ian Neville from the City of Vancouver, developed their cities’ respective EV-readiness requirements. Jennifer Neville is a strata lawyer and a contributor to the City of Richmond’s Electric Vehicle Charging Infrastructure in Shared Parking Areas: Resources to Support Implementation & Charging Infrastructure Requirements.
This Policy Panel is Part 1 of 2. Part 2 will focus on technical and design strategies and requirements, and will provide insights into different technology options.
Brendan McEwen consults to governments, utilities and developers on climate action strategy. From 2013 to 2018, he served as Sustainability Manager at the City of Richmond, and continues to consult to Richmond on a range of issues, including Richmond's electric vehicle (EV) initiatives. While at the City of Richmond, Brendan spearheaded development of Richmond's Zoning Bylaw EV charging infrastructure requirements, which has since been replicated by a growing number of Metro Vancouver municipalities and are recognized as an international best practice. Brendan received his Master in City Planning from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, focussing on energy policy.
Ian is the Climate Policy Analyst for the City of Vancouver. He is an environmental scientist experienced in managing GHG emission reduction and sustainability programs over the past 16 years. He was responsible for building the City’s first wave of public charging, deploying over 100 electric vehicle charging stations within Vancouver. His role includes authoring and now implementing the City’s 2016 EV Ecosystem Strategy, to ensure access to more home, public, and workplace charging. Ian co-chaired the Urban Sustainability Directors’ Network (USDN) Electric Vehicles User Group in 2015 and 2016, and in 2017 was a contributor to the forthcoming National Zero Emissions Vehicle Strategy, led by Natural Resources Canada.
Jennifer Neville is a lawyer with Hamilton & Company, and has been advising owners and strata corporations on strata property matters for the last 16 years. Jennifer regularly teaches for organizations such as the Professional Association of Managing Agents, the Strata Property Agents of BC, and the Condominium Home Owners Association. She is a contributing author to the British Columbia Strata Property Practice Manual (published by the Continuing Legal Education Society of British Columbia). In addition, she is a Director of the Condominium Home Owners Association.
Suzanne Goldberg (moderator)
Suzanne Goldberg is an energy, climate, and electric vehicle policy expert with over 10 years of experience. She is currently the Director of Public Policy for ChargePoint in Canada, the leading provider of smart, networked electric vehicle charging infrastructure, with over 55,000 charging points across North America. In this role she covers federal, provincial and municipal affairs, managing engagement on electric vehicle policy across Canada. Prior to ChargePoint, Suzanne was the Director of Research and outreach for START at Simon Fraser University and a founding partner of the consulting firm Navius Research.